Our Misson

Family Compass

Our mission 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 and Outreach program for families that have elevated risk for child abuse and reside in the poorest communities throughout Dallas and Collin County.

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Who We Are

Family Compass is the largest nonprofit in North Texas solely dedicated to the mission of child abuse prevention with the primary purpose of keeping vulnerable children from entering the overburdened child welfare system. Our agency enters the lives of vulnerable children at-risk for abuse, and provides their parents with in-home mentoring, education, support, and tools to aid them in becoming stronger, healthier families.

Ona FosterCEO of Family Compass

Meet Our CEO

Ona Foster, LMSW, holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Colorado State University. Prior to joining Family Compass, Ona directed the Supervised Visitation Initiative for the Vera Institute of Justice, providing training and technical assistance for two national grant programs under the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Prior to working for Vera, she spent seven years implementing and directing Faith and Liberty’s Place (FLP) Supervised Visitation Center at The Family Place in Dallas and spent four years working in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in the Family Violence Unit. Ona joined Family Compass in 2016 as the Chief Executive Officer.

Our Staff


Executive & Administration


Community Education and Outreach

  • Sheryldine Samuel, MPH
    Program Director

  • Alicia Foxx
    Community Educator
  • Griselda Montiel
    Bilingual Community Educator


Parent Aide Home Mentoring

  • Amy McShane, LCSW
    Clinical Director

  • Ashlei Bowman, LMSW
    Parent Aide Case Manager
  • Michelle Lyles, MA
    Parent Aide Case Manager
  • Jessica Harp, MSW
    Bilingual Parent Aide Case Manager
  • Siamara Williams, MSW
    Parent Aide Case Manager

Growing As Parents Home Mentoring

Dallas County

  • Heidi Saylor, LPC-S
    Program Director

  • Jessica Hickerson
    Parent Educator
  • Kate Jones
    Parent Educator
  • Flor Santiago
    Bilingual Parent Educator

Collin County