Family Compass
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Who We Are

Family Compass is a non-profit agency that believes that every child has the fundamental right to a healthy family and environment, the opportunity to succeed in school and the capacity to experience life without violence. The mission of Family Compass is to build healthy families and a strong North Texas community by preventing child abuse and neglect. This is accomplished through our two home mentoring programs and our community education program for families that have elevated risk for child abuse and reside in the poorest communities throughout Dallas and Collin County.  

What We Do 

All of our programs follow evidence-based curriculums, are voluntary and are free of charge.  Our staff works directly with parents and children in their homes and communities to:

  • Provide families with community referrals and access to resources.

  • Work through hands-on parenting activities aimed at helping parents better understand and interact with their children.

  • Coach and model effective parenting techniques. 

  • Educate through parenting classes.

  • Host parent support groups.

Our Impact

Since inception, Family Compass has served over 44,000 children and parents in North Texas.  In 2015 alone, we served 1,669 parents and children. The success of our work is shown through our results, some examples of which are:

  • 93% of families we served were not referred to Child Protective Services 

  • 80% of parents served remained in school or retained employment

  • All of our primary programs are nationally accredited.

Our History

Our agency was established in 1992 under the name "Child Abuse Prevention Center" as a result of escalating incidents of child abuse and a lack of services focused on primary prevention. The agency was founded by more than 400 Dallas Exchange Club members in an effort to prevent child abuse and bring hope to communities throughout North Texas. 

In 2012, we celebrated our 20th anniversary and changed our name to Family Compass.  In November, 2014 we merged Family Outreach Richardson-Plano (FORP), a 41-year old non-profit with a similar mission, into our fold.  The merged organization provides child abuse prevention services in both Dallas and Collin Counties and operates under the Family Compass name.