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Children Services - How to Enroll

First, take a look at an overview of our programs' eligibility criteria.

If you have any questions or if you're ready to apply, please call our visit one of our community centers.

Child Welfare Programs

Children F.I.R.S.T.

Steps to receiving services
  1. A CPS Caseworker will refer a family to Children FIRST.
  2. A Children FIRST Case Coordinator will make an unannounced initial visit with family.
  3. A Children FIRST Case Coordinator and parent/caregiver will develop an individualized service plan of care, set goals and address any immediate needs of the family.
  4. A Children FIRST Care Coordinator will meet with family weekly providing interventions necessary until the family has attained service plan goals.

Children FIRST Team is co-located with the Child Protective Services Division of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

14000 Summit Dr., Ste. 100, Austin, Texas 78728 (Map)

For more information, please contact Program Manager, Mary Williams – (512) 834-3864.

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Child Protective Services Board

The Travis County Children's Protective Services Board is comprised of up to 15 members appointed by the Travis County Commissioners for three year terms. Members volunteer their time and talents to advocate for the protection and well-being of those Travis County children who are in the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) Child Protective Services Division.

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Child Protective Services Reintegration Project

All referrals to CRP must be submitted by CPS workers.

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Family Drug Treatment Court

Participation in the TCFDTC program is voluntary. Parents can elect not to participate in the program by not signing the client agreement. However, once a parent has signed a client agreement and agreed to engage in the TCFDTC program, they are subject to incentives and sanctions based on their behavior. The parent is also not allowed to voluntarily withdraw from the program without the permission of the Court.

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Healthy Families Travis County

Services are offered to first-time parents, who reside in some Travis County zip code areas. Most referrals come from local prenatal clinics and some are obtained from area high schools. Intake Workers visit clinics and schools regularly to gather referrals. Families receive information and referral services and may qualify for home visiting services.

Most referrals come from local prenatal clinics and some are obtained from area high schools. Intake Workers visit clinics and schools regularly to gather referrals.

Enrichment

AgriLife Extension

Several programs for individuals and families are available from our partners at Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Apply through the AgriLife Extension website.

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Summer Youth Employment

Contact the Work-Based Learning/Summer Youth Employment Program’s office beginning the first week of January to be scheduled for the required 15 hours of Job Readiness Training. All training must be completed by March 31st.

Call (512) 854-4590 to find out how you can participate or e-mail us at:  linda.espy@traviscountytx.gov or manuel.villanueva@traviscountytx.gov.     

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Juvenile Justice

Neighborhood Conference Committee

The Neighborhood Conference Committee program handles Class A and Class B misdemeanor cases not involving weapons/serious assault, committed by juveniles between the ages of 10-16 years of age and who have no prior adjudicated offenses.

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Children & Youth Mental Health

Community Partners for Children

If you identify a youth who could benefit from the individualized community planning of CPC contact Sonia to discuss general eligibility, to receive the CPC referral packet and to facilitate the scheduling of a session for your youth.

Community Personnel: Sonia Hartman, (512) 854-5022.

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The Children’s Partnership

All referrals come through the local Community Partners for Children (TCP), Travis County CRCG, Community Resource Coordination Group. TCP serves as the single point of community access to services and supports for children, youth, and families.

To be screened for TCP, please contact:
Sonia Hartman, Travis County System of Care Manager, (512) 854-5022
Sonia.Hartman@traviscountytx.gov

Julia Subervi, Travis County TCP/CRCG coordinator, (512) 225-0513
Julia.Subervi@traviscountytx.gov
*Bilingual English/Spanish*

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Triad

A referral is made to Community Partners for Children (CPC). The family and referring entity attend the CPC meeting and in partnership with the family a plan is developed that will provide support to the youth and family. The plan may involve the Triad program, as well as, other community supports and services. The Triad program is utilized as a “last resort” option when a youth is not able to remain stable and safe in the community despite the use of a variety of supports and interventions. Contact the CPC Coordinator/Intake Specialist at (512) 854-4100 to facilitate the CPC referral process.

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Youth & Family Assessment Center

>Referrals for enrollment come through:

  • AISD Child Study Teams for Communities In Schools (CIS) Care Coordinators (YFAC Wrap)
  • Travis County Community Centers for YFAC Supportive Services
  • Communities In Schools (CIS) Program Managers for YFAC Skills-Building Camp

For more information please contact:

Laura Peveto, Prevention and Intervention Manager
Office of Children Services
Travis County HHS/VS
(512) 854-7874
laura.peveto@traviscountytx.gov

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Workforce

Summer Youth Employment

Contact the Work-Based Learning/Summer Youth Employment Program’s office beginning the first week of January to be scheduled for the required 15 hours of Job Readiness Training. All training must be completed by March 31st.

Call (512) 854-4590 to find out how you can participate or e-mail us at:  linda.espy@traviscountytx.gov or manuel.villanueva@traviscountytx.gov.     

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Next Steps

If you think that you qualify for our services, learn how to apply.


Last Modified: Friday, July 5, 2013 9:36 AM


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