Judge Sakai and the Bexar County Children’s Court continues to collaborate effectively and efficiently with public and private resources that address the identified needs of the community.
Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. (FVPS)
FVPS has been helping victims of domestic violence in San Antonio since 1977. FVPS began as an emergency shelter for women and children and offers a complete array of shelter, transitional housing, counseling, children’s, and legal services to help individuals and families recover from the pain and long-term effects of domestic violence.
The Children’s Shelter is a private, nationally accredited nonprofit corporation. Since 1901, the Children’s Shelter has provided a safe haven for child survivors of abuse, neglect, and abandonment in San Antonio and Bexar County. Today, The Children’s Shelter is a trauma-informed care certified organization that provides a continuum of care through services, provide emergency shelter and therapeutic residential treatment for children in crisis, and also helps children find permanent homes through treatment foster care. The Family Strengthening programs teach nurturing parenting skills to vulnerable families and helps families overcome crises. Finally, the mental health clinic provides trauma-sensitive therapeutic interventions for children impacted by maltreatment.
Family Service Association Early Childhood
Family Service Association Early Childhood specializes in working with young children, ages 0-8, who often do not have the skills or ability to clearly communicate their stress, problems, challenges, feelings or emotions, and are displaying difficult and challenging behaviors in school or at home that can turn into more serious developmental, learning, or mental health problems.
Boysville — A Texas home for boys and girls
The Boysville campus is designed to help children in crisis who cannot remain in their own home for a variety of reasons. Our children come from homes that are in crisis, due to emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. Sometimes a parent cannot take care of the child due to a terminal illness and do not have the support of family to take care of the children. Children who come to Boysville come from various backgrounds. Boysville does not look at the child’s past…they look at their future. By providing food, shelter, clothing, and medical services, they can provide the basic necessities needed to make the child feel safe and comfortable at Boysville.
The Rape Crisis Center
Services are provided to children and adult survivors of stranger and non-stranger sexual assault. All services are free and confidential for survivors, family members, and their loved ones affected by sexual violence. Services offered are by qualified, bilingual counselors to provide therapy for individuals, couples and families, as well as play therapy for children. Also available is immediate, anonymous support to anyone needing a safe place to talk or to get advice and referrals. Telephone and online hotlines are answered in-house, 24/7. Rape Crisis also is empowering students and communities by using groups to open up conversations about relevant topics such as anti-bullying, bystander responsibility, and violence in the media. Additionally, survivors and their families are offered support of their everyday needs, from shelter and housing to employment and legal assistance.
ChildSafe: Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment
ChildSafe provides expert care and specialized service to children and teenagers who have been traumatized by abuse, neglect, or sexual abuse. ChidSafe provides a safe, child-friendly environment where multidisciplinary partners work together to create a unique plan to help each individual and family traumatized by abuse heal, as well as work to bring perpetrators to justice.
Bexar CARES (CHCS)
Bexar CARES is designed to develop a coordinated system of care throughout the City of San Antonio in support of healthy behavioral and emotional development for children ages 3 to 8 including wraparound services for approximately 250 children. Through the Bexar CARES system of care, children, youth and families struggling with behavioral, emotional and mental health challenges learn to function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life by building on meaningful partnerships with community-based services and support. Wraparound services provide families with community-based support to help them manage their children’s emotional and behavioral issues while working with multiple agencies and making progress toward their goals.