Social Services

Alliance for Children increases footprint to protect abused children

Written by Mindia Whittier

The nonprofit operates child-friendly centers in Arlington, Fort Worth and Northeast Tarrant County.

Alliance for Children more than doubled its space in Fort Worth with relocation to a 38,000 square foot building renovated specifically to meet the agency’s needs. The move was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 30.

Located at 3609 Marquita Drive in West Fort Worth, the building expands Alliance for Children’s physical capacity to extend services and support for child abuse victims and their protective families. It was funded by a $15.8 million capital campaign that also includes expansion of the agency’s Arlington center by 24,000 square feet, and its Northeast center by 4,000 square feet.

Alliance for Children is the only Tarrant County nonprofit involved directly in protection from child abuse through coordinated and teamed investigations. Local law enforcement agencies, Cook Children’s Medical Center, JPS Health Network, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Tarrant County Juvenile Services and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services align under the organization’s leadership to minimize the trauma of abuse. Alliance for Children also provides healing services and community education.

In addition to accommodating rapid population growth in the region, the expansion allows increased capacity to provide mental health services, meets upgraded technology needs and enhances security. The new location will house 50 Alliance for Children staff members, three units of Child Protective Investigations, and the Fort Worth Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit. Other agencies partnering on cases will have access to space as well. It is named The Morris Foundation Building in recognition of the The Morris Foundation‘s support.

Alliance for Children has served more than 63,000 Tarrant County children since it was founded in 1992.

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