America’s Heart Services and Service Goals

Program Goals

America’s Heart believes that every child has the right to a safe, stable, and nurturing home and that all children are adoptable. America’s Heart provides education and support services to foster/adoptive families and children. America’s Heart, inspires change in the lives of children in foster care by promoting and sustaining permanent families. We identify and train competent, caring foster/adoptive parents, provide education and support services, and nurture stable homes for children. We are dedicated to healing children, strengthening families and transforming lives.

America’s Heart program goals are to:

  • decrease the number of disruptions in a child’s life;
  • provide support, education, and therapeutic services to foster/adoptive parents and children to meet their individual needs;
  • train and recruit caring foster and adoptive families; and
  • be a viable and healthy organization that can help heal children, strengthen families and transform lives.

Adoption Program

The mission of the America’s Heart Program is to develop contributing adult citizens by providing superior child and family services in a safe, stable family setting. America’s Heart has chosen to carry out this mission through providing the following services:

Adoption Program

The mission of the America’s Heart Program is to develop contributing adult citizens by providing superior child and family services in a safe, stable family setting. America’s Heart has chose to carry out this mission through providing the following services:

  • Children:
    Family Living Environment
    Medical, Dental, and Vision Services
    Medication Services
    Educational/Vocational Services
    Recreational Activities
    Service Planning
    Counseling Services
    Home Visits / Supervision
    Preparation for Adoption
    Record Maintenance
  • Adoptive Families:
    Adoptive Family Recruitment
    Adoptive Family Training
    Home Studies
    Legal Assistance
    Counseling Services
    Home Visits / Supervision
    Record Maintenance
    Respite Services
    Support Groups

Foster Care Program

Foster Care Program – Our foster care program provides quality services to children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Our program is designed to help each child learn to trust adults by providing them safe and stable Foster Family Homes. America’s Heart recruits, trains, supervises and supports foster families through each foster child placement.

Our foster care programs provides services to children in need of child care services and treatment services. This may include children who have emotional or behavioral needs, children with intellectual disabilities or physical disabilities and/or developmental delays.

America’s Heart utilizes trained, experienced full time staff, subcontractors and consulting service providers in the community to meet the needs of each child accepted into foster care and the foster families who serve the children. Children placed in America’s Heart foster care may be in conservatorship, children of current America’s Heart clients, in the conservatorship of another private child placing agency or in the conservatorship of the State of Texas. Children in the conservatorship of the state are served in all programs.

Description of Child-Care Services for Children in Foster Care

Child-Care Services – Services that meet a child’s basic need for shelter, nutrition, clothing, nurture, socialization and interpersonal skills, care for personal health and hygiene, supervision, education and service planning.

  • Teaching the children basic living and social skills incorporates a high level of experiential learning including interacting with others and being exposed to a wide variety of environments and situations.
  • Encouraging children to be exposed to a wide variety of experiences and developing healthy relationships with both their peers and adults will help the children function independently in the community.
  • Experiential learning also helps the children realize who their resources are throughout the community.
Description of Treatment Services for Children in Foster Care

Treatment Services – In addition to child-care services, a specialized type of child-care services
designed to treat and/or support children with emotional Disorders, such as mood disorders, psychotic disorders, or dissociative disorders, and who demonstrate three or more of the following:

  • Major self-injurious actions, including recent suicide attempt;
  • Difficulties that present a significant risk of harm to self or others, including frequent or unpredictable physical aggression;or
  • An additional DSM-5 diagnosis of substance related and/or addictive disorder with severe impairment.

Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is a category of disorders (e.g. Autistic Disorder or
Rett’s Disorder) characterized by prominent, severe deficits and pervasive impairment in one of
more of the following areas of development:

  • Conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills to include daily living and self-care;
  • Communication, cognition, or expressions of affect;
  • Self-care activities or participation in social activities;
  • Responding appropriately to an emergency; and
  • Multiple physical disabilities including sensory impairments; or

With a DSM-5 diagnosis of Intellectual Disability that is characterized by severe deficits and pervasive impairments in one or more of the following areas:

  • conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills to include daily living and self care;
  • communication, cognition, or expressions of affect;
  • self-care activities or participation in social activities;
  • responding appropriately to an emergency; and
  • multiple physical disabilities, including sensory impairments.
Additional America’s Heart Programmatic Services

Respite Child-Care Services – Respite child-care services are planned alternative 24-hour care that has the purpose of providing relief to the child’s primary caregiver.

 

  • A Respite child-care episode is defined as an episode that lasts more than 72 hours.
  • An episode that lasts less than 72 hours is not respite child-care and is considered a babysitting service