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In 1995, Boysville opened the Emergency Shelter as an expansion of our emergency care services. In 2004, in an effort to keep sibling groups together in a time of crisis, the shelter began accepting infants into the program. Our shelter now accepts children ages infant to 17, providing crisis intervention and assessment 24 hours a day for children needing emergency child care. The average stay for a child at the shelter is 30 days. While placement is short term, the services provided are comprehensive and outcome related.

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 the Residential Program or Foster Care Program. Other children may be successfully reunited with their parents or moved to appropriate alternative care depending on their needs.

Placement Philosophy

Boysville accepts children whose families are in crisis as a result of illness, unemployment, poverty, etc. Boysville accepts children who are sexually or physically abused, neglected, homeless or who may have behavioral problems at home or school. The child must be a resident of Texas. 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. After the initial referral information is received, we make an appointment for the child and the family and/or guardian to meet with our shelter director. 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. In preparation for placement into the Residential Program and the Foster Care Program, a social history is written, testing is administered as needed, school referrals are completed, medical and dental screenings are done and a Child Behavior Checklist assessment is completed. 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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