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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

Friday, September 28 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Meet-and-Greet with 'So Did We Clean Up Foster Care?' Panelists

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Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of So Did We Clean Up Foster Care? in the sixth floor lobby of the Texas Public Policy Foundation immediately following their panel.

The Heart Gallery of Central Texas, a program of Partnerships for Children, features portraits of Central Texas children in the foster care system who are available for adoption. Working together, our community raises awareness around adoption, foster care and permanency

Presented by Upbring

Speakers
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Kristene Blackstone

Associate Commissioner of Child Protective Services at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Blackstone has served as associate commissioner of Child Protective Services since 2016. She has spent 17 years working with CPS, first as a caseworker and later as a supervisor, program director and regional program administrator. Blackstone has also served as deputy director for... Read More →
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James Frank

State Representative, R-Wichita Falls
Frank, R-Wichita Falls, has represented House District 69 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Human Services Committee and sits on the Local & Consent Calendars and Natural Resources committees. In the 85th legislative session, Frank sponsored House Bill 5 and House... Read More →
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Stephanie Rubin

CEO of Texans Care for Children
Rubin has served as CEO of Texans Care for Children since 2015. She previously served as senior officer of campaigns for The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she coordinated state policy and advocacy strategies for Pew’s early education, health and justice initiatives. Rubin was also... Read More →
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Edgar Walters

Investigative Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Walters is an investigative reporter for The Texas Tribune, where he started as an intern in 2013. Previously, he had a political reporting fellowship with the Berliner Zeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin. He is a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas... Read More →
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Gene Wu

State Representative, D-Houston
Wu, D-Houston, has represented House District 137 since 2013. He sits on the House Appropriations and Human Services committees. In the 85th legislative session, Wu co-authored and passed House Bill 7, a Child Protective Services overhaul bill reforming court processes and procedure... Read More →

Sponsors
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Upbring

Supporting Sponsor
Upbring is a leading Texas-based, faith-inspired nonprofit working to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Each year, we serve nearly 30,000 families through our life-changing programs—including foster care, adoption, education, residential... Read More →