parents looking down at their newborn

What We Do

HIP provides voluntary, in-home parent education using evidence-based or promising practice programs and other support services, including basic needs support, to families who are experiencing adversity and have a newborn. The programs are effective in increasing protective factors for specialized families involved with the child welfare system, including current and former pregnant or parenting foster youth. The programs are designed to support healthy, nurturing, and safe homes for children and ultimately promote positive outcomes for children and families.

Who We Serve

  • Former and current youth in foster care who are pregnant, who have recently given birth, or are parenting a child up to two (2) years old.
  • Teen fathers who are currently or previously in foster care.
  • Other families involved with the child welfare system.

Map of Providers and Communities

Map of Texas, showing providers across the state. For a text version of HIP providers, check the PEI Provider Directory.

For additional provider details, see the 2023 provider directory.

How We Measure Success

  • Children remain safe during services, within 1 year (98.7% in FY20) and 3 years (100% in FY20).
  • Increase in protective factors, such as family functioning and resiliency, social supports, and nurturing/attachment (88% of caregivers in FY20).

Program Data

  • Program Start Date: 2014
  • Target Number of Youth/Families Served Annually, FY22: 405
  • Average Number of Youth/ Families Served Per Month, FY21: 177
  • Counties Served: 75
  • Annual Budget for Community Contracts: $1,204,066
  • Total Number of Community Grantees: 9 Grantees, 1 subgrantee
  • Average Grantee Budget: $133,785

HIP Success Story

BCFS Health and Human Services, Gregg County

Meg, a 20-year-old former foster youth, was referred to the HIP program by Child Protective Services in February 2020. A few months prior, Meg gave birth to her son prematurely when she was only 27 weeks pregnant.

At the beginning of HIP services Meg struggled to keep appointments with her family educator due to her son’s multiple medical appointments. However, once her son was home from the hospital, Meg became determined to engage in the HIP program to assist her to be the best mother to her child. Her family educator indicated that Meg was extremely positive as they worked through the curricula and never let any challenges hinder her from success.

Despite her early struggles, after months of diligent work, Meg graduated the HIP program which she stated was “important and very helpful” in her parenting journey.