Services

FORENSIC INTERVIEW

A forensic interview occurs when your child participates in a structured interview conducted by a member of Alliance For Children's Child Forensic Interview Team.  These team members are experts in speaking with traumatized children.  Our team of Forensic Interviewers have received in-depth training regarding talking to children when allegations of abuse have been made.  It is important that you do not tell your child what to say, but it is appropriate to encourage telling the truth and answer the questions asked.  The Forensic Interviewer is specially trained to talk with children in a one-on-one setting and in a child-friendly way while trying to make them feel comfortable during the process.  We make every effort to schedule your child's interview at a time that is convenient for you and the investigators involved. Through this coordination, the investigators are available to answer your questions regarding the investigation and what will happen next.  The Forensic Interviewer does not make investigative case decisions, but may make referrals for additional services or resources for your family. These resources could include case management or counseling services through our Family Advocate Program.  For more information about our Forensic Interview program. contact our Director of Program Services at ldula@allianceforchildren.org.

CLINICAL COUNSELING

Alliance For Children offers both individual and group counseling free of charge to families referred to the counseling program.

It is not unusual for a child to experience nightmares, flashbacks, sadness, anxiety, anger, poor grades, fearfulness, and thoughts of drug/alcohol use & self-harm after a traumatic event has occurred.  Although these can be normal reactions to abuse, it is important for children to learn healthy ways of coping in order to decrease these symptoms.  Even if your child does not exhibit any symptoms, it can be extremely beneficial for them to speak with a trained professional to process what happened in order to make sure the child understands and feels safe expressing his or her feelings.  With the support of a protective caregiver and effective treatment, a child can recover without long-term effects.  Effective treatment can include individual and/or group counseling.  Sometimes children participate in both simultaneously because of the benefits they each provide.

Alliance For Children uses registered therapy dogs and therapy bunnies as an integral part of the childrens' group counseling experience. The dogs visit twice a month during group counseling to lessen the stress and anxiety of the children.  Because of the unconditional love that they share, the therapy dogs now make scheduled lobby visits, assist in court preparation, individual counseling and when needed, in forensic interviews. The therapy bunnies hop from center to center in hopes of easing any anxiousness children may have. 

Alliance For Children offers free group counseling in both Spanish and English to protective parents of children who have received services through Alliance For Children. The parent counseling curriculum closely follows the children's counseling and empowers parents to play a significant role in their children's healing. For more information about our Clinical Counseling Department, please contact our Director of Clinical Services, Diana Davis, at dldavis@allianceforchildren.org.

FAMILY ADVOCACY

The Family Advocate Program at Alliance For Children help families with children that are confirmed victims of either physical or sexual abuse that can benefit from additional case management and/or counseling services, but do not qualify for continued services from Child Protective Services.

The Family Advocate Program offers free case management services to all families referred.  Also offered free of charge is group counseling for confirmed child victims of sexual abuse and their protective parents who are residents of Tarrant County.  Families are referred to the program by at least one of our partner agencies, which include law enforcement, CPS, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, and Cook’s Children Medical Center.  Once referred to the program, a family completes an initial intake determining their initial needs. For more information about our Family Advocate Program, please contact our Director of Program Services at ldula@allianceforchildren.org.

EDUCATION

Alliance For Children is thrilled to offer free community education within Tarrant County.  These programs are conducted with faith-based institutions, parent groups, schools and other youth serving organizations.  Alliance For Children believes that child abuse is preventable.  Empowering adults and children can change behaviors that better protect children.  Alliance For Children provides the following prevention programs:

NetSmartz is an interactive, educational safety resource, developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, that teaches children and teens how to stay safe on the Internet. 

P.S. It’s My Body! is an innovative, practical safety series designed to teach and reinforce the three R’s of personal safety: Recognizing, Resisting, and Reporting.

To schedule a NetSmartz or P.S. It's My Body training, please contact Courtney Garrison at cgarrison@allianceforchildren.org.

Stewards of Children is a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and motivates them to courageous action. The Stewards of Children program is designed for parents and organizations that serve children and youth. The training is 2 hours and we provide CEU's for Social Workers, Licensed Therapist, nurses, teachers, daycare employees, and summer camp staff. If you have a group of 20 or more and would like to have the training brought to you, please contact Katia Gonzalez at kgonzalez@allianceforchildren.org or 817-795-9992.

Upcoming dates include:

Saturday July 15th 9am-11am-Arlington Alliance For Children, 1320 West Abram, Arlington 76013

Saturday, September 23rd 9am-11am-Arlington Alliance For Children, 1320 West Abram, Arlington 76013

Friday November 10th, 12pm-2pm-Fort Worth Alliance For Children, 908 Southland Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Saturday, November 11th 9am-11am-Arlington Alliance For Children, 1320 West Abram Arlington, TX 76013 

Register at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StewardsofChildren2017

For more information about our Education programs, please contact our Director of Community Engagement at smcmillon@allianceforchildren.org.

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