Winter Storm Relief

If you are able, please consider supporting child- and family-serving organizations across Texas that are in need. These organizations show up to serve vulnerable Texans throughout the pandemic and through a historic winter storm and now they need our help. Many are without power and food supplies dwindling. If you are able to meet concrete needs locally, such as food or blankets, please email info@tacfs.org. If you are able to give monetary donations, please use the link below. All donations will go directly to Texas child and family serving organizations in need. 

For your convenience, the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies accepts donations online. To make a donation, please click the link below:

Please note that the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations
made to this organization are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Prolonged shortages of electricity and water are having a profound impact on organizations across Texas that serve children and family who suffer from abuse, neglect, domestic violence, homelessness, substance use disorders and more. Organizations have faced lengthy power outages, busted pipes, water shortages and dwindling food supplies.
 
Child-serving organizations throughout Texas have been impacted in a variety of ways:

  • Residential facilities for vulnerable kids have gone days without power and are experiencing bursts in pipes and other water infrastructure.

  • Groups of children have been moved from one facility to another to minimize the amount of time they spend sleeping without heat.

  • Businesses have delivered food, clothes and other supplies as organizations cope with dwindling food supplies.

  • One organization in the Austin area reserved hotel rooms last weekend so that kids would have a place to go in emergency conditions such as those that followed.

  • A church in Abilene opened its doors to eight children, plus staff, from a child-serving organization that lost power and water.

  • Staff have slept at child-serving facilities to ensure poor driving conditions do not prevent them from getting to work.

Volunteers and groups looking to help child-serving organizations are encouraged to reach out to TACFS staff at info@tacfs.org.
 
"Organizations serving vulnerable kids have lost basic necessities," said Katie Olse, CEO of the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services. "It’s a frightening time for kids who have already experienced trauma and the adults who are committed to caring for them. While we recognize millions of Texans are suffering right now, we ask that those who are in a position to help consider donating resources, food or supplies to child-serving organizations in your community."

You can read more here.