Maintaining the safety of children while they are in our care
Keeping children within 50 miles of their home communities
Reducing the number of times children are moved between foster homes
Keeping siblings together
What is Community-Based Care?
Community-Based Care is a new way of providing foster care services. It gives local communities the flexibility and authority to improve the system. Within a geographical service area, a Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) contracts with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to manage and provide services to children in foster care and their families.
In 2014, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) selected ACH as the Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) for Texas Region 3b which includes the following counties: Erath, Somervell, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, and Tarrant. Our Community Our Kids (OCOK) was established in 2015 to assume full responsibility for the region’s foster care system, managing the full range of resources provided to children in foster care.
Since January 1, 2015, OCOK has been responsible for Stage I:
- Developing foster care capacity
- Building a network of providers
- Engaging the community to help
- Foster Care placement services
See OCOK’s progress by viewing our current Community-Based Care: Bringing Kids Home Brochure.
Beginning March 1, 2020 OCOK will be responsible for Stage II:
- Assumes case management responsibilities from Child Protective Services for all children in substitute care, including paid foster care and kinship care
- Oversees Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
- Manages Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) services
- Establishes permanency goals and coordinates care for the families of children in DFPS conservatorship, face-to-face visits with children and families, permanency/case planning, court activities, and kinship services
For more information, visit the state’s Community-Based Care page