Children’s shelter seeks assistance

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By Pam Millican

Correspondent

The Children’s Shelter, an emergency placement shelter for children in Van Zandt County, is undergoing some major changes.

The shelter is owned and maintained by a board of trustees who contracts with Azleway to provide “house parents” who oversee the children and day-to-day running of the shelter.

 “Most people don’t realize there is a children’s shelter in Van Zandt County and we have been in the same location for 37 years,” said Kerry Cartier, shelter board president.

The location of the facility is undisclosed for the safety of the children.

When Child Protective Services has to remove a child from his or her home for the child’s safety due to parental neglect or when the there is no one to care for the child due to the parent’s incarceration, CPS contacts Azleway.

Azleway oversees the placement of the child into an emergency shelter. The child stays at the shelter until her or she can be united with a family member or another placement can be made. 

Azleway contracts with several facilities but The Children’s Shelter is the only one located in Van Zandt County.

The shelter is just like any other residential home in its vicinity. Girl’s rooms are on one end of the house and boys are on the other. The Azleway house parents live-in full time to provide the children with a home-like atmosphere.

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