Family Preservation Leadership Council
The Family Preservation Leadership Council is the Advisory Council of Individuals with Lived Experience that helps support and inform the Child Welfare Re-Imagined Pilot.
Vision & Mission
Vision: All families in Austin have the culturally relevant support and connections they need for their children to thrive.
Mission: Center the voices of Travis County community members with lived experience to end the removal of children from their families.
Center Lived Experience in All Decisions: Amplify during the Pilot design the voices of those with lived experience in child welfare
Family Preservation: Child removals are a last resort; keeping children with families and in communities is the ultimate goal
Community Connections: Ensure all families are connected to the community resources they need to thrive
Honor Families and Cultures: Prioritize culturally relevant and affirming trainings and investments in families
System Accountability: Redefine child welfare to focus on strengthening families and preventing abuse and neglect; hold the system accountable to functionally ending removals
Partnership: All voices are being heard as a whole working together in partnership for family preservation and sustainability.