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San Augustine facility will serve at-risk children

San Augustine celebrates construction of Children's Social Services Center San Augustine celebrates construction of Children's Social Services Center
The San Augustine Children's Social Services Center should be ready in May The San Augustine Children's Social Services Center should be ready in May
SFA's Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant explains the unique concept of a centralized social services center SFA's Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant explains the unique concept of a centralized social services center
SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) -

Abused and neglected children of San Augustine will have this year a safe haven for social workers to come to their aid. Child care advocates commemorated the start-up construction of a new San Augustine County Children's Social Services Center.

Stephen F. Austin State University's Center for Rural Social Work Research and Development proposed the concept of a centralized location for social workers.

San Augustine County Judge Samye Johnson said, “Multiple agencies will utilize the facility. It will house CASA, CPS Child Advocacy, along with offices that will have people from SFA and graduate students who can come here,”. The Texas AgriLife will be housed in one section of the building.

Social workers accustomed to traveling back roads in isolated areas can more often meet with families and children from a dysfunctional setting in the building located near the law enforcement center.

“I think it's going to make us much more efficient and efficiency is important,"  said Johnson.

The Texas Department of Agriculture and the Temple Foundation are providing the funding.

By May the facility should be in full service. Donations of furniture and child friendly items are requested.

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