Alliance For Children is the only Children’s Advocacy Center in Tarrant County and was one of the first children’s advocacy center programs established in Texas.
Since 1992, over 42,000 children have benefited from Alliance For Children’s teamed investigations and coordinated approach. Our program has served as a model for many of the Children’s Advocacy Centers across the state of Texas today.
Alliance For Children is a nonprofit organization that operates three child-friendly centers in Tarrant County, located in Arlington, Fort Worth, and Hurst. Within each of our centers, there are three partner agencies co-located within each center offering a coordinated and teamed approach to child abuse investigations. These agencies are: Crimes Against Children Unit of the police departments, Child Protective Services, and Tarrant County District Attorney’s office.
In addition to these agencies, the Alliance For Children Forensic Interview team is housed at our centers and provides child abuse investigations key information. Cook Children’s Medical Center also works closely with Alliance For Children and its team to provide medical care for these child abuse victims.
After the abuse has been confirmed, we are dedicated to helping these children heal from their abuse. We also train adults to prevent child abuse through our education efforts. Some key services we have implemented are making a difference in the lives of child abuse victims and are impacting our community. These services are:
- Group counseling services for children who are confirmed victims of abuse and their protective parents;
- Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) combined with the use of therapy dogs within our counseling program.
- Prevent Now, an education program to prevent sexual and physical abuse, with the goal of training 70,000 adults by 2020.
Alliance For Children is a fully accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, a membership association of over 700 children’s advocacy centers and is a founding member of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, a membership organization of over 65 Texas children’s advocacy centers.