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Dallas, TX (November 20, 2023) – EMPOWER is pleased to announce that Brenda Littlefield is the new Director of Permanency Support.

EMPOWER, a child welfare collaborative led by Texas Family Initiative LLC (TFI), serves as the Community-Based Care (CBC) contractor in Metroplex East. This nine-county region includes Dallas and surrounding communities. EMPOWER will oversee foster care, case management, kinship, and reunification services.

Prior to this new role, Littlefield served over four years as a Conservatorship Supervisor II in Dallas County, four years as a Kinship Caseworker IV in Denton County, three-plus years as CVS Caseworker II in Denton County, and two years as CASA in Tarrant County.

“I am most excited and passionate about the opportunity to work with such a talented team and model the way for new staff as we move into Stage II,” Littlefield said.

As the Director of Permanency Support, Littlefield will oversee the Transportation and Life Skills Training (formally known as the PAL Program) for youth in the area. She is passionate about her work and sees that each child has the tools and knowledge to succeed.

Littlefield received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of North Texas. She also obtained her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas – Arlington. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker.

Many local children in foster care need a safe, loving place to call home. To learn more about how you can help these children in need, please visit  


EMPOWER is a unique partnership between Texas Family Initiative LLC, CK Family Services, Jonathan’s Place, Bair Foundation, Pathways Youth and Family Services that works together to serve some of our most vulnerable children and families. This partnership has almost 190 years of combined child welfare experience and will further our community’s pursuit of caring for our children and families with integrity and success. To learn more, please visit