Strategies for a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System

Each of the workgroups conferred several times to discuss strategies that aligned with its respective goal and objectives. The workgroups met either in person or by phone and discussed each proposed strategy in detail. After revisions, the proposed strategies were voted on by workgroup members using surveys. Although some members participated in multiple workgroups, each workgroup survey was independently administered through Survey Monkey. The only criteria to respond to the survey was participation in at least one call or meeting or offering strategy drafts or feedback to the workgroup. Each strategy had three potential responses: (1) Yes, I agree with the strategy, as written, (2) I agree with the concept only (do not agree with strategy as written), and (3) No, I do not agree with the strategy as written or the concept.
In addition to selecting one of the three responses above, some workgroup members provided written comments. Workgroup members were informed that the Steering Committee would take a holistic view of all the proposed strategies and make any necessary changes to develop a cohesive Blueprint. The Steering Committee reviewed strategies voted on by the workgroups under each goal discretely and then together, removed redundancies, standardized tone, language, and terminology, and incorporated suggestions from the survey commentary.

Guiding Principles for a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System

After reviewing and editing the proposed strategies, the Steering Committee categorized each of the strategies into one or more of the nine Guiding Principles that emerged from this process. Once the strategies were organized by Guiding Principle, additional edits were made to address any overlap and inconsistency. On December 19, 2018, the Steering Committee finalized the strategies that are included in this Blueprint.
In the next section, the Guiding Principles of Culture, Collaboration, Equity, Youth and Family Voice, Secondary Trauma, Training, Information Sharing, Data, and Funding and Sustainability, together form the foundation for building a trauma-informed child welfare system. The strategies associated with each Guiding Principle are intended to steer Texas through this transformation irrespective of the changes that may emerge during implementation.