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EMPOWER is a child welfare collaborative focused on meeting the unique needs of Texas children and families. The collaborative is led by Texas Family Initiative and is supported by local providers in North Texas, including CK Family ServicesJonathan’s PlaceThe Bair Foundation and Pathways Youth and Family Services. Through a contract with the State of Texas, EMPOWER is the Community-Based Care (CBC) contractor in Metroplex East, a nine-county area that includes Dallas, Grayson, Fannin, Collin, Hunt, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis and Navarro counties.

About the Partners

Texas Family Initiative (TFI Texas) has a long and successful history of providing case management, adoption, residential treatment, behavioral health, and independent living services in Texas. Additionally, we have helped transform the state’s child welfare system as a Single Source Continuum Contractor for Community-Based Care (CBC).

Founded in Region 3, CK Family Services has served the children and families of Texas for more than two decades. They provide behavioral health services, treatment foster care, professional home-based care, traditional foster care, adoption, post adoption, and family assessment services in Region and across the state.

For 31 years, Jonathan’s Place has cared for the abused, abandoned, and neglected children, teens, and young adults in in the Dallas Metroplex. Jonathan’s Place offers a continuum of care by way of seven programs, which address the vital needs of children and young adults ages newborn to 23: The Emergency Shelter, Girls Residential Therapeutic program, RESET Sex Trafficking program, new-Stabilization and Assessment Center, Therapeutic & Treatment Foster Care and Adoption program, Transitional Living program, and Safe Place runaway prevention program.

The Bair Foundation is a leading national treatment foster care provider in 9 states. For over 50 years, they have provided prevention, traditional foster care, therapeutic foster care, treatment foster care, adoption, kinship and behavioral health services for over 250,000 children. They are located in Dallas and throughout the state providing hope, stability and support to families in crisis.

Pathways seeks to transform the lives of individuals and families it serves and, in turn, transform the communities where people live and raise their families. For more than 30 years, Pathways has provided foster care and adoption service, residential care, and behavioral health services to thousands of children and families across Texas. Pathways has offices in Dallas, Abilene, Austin, Houston, Kerrville, Mountain Home, and San Antonio.