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Children who have experienced trauma receive a new chance at life as they begin their healing in our Emergency Shelter.  Our Emergency Shelter Program provides temporary care for boys and girls, birth to 17, who cannot remain in their home.  Over 80% of these children are under the protection of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

While a child’s stay is short-term, our integrated, trauma-informed care approach, provides a foundation of healing for each child.


Where Healing Begins

At the Emergency Shelter, children reside in a home-like setting with a large common room and dining room, semi-private bedrooms and bath and recreational areas. The shelter provides around-the-clock-awake staff for maximum safety and support. Children living in the shelter will attend a school in the Judson Independent School District. There are a variety of support services including psycho-educational, social, behavior management, goal setting and crisis intervention. In some cases, children will remain at the school they attended prior to being placed at Boysville to reduce the amount of school disruptions. After a 30-day stay in the Emergency Shelter, a child may be considered for placement in our one of our On-Campus Family Care Cottages or in our Community-Based Foster Care Program. Other children may be successfully reunited with their parents or family members or moved to appropriate alternative care depending on their needs.

Private Placement Philosophy

Boysville accepts children whose families are in crisis as a result of illness, unemployment, poverty, abuse, neglect, or homeless.   Children are admitted without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or their family’s ability to pay for services. We want to help every child.

For placement into Boysville, a telephone screening conducted by our shelter staff begins the intake process. If it is determined Boysville can help the child, a date will then be set for placement into our Emergency Shelter. Emergency placements can be done immediately if the shelter director gives approval. During a 30-day placement, an assessment will be conducted to include daily written observations by the shelter caregivers, mental health assessment by the Director of Therapeutic Services, academic assessments by the Learning Center staff and a weekly review of individual progress by the assessment team. This assessment determines if Boysville can help the child or if the child requires more extensive care.

Once the 30-day period is completed and it is determined that the child will remain at Boysville, he or she will be placed in an age-appropriate and gender-appropriate cottage.

For placement into the shelter, the following is required:

  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card
  • Immunization record
  • Withdrawal forms from school
  • Documents pertaining to custody or guardianship

Each child at the shelter will be evaluated for the following:

  • Social behavior
  • Academic progress
  • Medical needs
  • Psychiatric assessment

Click here for more information on placement into the Emergency Shelter.

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