Austin Children's Shelter

What We Do

ACS provides residential and non-residential services to children, youth, and families recovering from abuse and neglect. We believe that every child and young adult in our community deserves safety and security, and all our programs and services are designed to help abuse survivors recover from trauma and break the cycle of abuse. We provide:

  • emergency shelter
  • teen parent program with parent education and support
  • transitional living program for youth ages 17-22
  • residential respite care,
  • a child placing agency, Foster in Austin
  • a child abuse prevention program, Strong Start
  • child care and family support center through Care Academy (now open!)

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Care Academy Now Open

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

Foster in Austin

Austin Children’s Shelter programs now includes Foster in Austin, a foster care placement agency that recruits, trains, and supports foster families to provide safe and loving homes for children. Foster in Austin ensures that each family receives intensive and ongoing training, 24-hour on-call support, available counseling for parents and children, and respite care for those moments when everyone needs a break for a few days. We believe that no foster parent should ever feel alone, and we will be there to help every step of the way. Learn more about Foster in Austin.

Child Abuse Prevention

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







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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. 

We Can -- And Should -- Do Better By Our Children
The recent deaths of two children in foster care and other child related incidents caused Kelly White, ACS CEO, to reflect on lessons learned. Read her editorial opinion as it appeared in the Austin American Statesman on Oct. 30th. 

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Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace are members of the LIFT Alliance to eliminate child, sexual, and domestic violence and abuse through the power of our combined voices and actions. Learn more.


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