It should not hurt to be a child
The effects of child abuse and neglect can be long lasting. ESCAPE Family Resource Center was started in 1983 to give families parenting skills and strategies to promote a child’s healthy development.
Call today if you would like to take preventative measures in your family. 713.942.9500.
How to help
If a child does discloses abuse or neglect directly, listen and be supportive by validating how scary it can be to talk about the abuse and that they are being very courageous in sharing this information. Do not press for more information, and if the child is in immediate danger, call 911 or Child Protective Services (CPS). Link to www.bearesourcehouston.org
If you are being abused, tell someone. Go to a trusted individual, friend, teacher, non-abusing parent, school nurse, or neighbor and tell them what is happening. There are many resources to help you, but you must be in a safe place.
In an emergency, always call 911. Emergencies include a recent threat of violence, recent act of violence or imminent danger to someone’s health.
• Children’s Assessment Center: 1-800-252-5400. To report incidents of Child Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse or Neglect, please contact Statewide Intake at 1-800-252-5400. All incidents of child abuse, whether physical, emotional or sexual, should be reported using the 800 number provided. For additional information regarding help available for child sexual abuse please visit the Children’s Assessment Center Web Site at www.cachouston.org
• Houston Police Department Juvenile Division: 713-731-5353
8300 Mykawa, Houston 77048 (non-city residents, call your local police or sheriff’s department)
Physical and sexual abuse cases, by a family member or another person, may be reported to the police
for prosecution of the offender. www.houstontx.gov
• Childhelp: 1-800-4-A-CHILD
Childhelp is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States. www.childhelp.org
• Crime Stoppers of Houston: 713-521-4600. Crime Stoppers of Houston operates 713-222-TIPS, a telephone tip line. Citizens can provide information about criminal activity (including child abuse), which will then be transferred to law enforcement for immediate action. Callers are promised anonymity and cash rewards of up to $5,000 in exchange for their accurate crime tips. www.crime-stoppers.org
• Casa de Esperanza: 713-529-0639. Administration Office: P.O. Box 66581, Houston 77266-6581
Casa de Esperanza provides free, voluntary care for children up to age 6 at time of admission, whose families are in crisis that might lead to abuse. Temporary housing for the child and counseling for the parent is offered. Casa also cares for kids who are HIV+. Volunteers and aides staff nine houses for 3-6 children each, providing a home-like atmosphere. www.casahope.org
• Child Advocates Inc. (CASA): 713-529-1396. 2401 Portsmouth #210, Houston 77098.
Trained volunteers act as advocates, fact finders, and monitors for abused and neglected children.
• Children’s Assessment Center: 713-986-3300. 2500 Bolsover, Houston 77005
Multi-agency approach for prevention, investigation, and treatment for child victims of sexual abuse.
Police, CPS, District Attorneys, agencies, and volunteers provide a team approach to assist victims and their families. Specially trained doctors examine child victims of abuse; if a police report has been filed, law enforcement will pay for the exam. www.cachouston.org
• Children’s Court Services – Houston Area Women’s Center: 713-528-6798 x 2255 or 2237
1010 Waugh, Houston 77019
Children’s Court Services addresses the needs of youth victims or witnesses of crimes. Services include crisis-counseling, referrals to appropriate agencies, explanation of laws and legal procedures, court orientation, court accompaniment, specialized court preparation program, case information, and liaison with other agencies. Bilingual services are available. No fee. www.hawc.org
• Children’s Protective Services (CPS): 713-295-2794 or 713-940-3087
• BEAR….Be A Resource for CPS Kids. BEAR is a 501c3 public/private partnership that provides goods and services to children under the care of CPS in Harris County. BEAR provides emergency supplies, such as diapers, clothes, shoes, car seats, cribs, formula, and school uniforms. BEAR also provides items needed for youth who are graduating from high school and transitioning out of CPS care. www.bearesourcehouston.org
• Houston Area Women’s Center: 713-528-6798, 1010 Waugh, Houston 77019. Domestic Violence/Family Violence Hotline: 713-528-2121. HAWC provides support groups for non-offending parents and caregivers of children who have been sexually abused and support groups and individual counseling for girls ages 5-18 who have been sexually abused. Individual counseling is offered for male survivors, ages 5-18. No fees for services. www.hawc.org
• Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) 713-884-3300, 1906 Cochran Street, Houston 77009. PAL helps make the transition to adulthood successful for youth in foster care, ages 14-21. Services include independent living assessment, life skills training, and limited financial assistance to help youth meet educational and employment goals. www.haycenter.org
• Justice for Children: 713-225-4357, 2600 Southwest Freeway, Suite 806, Houston 77098
Justice for Children is a nonprofit child advocacy organization for children who have been abused by their caretakers. Information is provided regarding referral, legal advocacy, public policy monitoring, mental health, education and emotional support services. No fee. www.justiceforchildren.org
• Survivors of Incest Anonymous: 410-893-3322. SIA helps survivors connect with one another and carries a message of recovery to those who still suffer. The organization operates a telephone information line staffed exclusively by survivors; makes referrals to local SIA groups; assists individuals in starting new groups; and provides literature, including a quarterly newsletter. www.siawso.org
• Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services protects children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation by involving clients, families and communities.
• Harris County CPS - The Child Protective Services (CPS) program of DFPS investigates reports of suspected abuse and neglect.
• TXDPS Public Sex Offender Registry - The Texas Department of Safety (DPS) has established this Web site as the official Internet source for Sex Offender Registration information.
• Neighborhood Centers, Inc. - Bringing resources, education and connection to underserved neighborhoods.
• MomHouston Blogs - Houston Chronicle: MomHouston is a place for local moms to find things to do, share parenting advice, brag about their kids, and find one another.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Your online source for credible health information.
• B-di.com - Understanding Behavioral Individuality; Infant, Child & Adult Temperament.
• Collaborative for Children - Partnering with families, teachers, care providers and community-based groups, Collaborative for Children focuses on early care and education for children ages birth to six.
• The Thread Alliance - For those seeking child abuse prevention, intervention, or treatment information and services, The Thread Alliance provides a central registry of local, state, and national resources.
These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by ESCAPE Family Resource Center of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporations, organizations, or individuals. ESCAPE Family Resource Center bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.