The Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative (TFYHI) builds relationships across child welfare and adolescent health systems to promote optimal health for child welfare involved youth.
In partnership with the Texas Institute of Child & Family Wellbeing and the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services, the Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative will establish, fund, coordinate, and support a multidisciplinary network of community partners to develop and test cutting edge sexual health interventions for youth and their caregivers. These community partners include Healthy Futures of Texas and the North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (Ntarupt).
The main goal is that youth in foster care feel connected, safe, and empowered and make informed decisions about their sexual health and relationships.
The Initiative will be working to achieve this by:
- Creating a multi-disciplinary network and learning community;
- Using the socio-ecological model as a framework for coordinated strategies at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and public policy levels;
- Exploring, developing, testing, refining, and evaluating sexuality and relationship education interventions to meet community needs;
- Applying a trauma-informed approach to build skills for healthy relationships
- Empowering foster youth through leadership opportunities in program design; and
- Framing sexuality education from a sex-positive perspective in which youth have information to drive their own decision-making.
During the remainder of this year, we will continue expanding and strengthening our network of partners, and dive deeper into the testing and adapting of interventions that meet the needs and empower youth in care and their caregivers to have conversations about healthy relationships, reproductive health and overall well-being. We hope to continue learning from our accomplishments and goals during our planning phase as we work to build relationships across child welfare and adolescent health systems to promote optimal health for child welfare-involved youth.