Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support (HOPES)
HOPES uses community collaboration in high-risk counties to reduce the likelihood that parents or other caregivers will abuse children. The goal is to increase "protective factors" in families with children up to age five. This means qualities, skills, or strategies that help people parent effectively even under stress – reducing the risk of abuse or neglect. HOPES providers use nationally-recognized methods, including home-visiting, that are either a promising practice or already proven effective. They also include other support services such as case management and help with basic needs. In FY 2016, HOPES served 2,102 families in Cameron, Ector, El Paso, Gregg, Hidalgo, Midland, Potter, Randall, Travis, Webb, and Williamson counties. PEI expects this program to grow in the future.
HOPES II served 532 families in 19 Texas Counties (Archer, Brazoria, Dallas, Fort Bend, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jefferson, Jones, Kleberg, Lubbock, McLennan, Nolan, Nueces, Orange, Shackelford, Tarrant, Taylor and Witchita).
Helping through Intervention and Prevention (HIP)
The goal of HIP is to help families ensure the safety and well-being of their children and prevent abuse and neglect by providing in-home education and support services through providers within their community.
The program helps:
- Current and former foster youth who are pregnant or are parenting a child up to 24 months old.
- Single teen fathers who are current or former foster youth.
- Youth who have aged out of foster care, are receiving Preparation for Adult Living Services, or are in Extended Foster Care.
- Families with a child up to 24 months of age, who previously lost parental rights to another child because of abuse or neglect within two years of the birth month of the new child.
- Families with a child up to 24 months of age, who previously had a child die because of abuse or neglect within two years of the birth month of the new child.
Foster youth accounted for 52 of 182 total referrals in FY 2016. HIP recently expanded from four to eight regions and now includes the Abilene, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, San Angelo, San Antonio, and Tyler metro areas.