Resources for Child Welfare Professionals

We know it’s not easy to help youth in foster care navigate relationships and sexuality. Our resources for professionals will help you:

  • Start discussions on difficult topics
  • Create welcoming spaces
  • Find trustworthy information
  • And more!

Explore our resource guides, videos, and fact sheets for professionals working with youth in the child welfare system. Please note, these resources were developed as a part of the Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative.

Brave Conversations

We created fact sheets and downloadable posters for professionals based on key topics from our Brave Conversations training. These topics can be hard to tackle, but we’re here to help.¬†

Helping youth find trustworthy information
Teens may ask questions that you don’t always know the answer to. Our list of resources covers everything from technology and relationships to trauma and sexuality. Download the resource and poster.

Setting rules and expectations
When you model open communication, you find common ground with teens and earn their trust. Our resource walks you through how to be transparent and listen to your teen’s perspective when discussing expectations and boundaries. Download the resource and poster.

Starting conversations about healthy relationships
TV shows, music, and movies can be the perfect way to launch conversations about dating and consent with the teens in your care. Our tip sheet offers strategies on starting discussions about healthy relationships. Download the resource and poster.

Creating a welcoming environment
Even when you don’t understand your teens, they still need your support as they figure out who they are. Get ideas on building a safe and affirming environment for your teen to explore their sexual and gender identities. Download the resource and poster.

Navigating difficult conversations
All the topics covered above can bring up tricky discussions. Find tips on handling difficult conversations with our tipsheet. Download the resource and poster.

Hear from caregivers in Texas

In the following videos, hear from caregivers in Texas about how to have Brave Conversations with youth in foster care.

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