How to Place A Child or Children at Boys & Girls Harbor
Boys & Girls Harbor provides a stable and loving home environment for children ages 5 to 18 years of age. Each residential home on the campus can accommodate up to eight children under the supervision of full-time, live-in house parents. The program is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as a General Residential Operation with the ability to serve up to 88 children. The Harbor is not licensed as a Residential Treatment Center to care for children who have serious emotional or behavioral needs that may require a more restrictive environment or medical supervision.
The admission process for placing a child at Boys & Girls Harbor includes completing an application form and a personal interview with both the child and their family, or staff from a child placing agency, to understand and assess the child’s needs and explain the programs and services the Harbor provides. During this process campus rules, routines, and general expectations are reviewed and explained. Boys & Girls Harbor places a high priority on maintaining sibling units when placement involves more than one child from a family.
Parents and guardians are asked to provide the completed Boys & Girls Harbor Application Form or Child Protective Services (CPS) Common Application, copies of any school records, immunization records, the child’s birth certificate, social security card, and a physical examination done within the last 30 days, and school records, as well as any other information and records that might be in the best interest of understanding the child’s needs.
Whether children stay at the Harbor for several months, or require long-term care over a period of years, the Harbor is their home. The younger children in kindergarten through the eighth grade attend The Harbor Academy, the charter school located on the campus. The older children attend La Porte High School and are encouraged to participate in after school programs and activities. By providing a safe and loving environment, the Harbor teaches children how to overcome obstacles they may have faced and prepares them for a brighter future. Following graduation from high school, many children continue their education by attending vocational, junior, or four-year college programs.
For more information, please contact the Harbor’s Social Service staff at (281) 471-9622, Ext. 101.