All too often, children or teens are victims of abuse, violence, abandonment, or homelessness. Family conflicts can be so intense that young people need a safe place to turn for support and a short-term place to stay until either the family can work through their struggles or another long-term home can be found.
Connections operates two emergency shelters for youth ages 10-17 who are in crisis. and accepts youth ages 5-17 who are in the state’s foster care system due to childhood abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Young people reach us through our shelters or may be referred to our agency through their parent, church, youth-serving organization, school, friend, relative, concerned business or private citizen, a social service agency, or local law enforcement. The state’s foster care system, operated by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, may place youth who have recently been removed from home due to abuse or neglect, or who have been in the state’s foster care system and experienced a placement breakdown or are returning to care from runaway status.
In addition to meals, caring support, and short-term housing, the shelters offer:
- Individual, group, and family counseling
- Recreational activities
- Linkages to educational and medical services
For more information contact a Connections office in your area (click here for shelter locations) or call our toll-free information hotline at: (800) 532-8192