2022 Child Welfare Primer

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Join us for the virtual 2022 Child Welfare Primer: Creative Community Approaches to Building Foster Care Capacity on May 11.

The Child Welfare Primer: Creative Community Approaches to Building Foster Care Capacity will focus on bringing together experts and leaders from across the child welfare system to discuss the capacity crisis and highlight creative, long-term solutions to prevent this kind of crisis in the future. The webinar will feature a panel of experts from the child welfare system moderated by facilitator Katie Olse.

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Registration is free and open to everyone involved in the system from CASA staff and volunteers to CPS staff, child welfare providers and legislative staff.


Panel Facilitator: Katie Olse

Katie Olse was appointed CEO of the Alliance in December of 2016. She formerly served as the Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Prior to her role as Deputy Commissioner she was Chief of Staff for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Executive Commissioner for DFPS and the former Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. She also served as the Director of the Center for Consumer and External Affairs at DFPS where she worked closely with the DFPS Commissioner and the Legislature on critical issues within the child protection, regulatory, adult protective and prevention/early intervention realms.


Brock Boudreau

Dr. Brock Boudreau has served as the Deputy Associate Commissioner for Texas Child Protective Services since March 2022. Brock most recently served as the Director of the Center for Learning and Organizational Excellence, and he has worked with DFPS for over 15 years. Brock started as a Program Specialist and then as the Division Administrator for the CPS Analytics and Evaluation team. Prior to working for DFPS, Brock was an Associate Professor and Senior Research Associate at Dalhousie University. During his time at Dalhousie, Brock held appointments in the Department of Psychology and on the Faculty of Medicine. He delivered courses in Public Health, Psychology, and Statistics; in addition, he was responsible for monitoring adolescent high risk behavior as it relates to health outcomes and public policy.

Brock has a PhD in Educational Psychology/Research Design and Statistics and is a Six Sigma Blackbelt. His expertise is operational problem solving and improving system performance. He’s published numerous articles and most recently coauthored a chapter in the Handbook of Foster Youth.

Carol Self

Carol Self has been a champion for children and families involved in the child welfare system for over 30 years. Carol spent 25 years working for Child Protective Services (CPS) in Texas where she held a variety of front-line positions prior to joining the CPS state office team. While at state office, she served as the Director of Permanency and was responsible for policy and program development for children and youth in conservatorship including Kinship, Family Group Decision Making, Domestic Violence, the Fatherhood and Parent Collaboration Initiatives, and Education. Carol retired from DFPS in June 2021, and is currently working as a child welfare consultant under contract with Casey Family Programs. She earned her Bachelors of Science from the University of Houston and her Masters of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.

Wayne Carson

Wayne Carson has over 30 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of roles, with the last 20 years serving as Chief Executive Officer of ACH Child and Family Services (ACH). With a focused mission to “Protect Children and Preserve Families”, and 700 dedicated staff, ACH operates 16 different programs in several counties providing a range of services that both prevent and treat child abuse, neglect, homelessness and family separation. Wayne holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. He serves on the boards of the Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County and the Texas Alliance for Child and Family Services in Austin, TX. In 2019 Wayne was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Transition Legislative Oversight Committee.

Metoyer Ellis

Metoyer Martin is currently the CASA Program Director at Child Advocates of Fort Bend. She was promoted to this position in December 2008. Metoyer joined the agency in 2005 as a CASA Volunteer Supervisor, having previously worked as a Child Protective Services caseworker for 2 ½ years before joining Child Advocates. Metoyer began her career in the social service field as a youth counselor at an emergency shelter for abused and neglected children in 2001. She has worked with abused and neglected children for twenty one years. Metoyer completed a Master of Social Work degree in June 2009 from the University of Houston. She also earned a Masters of Sociology degree in 2004 from Texas Southern University and a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree in 2001 from Sam Houston State University, and became a TBRI Practitioner in 2019.

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