What is the agency’s relationship to the Archdiocese?

St. PJ’s is governed by an independent Governing Committee. As a representative of the Archdiocese, the Department Head for Social Services sits on the Governing Committee as a standing member. Other standing representatives include an alumnus from St. PJ’s and a Sister from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The Governing Committee reports up to a Board of Trustees, which includes individuals from the Archdiocese as well as the Governing Committee Chair.

Does the Archdiocese support St. PJ‚’s financially?

As one of the social services agencies under the umbrella of the Archdiocese, we receive a portion of the funds raised from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. The Appeal is the major fundraising effort conducted each year throughout the Archdiocese.

Are all of the children eligible for adoption?

No. The children are in different stages of their plan. In some cases, the family is working on their action plan. If parental rights are terminated, then the children become eligible for adoption.

Where do the children go to school?

Most of the children attend an on-campus charter school that is part of the University of Texas-Austin Charter Schools.  The children may go to school off campus‚ mostly at local public schools. Those children that wish to attend Catholic school and qualify are able to attend local Catholic schools.

Does the Archdiocese pay for children to attend Catholic school?

We do receive some funding for those children that attend Catholic school; St. PJ’s pays for the remainder of the cost.

Do parents visit their children?

Parental visits can be part of the family action plan. It varies from case to case. In some cases, parents do not know the whereabouts of their children. This is one of the reasons that maintaining confidentiality is so important.

How long do the children stay at St. PJ’s?

Children can stay up to 90 days in the emergency shelter, on average the children stay approximately 74 days. With some of the larger sibling groups, this can take a longer period of time. Sometimes, especially with older children, they opt not to be adopted, at which time they become in the permanent conservatorship of CPS.

Can the children stay at St. PJ’s after they “Age out”?

Extended foster care is a program for young adults in TDFPS conservatorship who are eligible and willing to continue foster care services beyond their 18th birthday. At this time, St. PJ’s does not offer this type of programming.  Our Case Managers work diligently to ensure the children are placed in an appropriate placement once they leave St. PJ’s.

Is St. PJ’s an orphanage?

No. These children have parents. It is the goal of CPS to reunite them with their parents. It is when parental rights are terminated or relinquished that the children become eligible for adoption.

What other services do we have?

In addition to providing emergency care services for children removed from their home due to abuse and/or neglect, St. PJ’s also provides emergency care services and transitional foster care for minors from Central America and Mexico, as well as having a counseling center and community outreach programs.

Are we paid to care for the children?

The State (TDFPS) and  ORR(Office of Refugee Resettlement)pays a per diem rate for each child that we care for.