New ACH Child and Family Services location highlights free counseling servicesdfwnewsa | February 6, 2024 | 0 | Fort Worth , Fort Worth News
The new ACH building, 1025 S. Jennings Ave., has been in the works for almost two years. (Courtesy photo | Chuck Burton.)
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ACH Child and Family Services opened a new building to make two of its programs more visible to the public.
The new location, 1025 S. Jennings Ave., houses ACH’s free child counseling service for kids and their families and a program that helps families navigate raising a young family member, like a niece, nephew or cousin.
CEO Wayne Carson expects the building to be a big boost for ACH. Since its opening two years ago, ACH has gotten some interest from people curious enough to ask about what’s inside the building, he said. The open house is a cure for that.
“We want to make sure that the community knows that if they become aware of a child or family that needs some help, that they can send them our way,” Carson said.
The Kinship Navigator Program focuses on individuals caring for children who suddenly don’t have support, said Wes B. Cunningham, Director of Youth and Family Services. The program helped 400 people with raising their young family members and supplied resources for food, clothing and testing for schools in 2023.
Each of the employees have have experience with kinship care, adoptive care, or working in child welfare, Cunningham said.
“That makes our program a little bit different. There’s a bit of a passion and a heart for this that goes beyond just somebody who goes and trains at school for a specific expertise,” Cunningham said.
The counseling and kinship programs were previously based at ACH’s Wichita Street campus, said Chuck Burton, director of marketing. Now, that building is where ACH’s administration is based, and where runaway and homeless youth are welcomed. It also serves as Tarrant County’s only 24-hour Youth Emergency Shelter.
“I think it’s much better for the community. I think it’s much more visible, it’s easier to get to. I think people are really embracing it,” Burton said.
In 2023, ACH counseled more than 1,500 youth and provided more than 4,800 hours of counseling, according to the organization. Carson hopes that more Fort Worthians take advantage of ACH services.
“The needs of the families in this community are greater than any one agency can respond to by themselves, so it’s important for people to know who we are and what we do,” Carson said.
Olla Mokhtar is a reporting fellow for the Fort Worth Report. You can contact her at email@example.com. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.