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.
Cristal earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Mercyhurst University in 2018. During her time in undergraduate studies, she began her work in the child welfare space with Families United Inc. where she worked with foster care and adoptive case workers and learned how to write home studies. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Texas at Arlington. From there she continued to work with children and families in multiple capacities at My Health My Resources (MHMR) in Tarrant County. Most recently, she worked as the Family Engagement Specialist for Saint Louise House where her efforts went towards developing engagement initiatives for adults and families and overseeing the admissions process from start to finish.
As the Foster Community Manager, you can find Cristal, 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. Cristal is most passionate about the Foster Community Mission to support communities and strengthen families. Cristal is most excited to rally the community to support foster families and to get more people licensed in Central Texas!
When Cristal is not working, she spends a lot of time with her cat Leo, her friends, and most importantly her family. Cristal moved to Austin over two years ago and still enjoys seeing what this great city has to offer. She enjoys going on hikes, trying new coffee shops, and trying different foods at any restaurant. As a Social Worker, Cristal lives by the Social Work Core Values and is very passionate about the work she does. She is excited to be back in the child welfare space and to support foster parents and caregivers and to make a difference in the community.