Rebuilding After Hurricane Harvey: How to Help Texas Youth and Providers

At the height of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, TNOYS reported on the status of our member organizations that were impacted, or were opening their doors to help those who were. Now that the hurricane is over and the floodwaters are receding, the work to rebuild is just beginning. Youth service providers have a unique set of… Read more »


The Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) has requested that TNOYS collect information on the current needs of foster youth, provider organizations, foster families, and other related entities impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding. If you have been impacted, please send your name, contact information, and a list of current needs —… Read more »

An Update on the Emergency Shelter Task Force

TNOYS recently made the decision to revive the Emergency Shelter Task Force, which had for many years provided representation, networking, and support for Texas’ emergency shelter providers. This newly reorganized group met for the first time on Aug. 16 for an informative and productive gathering, and we’re excited to have the group up and running… Read more »

Aug. 28 TNOYS Response to Hurricane Harvey

  On August 28, the TNOYS Executive Director sent the following email to TNOYS members and stakeholders regarding Hurricane Harvey: To TNOYS members and our partners in the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods: Thank you for working hard to keep your youth safe and serve Texans who have been displaced. Our thoughts… Read more »

TNOYS’ Conference Brings Themes of Harmony and Collaboration to Life

  Last week, TNOYS hosted our 34th Annual Conference on Service to Youth and Families, with programming focused on the theme of “Many Voices, One Song.” As they have for many years, service workers, clinicians, administrators, and others came together in Houston to gain valuable information and learn together about the best way to ensure… Read more »

4 Highlights from the 85th Texas Legislative Session

From the beginning, the 85th Texas Legislative Session proved to be an important one for the state’s child welfare system, kicking off in January with strengthening Child Protective Services (CPS) flagged by the governor as one of just four emergency items. In addition to that issue, TNOYS had a full legislative agenda focused on six… Read more »

New Staff Member Expands TNOYS’ Work in Houston

In May, TNOYS began an exciting new chapter as we officially established operations in Houston with the hiring of Dr. Valerie Zanders, our new Director of Policy, Research, and Evaluation there. We’re excited to have a stronger presence in Houston, which is such an important center for youth services in Texas, and to introduce our… Read more »

Getting Real About BeREAL

  By Kara Robbins, Intern with TNOYS member organization Upbring & MSW candidate at the University of Texas at Austin Zoe was a 19-year-old single mom who felt completely overwhelmed by the demands of providing a loving, safe, and stable home life for her 5-year-old son. The most frustrating challenge was finding a job that… Read more »

TNOYS Kicks Off Our Latest Initiative: Recovery Through Participation

Together with a team of partner organizations in Central Texas, TNOYS is launching a new initiative to bring together two important principles of youth services work: youth engagement and trauma-informed care. The research phase of our project – called Recovery Through Participation – began last fall and in April we publicly kicked it off with… Read more »