The Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards solicits statewide nominations from Regional Councils annually to recognize individuals and organizations that have made positive contributions to the foster care community. The TCCWB Awards Committee selects the final winners, who are then honored during an awards luncheon in Austin, Texas, in the fall.
TCCWB AWARDS BANQUET 2022 - AUSTIN
TCCWB met in Austin on Thursday & Friday 10/13 & 10/14/22 for their annual conference and awards banquet.
Besides regular business, meeting highlights included presentations from DFPS, Catherine Early, and others.
On Friday, the annual TCCWB Awards Luncheon was held for the statewide awards for this year. Recipients were honored in person at the luncheon with plaques given. Besides the plaques, the foster male & female youth of the year were each given a monetary gift to assist with daily living.
The luncheon was well attended with representation from throughout the state.
This year’s honorees are the following:
Male Outstanding Youth of the Year – Isiah Martinez, Region 8
Female Outstanding Youth of the Year – Rebecca Cohen – Region 7
Foster Parents of the Year – Derel & Mary Moore – Region 7
Gary & Amy Moore - Region 2
Outstanding CPS Leader – Shannon Walker – Region 8
Outstanding Community Resource- Brenda & Karee Remme – Region7
Volunteer of the Year – Diane Anderson-Glover – Region 8
Catherine Early serves as Assistant Professor for the MSU Texas Social Work Development where her teaching and research interests focus on social welfare policy, ethics, child welfare, child sex trafficking, and administrative and community practice. Her social work experience includes direct service, consulting, administrative, policy and advocacy work in the fields of child welfare, child domestic sex trafficking, early childhood education, and child & family ministry. She hold a Master of Science in Social Work Degree and is a Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator. She is currently pursuing her PhD. in Counselor Education at Texas Tech University. To help reduce the stigma faced by foster children and families, she developed Fostering Brighter Futures as a statewide project of the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards.
Catherine's past volunteer roles include President of the Junior League of Wichita Falls, President of the Wichita County Child Welfare Board, Chairperson for Community Partners of North Texas, and Trainer & Mentor for Traffick911.