Founded in 1983 by the Houston Area Exchange Clubs, ESCAPE Family Resource Center began as part of a national project dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in local communities across the country. ESCAPE stands for Exchange Supported Child Abuse Prevention Effort.
As a nonprofit, 501(c)3, organization, ESCAPE relies on private support to present programs, services, training and interventions focused on preventing and combatting emotional, physical, and sexual violence towards children. ESCAPE does not receive direct funding allocations from United Way or the government.
Contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, churches, and other organizations are crucial. These generous donations allow ESCAPE to provide curriculum-based child abuse prevention programs that involve the entire family. Classes are taught in English and Spanish throughout the week in dozens of locations in the Greater Houston area.
The mission of ESCAPE Family Resource Center is to prevent child abuse and neglect before a child is hurt by providing education, intervention and support programs to families in crisis.
Stress is the greatest factor placing children at risk for being victims of abuse or neglect. All families experience stress at some point in their lives. Most people parent their children using the methods their parents used with them.