ACS provides residential and non-residential services to children, youth, and families. Since 1984, ACS has been committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Over the past 30 years our mission has grown beyond crisis services to include long-term support, education and prevention programs aimed at ending child abuse in our community. In 2013 ACS added a suite of community-based programs that provide a range of supports and services aimed at strengthening families and keeping children safe in their own homes. We have also added foster placing services that provide rigorous screening, preparation, and ongoing support for private homes providing foster care.
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Care Academy is our new full-time child care facility open to the public with an innovative program designed to support both parents and children to ensure family success and school readiness. Our unique approach recognizes the critical importance of the first five years of a child’s life and the challenges that all parents face during those years. Learn more at www.careacademyaustin.org.
In 2013, Strong Start, a child abuse prevention program, merged with ACS. Strong Start is designed to provide parents with the skills and resources needed to safely raise their children. Families with children between the ages of 0-5, who have factors that make them more vulnerable to abuse and neglect.Through a combination of services, including a therapeutic early childhood program, in-home parent coaching, parenting classes, support groups, mental health, and basic needs assistance, Strong Start teaches parents effective, non-violent parenting techniques while enhancing child social emotional development and decreasing challenging child behaviors. For more information about the Strong Start program, visit www.safekidsstrongfamilies.org.