Who We Are

alliance for childrenMISSION/HISTORY

Alliance For Children is the children’s advocacy center serving all of Tarrant County. Since 1992, over 53,000 children have benefited from Alliance For Children's teamed investigations and coordinated approach. Alliance For Children is a nonprofit organization that operates child-friendly centers located in Arlington, Fort Worth, Hurst and Lakeside. It is our mission to protect Tarrant County children from child abuse through teamed investigations, healing services and community education.

Alliance For Children is a fully accredited member of the National Children's Alliance® , a membership association of over 700 children's advocacy centers and is a founding member of Children's Advocacy Centers™ of Texas 

alliance for childrenSTAFF

Julie Evans
Julie Evans, Executive Director
Diana Davis
Diana Davis, Director of Clinical Services
Lindsey Dula
Lindsey Dula, Director of Program Services
Martha Jones
Martha Jones, Director of Operations
Shellie McMillon
Shellie McMillon, Director of Community Engagement
Paige McNamara
Paige McNamara, Director of Development

To contact AFC staff, please call the center closest to you:​


Arlington Clinical Counseling Center

Fort Worth Clinical Counseling Center 

Fort Worth 



alliance for childrenBOARD

Executive Committee

Tom Stallings, President
Tanya Merlino, Treasurer
Brook Whitworth, Secretary
Konrad Halbert, VP of Facilities
Barrie Allen, VP of Governmental Affairs
Lori McCarty, VP of Development

Asst. Chief Rick Scott, Member at Large*

Janet Cappuccio, Member at Large


Emily Alexander
Lt. Tracie Baker*
Kendra Bowen
Sandy Cook
Day Diaz
Pam Dodson
Ed Fioroni
Jeff Gibson
Joanna Golliday*
Jeremy Hemphill
Eric Herrstrom
Sarah Hopp
Joe Jackson
Spring Johnson
William R. Jones
Sharon M. Mullarkey
Cathy Norman
Michael Perkins
Anndi Risinger
Paula Roberts
Henry Robinson
Donna Rutter
Capt. Linda Stuart*
Julie Tebbets
Xavier Villarreal
David Wheelwright
Honorable Sharen Wilson*
Kimberly Worthen

* Denotes Partner Agency Board member

alliance for childrenLOCATIONS


1320 West Abram
Arlington, Texas 76013

 Phone: 817.795.9992 


Arlington Alliance For Children

Arlington Clinical

501 E. Border Street, Suite 100
Arlington, Texas 76010

 Phone: 817.989.9075 


Arlington Alliance For Children

Fort Worth

908 Southland Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76104

Phone: 817.335.7172 



Fort Worth Clinical

600 North Main
Fort Worth, Texas 76164

Phone: 817.334.0588

Alliance For Children Clinical Counseling



625 Grapevine Highway
Hurst, Texas 76054

Phone: 817.427.3110


Northeast Alliance For Children



8401 Jacksboro Highway
Lakeside, Texas 76135

Phone: 817.367.9745

Alliance For Children West Center




alliance for childrenNEWS/MEDIA

All inquiries from members of the media should be directed to Julia Braun, PR/Marketing Coordinator, or call 817.795.9992.

In 2018, Alliance For Children was chosen as Fort Worth Magazine's Reader Pick for best nonprofit in Fort Worth. 

Best of Banner

In June 2017, the Star-Telegram ​featured Alliance For Children in a series of articles focusing on child abuse prevention efforts and the services we provide for victims. View the articles by clicking the links below:

Agencies Work Hand-in-Hand to Investigate Cases, Keep Children Safe

Teachers Play a Very Important Role in the Reporting of Child Abuse



Women In Film Dallas 2016 PSA: Alliance For Children (English Version)


Women In Film Dallas 2016 PSA: Alliance For Children (Spanish Version)


Take Your Seat at the Table by Children's Advocacy Centers™ of Texas

alliance for childrenOPERATIONAL REPORTS

alliance for childrenFAQ

What is Alliance For Children?

Alliance For Children is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our mission is to protect Tarrant County children from child abuse through teamed investigations, healing services and community education. We use a coordinated, multi-disciplinary teamed approach to child abuse investigations that allows us to lessen the trauma to child abuse victims and provide timely, supportive services to children and their protective caregivers.

Why is Alliance For Children necessary?

Before Children’s Advocacy Centers existed, children were often “re-victimized” through unnecessary and repetitive interviews due to each agency’s independent process. The multidisciplinary teamed approach to investigations helps overcome these problems by reducing child trauma and enhancing the investigation, resulting in a more supportive environment for child victims and their families and a higher number of convictions for offenders.

Who does Alliance For Children serve?

Alliance For Children serves children up to the age of 18 who are victims of sexual or physical abuse, neglect or witnesses to violent crime. Alliance For Children served over 2,000 children in 2016 and has served over 50,000 children since opening our doors in 1992.

How is Alliance For Children different from other agencies?

Alliance For Children is the only nonprofit agency in Tarrant County directly involved in child abuse investigations.

How much do services through Alliance For Children cost?

Alliance For Children services are at no cost to the clients we serve.

What services does Alliance For Children offer?

Our team provides the following services:  forensic interviews, case management, individual and group counseling, prevention education and multidisciplinary team coordination.

What is a Forensic Interview?

The goal of a forensic interview is to gather pertinent information from children in a neutral, non-leading, developmentally sensitive, and legally defensible manner. Our team of Forensic Interviewers are experts in speaking with traumatized children and are 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.

How are children referred to Alliance For Children?

Children are referred to Alliance For Children through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and local law enforcement agencies.

How do I report child abuse?

Texas State Law requires that ANYONE "having cause to believe that a child's physical, mental health or welfare has been or may be adversely affected by abuse or neglect" MUST report the cause immediately. Failure to report child abuse is a misdemeanor punishable by law. Texas Family Code, Chapter 261. 

To report suspected child abuse call 1.800.252.5400.