In February 2018, the Rebuild Texas Fund awarded $800,000 to the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies (“the Center”), the 501c3 non-profit arm of the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services (TACFS). The grant supports recovery and relief efforts for foster care children and families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
This spring, the Center reviewed responses to the grant RFP and on April 24, 2018 announced awards to 12 organizations for work in the impacted region. Proposals were required to address either mitigating compounding trauma and/or building and maintaining capacity in the foster care system.
The following awards will support foster care capacity-building:
Arrow Child and Family Ministry ($50,000) – Arrow Child and Family Ministry will utilize funds from this grant to hire a recruitment coordinator, conduct a media campaign to attract interest in fostering, and provide accelerated options for families to become licensed foster families. Arrow’s project would increase capacity in Regions 2 and 3.
DePelchin ($50,000) – DePelchin will utilize funds from this grant to jump start foster home recruitment and verification that was stalled because of Harvey. DePelchin aims to verify 98 new homes during the grant period. The project would be active in Regions 1, 2, and 3.
Family Endeavors Inc. ($50,000) – Family Endeavors will utilize funds from this grant for training and home study services to families who postponed the verification process due to Harvey. The project would be focused in Regions 2 and 4.
Girls Haven ($44,850) – Girls Haven will utilize funds from this grant to expand their Supervised Independent Living Program which will allow girls ages 18 to 22 to remain in care while developing skills to live independently.t. This project would be active in Region 1 (Jefferson County).
Grace Manor ($45,000) – Grace Manor would utilize funds from this grant to employee a full-time recruitment and retention specialist, host recruitment events, and create 10 “Foster Home Safety Kits” to assist families in completing the verification process. The project would be active in Regions 1 and 2.
The Jim H. Green Kidz Harbor Inc. ($50,000) – The Jim H. Green Kidz Harbor will utilize funds to rebuild their residential facility after flooding from the storm. The facility is located in Region 3 (Brazoria County).
Prairie Harbor ($50,000) – Prairie Harbor will utilize funds from this grant to pay for a site plan and entrance for a Residential Treatment Center (RTC) in Nueces County. Construction was halted due to the storm. Region 5 is without this capacity.
Tejano Center for Community Concerns ($50,000) – Tejano Center for Community Concerns will utilize funds to hire a full-time trainer and part-time recruiter to assist in growing foster care placements in Region 2. These positions would allow the TCCC to re-establish ties with foster homes that lost their ability to foster due to Harvey and increase capacity of verified families.
Upbring ($50,000) – Upbring will utilize funds from this grant to provide stipends to the agency’s foster families in Regions 2, 4, and 5. These stipends would be used for expenses associated with rebuilding damage from the storm and attending the training necessary to maintain their status as active foster families.
The following grant awards will support mitigating trauma for children in foster care and their foster families in the hurricane-impacted region:
DePelchin ($50,000) – DePelchin would utilize funds from this grant to provide trauma informed assessment and counseling through its Family Integrated Relational Services Treatment Program to 1,410 children living in Regions 2 and 3.
Devereux ($50,000) – Devereux will utilize funds from this grant to implement the Devereux Texas Enhanced Trauma Informed Care project to deepen their ability to meet the needs of a traumatized population by training their staff and clinicians in advanced level trauma support. The efforts would be focused in Regions 3 and 4.
Family Endeavors Inc. ($50,000) – Family Endeavors Inc. will utilize funds from this grant to implement a train the trainer model for trauma inform care and would provide this training to providers in Region 4 who interact with children in care.
Girls Haven ($10,150) – Girls Haven will utilize funds from this grant to implement a Hurricane Harvey Grief Group free to the community in Region 1 (Jefferson County).
Promise Rose RTC ($50,000) – Promise Rose RTC will utilize funds from this grant to implement The Art of Life Project with a therapeutically comforting approach to help children in care in Region 2 (Harris County) who suffered through Harvey to manage their trauma-related stress.
Sheltering Harbor ($50,000) – Sheltering Harbor will utilize funds from this grant to expand its yoga relaxation program for children in care by targeting PTSD and stress reduction techniques.