HOUSTON -- In Harris County, there are over 4,000 children in the custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
The Harris County Protective Services (HCPS) Clinic, a unique clinic dedicated to treating the trauma of children in foster care, is now the first Foster Care Center of Excellence in Harris County.
Superior Health will announce the Center of Excellence designation Tuesday at a special ceremony celebrating the collaboration between HCPS, UTHealth, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and Superior Health. To qualify as a Foster Care Center of Excellence, a clinic must meet 47 criteria and the highest standards of care for foster children and their caretakers. The HCPS Clinic is now the only clinic in Harris County to receive the designation and the second in Texas.
“We are proud to receive this designation,” said Joel Levine, HCPS executive director. “It is a reflection of the hard work our staff has done to ensure foster children with visible and invisible wounds can heal in a safe, inviting atmosphere.”
As the oldest and first program of HCPS, the clinic was established in 1972 to provide medical services to children who have experienced trauma and are involved with Child Protective Services. It has been recognized as a one-of-a-kind clinic that brings experts together in one location to provide medical, dental and behavioral health care exclusively to children in foster care.
“Treating these children, who have been victims of abuse and neglect, by physicians using trauma-informed practices is very important for their whole-health healing,” said Dr. Kim K. Cheung, associate professor of pediatrics at UTHealth.
For more information, contact Estella Olguin at 713.410.9773.