"We need to institute holistic systemic change now."
That's the message from Michael Loo, CEO of Upbring, a Texas nonprofit that has been working to improve the lives of at-risk children for more than a decade, per a press release.
But the state's child welfare system is in desperate need of such systemic change, Loo says.
"First as a father, and then as the president and CEO of Upbring, it pains me to see the institutional challenges and traumas that far too many children face today within systems that are designed to serve them," Loo says.
"We need to shift our focus toward delivering purposeful, innovative solutions with measurable outcomes that improve child wellbeing."
To that end, Loo has set his sights on transforming Texas' child welfare system, which he says is rife with problems, from "archaic technology and data structures" to "operational and financial inefficiencies," per the Austin American-Statesman.
"We need to institute holistic systemic change now," Loo says.
"And I am excited to venture into unexplored waters."
In the last seven years, Loo says Upbring has implemented "innovative and effective" programs that include "operational, financial, programmatic, and structural improvements," but "we need to institute holistic systemic
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