Harris County Family Intervention-Infant Toddler Court

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The FI-ITC is a Family Dependency Court and hears cases involving CPS and allegations of child abuse or neglect cases where substance abuse by the caregiver(s) is a primary factor in removal of the child(ren) from the caregivers’ custody. The FIC was founded in 2004, with the ITC component added in 2009. The Court uses a phased approach to recovery for not only the parent, but the family. The Court uses an array of services for children and adults focused on healing of trauma and improving recovery and well-being of the children and their families. The FI-ITC is unique in its focus on the parent-child relationship and the provision of services to “heal” that relationship.

Congratulations to our 2019 FI/ITC graduates Ebony Prince Lydia Bhatti Brittany Pringle Larrytta Harris .. you guys have...
06/28/2019

Congratulations to our 2019 FI/ITC graduates Ebony Prince Lydia Bhatti Brittany Pringle Larrytta Harris .. you guys have worked hard to reach your Recovery and for the strength of your family great job guys well deserved

Without an awareness of the life long impact we have on others by our actions/beliefs, we are doing the world a disservi...
03/24/2019

Without an awareness of the life long impact we have on others by our actions/beliefs, we are doing the world a disservice. Things don’t always end up how we would like working amongst the complexities our families face. But, we learn from each family who walks through our doors!

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
03/21/2019

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

Continuing our goal of increasing access to care, The Harris Center is happy to add a new location for adults to enroll in ongoing mental health care. Adults who are currently not enrolled in ongoing treatment at our outpatient mental health clinics may begin the enrollment process from 8 am to 5 pm at our new Saturday location, Northwest Community Service Center (3737 Dacoma St., Houston, TX 77092). #BehavioralHealthMondays

Positive Energy+
03/21/2019

Positive Energy+

The Council on Recovery
03/19/2019

The Council on Recovery

Timely suggestions from Addiction Policy Forum...

The Council on Recovery
03/10/2019

The Council on Recovery

"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up." – John Holmes | #TCORinspiration #hope4recovery

The opportunity amazing saving lives the goal💕Family Intervention Court aka Star Family Drug Court .. preserving familie...
03/08/2019
Harris Co. program helps those battling with addiction

The opportunity amazing saving lives the goal💕Family Intervention Court aka Star Family Drug Court .. preserving families one day at a time .. if interested in finding out more details on this program feel free to visit the 7th floor CPS specialty court Judge Katrina Griffith in the Juvenile Court Building 1200 Congress. Contact Tamisha Laster @ 708-359-7804 you may visit in person Matilda Saragosa @ 201 Caroline suit 1548 and/ or visit our page Harris County Family Intervention-Infant Toddler Court

They say its success through addiction recovery, but many simply call it star or drug court.

There is nothing worse than questioning what the right thing to do was when we see the result or impact of the rules/reg...
03/06/2019

There is nothing worse than questioning what the right thing to do was when we see the result or impact of the rules/regulations we created for ourselves to address participant behaviors. We look forward to learning about the current research so we can find a better way to promote recovery!

Many family treatment courts (FTCs) are challenged with effectively responding to participant behavior. The complexities of supporting real behavior change and providing accountability to achieve the goals of recovery and safe parenting require a renewed mindset towards sanctions and incentives.

This Café Conversation will highlight the most recent research and explore hot topics surrounding sanctions and incentives, such as use of jail, phase advancement, and termination. Join us on March 28th for a Live Conversation to hear FTC professionals talk about their experiences and lessons in responding to participant behavior. View our pre-recorded video presentation (30-minute duration) which will cover essential information about this topic.
Please visit Children and Family Futures
for more information.

#WebinarWednesday #StrengtheningPartnershipsImprovingFamilyOutcomes

03/05/2019

Be sure to check out Fox 26 and the Isaiah Factor at 10:30 to see the Family Intervention-Infant Toddler Court!! We have some awesome team members who put their heart and souls into the belief that recovery is possible and want to spread the news. We are grateful for the opportunity to have all of what we do highlighted!!!

When something is outside of your control, don’t let your thoughts or emotions get out of control by thinking you have a...
02/15/2019

When something is outside of your control, don’t let your thoughts or emotions get out of control by thinking you have any power. You’re power is taking control of where you put your energy.

