The SCTIC endeavors to raise awareness about Trauma-Informed Care through training and educational opportunities; lead a statewide collaborative to create a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive child welfare system that better meets the needs of children families who have experienced trauma; and partner with other Texas and national trauma-informed workgroups and collaboratives.

In July 2017, the Children’s Commission launched the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care (SCTIC) to elevate trauma-informed policy and practices in the Texas child welfare system by creating a statewide strategy to support system reform, organizational leadership, cross-systems collaboration, and community-led efforts with data-informed initiatives. The SCTIC centered its first phase of work around these four concepts with the goal of developing a plan for transforming the child welfare system. 

Based on the work of the SCTIC during the development phase, the Children’s Commission published a final report in February 2019 entitled Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: A Blueprint. The Trauma Blueprint provides a roadmap for the Texas child welfare system to become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive and invites innovation and improvement in the approach to trauma-informed care in both the public and private sector.

Since July of 2019, the SCTIC has continued under the guidance of an Implementation Task Force and utilizes the Blueprint to direct the SCTIC’s work. The Task Force serves as an oversight entity to help ensure the Blueprint strategies are being implemented and serves as the final decision-making body of the SCTIC. The Task Force sets global priorities for the SCTIC, establishes workgroups to carry out priorities, and monitors progress of the workgroups to help ensure successful implementation.  The SCTIC works collaboratively to develop and identify trauma-informed resources for the child welfare community. To view current resources please visit

Staff: Jocelyn Fowler, Tiffany Edwards 

Please visit the sections below to learn more about current projects or visit the Reports & Resources page for recent publications.

The Blueprint focuses on nine Guiding Principles to creating a trauma-informed child welfare system. These Guiding Principles and correlating strategies guide the work of the SCTIC Implementation Task Force, as well as provide principles for all interested stakeholders to center their trauma work around.

Guiding Principles of SCTIC

The Implementation Task Force was created to oversee the implementation of the strategies set forth in the Blueprint. The Implementation Task Force sets global priorities for the SCTIC, establishes workgroups to carry out priorities, and monitors progress of the workgroups to help ensure successful implementation.

The Implementation Task Force is chaired by the Honorable Darlene Byrne and its members include: 

  • Corey Benbow
  • Alexandria Fuller
  • Dr. Julie Kaplow
  • Wanda Peña
  • Leroy Betts III
  • Fedora Galasso
  • Dr. Brandon Logan
  • Sasha Rasco
  • Lauren Bledsoe
  • Cathy Gaytan
  • Amanda Martin
  • Tanya Rollins
  • Katy Bourgeois
  • Dr. Michael Gomez
  • Dr. Jill McLeigh
  • Yvette Sanchez
  • James A. Carter
  • Hallie Graves
  • Jessica McKay
  • Johana Scott
  • Deneen Dryden
  • Andy Homer
  • Katie Olse
  • Honorable Carlos Villalon
  • Renee Calder Encinias
  • Trina Ita
  • Cindy Patrick
  • Nicole Weaver

The Task Force  created three workgroups to begin the implementation work. Workgroup members are responsible for prioritizing the strategies and creating and executing work plans.

The three current workgroups are:

  • Policy & Practice, co-chairs Dr. Jill McLeigh and Wanda Peña
  • Training, co-chairs Lauren Bledsoe and Honorable Carlos Villalon
  • Information Sharing, Data, & Funding, co-chairs Katy Bourgeois and Andy Homer

For additional resources, please visit the Reports and Resources page, Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care. 

  • 2021 Judicial Trauma Institute - The Judicial Trauma Institute was presented live on April 22-23, 2021 via webcast. The content was designed by Commission staff in partnership with the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care (SCTIC) Training Workgroup and hosted by the Texas Center for the Judiciary. The goal of the conference was for judicial teams to gain information and discover practical tools and resources about how to become a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive court in CPS cases. Video replays and conference materials can be accessed on the Judicial Trauma Institute webpage.