Who We Are

alliance for childrenMISSION/HISTORY

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 

alliance for childrenSTAFF

Julie Evans
Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer
Elaina Blount
Elaina Blount, Chief Financial Officer
Shellie Velasco
Shellie Velasco, Chief Program Officer
Dr. Antoinette McIntosh
Dr. Antoinette McIntosh, Director of Culture and Human Resources
Diana Davis
Diana Davis, Director of Clinical Services
Lindsey Dula
Lindsey Dula, Director of Program Services
Katia Gonzalez Head Shot
Katia Gonzalez, Director of Training and Team Relations
Paige McNamara
Paige McNamara, Director of Advancement

To contact Alliance For Children staff, please call the center closest to you:​

Arlington Center

Arlington Clinical Counseling Center

Fort Worth Clinical Counseling Center 

Fort Worth Center

Northeast Center

Northwest Center 

alliance for childrenBOARD

Executive Committee

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
Chief J.T. Manoushagian*, Member at Large

Board Members                        

Haley Adams - Pinwheel Society non-voting liaison
Debbie Boudreaux*
Kelly R. Burke
Frank Cappuccio
Ronnita Carridine
Lieutenant Chris W. Daniels*
Pam Dodson
Debbie Fulwiler
Catherine Goodman
Chelsea Adler Griffith
Cheyenne Haddad
Jamie Holderby
Lieutenant Cameron Huggins*
Will Johnson
Nina Jones
Jeff Leaverton
Steve Lewis
LeeAnn Marks*
Lori McCarty
Melinda Nag
Cathy Norman
Paula Roberts
Captain Mickey Shelley*
Tom Stallings
Chris Taylor
Bill Vassar*
Monique Waggoner – Jr. League of Fort Worth, non-voting liaison
Dr. Wesley Wampler
Brook Whitworth
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.

alliance for childrenLOCATIONS


1320 West Abram
Arlington, Texas 76013

 Phone: 817.795.9992 


Arlington Alliance For Children

Arlington Clinical

301 S. Center, Suite 412
Arlington, Texas 76010

 Phone: 817.989.9075 


Arlington Clinical Alliance For Children

Fort Worth

3609 Marquita Dr.
Fort Worth, Texas 76116

Fort Worth Main Line: 817.335.7172 
Fort Worth Clinical: 817-334-0588




837 Brown Trail
Bedford, Texas 76022

Phone: 817.427.3110


Northeast Alliance For Children



8401 Jacksboro Highway, Suite 600
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 Molly Horn. Click below to see the individual stories, if available.

2022 - Chosen as Best Non-profit Charity Event by readers of FW Magazine

2022 - Arlington Citizen Media

2022 - NBC5 DFW

2022 - In Focus Texas

2022 - Star-Telegram

2022 - Fort Worth Report

2022 - Fort Worth Woman

2022 - Star-Telegram

2021 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Christmas Connection seeks donors

2021 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Child Abuse Reports May Spike as School Starts

2021 - Madeworthy Magazine - "Remember These Children Are Loved By God"

2021 - Fort Worth Woman - Women on the Move - Kristin Lockwood

2021 - FWTX Magazine - April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

2021 - UTA Shorthorn - Service Learning

2020 - Shoutout DFW - Meet Julie Evans

2020 - Alliance For Children was chosen for the Best Nonprofit Event for our Let's Play Bingo! Fundraiser

2020 - Star-Telegram: Advocates fear child abuse cases will go unreported during coronavirus school closures

2020 - NPR: Child Welfare Advocates Fear Surge In Abuse Cases During Recession

2020 - Tanglewood Moms: Helping the Weakest Among Us

2020 - GRACE Gabs: Interview with CEO Julie Evans

2019 - Telemundo: Residents Alarmed by Sex Offender featuring Alliance For Children

2019 - Telemundo: Shaken Baby Effects featuring Alliance For Children

2019 - Society Life Magazine featuring Alliance For Children

2019 - NBC 5 Tell Me Something Good: Pop-Up Store Serves 500 Young Survivors of Abuse

2019 - WFAA Pop-Up Shop Helps Families of Abuse Victims in Tarrant County

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:

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)

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, 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.

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 serves over 2,500 each year and has served over 63,000 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.