In 2020, the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) formed the Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative, an innovation network with partners that represent both the child welfare and adolescent health systems. This included researchers, program developers, trainers, advocates, educators, and service providers that were committed to improving health outcomes for youth in foster care.

Since then, TXICFW has guided the development and testing of innovative sexual health interventions for youth and caring adults in the child welfare system. The Texas Center of Child and Family Studies has contributed expertise in child welfare, provided training for foster caregivers and child welfare professionals, and promoted innovative practices in child welfare. Healthy Futures of Texas, with its expert team of sexual health educators, has facilitated training in communities across Texas so that youth have information and resources needed to make well-informed sexual health decisions.

The Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative continues to provide sexual health education programming and training for youth in foster care, caregivers, and child welfare professionals.

This Initiative is supported by the Office of Population Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services as part of a financial assistance award totaling $5.4 million dollars with 100 percent funded by Office of Population Affairs/OASH/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by Office of Population Affairs/OASH/HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit https://opa.hhs.gov.