Community Development

Community Development

We bring together committed community partners to help foster children affected by abuse and neglect.

Every day, our team works with caregivers, child welfare professionals, CASA advocates, judges, attorneys and other community partners through the Rees-Jones Center’s Community Development Program. Our goal is the promotion of best practices that meet the unique health, education and recovery needs of foster children who may suffer from trauma due to abuse and neglect.

Family Advisory Council

At the Rees-Jones Center, we collaborate regularly with our Family Advisory Council (FAC). This board of volunteers – made up of caregivers, advocates and former foster youth – is focused on improving the experience our foster families have at the center. By sharing their insights and perspectives as caregivers and patients, FAC volunteers ensure that our families receive the highest quality of care possible.

For more information about the Rees-Jones Center’s FAC or to apply for membership, please email the center.

North Texas Foster Care Consortium

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The North Texas Foster Care Consortium unites community advocates and agencies from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area to improve the well-being of children in foster care. As a founding pillar of the consortium, the Rees-Jones Center helped lead and guide this effort. Today, we are continuing to work with community partners, ensuring that the voices of the children and families involved in the child welfare system do not go unheard.

For more information or to apply for membership, please visit the Consortium website.

Providing education and information on trauma related topics

The Rees-Jones Center regularly provides trainings, both in person and virtually, on topics related to understanding and navigating the effects of trauma on children and families. These trainings are often provided to child welfare professionals, caregivers, medical and behavioral health providers, and others, equipping those working with children with the information and skills to provide the best support and care possible.

Past training topics have included:

  • Encouraging the cultural identities of children and youth in foster care

  • Understanding the long term effects of sexual abuse

  • How to be a trauma-informed organization

  • Trauma-informed behavior management and de-escalation strategies for challenging behaviors

  • For more information or to request a training for your organization, please email the Rees-Jones Center (

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