Partner Agencies

Child Advocates of Fort Bend operates under a community-based, multi-disciplinary team model.  Not only do we provide direct services, but we also act as a facilitator and convener to ensure all agencies are present and actively working child abuse cases so that no child falls through the cracks.  This model strengthens seamless delivery of services, enhances collaboration between partner agencies and provides a level of convenience for our clients.

With the child’s “best interests” as the focus, we collaborate with 40 partner agencies in a public-private partnership approach.  One of the unique aspects of this collaboration is the co-housing of four partners in our building to facilitate interaction.  Housed with us are the Child Abuse Divisions of the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office and County Attorney’s Office, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Investigations unit and detectives from the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

On a daily basis, we also partner with University of Texas CARE Program at the Texas Medical Center and Harris Health System, all law enforcement jurisdictions in Fort Bend County, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the courts, school districts, and the Fort Bend County Court Team for Maltreated Infants and Toddlers.

The CAC conducts bi-weekly Case Review Team Meetings with partner agencies in attendance.  Cases are prioritized, discussed, action steps identified and cases expedited, as appropriate.

In 2016, we implemented a Multi-Disciplinary Enhancement Program (MEP) which further strengthens the relationship between CPS and Law Enforcement.  The CAC now reviews all state intakes of reports of child abuse to supplement reviews concurrently being conducted by CPS and Law Enforcement.  Children who meet the criteria for sexual and physical abuse are immediately referred to our Children’s Advocacy Center for forensic interviews.  This additional screening has resulted in identifying children who might otherwise have not received services.

Our work could not be accomplished without the collaboration and partnership of all these agencies.  Together, we continue to change the lives of thousands of children in our community.

 

Partner Agencies

Formal Partnerships (Memorandums of Understanding – MOUs)

  1. 328th District Court
  2. 387th District Court
  3. 505th District Court
  4. Arcola Police Department
  5. Austin County District Attorney’s Office
  6. Austin County Sheriff’s Office
  7. Bellville Police Department
  8. Brazos Valley Cluster Court
  9. Brookshire Police Department
  10. City of Waller Police Department
  11. Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) – Child Care Licensing
  12. DFPS – Children’s Protective Services (CPS)
  13. DFPS – Adult Protective Services
  14. Focusing Families
  15. Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office
  16. Fort Bend County Attorney’s Office
  17. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office
  18. Fort Bend ISD Police Department
  19. Fulshear Police Department
  20. Harris Health System
  21. Hempstead Police Department
  22. Hempstead ISD Police Department
  23. Houston Police Department
  24. Katy ISD Police Department
  25. Katy Police Department
  26. Meadows Place Police Department
  27. Missouri City Police Department
  28. Needville Police Department
  29. Prairie View Police Department
  30. Richmond Police Department
  31. Rosenberg Police Department
  32. Royal ISD Police Department
  33. San Felipe Police Department
  34. Sealy ISD Police Department
  35. Stafford Police Department
  36. Sugar Land Police Department
  37. University of Texas Medical School
  38. Waller County District Attorney’s Office
  39. Waller County Sheriff’s Office
  40. Wallis Police Department

 

Referrals/Affiliations

  1. Access Health
  2. Depelchin Children’s Center
  3. Faith Pediatrics
  4. Fort Bend County Women’s Center
  5. Fort Bend ISD
  6. Fort Bend Social Services
  7. Fort Bend Lawyers Care
  8. HAY (Houston Alumni Youth) Center
  9. Lone Star Legal Aid
  10. Office of the Attorney General Crime Victim Compensation Program
  11. Medcare
  12. River Kids
  13. Texana