Children that are safe will thrive – healthy things grow, and together we can make a difference. This simple premise defines Pathways Youth and Family Services.
In 1992 Pathways served its first foster children. With a desire to serve challenging teenage boys, the small independent home was full in a matter of weeks. The following four years of success with boys that had failed in previous placements was a sign of things to come.
In 1996, after being asked several times to open more homes, Pathways received its Child Placing License. Today with 10 branch-offices, Pathways serves more than 500 children in 250 homes in 50 counties. Each year, on average, over 150 children and youth are adopted out of foster care and hundreds of new families are trained to help children become resilient and thrive again.
Since the beginning, Pathways has matured and grown significantly in the depth of its services and the size of its service area. During the late 1990s, community-based service programs were implemented to provide services in the home, school and community to help prevent the breakup of families and placements. In 2015, these services dramatically expanded and now include all the evidence-based methodologies endorsed by the National Wraparound Initiative and Texas System of Care.
In 2002, Pathways seized an opportunity to revitalize a residential wilderness program that provides short-term adventure programming. With an on-site school managed by the University of Texas Charter School System, this facility is licensed for 48 clients and holds a waiting list for teen boys with behavioral difficulties who may otherwise be headed to incarceration or therapeutic lock-up.
In 2004, Pathways started an adoption program to help children without parents find permanent families. In 2015, over 200 successful adoptions were facilitated totaling more than 1,500 since the inception of the Adoption program.
In 2011, a 25-year old residential program serving children with severe intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in San Antonio called Habilitative Homes, was looking for help and new leadership. Pathways stepped in and brought the program under its umbrella of services and support. Today that program, licensed for 18 residents, continues to nurture the capacity for growth and resilience for clients with Autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Great people with great purpose have continued to make an incredible difference. Today our organization is dedicated to the purpose of creating a culture of safe environments for children and their families.