Temporary Emergency Placement (TEP)
No child should have to sleep in an office while awaiting placement. For children with complex therapeutic needs, this is all too common. Unfortunately, many children who are removed from their homes are left in limbo as foster homes and residential placements have dwindled due to COVID and a shortage of placement options.
Boysville, in partnership with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, has designated two cottages as a temporary shelter for children with higher-level needs waiting for permanent placement. The cottage houses only five children at a time and operates with a staff ratio of 1:4.
There are a variety of support services including psycho-educational, social, behavior management, goal setting and crisis intervention. Children may stay up to 90 days in our Emergency Shelter. After a 30-day stay in the Emergency Shelter, a child may be considered for placement in our Residential Program 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 private-placed children whose families are in crisis as a result of illness, unemployment, poverty, abuse, neglect, or homelessness. 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 Clinical 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