Posts By: Sondra Lehmann

Member Spotlight: Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives

Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives (RMYA) has been operating in the San Antonio area for over 40 years, with the aim of helping youth recover from the trauma of abuse and integrate back into the community so they can lead healthy and productive lives. The organization has grown with the San Antonio community and its needs… Read more »

New Youth Homelessness Report Receives Widespread Attention

Last week, TNOYS and Texas Appleseed released the most comprehensive study to date on the issue of youth homelessness in Texas. “Young, Alone and Homeless in the Lone Star State” sheds light on the situation of youth experiencing homelessness in our state, and also provides recommendations on policies that can help them. The report has… 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 »

How to Help Texas’ Child Welfare and Youth Service Programs Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

This post is being updated continuously as we receive new information. For TNOYS’ initial response to Hurricane Harvey with information on how to access our network for support, please see our Executive Director’s Aug. 28 email here. Hurricane Harvey has devastated many areas of Texas with both the initial storm and subsequent flooding. Many youth… 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 »

Member Spotlight: El Paso Center for Children

The El Paso Center for Children (EPCC) offers a wide variety of programs – everything from a foster care placement program, to an emergency shelter for homeless and runaway youth, to a counseling program for youth and their families that aims to prevent crises before they occur.  These many varying programs didn’t emerge over the… 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 »