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New Director of Permanency Support brings wealth of Community-Based Care knowledge to Metroplex East


Dallas, TX – EMPOWER is pleased to announce Lue Nora DeWitt as the new Director of Permanency Support.

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

DeWitt has worked in child welfare for the past 28 years. She retired from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) where she served as Program Administrator for both Conservatorship and Family-Based Safety Services. She also served as Permanency Practitioner, Risk Manager, Academy Trainer, Investigator and Legal Liaison.

“I am so excited to be here and continue this meaningful work,” Lue Nora DeWitt said. “EMPOWER will be an essential part of ensuring quality services to local foster children and families. I’m happy to be on the team making a difference!”

As the Director of Permanency Support DeWitt will oversee the permanency support units. This position implements strategic planning related to all aspects of specialty positions supporting the permanency division.

DeWitt received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. She obtained her master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas in Arlington, TX. There are many local children in foster care in need of 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