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The Settlement Home for Children

aka Settlement Club   |   Austin, TX   |  www.settlementhome.org

Mission

Our mission is to promote healing and growth in children, young adults and their families by providing a continuum of care, support and resources. We serve individuals who have experienced severe emotional trauma, abuse and neglect.

Ruling year info

1955

Executive Director

Darcie DeShazo

Main address

1600 Payton Gin Road

Austin, TX 78758 USA

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EIN

74-1200133

NTEE code info

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

Foster Care (P32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Child abuse has long-term negative effects on the mental and physical health of children. Children who have experienced child abuse are at greater risk of harm later in life, including mental illness, substance abuse, poor physical health, risky behaviors and decreased life opportunities. In order to help our children heal and grow, we offer comprehensive trauma-informed services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Residential Treatment Center

Our Residential Treatment Center (RTC) serves girls and young women ages 11–21 in a highly structured environment with 24-hour therapeutic care. Our RTC is a safe and nurturing environment that enables our residents to begin trusting the healing process. All residents receive individual and group therapy, as well as family therapy when appropriate. Our RTC operates on a houseparent model, in which direct care staff members called Houseparents live on site and are present for our residents’ bedtime, waking time and throughout the day. This model provides consistency of care and enables holistic treatment for each resident we serve.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims of crime and abuse
Foster and adoptive children
At-risk youth
Women and girls

Our Group Home Program (GHP) serves girls and young women ages 11–21 in a home-like setting with 24-hour therapeutic care. The goal of the GHP is to create a family-like environment while giving our residents the opportunity to practice independent living skills that help them prepare for adulthood. All residents receive individual and group therapy, as well as family therapy when appropriate. Our GHP operates on a houseparent model, in which direct care staff members called Houseparents live on site and are present for our residents’ bedtime, waking time and throughout the day. This model provides consistency of care and enables holistic treatment for each resident we serve.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims of crime and abuse
Foster and adoptive children
At-risk youth
Women and girls

Our Transitional Living Program (TLP) provides efficiency apartments on campus for young women 18 and older who are not quite prepared to live on their own. Residents receive case management and therapy while developing independent living skills, financial literacy and job preparedness. In order to be eligible for the TLP, residents must either be employed or pursuing post-secondary or vocational education. Before leaving our care, residents secure stable housing.

Population(s) Served
Young women
Victims of crime and abuse
At-risk youth

Our Foster & Adoption Program works to find either a temporary or permanent home for children of all ages who can no longer remain in their current living situation. We also train foster and adoptive families in trauma-informed care, support them through the foster and adoption process and provide post-adoption services such as therapy and resource referrals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims of crime and abuse
Foster and adoptive children
Foster and adoptive parents
At-risk youth

Our on-campus University of Texas Charter School is specialized for students with trauma backgrounds who have difficulty excelling in a traditional school setting. Our school serves students from sixth through 12th grades and provides special education services, credit recovery and tutoring.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims of crime and abuse
Foster and adoptive children
At-risk youth
Women and girls

Our Aftercare Services support current and former residents, connecting them to resources in the community and helping them prepare for increased self-sufficiency as well as educational and professional success. We also help residents establish a healthy social network, obtain driver’s licenses and legal documents needed for college and employment.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Victims of crime and abuse
Women

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients in residential care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of our programs is to strengthen child well-being over time with resources like a safe, structured, caring environment and by teaching the skills that lead to healthy, productive lives. All of the children we serve can break the cycle of abuse, and we are committed to their healing and success.

To support our children and families, we provide long-term shelter, 24-hour trauma-informed care, therapy, education, medical services, coordination with legal teams, foster and adoption services, recreational activities and resource referrals.

Our residential programs offer a long-term therapeutic living situation by providing a continuum of care: as residents complete their treatment goals, they have the opportunity to move to one of the other programs within our organization. This unique environment creates stability because residents do not have to move to another organization or agency if their treatment goals change.

Our Foster & Adoption program provides comprehensive services to foster and adoptive families, as caring for children from difficult backgrounds can be extremely challenging. Our continuum of care supports children and families at every step along the way, from pre-adoption to post-adoption.

Therapists at The Home are trained in several evidence-based therapy models, as each of our residents have unique treatment plans. Our therapists use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Extensive research has demonstrated the effectiveness of these models in treating the psychological diagnoses of patients such as our residents.

Our therapists are also trained in best-practice-informed models such Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Systems Theory, play therapy and sand tray therapy.

The Home’s model of care, Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®), a caregiver model used widely in the foster care and child welfare. TBRI® is a trauma-informed treatment model based on fostering healthy relationships and connection with adults. All direct care staff receive TBRI® training at the time of hire and through monthly trainings.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Settlement Home for Children

Board of directors
as of 01/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Catherine Buchanan

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/2/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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