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Advantage Adoptions – OCOC (AAOCOC; formerly Once Church Once Child of North Texas) is located in Fort Worth and began its work with faith-based adoption recruitment in the late 1980s, incorporated in 1995, and has been a licensed CPA since 2005. They utilize the OCOC recruitment model while performing special needs adoption and kinship adoption primarily as a CPA. AAOCOC collaborates with area churches, businesses, and community partners to offer various resources to families. Their mission statement is to find permanent adoption homes for children in foster care through faith-based recruitment and collaborative community efforts. Their executive director is Jeanette Willis and their website is www.ococtexas.org.

FaithWorks! is a nonprofit community-based agency established to provide comprehensive mental health and child placing services to children and youth displaced from their families. FaithWorks is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to provide child placing and assessment services for therapeutic youth. As an agency, they work with children from birth through 22 years of age classified as “in need of therapeutic and basic care services.” As part of their services to these children, youth, and their families, FaithWorks provides residential placement, comprehensive assessments, individualized service planning, foster family recruitment, community-wide training, family therapy, individual and group counseling, educational/vocational development and training, and 24-hour crisis intervention and family support services. Their mission is to nurture and build families through the provision of residential care options, family advocacy, crisis intervention, community-based family and services and non-residential outreach. The staff of FaithWorks seeks to facilitate the resolution of individual and family problems utilizing a solution-focused, competency-based approach. Their executive director is Kerensa Taylor, and their website is faithworksinc.us.

Saint Francis Community Services offers a wide range of services across five states. Based in Kansas, they are an Episcopal nonprofit agency founded in 1945 by Fr. Bob Mize. Since then, they have grown their ministry to offer foster care/reintegration/adoption services, residential treatment, family preservation, outpatient drug and alcohol and clinical services, adult supported living, and other children and family services. They operate in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and most recently, Texas as a CPA. Their mission is to provide healing and hope to children and families. Their executive director is Tiajuana Williams, and their website is www.st-francis.org.

Pegasus Schools, Inc. is an RTC located in Lockhart, Texas. Pegasus is a growing, vibrant environment where up to 200 neglected and abused boys come to live, work, and receive education and treatment for a variety of presenting problems. Pegasus provides mental health, sexual behavior, anger management, chemical dependency, and trauma treatment services. Their mission is to break the vicious cycle of child abuse by providing intervention through a comprehensive therapeutic milieu for abused, neglected, emotional disturbed and adjudicated boys between the ages of 10 and 17. Their executive director is Robert Ellis. http://www.pegasusschool.net/

Caring Hearts for Children is a CPA located in Comanche, Texas. They provide foster care and foster to adopt services in Region 2/9 as well as Region 3b. Their mission is to become the provider of choice for child placing services. Their philosophy of is care is child-centered. Their executive director is Brent Hagood. http://www.caringheartsforchildren.org/

Angel's Crossing
Angel’s Crossing, located in Castroville, Texas, is a licensed CPA providing foster and adoption services, and also serves the Community Foster Homes within Medina County. Their mission is to make permanent improvements in the lives of children and their families by meeting their spiritual, mental, emotional, educational, social and physical needs through a Christian perspective. Their website is http://angelscrossingtx.org/ and their executive director is Angelita T. Bendele.

Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults
Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults located in Houston. Harris County Protective Services provides services to support and enhance DFPS program in Harris County. HCPS also provides community-based prevention and early intervention services in schools, justice courts and the community. HCPS also administers the county guardianship program. HCPS’ mission is to support, enhance and advocate for the safety and well-being of children and adults in Harris County. Their executive director is Joel Levine and their website is http://hcps.harriscountytx.gov/.

The Giocosa Foundation
The Giocosa Foundation is a child placing agency providing foster care and adoption services with locations around the state. Giocosa’s commitment is to always advocate for the best interest of children. They are small in size but large in their dedication to placing children with families committed to stabilizing a child’s environment. Their mission is to match children with loving and nurturing families so they may form mutually satisfying and healthy relationships. Their executive director is Glenn Scruggs and their website is www.giocosa.com.

North Fork Educational Center
North Fork Educational Center is a residential treatment center located in Dallas County. They provide both IPTP and Intense services to male youth starting at age 7 by providing unique services designed for specific individuals to meet the needs of any behavioral concern. North Fork's program goal for each child is to stabilize for discharge to a lesser restrictive environment and a move towards permanency planning. Their administrator is Garry McWhorter and their website is www.nfedcenter.org.

East Texas Open Door
The Alliance received a new member application from East Texas Open door located in Marshall, Texas. East Texas Open Door (ETOD) is licensed as a GRO providing multiple services including basic care, emergency services, residential treatment and transitional living. ETOD GRO is licensed for boys and girls ages 5-18 with basic, moderate and specialized levels of care. Their child care administrator is Laura Russell and their website is http://www.etxopendoor.org/.

4KIDS of South Texas
4Kids of South Texas provides foster care and adoption services. Their key objective is to provide quality supervision, care and support for children in the foster care system – physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. 4KIDS works diligently to educate both the faith and secular communities to understand the plight of children in the foster care system. They aspire to become a bridge to span the gap between children in need and the community in which they live. Their mission is: providing hope for kids in crisis. They executive director is Kristi Nnokam Parker and their website is http://www.4kidsofstx.org/.

Forever Families Adoption Agency
Forever Families Adoption Agency located in Fresno. Forever Families is a nonprofit that provides adoptive and foster placements for children in Texas. Their mission is: Forever Families provides children with a safe, nurturing and educational environment through connections with families that last forever. Their executive director is Dr. Sophia Davis-Fields and their website is http://www.forfam.org/.



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