We Provide Housing For Sex Trafficking Victims
The Youth Center of Texas Sunflower Home Program provides housing for sex trafficking survivors in an 8-bed transitional living program. We welcome women from ages 18-22 and offer holistic support and services tailored to each survivor’s needs. We also welcome pregnant and parenting youth with babies up to 6 months of age.
The foundation of our program is rooted in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI). TBRI is a trauma-informed and evidence-driven intervention style that is designed to meet the complex needs of human trafficking victims. We find this method to be effective because the connecting principles are based on attachment theory, while the strategies impact the child synergistically and holistically to promote healing and well-being.
The Services and Programs We Provide
We provide more than housing for sex trafficking victims. Residents have numerous resources available to them to help meet their unique needs as a survivor. With a main focus on safety, restoration and stability, our space is where survivors can start their healing process. All of our staff are trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) to offer full encompassing and nonjudgmental support to each resident.
A Comprehensive Framework of Our Services Model
Each evidence-based survivor plan of services has six dimensions of change with developing goals and outcome measures:
- Relational – Build genuine relationships with survivors by incorporating Trust-Based Relational Intervention® principles and practices.
- Medical and Physical – Support each survivor and encourage physical wellness and the development and maintenance of preventive medicine.
- Psychological – Collaborate with survivors in identifying any immediate mental health needs, while encouraging survivors to participate in individual counseling and psychoeducational therapeutic groups.
- Spiritual – Support each survivor’s spirituality to facilitate and promote healing.
- Education and Career – Encourage each survivor in developing social skills and the achievement of career or educational goals.
- Transitional – Each survivor will learn and improve their life skills and be prepared to transition into independent living.
Case Management Services
Our approach to case management supports each survivor while they work on achieving their own goals in the comprehensive framework of services model. Case Management services include the Nurturing Parenting Program® provided by a certified Case Manager for survivors who are pregnant and/or are parenting.
Services include initial counseling assessment and weekly counseling sessions from licensed professional counselors certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). As well as: group therapy, crisis intervention services, and remote services for the survivor after exiting the program.
(Commercial Sexual Exploitation Identification Tool)
The Commercial Sexual Exploitation-Identification Tool (CSE-IT) is an evidence-based screening tool used by agencies working with the Office of the Governor (OOG) grantees. This tool is implemented within the Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) Regional Models of Survivor Care in collaboration with the OOG and the CSTT to effectively identify child sex trafficking victims and/or those youth who are at higher risk of trafficking.
We're here to help, not to judge.
- Assistance completing Crime Victims Compensation (CVC) packet
- Assistance obtaining government-issued documents such as I.D. card, social security card, and birth certificate
- Information and referral to legal counsel and advocacy services
- Information and referral for employment assistance
- Connection to educational resources and opportunities
- Financial literacy classes
- Life skills training classes
- Referral to the adult care coordination team, STOP Task Force
How The Referral Process Works
Upon receiving your referral, our staff will contact you within 48-hours to request additional documentation; such as CSEY status and age requirement verification. If the survivor meets criteria, we will schedule a counseling assessment and a review of program expectations and guidelines with the survivor as the next step toward admission into the Sunflower Home Program.