Thursday, November 18, 2021
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Texas Public Policy Foundation
901 Congress Ave | Austin, TX 78701
Online via Livestream

 A Path Forward: Partnering for Texas Foster Kids image

With the Texas foster care system still in crisis and facing a critical moment, can policy makers and stakeholders come together to plan a viable future for the agency—and for Texas’ most vulnerable children? Join TPPF’s Andrew Brown as we partner with the Texas Black Caucus Foundation to discuss the challenges facing the system—and possible solutions. This live event will take place in our theater and online, and complimentary lunch will be provided for in-person attendees.


  • Andrew Brown, J.D. (Co-Moderator) – Distinguished Senior Fellow of Child and Family Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Rudy Metayer (Co-Moderator) – President & Executive Director, Texas Black Caucus Foundation
  • Aurora Martinez-Jones (Panelist) – Judge, 126th District Court
  • Jamie Masters (Panelist) – Commissioner, Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Katie Olse (Panelist) – CEO, Texas Alliance for Child and Family Services
  • Jamie McIlheran (Testimonial) – Foster Mom


  • 11:30AM-12PM – In-person guests check-in, get lunch, and gather in theater
  • 12-1PM – Event program in theater + livestream broadcast


There are two RSVP options for this event: 1) TPPF Theater (in-person) or 2) Livestream (online). When you RSVP, you will receive more information on how to attend in-person or tune in online, plus a reminder before our event and access to the video if you’re unable to watch in real time or want to share it with friends and neighbors.

The livestream can be viewed Thursday, 11/18 at 12PM CT via the following links:


TPPF PARKING INFORMATION: Please see the parking options below and click here for a parking map:

1) Metered parking – pay per minute/hour Congress Avenue – 9th Street, and surrounding streets

2) Peak Parking LLC – $6.00 for first 30 minutes then $3.00 for each additional 30 minutes – 176 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701

3) Capitol Tower – $9.00 per hour – 206 E 9th Street, Austin, TX 78701

*Please note this is a co-sponsored event and your RSVP information may be shared with our partner organization. When you RSVP, you will receive more event information and a reminder before the event.