History of Children’s Village
Children’s Village and Family Service Agency, Inc. is a charitable, non-profit Corporation in Texas and a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization. Its purpose is to provide 24 hour residential foster care to neglected, abused and abandoned boys and girls from the Tyler, Smith County and Northeast Texas area. We serve children from birth through 18 years of age and school age children attend Tyler area schools. Children’s Village is completely charitable and receives no state or federal government funding and the children coming into our care have little or no family financial resources. It operates from charitable contributions by concerned citizens, local businesses and foundations. Children's Village is licensed as a Group Residential Operation by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and has a 30 member volunteer Board of Trustees.
The Children’s Village Home began in 1980 with a 2,400 sq. ft. donated wood frame duplex. The structure was moved to the home’s location on FM 724 in Tyler and was remodeled to meet childcare building, health and fire code standards. In 1985 the home was enlarged by an additional 1,600 sq. ft. and the residential licensed capacity was increased to 14 children.
In 1992 a 2,600 sq. ft. duplex apartment was built adjacent to the cottage as a Transitional Independent Living unit for our 17-year-old students to live in their senior year in high school. The focus is to help these older teens develop the independent living skills and self-reliance they will need to move into the Tyler community as productive adults or go off to college when they graduate from high school.
In 1998, the program expanded by adding a second 5,300 sq foot residence.
For over 30 years Children’s Village has provided quality 24 hours, long term residential foster care for hundreds of boys and girls from our area. Our homes are co-ed so brothers and sisters can live together. The primary mission is to care for a child until he or she can be reunited with a rehabilitated family. If however, this is not possible due to the dysfunctional nature of the families many of these children come from, then Children’s Village continues to provide the child, within the limits of its financial resources, with high quality, cost effective residential care until he or she graduates from high school. If graduates wish to attend college, Children's Village will provide scholarship assistance in its "after care" program.