Since 1992, over 60,000 Tarrant County children have walked through the doors of Alliance For Children as part of their child abuse investigation. Yet today, we are preparing for one. One child. One team. One outcome. We are Rebuilding Lives.
Over the last six years, we have served over 13,000 children, aiding 2,125 alone in FY19-20. According to the Texas Demographic Center, by 2050 Tarrant County’s population is expected to grow by over 40%. In reflection on the number of children served in recent years, watching current case trends, the uptick of child abuse due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the immense future growth in our community, additional cases of severe child abuse are inevitable. To prepare for these projected protection needs of these young victims, Alliance For Children is adding capacity at our Arlington, Fort Worth and Northeast locations.
Expanding physical capacity is the first step toward extending services and support to child abuse victims and their protective families. Our $15.8 million capital campaign will expand our existing Arlington center by 24,000 square feet, the Northeast center by 4,000 square feet, and relocate the Fort Worth center to an existing 38,000 square foot building renovated specifically for our needs. Existing vital operations and services will continue with the addition of the below improvements.
Increase Our Capacity to Provide Mental Health Services
With a growing caseload, Alliance For Children currently employs 16 mental health clinicians and contracts with an additional 13. Due to lack of space, our agency is currently leasing three alternative buildings to accommodate our clinical needs in the Fort Worth, Arlington, and Northwest part of the community. The capital campaign will allow for our mental health services to have dedicated space in each center to recreate the continuum of care at one location. Each location will have:
- Counseling rooms for individual and group counseling,
- Areas to incorporate the use of art therapy,
- Space to grow the mental health team to keep children off a waiting list for no cost counseling.
Evidence-Based Practices to Serve Child Abuse Victims
Effective teamwork has always been vital to the success of our work to protect children, hold perpetrators accountable, and create healing for families. Through continual and growing partnerships in the Tarrant County area, this campaign will help us accomplish the following:
Space for Growing Partnerships. Each center will accommodate:
- Office space for the growing number of detectives and investigators needed for current and future workload,
- Dedicated interrogation rooms with a private entry for suspect interviews and updated data collection methods.
Updating Technology Needs. In preparation for more complex cases, we will be improving our data collection methods to create stronger cases leading to more triumphant prosecutions. This will be accomplished through:
- More efficient sound protected interview rooms,
- Updated recording technology to collect victims’ outcries and perpetrators’ statements.
Secure Access to Better Protect Children. No child should be left in a vulnerable state, especially when dealing with the trauma of abuse. As a result, we will implement the following security measures:
- Separate entrances for accused perpetrators, to ensure child victims and their protective caregivers are not subjected to any additional trauma. When accused perpetrators arrive for their interviews with law enforcement, they will enter through an entirely different entrance than that which is used for our children and families regardless of a relationship,
- Video monitoring will be utilized in all lobbies, both child-friendly and suspect alike,
- Both internal and external access to all buildings will require a key card.
Below you will find information and a timeline projection for each individual project making up our capital campaign, Rebuilding Lives. We are grateful for your investment in helping us build hope and healing for Tarrant County’s child abuse victims, today, tomorrow, and well into the future.