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 in the PEI section of the DFPS website or HelpandHope.org.
Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP)
This program funds community-based organizations that provide child abuse and neglect prevention services. CBCAP services include parent education, fatherhood services, parent leadership, home visitation, and various special initiatives. In FY 2017, 1,105 families received services in Cameron, Concho, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Harris, Runnels, Tarrant, Taylor, and Tom Green counties.
CBCAP also supports primary prevention efforts such as public awareness campaigns and outreach. This includes the DFPS child abuse prevention campaign, Help for Parents, Hope for Kids.
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 that contribute to a safe and stable home environment. This program served 420 families in Bexar, Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Guadalupe, McCulloch, Mills, Runnels, and San Saba counties in FY 2017.
Community Youth Development (CYD)
PEI contracts with community-based organizations to develop juvenile-delinquency prevention programs in 17 ZIP codes that have high juvenile crime rates. Communities tailor services to their needs. Some of the approaches include mentoring, jobs programs, career preparation, and recreational activities. CYD includes youth leadership development and a youth advisory committee. CYD served 15,538 youth in Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Galveston, Harris, Hidalgo, Lubbock, McLennan, Nueces, Potter, Tarrant, and Travis counties.