The Neighborhood Advocate

Getting Harris County, Texas ‘Children without Placement’ Safely Home

Read More About this Pilot Program in this article by Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. President Gary Ivory

This month, leaders at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) took a transformative step to get children who are disconnected from their families safely home. They contracted with Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. to implement an innovative “Safely Home” pilot program in Harris County. Working with YAP, TDFPS is addressing a growing problem in Texas and throughout our nation as social services grapple with youth who are without placement.

YAP’s goal working with TDFPS is to find safe alternatives for children without placement, to prevent disruption of foster care placements, and to provide individual and family services as youth are coming home from out-of-state justice and other congregate facilities.

Some of the tools that YAP will employ are:

YAP is a 47-year-old nonprofit in Texas and 32 other states and Washington D.C. that partners with youth justice, child welfare, behavioral health, public safety, and other systems to provide community-based services as an alternative to youth incarceration, congregate residential care placements, and neighborhood violence. Learn more about YAP at Follow the nonprofit on Twitter @YAPInc.

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