Collaborative Partners

The Institute has been pleased to collaborate with the following like-minded organizations

CITYSQUARE is an organization that works to fight poverty through a variety of programs and initiatives.  CitySquare partners with the Transition Resource Action Center (TRAC) to provide services for teens transitioning out of foster care.  TRAC provides case management, educational advocacy, and helps build skills necessary for teens to transition out of foster care into successful adults.

DALLAS CASA is an organization of court-appointed volunteers.  These volunteers work to give children in protective care, who have often been abused or neglected, the best chance to thrive in a safe, permanent home. CASA volunteers advocate for the children, gathering information and making recommendations to the court so that children can find a stable home that will help them heal from the trauma they have suffered.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services works with communities to protect children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also works to protect the health and safety of children in daycare, as well as foster care and other types of 24-hour care. This work is accomplished through investigations, services and referrals, regulation, and prevention programs.

Disability Rights Texas advocates for the interests of students with disabilities to remedy abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also works to protect the health and safety of children in daycare, as well as foster care and other types of 24-hour care.

FWC runs a variety of education-focused services. One of the programs, “Success in School,” aims to improve educational outcomes for children in foster care in North Texas. The program provides various direct one-on-one services to children, including a consistent adult presence, called an Education Specialist, who helps develops a student-centered plan for the child. Success in School also provides resources for Guardian/Attorney Ad-Litems, Advocates, Child Protective Services, Caregivers, Schools, and Social Workers.

Region 10 is an organization that provides services designed to improve student achievement in Texas school districts and charter schools.  Among the services provided are training programs and resources for children in foster care.  Region 10 also provides resources for children who have suffered neglect, abuse, or trauma.

Texas Lawyers for Children provides assistance for lawyers and judges handling child abuse and neglect cases. This includes an online legal resource center with legal forms, case briefs, CLE program information, and more. TLC also is working to create a statewide legal network of attorneys will to provide pro bono services for kinship placements, adoption, and assisting with representation of foster children. 

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, (DVAP), recruits, trains, and supports volunteer attorneys to provide free, civil legal help to low-income people in Dallas County, Texas. DVAP volunteers provide advice and full representation in a variety of cases, including family, housing, landlord-tenant, real property, consumer, wills, expunctions and non-disclosures, probate, and more. The Clinic and Institute partner with DVAP to provide attorneys for kinship caregivers through the Clinic's Kinship Legal Custody Program. 

The Dallas Bar Association's purpose is to serve and support the legal profession in Dallas and to promote good relations among lawyers, the judiciary, and the community. The Insitute partners with The Association to provide attornies with continuing education opportunities in child-welfare and related law.