Child Care Services
IES, Inc. currently operates three Licensed Child Care Programs to serve Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC):
(1) International Emergency Shelter, Los Frensos, Texas:
Provides services primarily to UAC between the ages of 13 and 17. All services are provided on-site at the facility.
Roberto Lerma, Program Director/Residential Child Care Licensed Administrator
Maria Guillen, Assistant Program Director/Residential Child Care Licensed Administrator
(2) Foster Care Program – Brownsville, TX:
Provides services primarily to UAC between the ages of 0-17, to include pregnant and parenting teens. Care is provided through private foster care households in the surrounding area.
Francine Guerrero, Assistant Program Director/Residential Child Care Licensed Administrator
(3) Foster Care Program – Harlingen, TX:
Provides services primarily to UAC between the ages of 0-17, to include pregnant and parenting teens. Care is provided through private foster care households in the surrounding areas.
Anna Lee Ruiz, Program Director
Nora Cavazos, Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator
The main focus of the care and services is the normal, safe, and family-structured environment provided through several components. The purpose and overall concept of the IES Programs is to provide a life as normal as possible for the children in care. The children participate in normal living activities such as education, student council, chores, recreation, religious, while learning to accept other responsibilities. Achievement of services provided is afforded through the following programs:
The Emergency Shelter is a large residential facility that houses the majority of children that IES serves. It is situated on 8 acres of land within a 34-acre tract in Los Fresnos, and is enhanced with several nearby cottages. The shelter facility offers 24-hour care and is staffed and equipped to accommodate 120-160 children on a daily basis.
Although all ages of children can be provided care at the facility, the majority of the children residing at the shelter are between the ages of 13 and 17. Most of the females, however, are housed in the cottages. With the provision of on-site services, all children are assured of continuity of services while participating in activities.
The shelter is a spacious and child-friendly facility where children have an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities. Experienced staff, who are bilingual in the major language of the children, provide residents with supervision, encouragement, and guidance.
The Child Placing Agency is comprised of foster homes that have been verified by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to care for children ages 0-17. IES’ Child Placing Facilities are situated in Brownsville and Harlingen, Texas with an approximate combined capacity of 85 children. The facilities’ foster programs are responsible for coordinating placement and providing oversight to the foster homes, which are located in Los Fresnos, Brownsville, San Benito, Harlingen, and La Feria areas. A case management team insures that the children receive all necessary services during their placement. Although children of all ages can be accommodated in the foster homes, priority is given to children under the age of 12, pregnant and parenting teens, and sibling groups.
Trained and experienced foster parents serve as a major resource in caring for the children. They offer a safe and stable home environment while the children await reunification. Children enjoy opportunities to share in community outings and family gatherings. School age children are provided with educational classes by certified teachers within the foster care programs. The children also receive medical care as necessary through medical care providers in the community.
Services provided include but not limited to: shelter, food, medical services, mental health services, assessments, plan of service, education, recreation, religious access, legal services access, reunification, case management, transportation, counseling, comprehensive orientation, and _________.