11th Annual Title IV-E Child Welfare Roundtable opens in New Braunfels

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
May 30, 2007

The 11th annual Title IV-E Child Welfare Roundtable will be held May 31-June 1 at the T Bar M Ranch in New Braunfels.

Joyce James, assistant commissioner of Child Protective Services in the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, is the keynote speaker of the event, sponsored by the Center for Children and Families and the School of Social Work at Texas State.  Attendees will explore strategies to improve education for aspiring child welfare practitioners and to improve services to children and families. 

More than 150 participants from every state in Federal Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are expected to attend the two-day conference to foster Title IV-E funded Agency/Texas State University-San Marcos collaborations.

Such collaborations prepare social work students for professional public child welfare practice.  These collaborations provide stipends for university students, funds for curriculum innovation, and salaries for staff and faculty.  Texas State, working with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, has awarded stipends to and graduated more than 250 qualified and dedicated public child welfare practitioners in the last 11 years.

For additional information, contact Elena Gibson at (512) 245-6727.