PEI contracts with community-based agencies and organizations to provide services to prevent the abuse, neglect, delinquency, and truancy of Texas children. Services are voluntary and provided at no cost to participants. However, all services are not available in all Texas communities. To find out if services are available in your community, search for programs available in your county at www.helpandhope.org.
Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP)
This program funds community-based organizations to provide child abuse and neglect prevention services. CBCAP services include respite, parent education, fatherhood services, parent leadership, home visitation, and various special initiatives. It also educates parents about prevention services and encourages them to use them. For example, the DFPS child abuse prevention campaign, Help for Parents, Hope for Kids, is funded by CBCAP.
CBCAP services were available in Bexar, Cameron, Concho, El Paso, Harris, Hudspeth, Kerr, Nueces, Runnels, Tarrant, Taylor and Tom Green counties. In FY 2015, 1,468 families were served.
Community-Based Family Services
This program serves families that CPS investigates and either does not confirm abuse or neglect or does confirm an allegation but the situation is low risk. Services include home visitation, case management, parent education and additional services show to contribute to a safe and stable home environment. This program served 424 families in FY 2015.
Community Youth Development (CYD)
PEI contracts with community-based organizations to develop juvenile-delinquency prevention programs in 15 ZIP codes that have high juvenile crime rates. Communities tailor services to their need. Some of the approaches include mentoring, jobs programs, career preparation, and recreational activities. CYD served 16,526 youth in Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, El Paso, Galveston, Harris, Hidalgo, Lubbock, McLennan, Nueces, Potter, Tarrant and Travis counties.