CHILDREN AT RISK, in partnership with Fort Bend ISD’s Collaborative Communities, have released the 2019 Community Resource Guide.  With versions in Spanish and English for schools counselors and nurses and parents alike, the guide lists the many non-profits in Fort Bend that offer support and services to Fort Bend families.

Children can’t learn in school if their basic needs, such as hunger or safety, are not met.  The Guide covers a range of local resources for families including food pantries, emotional and behavioral health services, enrichment opportunities and parenting and family support groups.  With support from the George Foundation, CHILDREN AT RISK provided spiral-bound copies to all school counselors and nurses in Fort Bend ISD schools.  Schools are often a trusted source of information for parents and this Resource Guide will provide helpful information to school counselors and officials.

The guide divides resources into eight sections: Food and Healthcare, Emotional and Behavioral Health, Housing, Education and Enrichment, Social Services for Families, Child Welfare, Legal Services, Parenting and Family Support.  All the resources in the Guide are local non-profit organizations and provide free or low-cost services to families in Fort Bend County.

By Gretchen Himsl, Senior Policy Analyst, Center For Parenting and Family Well-Being

In addition to this parent empowerment project, Fort Bend ISD and CHILDREN AT RISK are hosting a Summer Resource Fair on May 4, 2019.  This free event will bring together public and private services for kids and families over the summer.  The fair will highlight summer educational and enrichment opportunities for Fort Bend families, educational break out sessions and copies of the Community Resource Guide will be available for parents.  The event is from 9-11 am on May 4 at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Fort Bend County.