Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support (HOPES)
HOPES is a community-based program started in FY 2014 to provide child abuse and neglect prevention services that help families with children between zero and 5 years of age in high-risk counties. Community organizations provide home visiting programs along with other positive parenting, health, and child development learning opportunities. Project HOPES also supports community collaboration through participation in community coalitions.
In FY 2017, HOPES served 4,132 families, primarily in Cameron, Ector, El Paso, Gregg, Hidalgo, Potter, Travis, Webb, Dallas, Harris, Jefferson, Lubbock, McLennan, Nueces, Taylor, Wichita, Bell, Bexar, Brazos, Denton, Ellis, Galveston, Johnson, Montgomery, and Tarrant counties.
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 2 years 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 2 years old, 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 2 years old, who previously had a child die because of abuse or neglect within two years of the birth month of the new child.
There were 190 foster youth referred to HIP in FY 2017.