Flooding from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath has devastated much of Southeast Texas. The federal and state government, along with charitable organizations and private citizens, are feverishly working to ensure the immediate safety of Texans during this difficult time.
In the midst of this disaster, we recognize there are vulnerable children and families in the child welfare system who may be in need. To support this already very vulnerable population, the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies, a charitable nonprofit organization, in coordination with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), is accepting cash donations to support children and families in the foster care system impacted by Harvey. Needs may vary from diapers and personal care items to food and necessities to make the home habitable for children. We will be working to ensure that needs are being identified and met in an appropriate manner.
To make a tax-deducible financial gift that will go to support foster children and their caregivers in need, please click here. Your contribution will go directly to the support and safety of children in the State’s conservatorship and their caregivers.
If you are a child care operation licensed by DFPS OR a relative/kinship caregiver OR a verified CPS foster parent and you are in need of financial support to help stabilize a child’s care, placement or to provide support to a child during this difficult time, please submit a request form to the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies, a charitable nonprofit organization. Requests will be processed in the order in which they’re received and must comply with funding policies.
Thank you to our family, friends and partners who are working hard to ensure our children who are in foster care are safe and protected. This is a challenging time for all of us, and we appreciate everyone’s help to take care of our children.
We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey.
TACFS is humbled by the mammoth effort of our members, first responders, and community and state leaders as they continue to work tirelessly to make sure children and families are safe during this ordeal.
We send our most sincere appreciation to these members and all TACFS members for their deep commitment to the most vulnerable children and families in Texas.
Our hearts and thoughts are with the great city of Houston and our beloved coastal communities as they work through the aftermath of this devastation.
We look forward to celebrating the resilience of Houston in October at the annual Texas Child Care Administrators Conference.
Residential Child Care Providers: Residential child care operations affected by Harvey should complete the Emergency Response Survey if they have to evacuate or relocate children. You can also call 1-800-252-5400.
Hurricane Harvey update on prior authorization here or contact their provider services department at 1-877-391-5921.
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The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Salvation Army, Greater Houston Area Command here
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How to get (and offer) help after Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast, and has left Houston — the nation's fourth-largest city — grappling with unprecedented flooding. Do you need help? Or do you want to help those in need? Check out these resources.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is assisting in the care of thousands of displaced Texans, and working to restore homes. Learn more here.
Save the Children
Save the Children is delivering family-friendly relief supplies, setting up child-friendly spaces in shelters, providing specially trained staff to help children, and planning for long-term recovery needs. Learn more here.
Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank is providing immediate food distribution to families most in need. Learn more at houstonfoodbank.org.
FEMA Resources hereWays to Help People and Animals here