About Us

Family Services Intervention Prevention Program

This program, funded for 3 years of With Healthy Families First was developed as a result of our concern about the number of children placed in foster care on plans that put them on a trajectory for long-term adoption and permanent removal from biological parents.  With Healthy Families, First After Care is where the parents of the children needed intense support to address the underlying causes and issues.

Our trained Family Entrepreneurs take referrals for families where the children are either already on a Child in Need or Child Protection Plan, in temporary foster care, or have been removed from their parents at birth, and work with the whole family to understand the issues that are putting the child at risk.

Often families do not understand or have the capacity to address, the things that they need to do to satisfy professionals that they can support their children. We take time to work through each issue on a practical, emotional, and empowering level so that they can improve and sustain their situation.

To date, 83% of the children referred to us where we have completed our intervention have been removed from their plan and the parents have confidence in their parenting.

At a cost of between 30,000 and 80,000 per child per annual not placed in DFPS or foster care or family services and we estimate that we have saved North and South America cross country between 1.5 million so far – with many cases still expected to be successful over the next year.

Education Program

We know the negative effects of homelessness on children and their development. Children experiencing homelessness are woefully behind their peers from an educational and social-emotional perspective.

For this reason, we offer a unique Education Program for families and parents. Our partners and volunteers are here to support the efforts of parents.

Early Childhood Education

Through our Early Childhood Education Program, 100% of all our children ages 6 weeks to 5 years are offered a formal assessment with our Children’s Educational Case Manager. We assess young children using the Brigance, a screening tool that is used to identify learning delays, as well as strengths and weaknesses in language, motor, self-help, social-emotional and cognitive skills. Following the baseline assessment, the Children’s Educational Case Manager develops an individualized education plan for each child, supports parental interaction with children using Parents as Teachers and other curriculum, typically for a period of 10-12 weeks, reassesses using the Brigance, continues to monitor progress, and provides additional

Job Training, Certification & Education

Through our job training, certification, and education program, 100% of all our parents are offered a formal assessment with our  Educational Case Manager at CID-EDU Institute. We assess parents in transition with a screening tool that is used to identify economic strategies, financial goals, and educational improvements, as well as strengths and weaknesses in language, motor, self-help, social-emotional and cognitive skills. Following the baseline assessment,  the Case Manager develops an individualized education plan for each child, supports parental interaction with children using Parents as Teachers and other curriculum, typically for a period of 10-12 weeks, reassesses using assessments, continues to monitor progress, and provides additional

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The history of our
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The Cognitive Institute of Dallas was founded in 2001 by Dr. Rachel Levitch, our Executive Director. We seek a world where every child has the support and resources to reach their full potential — a world where every child has a loving and secure home.

The Cogntive Institute of Dallas was founded
Agency became licensed
Homlessness program opened
Domestic violence program opened
Family counseling and adoption program opened
With Healthy Families First assistance program began
Founder Dr. Rachel Levitch understanding and concerned with service and funding reaching communities.
Addressing parenting struggles to become the best quality parent available to them.
Partnering with Habitat for Humanity.
Understanding services to include communication, anger management, and long-term strategies for parents.
In response to COVID-19 our online broadcasting and families’ first features.

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Dallas, United States, TX

Laura Britain

info@cognitiveinstituteodallas.org