ALAMO — The first emergency shelter for children in Hidalgo County is preparing to open here in the fall, filling a gap in the services for abused children in the Rio Grande Valley.
Safe Haven for Kids will provide a place to stay for children who have been removed from their home by Child Protective Services.
The absence of a shelter like this one has required CPS to house the children in their offices or to take them to a shelter out of the Valley.
“They have no choice but to send them upstate, places like Laredo, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Corpus,” said Melody Garcia, the director of residential services. “So they’re taken far away from their families and it makes it a lot harder for reunification so these kids; they don’t have these family contacts, they end up staying in the system and what we know about the foster care system and …