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The Center for Child and Family Studies (Center)

The Texas Center for Child and Family Studies (Center) is a 501(c)3 subsidiary operated by the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services. The Center strives to support and initiate the development of high-quality child welfare services to ensure appropriate care for all Texas children. Our mission is to provide education, research, and training to strengthen the capacity of organizations and systems of care in order to protect and deliver support services to children and families in Texas.

To fulfill this mission, the Center provides consultation, training workshops, conferences, research, development and dissemination of guidelines for best practice, and advocacy.

The Center is committed to building upon its mission through the design and implementation of activities that center around three explicit goals:

  • Design and implement training opportunities to improve the skill level of caregivers – including foster parents, direct care staff, and administrators – which in turn promotes the stability of placements, continuity of caregivers, and positive outcomes for children;
  • Advance the development and implementation of best practice models in out-of-home care services through research and nonprofit organizational capacity building;
  • Serve as a resource center for practitioners, policymakers, and the media by monitoring, analyzing, and promoting sound public policy, legislation, and research to support the goals outlined above.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies is to equip Texas nonprofit child and family service agencies to provide high quality services to children and families. The mission is accomplished through training and education, consultation and research.

2017-18 Center Board

Dan Adams, Texas Center Board Chair
President and CEO
Cal Farley’s
Amarillo, Texas

Gary Duke
Tyler, Texas

Vikki Finley
President and CEO 
Arms Wide Open Adoption Agency
Houston, Texas

Ted Keyser
Executive Director
Helping Hand Home for Children
Austin, Texas


For more information, please contact the Texas Center at (512) 892-2683 or

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