“Since its founding in 1946, TCFR has facilitated the work of its members in the interest of Texas families.”
On March 25 – 26, 2010, the Texas Council on Family Relations held its annual conference at Baylor University in Waco, TX. The conference, with over 100 attendees from Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the nation, was a tremendous success. I would like to extend a special thank you to Tyler Horner and the many other TCFR Board members for organizing an outstanding conference and pre-conference. The theme for this year’s conference was “Promoting Healthy Families: Changing Families in Changing Times.” The pre-conference “Standards of Practice for Parent Coordinators: Texas Family Law and CFLE was presented by Deborah Cashen, President, Parenting Partnerships, Inc. and Dr. Lisa Walker, Private Practice, Adjunct Faculty, HDFS, UT-Austin was well attended. We especially appreciate our student attendance. Keynote presentations were delivered by Joyce James, Deputy Commissioner, Texas Department of Family & Protective Services. Dr. Maxine Hammonds-Smith, past President of NCFR delivered inspirational remarks at the close of the conference.
TCFR is pleased to announce that Joyce James, Deputy Commissioner, Texas Department of Family & Protective Services received the prestigious Moore Bowman Award, which is presented annually to a professional who has made a significant contribution to families in Texas. Dr. J. Kenneth Davidson received the Meritorious Service Award for his outstanding contribution in the area of family life education, marriage and family therapy, and/or family related research.
The annual TCFR student paper competition award winners were also announced at the conference. Tatyana Kuperman, University of North Texas as our Graduate Student award winner and Elizabeth Brower, Baylor University was our Undergraduate award winner. Congratulations to all of our 2010 award winners!
Thank you to all of the students and professionals who attended this year’s conference, and special thanks to those who delivered posters and workshops. As always, we are grateful for the TCFR Board Members who worked so diligently to make the conference a success. We also want to recognize and thank the many Baylor University students who contributed. Finally, on behalf of TCFR, I want to extend thanks to Dr. Steve Green for serving as President of TCFR for the past two years. Dr. Green did an excellent job of leading the organization during his term as President.
I look forward to working with board members and professionals who provide education and services to the families of Texas as the new President, and highly encourage you to be actively involved in the coming months as we seek to promote healthy families in the great state of Texas and beyond.