Working in, as a part of, the child welfare system can be painfully frustrating at times. Luckily, we have the ability t...
02/13/2019
Texans Care For Children

Working in, as a part of, the child welfare system can be painfully frustrating at times. Luckily, we have the ability to do things differently within our program. There are so many barriers to reunification, recovery, health, financial stability, employment, sobriety, all within a 12 month, sometimes 18 month timeframe, it’s overwhelming. When parents get to see their infant/toddler/kids for two hours, every two weeks....that’s not the best we can do!! Protecting children also involves protecting their mental health/attachment/bonding opportunities. I look forward to reading the policy brief.

We will always continue looking at ways to be better at what we do!!

Texas has made progress on CPS & foster care issues, but there's a lot more work to do! Check out our policy brief on key CPS issues of the session.

It's helpful background for the House Appropriations Subcommittee hearings on CPS scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

Houston Area Women's Center
02/13/2019

Houston Area Women's Center

Taking time to care for yourself isn't selfish, it's radical. #WednesdayWisdom

Some of the Texas data to highlight....18% of all victims in 2017 were under the age of 1 (10,871)41% were between the a...
01/31/2019
Child Maltreatment 2017

Some of the Texas data to highlight....

18% of all victims in 2017 were under the age of 1 (10,871)
41% were between the ages of 0-3 (25,395)
There were 61,506 victims in Texas
11,971 are repeat victims

19% of victims are African American
30% of victims are White
44% of victims are Hispanic

26.3% --victims with drug abuse caregiver risk factor

15.9% of all victims had Family Preservation cases within the last 5 years

If you note the table regarding Part C services, IDEA, for Texas there is no data.

This report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2017.

01/28/2019

We are currently looking for therapists certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or trained in TF-CBT wiht extensive experience, to work with our kids/families on an hourly contract basis. Therapists will be required to participate in ongoing case consultation with multidiciplinary team. Hours vary and are determined by you and the family. All families are involved in the Family Intervention-Infant Toddler Court Program.

If you are interested, please contact Sarah Bogard at [email protected] or 832-964-6104

Is Doing Justice Really Enough? | Georgia Courts Journal
01/18/2019
Is Doing Justice Really Enough? | Georgia Courts Journal

Is Doing Justice Really Enough? | Georgia Courts Journal

Meeting our own needs and the needs of those we serve begins with creating a culture of well-being, of healing, where all people who enter our court feel physically and psychologically safe and valued. In creating this culture, it is important to understand that in the world in which we operate, rea...

Adults have it all wrong!
01/13/2019

Adults have it all wrong!

Some important information regarding sleep and how important it is to your health, wellbeing and recovery!
01/07/2019
Mental Health America

Some important information regarding sleep and how important it is to your health, wellbeing and recovery!

When you sleep, you give your body and mind the time it needs to cleanse, stabilize, and heal itself.

It’s never easy to reframe the way you thinkabout painful experiences in life. But, if you can start to view them as a l...
01/01/2019

It’s never easy to reframe the way you think
about painful experiences in life. But, if you can start to view them as a learning experience, you not only grow as a person, you also lessen the power they have over you!

For more inspiring quotes follow us here on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dailymotivationw/

12/30/2018
Little Girl With Swagger Whips and Nae Nae's with Santa

As we enter a new year, let’s all take some life lessons from this little girl. Even if in comparison to others she isn’t as far along, she’s confident in herself. Even if you aren’t as far along in your recovery as you would like to be, keep moving forward, no matter what. You will face setbacks, you will face triggers, but, no matter what, never let life take your swagger!! Just keep moving forward!

A little girl with serious swagger does the whip and nae nae with Santa in dance class indoors. AA: Christmas SUBSCRIBE TO Funny Clips Daily!: http://bit.ly/...

It’s funny to see the progression of our attempts at a photo, but there’s gotta be at least one in there somewhere. It’s...
12/29/2018

It’s funny to see the progression of our attempts at a photo, but there’s gotta be at least one in there somewhere. It’s been a stressful ride the past several months. When you’re part of a team, it’s difficult to see/know the uncertainty your team members feel regarding their path moving forward. Nobody likes change, but without it, without the courage and confidence in ourselves and each other, imagine all that would go unaccomplished in life! We are moving on to great things in 2019, so let’s do it!

We hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!! Have a safe Christmas Eve. We are never to old to believe in Chr...
12/24/2018

We hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!! Have a safe Christmas Eve. We are never to old to believe in Christmas Miracles!

Harris Health System
12/21/2018

Harris Health System

#firstdayofwinter

It was a pleasure to be in attendance for Judge Ronald Pope’s last Infant Toddler Court docket. As a Judge, he was one o...
12/20/2018

It was a pleasure to be in attendance for Judge Ronald Pope’s last Infant Toddler Court docket. As a Judge, he was one of the first in Texas to start asking questions about development, attachment, ECI. He was also a force when it came to parent/child contact and began requiring twice weekly visitation back in 2005. He will be greatly missed on the bench in Fort Bend. We are grateful for all he has done and recognize the impact he has had in his time on the bench. Our work in Harris County would not exist without the foundation he laid back in 2005. Thanks Judge Pope!

12/14/2018

We have amazing Judges. The heart they have for us and our program will be greatly missed...

Another great demonstration of what teamwork is all about and how much we care about the parents in our program having p...
12/14/2018

Another great demonstration of what teamwork is all about and how much we care about the parents in our program having positive memories despite the struggles they face, yet, will overcome!

It’s almost time!!
12/13/2018

It’s almost time!!

Great resource!! This coping skill works for grown ups too!
12/10/2018

Great resource!! This coping skill works for grown ups too!

Breathe, think, do! When kids get frustrated, help them calm down by encouraging them to take a deep breath, identify their feelings, and work to solve their problem. https://bit.ly/2BK4bIw

Well, yesterday was our last Thursday docket in the 311th courtroom. This has been our home, and beyond that, our workfa...
12/07/2018

Well, yesterday was our last Thursday docket in the 311th courtroom. This has been our home, and beyond that, our work
family since 2012 (?....struggling to remember.). As we transition on to the next “phase”, our strength remains in our team and how much we believe in what we do! We also have fun with each other and know how to laugh! We will miss our two Judges and thank them for ALL they have done, the time they dedicated, to us and the program.

Getting the whole team in one place for a photo is similar to trying to herd cats....

We are lucky to be working with our local ECI provider to better increase coordination of assessment information as a pa...
12/05/2018

We are lucky to be working with our local ECI provider to better increase coordination of assessment information as a part of our QIC collaborative. ECI is an amazing organization who is imperative for our families!!

Texas legislators needs to reduce the state's sky-high uninsured rate for kids and properly fund ECI for babies and toddlers with disabilities.

Here's the conversation our Communications Director, Peter Clark, had with KVUE's Ashley Goudeau about these critical issues: bit.ly/2rmfi6u

You never know the impact you have, so be the spark for someone who is struggling to find their own
12/03/2018

You never know the impact you have, so be the spark for someone who is struggling to find their own

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." – Albert Schweitzer | #TCORinspiration #hope4recovery

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  awarded $30 million to public housing authorities nationwide...
12/03/2018
HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $30 million to public housing authorities nationwide, which will work closely with local public welfare agencies to identify youth at risk of homelessness and families whose lack of adequate housing is the primary reason their children are in foster care.

This funding will make 3,000 vouchers available for families who are unable to secure affordable housing for their children or dependents.

Harris County was awarded 85 housing vouchers!! Thanks to all of the work done by a group of amazing agencies, our families/kids will be one of many beneficiaries.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $30 million to public housing authorities nationwide, which will work closely with local public welfare agencies to identify youth at risk of homelessness and families whose lack of adequate housing is the primar...

Today we took the first step in repositioning our program in order to better focus on identifying the individual needs o...
11/28/2018

Today we took the first step in repositioning our program in order to better focus on identifying the individual needs of families, parents, and children. Our phase system determines the progression of our cases, so let’s make them more congruent with the steps towards reunification! We have several more meetings to go, but, today was a start. Thanks for the amazing team we have who volunteered their time, office, and refreshments. Food always helps get the brain going.

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1200 Congress Ave., 7th Floor
Houston, TX
77007

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