Jonathan’s Place is a Dallas County emergency shelter for children ranging in age from newborn up to 18. By accepting children in this age range, we are able to keep sibling groups together when they are removed from their family homes. Without this option, children are often times separated and placed into different foster homes.
As an emergency shelter, we provide temporary residential care and specialized services to children that have been abandoned or removed from their homes by Child Protective Services due to abuse and neglect. Children stay in our care for a maximum of 90 days, depending on their age and circumstances. On average, the children live in our shelter for three-to-four weeks. When they leave our care, they are placed by CPS with a safe relative, in a foster home or are adopted.
While at our “home,” children are cared for by licensed child care administrators and credentialed staff. Staff requirements include CPR / first aid and behavioral management certifications. Children receive the utmost comprehensive care, including medical, dental, psychological and educational.
Abuse in Dallas County
Daily, children are determined by schools, police, and Child Protective Services (CPS) to be in life threatening situations requiring immediate removal from their homes. In the State of Texas in FY15, there were 67,721 confirmed cases of child abuse and 171 child deaths related to abuse/neglect. As partners with CPS, Jonathan’s Place provides a safe, loving, home through our emergency shelter until the child is placed with a family member or foster home.
How the Emergency Shelter is Funded
The State of Texas provides reimbursement for each night a child stays at Jonathan’s Place. Unfortunately, that only covers roughly 60% of the cost to care for each child. Jonathan’s Place counts on the generosity of the community in order to provide counseling and other specialized services to help children cope with the multiple traumas they’ve experienced.