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

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

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