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 McMillon
Shellie McMillon, 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

Dr. Eric Herrstrom, President
Tanya Merlino, Vice President
Regina Vasquez-Espinosa, Secretary
Paula Roberts, Treasurer
Ed Fioroni, Vice President of Facilities
Nick Stanley, Vice President of Development
Kathryn Wilemon, Vice President of Governmental Affairs

Henry Robinson, Member at Large
Asst. Chief Rick Scott*, Member at Large

Board Members                        

Haley Adams 

Emily Alexander

Debbie Boudreaux*

Lt. Becki Brandenburg*

Frank Cappuccio

Ronnita Carridine

Sandy Cook

Day Diaz

Pam Dodson

Debbie Fulwiler

Catherine Goodman

Chelsea Griffith

Cheyenne Haddad 

Konrad Halbert

Jamie Holderby

Jeff Leaverton

Steve Lewis

Chief J.T. Manoushagian*

LeeAnn Marks*

Lori McCarty

Melinda Nag

Cathy Norman

Captain Deven Pitt*

Llewellyn Starks

Chris Taylor

Dr. Wesley Wampler

Brook Whitworth

Ryan Williams   

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

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

 Phone: 817.989.9075 


Arlington Clinical Alliance For Children

Fort Worth

3609 Marquita Dr.
Fort Worth, Texas 76116

Phone: 817.335.7172 




625 Grapevine Highway
Hurst, Texas 76054

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.

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

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

Best of Fort Worth 2019

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 2020

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 2019

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

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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, 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 2,000 each year and has served over 55,000 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.