Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $371,912)
This program aligns with the Departments priorities to combat victimization and enhance public safety. The Supporting Effective Interventions for Children With Sexual Behavior Problems and Adolescent Sex Offenders program supports communities in developing comprehensive, multidisciplinary approaches to provide a continuum of intervention and supervision services for youth with problematic and illegal sexual behavior as well as treatment services for their victims and families/caregivers. This program is authorized by Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2020, Pub. L. No. 11693; 133 Stat. 2317, 2410.
Project SAFeR (Safety & Family Resiliency) helps Tarrant County children with problematic sexual behaviors (PSB). There are three components to the program: legal, supervision, and counseling. It operates through the collaborative efforts of Lena Pope, Alliance for Children, the Tarrant County DAs Office, Child Protective Services (CPS), Tarrant County Juvenile Services (TJCS), and local law enforcement. Families of children 7-9 self-refer to Lena Pope, and are not required to participate in the diversion/supervision components (youth under the age of 10 cannot be prosecuted in Texas). For children between the ages of 10-14, law enforcement and/or CPS will likely be involved to some extent and, many times, these cases are referred to the program through TJCS and the Tarrant County DAs Office (Juvenile Unit). For adjudicated youth, a multidisciplinary team must decide that the case is appropriate for inclusion in the program. This team screens cases for the program while they are still being investigated by CPS and law enforcement, and the victims family must agree to the charged juvenile being in the program. A risk assessment must show the charged juvenile to be at a low risk to re-offend for the safety of other program participants. Project SAFeR uses the Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) school-aged model for PSB youth, PSB-CBT adolescent model for 13 and 14 year old adjudicated youth, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for victims. SAFeR will provide services for a total of 247 individuals over the grant period (90 youth with PSBs, 135 caregivers, and 22 victims). CA/NCF