Children's Advocacy

Child Welfare Capacity Building CollaborativeThe Center for States designs products, services, and learning experiences to increase understanding and awareness, and build knowledge and skills. The Center focuses its attention on developing products and resources on several core organizational and practice topics. LGBTQ+ Resource Library
Child Welfare Information GatewayLGBTQIA2S+ individuals and families have faced discrimination when seeking approval to become foster or adoptive parents, which limits the availability of families to support placements for LGBTQIA2S+ youth. Additionally, parents and caregivers of transgender or nonbinary youth have faced significant barriers to helping them access gender-affirming medical care and other treatment options that support their well-being. Equity for LGBTQIA2S+ Individuals 
youth.govLGBTQ+ youth enter the child welfare system for reasons like those of other children and youth — that is, their birth families cannot provide a safe, stable, and nurturing home. In some cases, families reject, neglect, or abuse young people when they learn that they identify as LGBTQ+ or are questioning their romantic/sexual orientation or gender identity. Child Welfare LGBTQ+ Youth Resources
Human Rights Campaign FoundationAll Children - All Families: Caring for LGBTQ+ Children & YouthThe All Children - All Families project's “Caring for LGBTQ+ Children & Youth” guide for child welfare providers provides information about the care and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning children and youth in out-of-home care. Caring for LGBTQ+ Children and Youth pdf

Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County

Children's Advocacy Center not only brings hope, healing, and justice to child abuse victims, but we also equip our community to recognize, report, and prevent abuse. 

CASA For Kids of East Texas

CASA volunteers are everyday people – committed to making a difference for children who might otherwise slip through the cracks in an overburdened foster care system.  They are appointed by judges to guide one child or one set of siblings through the system to a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. 

The Martin House-Children's Advocacy Center

The Martin House's mission is to ensure that every child who is a victim of abuse and comes to our center has an opportunity to be heard, feel protected, and receive services that are vital to his or her continued safety and future wellbeing.