Austin Children's Services

More than 30 years of ACS helping abused and neglected child

Austin Children's Services Residential Programs
ACS Foster & Adopt Program
Care Academy Strong Start

What We Do

ACS provides residential and non-residential services to children, youth, and families. Our emergency shelter and long-term residential programs provide support for kids in the state’s care. We also provide foster, adoption, and kinship care services to families in Central Texas. And our community-based programs offer a range of supports and services aimed at strengthening families and keeping children safe in their own homes.

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Care Academy

Care Academy is our new full-time child care facility open to the public with an innovative program designed to support both parents and children to ensure family success and school readiness. Our unique approach recognizes the critical importance of the first five years of a child’s life and the challenges that all parents face during those years. Learn more at

Child Abuse Prevention with Strong Start

In 2013, Strong Start, a child abuse prevention program, merged with ACS. Strong Start is designed to provide parents with the skills and resources needed to safely raise their children. Families with children between the ages of 0-5, who have factors that make them more vulnerable to abuse and neglect.Through a combination of services, including a therapeutic early childhood program, in-home parent coaching, parenting classes, support groups, mental health, and basic needs assistance, Strong Start teaches parents effective, non-violent parenting techniques while enhancing child social emotional development and decreasing challenging child behaviors. For more information about the Strong Start program, visit

Annual Report 2013

Our 2013 Annual Report is here!
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ACS Leads Collaboration in Major Child Abuse Prevention Program
Austin Children’s Services is taking the lead role in a major evidence-based child abuse prevention program called Project HOPES providing intensive home visitation and parent education to 574 at-risk families over 14 months. Read about it here.

CEO Kelly White on Inside Austin
Kelly talks about why ACS is changing its name.
Listen to the radio interview.

CEO Kelly White Talk about Name Change on KXAN
Watch the video.

Mayor Leffingwell Proclaims May 16th as
Austin Children's Services Day!
See the proclamation.

Austin Children's Shelter Celebrates 30 Years with Name Change
Austin Children’s Shelter (ACS) has been working to end child abuse and neglect in the Austin community since 1984. Now, with dramatically expanded services that include community-based programs that help support at-risk children and families, we are changing our name to reflect what we are today. Read all about it.

Why Child Abuse Happens
What tired, stressed parent hasn’t at some point acknowledged a gut understanding of how child abuse might happen? Read the article by CEO Kelly White that appears in the Spring edition of Waterways magazine. 


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