About Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative

Improving health outcomes for youth in care across Texas.

The Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative is comprised of partners that represent both the child welfare and adolescent health systems, and are committed to improving health outcomes for youth in foster care. The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) at UT Austin, Healthy Futures of Texas, and the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services combine expertise in advocacy, training, research, evaluation, and program development.

The initiative has taken a unique approach by training caregivers, child welfare professionals, and other supportive adults on how to engage youth in trauma-informed conversations about sexual health and relationships before educating youth on these issues. After the training, caregivers and professionals reported feeling more confident in responding to youths’ concerns and facilitating access to resources. Watch the testimonials on our homepage. Caregivers and professionals also shared that in turn youth approached them more openly with their questions. Read the final progress report to learn more.

The Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative was supported by a Tier 2 Innovation and Impact Network Grant (2020–2023) from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Population Affairs.

At the conclusion of the three-year Tier 2 Innovation and Impact Network Grant, the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing received a Tier 2 Rigorous Evaluation Grant (2023–2028) from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Population Affairs, to evaluate the interventions developed by the Initiative.

caregiver photo for About Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative page