The mission of the TFSN is to promote positive outcomes for all children, families, and communities by leveraging the collective impact of communities and championing quality Family Support and Strengthening practices and policies.
The vision of the TFSN is a state in which every family is thriving and every community in Texas has a strong and effective Family Support and Strengthening Network.
Who We Are
The Texas Family Support Network (TFSN) is the state-level member network of the National Family Support Network (NFSN). NFSN advances positive outcomes for all children, families, and communities by leveraging the collective impact of state networks and championing quality family support and strengthening practices and policies. NFSN promotes and provides the Certification Training on the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support.
Across the country, Family Support and Strengthening organizations work with families in a multi-generational, strengths-based, family-centered approach to enhance parenting skills, foster the healthy development and wellbeing of children, youth, and families, prevent child abuse, increase school readiness, connect families to resources, develop parent and community leadership, engage males and fathers, support healthy marital and couples relationships, and promote family economic success.
The TFSN was founded in 2018 by the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division of the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. The first goal of the Network was to integrate and operationalize the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support into services for youth. The Network has developed to include 14 Family and Youth Success Program providers and a growing number of other PEI-funded programs who commit to working with the Standards. In 2022, PEI awarded funding to seven sites to implement Family Resource Centers, the most typical kind of Family Support and Strengthening programs. Beginning in 2022, leadership t of the Texas Family Support Network transitioned from PEI to the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies. With the ongoing support and partnership of PEI, The Center is expanding the use of the Standards within grantees to increase the quality supports for families across Texas. The Center will coordinate all Standards trainings, build and support a network of certified Texas trainers, represent Texas in all NFSN member meetings and events, and maintain and share resources, information, and expertise with the TFSN.
Through this partnership, The Center is excited to expand the applicability of the Standards to even more agencies serving Texas families and promote common quality practices across the different programs serving families statewide.
Chelsy Alexander joined TACFS in December of 2021 as the Family Support Network Coordinator. Chelsy has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. She has had various roles working within the child welfare space but is eager to continue growing the network of high-quality family strengthening programs across Texas with the voice of the community leading the charge. She has previously worked as the Director of Foster Community where she helped to build capacity for children in the child welfare system and establish connections with child welfare organizations to better serve communities. Chelsy is passionate about seeing the Child Welfare System reimagined in a way that supports communities so families can stay together. As the Family Support Network Coordinator, she hopes to be a support to the network of Family Resource Centers and other programs that have laid the foundation for this work to be possible.
Tameka Caldwell joined TACFS in July 2021 as the Family Support Project Coordinator. Her role focuses on the growth and development of Family Resource Center (FRC) programming and practices across Texas through training, technical assistance, and the development of collective impact success. Prior to joining TACFS, she served as the program manager of a Parents as Teachers home visiting program. Her 22 years of experience expands across all areas of the Texas child welfare system including child abuse prevention, foster care and adoption, youth aging out of foster care, and Child Protective Services. She is passionate about strengthening families and communities so that all children are safe, can thrive, and grow. Tameka has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a master’s degree in Human Services (specializing in Social & Community Services) from Capella University.
Tiffany Greco joined TACFS as the Vice President of Learning in August 2020. Prior to this role, she was the Project Coordinator for Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, a network of public and private child, youth, and family serving organizations in Southern Maine. She was previously the Director of Education at a victim service agency in upstate New York where she led the implementation of The Enough Abuse Campaign, a child sexual abuse prevention education initiative, and where she served as a Master Trainer and Curriculum Developer for Prevent Child Abuse New York. Tiffany has an MSW from Baylor University and has served as a Field Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor for the School of Social Work at Saint Joseph‘s College of Maine.