Programs

Our programs are designed to prevent child abuse, neglect and family separation and help heal and treat children already affected by these tragedies. With more than a century of experience working with children, we know that the best way to accomplish our mission is to work with families, whenever possible, to strengthen their ability to care for their children safely.

Promoting Safety and Stability
 
Assessment, Intervention and Referral Services (AIRS)

24-hour crisis call response, centralized assessment and intake department for ACH programs, and referrals to services in the community.
817.335.HOPE (4673)
888.296.8099
[email protected]

Funding partner: Texas Prevention and Early Intervention

 

HOPE (Homeless Outreach Project Experience) Street Outreach Program

HOPE provides outreach and case management services to runaway, homeless youth and sexually exploited and/or trafficked youth and youth at risk for sexual exploitation and/or trafficking. HOPE’s services increase youths’ safety, well-being and self-sufficiency through permanent connection to caring adults, family reunification, transition to shelter or safe and stable housing, assessment, and safety and resource planning.

Service Area: Tarrant County

Funding: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

 

The LIFE (Learning Independence from Experience) Project

The LIFE (Learning Independence from Experience) Project promotes self-confidence and self-sufficiency for eligible young adults by providing a variety of housing options for young adults. These different settings allow young adults to experience independent living while continuing to receive support, guidance and assistance with skills development. Participants must be 18 to 21 years of age, either single or parenting single adults aging out of foster care, or homeless young adults.

Service Area: CPS Region 3b (Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell and Tarrant counties) and the following Region 3 counties: Dallas, Denton, Ellis and Navarro

Funding Partner: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 

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Safe Place

This locally administered national program is designed to provide immediate help and safety to young people, under the age of 18 years, who are experiencing a crisis. Safe Place sites are developed in partnership with business and community locations that are easily accessible to youth. Locally, this critical community safety net makes it possible for youth to get help fast at locations displaying the distinctive yellow and black Safe Place sign. ACH provides response to youth at Safe Place locations.

Service Area: Tarrant County

Funding Partner: QuikTrip, National Safe Place and Texas Prevention and Early Intervention

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Youth Emergency Shelter

The youth emergency shelter offers runaway, homeless and street youth as well as trafficking survivors, ages 10-17, 24-hour immediate safe shelter and care while ACH works to reunite them with their families, or find safe and stable alternative living arrangements. The program provides outreach, education, advocacy, counseling, and case management services for youth who are experiencing family crisis, family conflict, or homelessness. 

Service Area: Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell and Tarrant counties

Funding Partners: Emergency Food and Shelter Program; Tarrant County Community Development/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families; United Way of Tarrant County

 

Preserving Families
 
Families Together

Families Together provides parent-child transitional housing and offers single-parent families experiencing homelessness a safe and stable living environment while they work to overcome the crisis that led to their homelessness and return to independent living. Short-term, basic and therapeutic services in safe residential care are provided to maintain the family unit, promote and encourage family independence, and promote and encourage long-term self-sufficiency and family stability.

 Service Area: Tarrant County

 Funding Partner: No funding partner currently.

 

Youth and Family Counseling

Counseling offers real help for youth up to age 18, and their families dealing with real-life issues such as conflict at home, bullying, anger management issues, talk of running away, reckless or criminal behavior, and school attendance or behavior problems. Services are provided at convenient community locations.

Service Area: Hill, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker and Tarrant counties

Funding Partner: Texas Prevention and Early Intervention

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Skill Builder Classes

This program provides one-hour group classes lasting 6 weeks for youth, ages 10-18, and parents of youth up to age 18 needing real-life skills. Topics include Life Skills, Why Try, Anger Management, Theft Prevention and Parenting Wisely. Over 98% success rates using evidence-based curricula.

Service Area: Hill, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker and Tarrant counties

Funding Partner: Texas Prevention and Early Intervention

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Treatment Services 
 
Adoption

ACH partners with Child Protective Services to find adoptive families for children. ACH provides services for families until adoption is finalized. ACH also provides post-adoption support and referral services to families, as needed.

Service Area: The service area for licensing families is CPS Region 3 (Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise counties). However, children can be matched from anywhere within Texas with families approved by ACH.

Funding Partner: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

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Behavioral Care

The behavioral care program includes therapeutic residential services for children, ages 4-12, with moderate to severe behavioral challenges. This program provides safe and structured residential care that teaches adaptive behaviors, supports successful child development and promotes family reunification where possible.

Service Area: Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell and Tarrant counties

Funding Partner: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

 

Foster Care

Foster Care provides services for children, ages 0-17, in the conservatorship of the state of Texas.  ACH recruits, trains and licenses families to provide therapeutic foster care. Our foster parents are a vital part of a  team of professionals working to provide the best possible outcomes to the children we serve.  ACH provides a full range of supportive services to meet the diverse needs of foster families and the children they care for, including access to many other ACH programs.

Service Area: CPS Region 3 (Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise counties). ACH also partners with Our Community Our Kids in Foster Care Redesign for Region 3b (Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell and Tarrant) to ensure the best possible placements are found for children who cannot reside with their biological families.

Funding Partner: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

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Summit Program

This is an innovative crisis stabilization and respite program designed to serve youth, ages 10-17. This program provides youth who are experiencing crisis with acute mental health assessment and stabilization within a pleasant and home-like residential environment. The goal of the program is to prevent further deterioration or the need for hospitalization or out-of-home-placement youth that do not meet the criteria for inpatient hospitalization. In addition, the program works to promote family stability by providing a variety of services to meet individualized needs of each family and youth. Each family is provided with referral or connection to aftercare services that will support their ongoing progress. Immediate assessment and crisis intervention is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 817.909.1171.
Service Area: Tarrant County
Funding Partner: Beacon Health Options

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Turning Point

This crisis intervention, acute stabilization and family preservation program provides foster children and their caregivers with relief and therapeutic interventions that prevent hospitalizations and placement disruptions. Immediate assessment and crisis intervention is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 817.909.1171.

Service Area: CPS Region 3 (Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise counties)

Funding Partner: Cenpatico

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Wedgwood Transitional Living Program

Wedgwood offers safe, stable and nurturing homes for youth, ages 14-17, who are unable to live with their families or in a community home setting. This program provides basic and therapeutic services in a residential setting that assists youth in gaining independent living skills in a safe and supportive environment.  Youth will work toward gaining the necessary skills to succeed in a variety of settings. This may include a family foster care placement, family reunification, or a transition to independence or an independent living program. 

Service Area: Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell and Tarrant counties

Funding Partner: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services