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EMPOWER is pleased to announce Lue Nora DeWitt as the new Vice President of Permanency. DeWitt joined the EMPOWER team in July as the Director of Permanency Support and has been promoted to Vice President.

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 that 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 Vice President of Permanency, DeWitt will direct and manage all program activities and performance outcomes related to the Permanency division of EMPOWER. This position develops, manages, and evaluates program services, guidelines, procedures, policies, activities, and budget information. 

The position also works with communities, elected officials, administrative staff in other agencies providing services to abused and neglected children and their families, judicial, legal, and law enforcement personnel, medical and treatment professionals. The position works with DFPS staff including State Office CPS division, regional staff, and other stakeholders.

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

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