Alliance For Children is the children’s advocacy center serving all of Tarrant County. Since 1992, over 63,000 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 .
Tanya Merlino, President
Konrad Halbert, Treasurer
Regina Vasquez-Espinosa, Secretary
Nick Stanley, Vice President of Advancement
Ryan Williams, Vice President of Facilities
Kathryn Wilemon, Vice President of Governmental Affairs
Henry Robinson, Member at Large
J.T. Manoushagian*, Member at Large
Kelly R. Burke
Chelsea Adler Griffith
Captain Deven Pitt*
Lt. Jason Rash*
Dr. Wesley Wampler
The Honorable Sharen Wilson*
* These board members are partner agency employees who have been appointed to serve by their respective agencies. They are voting members.
1320 West Abram
Arlington, Texas 76013
501 E. Border Street, Suite 100
Arlington, Texas 76010
3609 Marquita Dr.
Fort Worth, Texas 76116
625 Grapevine Highway
Hurst, Texas 76054
8401 Jacksboro Highway, Suite 600
Lakeside, Texas 76135
All inquiries from members of the media should be directed to Molly Horn.
In 2020, Alliance For Children was chosen for the Best Nonprofit Event for our Let's Play Bingo! Fundraiser
Tanglewood Moms: Helping the Weakest Among Us 2020
GRACE Gabs: Interview with CEO Julie Evans 2020
In 2018, Alliance For Children was chosen as Fort Worth Magazine's Reader Pick for best nonprofit in Fort Worth.
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:
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, multidisciplinary 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.
Alliance For Children's multidisciplinary partners include: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Cook Children's® Medical Center, JPS Health Network, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office, Tarrant County Juvenile Services, Tarrant County Sheriff's Office and the Police Departments of Arlington, Azle, Bedford, Benbrook, Blue Mound, Colleyville, Crowley, Euless, Everman, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Pelican Bay, Richland Hills, River Oaks, Saginaw, Southlake, Watauga, Westworth Village, and White Settlement.
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.
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 serves over 2,000 each year and has served over 55,000 children since opening our doors in 1992.
Alliance For Children is the only nonprofit agency in Tarrant County directly involved in child abuse investigations.
Alliance For Children services are at no cost to the clients we serve.
Our team provides the following services: forensic interviews, case management, individual and group counseling, prevention education and multidisciplinary team coordination.
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.
Children are referred to Alliance For Children through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and local law enforcement agencies.
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.