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James Aldrich, CEO of Children’s Hope Residential Services (CHRS), spends the majority of his day looking for ways to enrich the lives abused and neglected. However, Aldrich didn’t always want to work with abused and neglected children. As a master’s student, James Aldrich was studying to be Dean of a large university. All of his courses were in the evenings, and he found that he had a lot of time on his hands. He decided to get a job using his bachelors, and procured employment working for a local Residential Treatment Center (RTC). Until then, he had had no idea that there were children in the U.S. that had been so abused and neglected by, in many cases, their own families. It lit a fire inside of Aldrich, and when that RTC and many others in the state began to close its doors, he felt compelled to do something. Rallying the resources or investors, he went to work to open Children’s Hope.

What is the sound of a child’s laugher worth? Can you stare at a smiling toddler and not feel an ember of happiness deep inside your heart? Who hasn’t heard truth in the words: “Children are our future?” In fact, children give us so much from the moment they are born. They give us humor, unconditional love, honesty, and hope. At Children’s Hope Residential Services, we recognize the priceless gifts come with childhood and we strive to preserve those gifts so they can flourish and grow.

At the Children’s Hope’s all girl Washington Campus in Levelland, volunteerism is the name of the game. Twice a month five different girls from the campus are given the opportunity to work with several churches through the Family Promise program. Through the program, the girls have an opportunity to prepare a meal for a homeless family and visit with that family for a few hours.

Children’s Hope is a beacon for youth in Texas. It is an organization that provides foster and adoption services. Of particular importance is Children’s Hope’s two residential treatment centers in the Panhandle Plains region. They provide services to children with emotional disturbances. Their goal is to provide children with the tools they need to be resilient in the face of childhood trauma, to function as model citizens, and to be able to function within their families as happy, healthy youth.  Their therapeutic framework is Trauma Informed-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Within families, children rely on their parents for essential training that will help them grow into productive adults. Primary socialization occurs within the family, with children taking cues from their parents about appropriate behaviors within different contexts. Children also learn from parents' responses what situations are safe and unsafe and tend to model their behaviors after their parents' actions. The children that come to Children's Hope Residential Services come from abusive and neglectful homes, either maladaptive behaviors adopted from their interactions with family or with no model for behavior because of their severe neglect. Children's Hope provides a relationship-based model of intervention that allows these children develop the building blocks for later healthy adult lives.