Collaborations

In order to provide the best care possible for the children, the Austin Children’s Shelter collaborates with several other agencies in the Austin area.

Travis County Victim Services Task Force
Austin Children’s Shelter is active on the Steering Committee of the Travis County Victim Services Task Force, a collaboration of more than sixteen agencies that serve crime victims in the Central Texas area.

Region XIII Education Service Center supports our eight week long summer enrichment program by covering one teacher’s salary.

AISD Project Help, a service to children who are classified as “homeless” under federal definitions, provides funding for school-related extra curricular activities, clothing and lunch vouchers and school supplies.

Center for Child Protection (CCP)
CCP provides forensic examinations and interviews, primarily for child victims of sexual abuse. When children in our care are scheduled for forensic examinations, our staff prepares the child for the procedures they will experience and accompanies them to the appointment.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Our staff serves as consultants to CASA volunteers who visit their clients who are placed at the Austin Children’s Shelter.

Attorneys Ad Litem
Our staff shares essential information about the children here with attorneys ad litem whenever they visit a child assigned to them at the Shelter.

Dental Screenings
A local dentist provides onsite dental screenings for all children in our care aged two years and up.

Family Connections provides training for our staff on child development and care-related areas.

Communities in Schools
When we have identified a child who can benefit from their services, Communities in Schools  works with our children in the school setting to help them remain in school.

Capital Area Food Bank
Austin Children’s Shelter leverages resources by purchasing food from the Capital Area Food Bank, which provides low-cost food items to area agencies.

Psychiatric Evaluations
Child psychiatry residents from the Austin Medical Education Program (now located at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital), conduct on-site psychiatric evaluations and provide psychotropic medication management in exchange for the opportunity to gain skills and benefit from supervision by senior ACS clinical staff.

Interns
Social work, psychology, technology and business interns from University of Texas, St. Edwards University and Austin Community College also gain valuable skills and supervision as they complete requirements for their academic programs under the supervision of ACS staff.

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