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Full Membership

Nonprofit and for-profit organizations that provide direct services to children and families in Texas and support TACFS’s mission and code of ethics are eligible for full membership

Full member agencies receive all of the following benefits and services:

Networking & Collaboration

  • Opportunities to network with industry peers and assume leadership roles in statewide forums
  • Small work group involvement that hones in on relevant, critical subject matter in child welfare
  • Voting for TACFS Board of Directors nominees that serve on the TACFS and Texas Center Boards of Directors, and serve as Committee chairs (non-profit organizations only)

Education & Training

  • Access to quarterly in-person symposiums and consortiums led by our Texas Center of Child and Family Studies’ staff
  • Invitations to participate in ad-hoc webinars that address pertinent topics 
  • Annual opportunities to learn from key stakeholders from all spectrums of child welfare at our annual conference
  • Opportunity to earn 15 pre-approved CEUs for LCPAA, LCCA, LSW and LPC license types at our annual conference

Critical Involvement at the Texas Legislature

  • Advocacy and lobbying on behalf of child and family service agencies before the Texas legislature and administrative and regulatory agencies, with continued emphasis on promoting policy supporting our members and their missions
  • Representation at key state, legislative, and volunteer committees involved in regulation, policy making, and service delivery to children and families

Administrative Support

  • Assistance with fund resources and fund development
  • Inclusion in our website’s network’s public facing directory 
  • Salary surveys, free job listings on our Career Center page, and other resources to help keep members current on trends in support of attracting the best possible employees
  • Assistance in contacting state agencies to get questions answered and problems resolved

News & Resources

  • Access to valuable and timely information regarding Texas and U.S. legislative processes, including state department budgets and legislation impacting member operations
  • Constant comprehensive information on national and local issues related to children and families
  • Weekly e-mail updates that highlight public policy issues, new and innovative services, training opportunities, and other articles related to providing quality services

Member Spotlights

  • Opportunities to be featured in blogs, video projects, and podcasts to highlight community organizations’ work
  • Special mentions in weekly newsletters and social media blasts 

Discount for Products, Services and Events

  • 25% Discount on Council on Accreditation’s accreditation and re-accreditation fees
  • 10% Discount on extendedReach Products
  • 10% Discount on Praesidium’s abuse risk management services (incuding staff and foster parent training, onsite risk assessments, criminal background checks and more)
  • 15% Discount on the first year of using Binti’s recruitment and licensing software
  • Significant discount on Alliance for Strong Families and Community’s Annual Human Services Compensation Report 
  • Exclusive member rates for our annual Texas Child Care Adminstrators Conference 

Supporting Membership

For organizations that do not provide direct services to children and families, but support TACFS’s mission and code of ethics are eligible for supporting membership.

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A Supporting Member investment in TACFS includes:

  • Member rate for exhibit booth at annual conference where over 1000 child welfare professionals come to network and learn
  • Member discounts for TACFS and Texas Center for Child and Family Studies events
  • Weekly newsletter providing TACFS agency news, DFPS news and alerts, updates on state and federal laws and regulation, state and national child welfare news and research, and training and job information, and more