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Amachi Texas

(Program facilitated through Big Brothers Big Sisters)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas (BBBSNT)
450 E. John Carpenter Fwy.
Irving, TX 75062

(Offices also available in Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, El Paso, Galveston, Hereford, Houston, Lubbock, Midland, San Angelo and San Antonio)

Services Offered: Amachi Texas is a public private effort between the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), the Governor's Office, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) and the OneStar Foundation. The program focuses on children of offenders (ages 6 to 14) and provides a one to one mentoring relationship with a caring adult.

Contact Information:
BBBS of North Texas
(817) 277-1148

Buckner Children's Home

600 N. Pearl, Ste. 2000
Dallas, TX 75201

Services Offered: Located across Texas, Buckner offers services ranging from parenting classes for incarcerated women to residential treatment for abused and neglected children, as well as extensive non residential services in surrounding communities.

Contact Information:
(888) 4 BUCKNER (282-5637)

Career Development Resources, Texas Workforce Commission

9001 IH35 North, Ste. 103B
Austin, TX 78753 5233

(information for all counties)

Services Offered: Provides information relating to careers, educational training options and jobs. Web-based resources include, but are not limited to: Reality Check Texas Budget Calculator (an on-line calculator for youth to determine living expenses and provides information regarding careers that will match those needs). IOSCAR (an on-line self-assessment about preferences and interests, which match results to occupations) and a comparison of occupations that match transferable knowledge, skills and abilities.

Contact Information:
(512) 837-7484
(800) 822-7526 (Career Information Hotline)

Early Childhood Intervention

1901 Dutton Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

Services Offered: Assures that families with young children with developmental delays have the resources and support they need to reach their goals.

Contact Information:
(800) 250-2246

Mental Health Association in Texas

8401 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, TX 78757

Services Offered: Provides alternatives for children, youth, and adults with mental health issues, suicide prevention projects, access to mental health care, avenues to services and support for families; mental health education; and many other programs.

Contact Information:
(512) 454-3706

Methodist Children's Home

1111 Herring Avenue
Waco, TX 76708

Services Offered: Provides voluntary and temporary foster care for children (birth to 18) for families in crisis. Parent maintains legal custody and incurs no financial obligation. Foster parents are licensed and monitored. Assigned caseworker maintains contact with birth parent.

Contact Information:
(800) 853-1270

Office of the Attorney General (OAG)

P.O. Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711

Services Offered: Serves and protects the rights of Texans, including enforcement of health, safety and consumer regulations, educational outreach programs and protection of the rights of the elderly and disabled. Also charged with the collection of court-ordered child support and the administration of the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund. Recognizing the positive impact that engaged, caring fathers have on their children, the OAG Division of Families and Children has additional community programs to help parents become more involved with their children and families.

Contact Information:
(800) 252-8011

Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services, Child and Family Programs

4407 Bee Cave Road, Ste. 520
Austin, TX 78746

(available in Abilene, Corpus Christi, Corsicana, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Kilgore and Shreveport, LA)

Services Offered: Provides counseling, crisis intervention and family preservation.

Servicios Ofrecido: Proporciona asesoramiento, intervención en situaciones de crisis y servicios de preservación familiar.

Texans Care for Children

814 San Jacinto, Ste. 307
Austin, TX 78701

Services Offered: Advocates for the care and protection of children and youth. Supports laws, policies and funding strategies that address child well being in Texas, including the development and implementation of prevention and intervention programs for those at risk of physical, mental, social, and economic distress; publicizes urgent facts and mobilizes individuals and communities to act for improvement of child well being; and collaborates with mental health, health, educational, and human services organizations that serve Texas children.

Contact Information:
(512) 473-2274

Texas Council on Family Violence

P.O. Box 161810
Austin, TX 78716

(referrals in all counties)

Services Offered: Works to end violence against women through partnerships, advocacy and direct services for women, children and men.

Contact Information:
(800) 525-1978

Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drugs

Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
909 W. 45th Street
Austin, TX 78751

Services Offered: Provides funding for prevention, intervention and treatment services (priority on preventing children from using drugs). Funds eleven Prevention Resource Centers across the state, with prevention information, resources and expertise.

Contact Information:
DSHS Substance Abuse Services (800) 832-9623

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

701 W. 51st Street
Austin, TX 78751

Services Offered: Exists to protect the unprotected (children, elderly, and people with disabilities) from abuse, neglect, and exploitation, as well as prevention and intervention services.

Contact Information:
(512) 438-4800

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

4900 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751

Services Offered: Services for disabled, food stamps, family violence programs, Medicaid for families and children. Temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), school breakfast and lunch programs and other food assistance programs.

Contact Information:
(512) 424-6500

HHSC Brochure: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Texas Network of Youth Services

2525 Wallingwood Drive
Austin, TX 78746

(Information for all counties)

Services Offered: A nonprofit association of youth serving agencies and advocates, dedicated to enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of community-based agencies serving youth and families in Texas.

Contact Information:
(512) 328-6860

Texas Workforce Centers

Texas Workforce Commission
1101 E. 15th
Austin, TX 78778

Services Offered: Provides a wide array of services to include employment services, training, resources to childcare, apprenticeship programs, education, as well as literacy services.

Contact Information: (Directory to 270 centers located statewide)

Work In Texas

Texas Workforce Commission
101 E. 15th
Austin, TX 78778

Services Offered: A comprehensive on-line job resource that matches job seekers with employers across Texas.

Contact Information:

West Texas Boys Ranch

San Angelo

Services Offered: The West Texas Boys Ranch provides loving, caring families and homes for boys in need so they can become healthy, happy, self sufficient citizens. The goals for each young boy are to: develops essential living skills, academic and social skills, self esteem through involvement in activities with successful role models, emotional well being through individual and group counseling, and interests, aptitudes and marketable skills which prepare each boy for success in life.

Contact Information:
(800) 756-9827