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2525 Murworth
Houston, TX. 77054
Phone: 713-394-4000

This page was last updated
April 23, 2015


...a collaborative community 
partnership assessing the needs
and planning for the safe future of
children in our community

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Mission Statement/Goals  4C's Clinical Program
4C's Permanency Planning Program 4C's Collaborative Partners

The 4C's Process

2525 Murworth Drive Houston, Texas 77054
Phone: 713-394-4402 Fax: 713-394-4420

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Mission Statement
To meet the needs of each physically
abused and neglected child entering CPS custody

the Children's Crisis Care Center
seeks to:

provide early comprehensive child and family
evaluations to identify needed services;
help children in CPS legal custody move
quickly toward the goal of a safe and
promising future;
assist in more effective use of community
identify gaps in services to abused and  neglected children in our community.

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Early Assessment/Intervention is Essential

4C's Clinical Program

    Our team of multi-disciplinary clinical staff at The Children's Crisis Care Center are experts in working with abusive and neglectful families and maltreated children. This experience and expertise supports The Center's philosophy that early assessment and intervention increases the likelihood of a healing future for the traumatized child.

To this end the Center provides:

Comprehensive early evaluations of families and all physically abused and neglected children (within 30 days of CPS placement).
4C's reports and recommendations are then  used to:
assist in the planning for care of the  child and;
target the services to reduce the risk  in the family.

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  Moving Toward a Safe and Promising Future

4C's  Permanency Planning Program

Permanency Planning Team (PPT) Meeting 

Every child who comes into the custody of CPS has a right to a safe and nurturing permanent placement as soon as possible. Both Texas law (Senate Bill 34) and the best interest of children dictate that a permanent plan be finalized within a year of a child's placement by CPS.

The Children's Crisis Care Center Permanency Planning Program provides the opportunity for the important people in each child's life to meet regularly in order to plan and work towards the best permanency plan for that child.

Convened by community professionals with expertise in child placing and permanency planning, these Permanency Planning Teams (PPT) develop and monitor the progress of the plans for the child and family.

Family Conferencing - A New CPS Initiative for Permanency Planning

HCPS – Children’s Crisis Care Center (4Cs) program has recently joined with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to launch a new Family Conferencing Initiative.  Family Conferencing is a decision making process that utilizes the strengths of the family, the resources of the community and the CPS agency to develop achievable, culturally-sensitive plans to ensure child safety and well being.

It is a voluntary activity where family members, family support systems, service providers and the community gather to address the future of the child.

Family Conferencing recognizes that families have the strengths and desires to protect their children within their family by sharing the responsibility for children’s safety. This process acknowledges the extended family’s knowledge and life-long attachments to the child and offers community support to meet the family’s needs.

Family Conferencing is being used nationally and internationally as a tool in Child Welfare services and has proven to be extremely effective in getting children out of foster care and into relative and kinship placements.

In the Houston District the feedback from families regarding the process has been overwhelmingly positive.

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  The Children's Crisis Care Center (4C's) a program of Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults (HCPS) provides services in collaboration with:
The University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Developmental Pediatrics

The Mental Health and Mental Retardation
Association of Harris County (MHMRA)

The Texas Department of Family and
Protective Services (DFPS)

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To report abuse or neglect call Texas Abuse Hotline1-800-252-5400 or go to www.txabusehotline.org.

Note: The 1-800 number is monitored 24 hours a day.
E-mail messages are not monitored daily.

Thank you for contacting CPS in Harris County web-site.  The problems of child abuse and youth at risk cry out for community solutions.  We cannot do it alone and need your help.   Join CPS to protect children.  There are some things done better together: raising a barn, building a rocket, but most importantly... protecting a child.

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