DFPS Awards Community Based Care Contract

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Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

DFPS Awards Community Based Care Contract 

DFPS has awarded a Community Based Care contract to 2INgage, a new partnership between Texas Family Initiative LLC and New Horizons Ranch and Center Inc. 2INgage will serve as the single source continuum contractor (SSCC) for the DFPS Region 2

Texas Family Initiative has national experience providing foster care, adoption, case management, placement and family preservation services. New Horizons Ranch has strong community relationships with DFPS and community leaders, has been involved in the development of Community Based Care in Texas, and has experience in providing an array of quality services in Region 2.

This partnership has combined child welfare experience of more than 95 years, and “is committed to the following core principles:

  • INform and empower network agencies to see themselves as part of this community and therefore take responsibility along with the community for those children.
  • INspire a more positive, performance driven system for families and children.
  • INgage community to understand that the children entering the foster care system from their community are their children.”

Community Based Care is a new way of providing foster care and case management services. It is a community-based approach to meeting the individual and unique needs of children, youth, and families. Within a geographic service area, a single contractor is responsible for finding foster homes or other living arrangements for children in state care and providing them a full continuum of services.

In 2010, DFPS began expanding the community's role to meet the challenges of serving children in foster care under Foster Care Redesign. In 2017, the Texas Legislature directed DFPS to expand this model to include both foster care and kinship care (relatives who care for children) and to give the SSCC sole responsibility for case management - rather than sharing that responsibility with Child Protective Services.

As Community Based Care takes shape statewide, Child Protective Services'  focus will shift to ensuring quality oversight of foster care and services for children and families. The SSCC will be responsible for case management and services that move children from foster or kinship care into a permanent home.

You can learn more about Community Based Care on the DFPS website. We encourage you to submit any questions about Community Based Care to the Community Based Care mailbox.


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