Real Talk w/CJ: Alfred Bryant, Child Protective Services


Wed Apr 8, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom
Alfred Bryant has spent his career helping children who are victims of abuse and neglect as well as their families.

As a supervisor with the Family Based Safety Services Program for Child Protective Services (CPS) in the Houston area, Bryant oversees services to children and families with substantiated claims of abuse and neglect.

“We allow them to maximize their strengths and alleviate the risk of future harm to their children and families,” Bryant said.

Prior to joining the Family Based Safety Services Program, Bryant served in several different capacities in the CPS agency, including the Centralized Placement Unit, Preparation for Adult Living, and the Conservatorship Program. With such a diverse background, Bryant can discuss career options in CPC and how to get a job in the victim services field.

The Houston Region (Region 6) consists of 12 regional offices for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and covers Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller and Wharton counties.

In CPS, the Centralized Placement Unit (CPU) is responsible for locating foster homes, shelters and residential placements for children in foster care. Youth and children in foster care are eligible to remain in care in certain placements until their 21st birthdays.

The CPU is responsible for locating foster homes, shelters and residential placements for children in foster care. Youth and children in foster care are eligible to remain in care in certain placements until their 21st birthdays.

Started in 1986, the Preparation for Adult Living Program prepares teenagers who are aging out the foster care system with the skills and resources that they need to live healthy and productive adult lives. At any given time, there are about 3,500 youth 16 years and older in the foster care system.

Through the PAL program, foster children can qualify for educational and financial services up to their 21st birthday. In collaboration with public and private agencies, PAL assists youth with identifying and developing support systems and housing as well as offering skills and training to prepare for life as an adult. The training includes health and safety, housing and transportation, job readiness, financial management, life decisions and responsibilities, and personal and social relationships.

Family Based Safety Services and Conservatorship programs both provide services to families who have been determined to have substantiated claims of abuse or neglect. Workers in FBSS and CVS coordinate services with providers such as attorneys, judges, therapists, school officials, and many additional entities.
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