Foster Community was born out of the Travis County Collaborative for Children (TCCC), a bold and ambitious initiative that works to bring system wide change to the way foster children in Travis County are cared for during, and after, their time in state custody.
Chelsy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Texas in 2009. During her time in undergraduate studies she began her work in the social service field with Communities in Schools and also spent time working with Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center in various roles. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Houston in 2011. From there she continued to work with children and families in multiple capacities including Baylor College of Medicine Community Programs and Texas Children's Hospital. Most recently, she worked as the Family Development Coordinator for The Settlement Home for Children, Foster Care and Adoption Program where her efforts went towards recruiting and training potential foster/adoptive families.
As the Director of Foster Community, you can find Chelsy, engaging communities, raising awareness surrounding the needs of families within the child welfare system, and building relationships with amazing organizations that are serving the foster care and adoption community. Chelsy is most passionate about seeing the child welfare system transformed by enhancing community support. With the rates of disproportionality steadily increasing, she wants to be a part of making the change so children can stay as close to home as possible.
When Chelsy is not working, she spends a lot of time trying to TBRI her entire family, including herself. Chelsy and her husband moved from Houston four years ago after they had their second child and adopted two children all within six months of each other. They have five children total; two bonus kids, AJ and Olivia and three biological children, Bailey, Preston and Landon. As an adoptive parent, she understands the details of the licensing process and the unique style of parenting that is utilized when raising children who have been in foster care. She understands the supports parents and caregivers need to help their children be successful, but more importantly, the support needed to keep their own sanity. Her family is absolutely everything and her faith is what motivates it all.