Compassion. Strength. Hope.

Children are a precious gift, and a wonderful challenge. We want to give each child and every parent the security, empathy, and skills they need to discover the joy of being a family.

Family Strengthening

Healthy, happy kids grow from strong families. We provide training and support for parents/guardians learning to become their best selves, for their sake and for their children.

Hope Center

Harvey E. Najim Hope Center

The Harvey E. Najim Hope Center is our mental health clinic, providing free and low-cost counseling and social work services for children and families. Here, we ask not “what’s wrong with you?” but “what has happened to you?”

Family of Services

The Children’s Shelter Family of Services delivers high quality, compassionate trauma-informed care delivered to children and families impacted by or at-risk of abuse and neglect.

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Restoring Innocence and Strengthening Families

Our People

  • Asia Ciaravino

    President & CEO

    Bio coming soon.

  • Crystal Cantu

    Vice President of Programs

    Crystal is our Vice President of Programs and oversees the administration of the Hope Center, CYC, Iparent, and NFP.

    Crystal has worked in the non-profit sector for over nineteen years, helping at-risk children and families. She has direct expertise in programming and has worked as a counselor. Her experience in programming ranges from parent educator to adolescent shelter specialist. For fifteen years, she worked for Father Flanagan’s Boys Town, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit childcare organizations, offering evidence-based community services and foster care to over 3,000 children and families in Texas.

    Crystal has been in a leadership position for seventeen years, leading fourteen programs and ensuring the delivery of high-quality services through policy development, implementation, compliance, and maintenance. Crystal has also worked in the areas of strategic planning, safety and risk management, compliance and contracts, quality assurance, performance management systems, and employee development.

    She believes it is essential for an organization to seek out opportunities and strive for excellence by continuously learning, improving, and growing together

    Crystal holds the following credentials:

    Master’s Degree in Mental Health

    • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    • Licensed Child Care Placing Administrator (Foster Care- CPA)
    • Licensed Child Care Administrator (Emergency Shelters & Group Homes- GRO)
    • Certified Praesidium Guardian (Prevention of Abuse in Organizations)
  • Elizabeth Lopez

    MS, LCPAA Vice President of Foster Care

    Bio coming soon.

  • Adrienne Martinez

    Chief Financial Officer

    Bio coming soon.

  • Amber S. Rainwater

    CNP, Director of Development

    Bio coming soon.

  • Roxanne Roman

    Nurse Supervisor for Nurse-Family Partnership

    Roxanne Roman has been one of the Nurse Supervisors with The Children’s Shelter Nurse-Family Partnership since 2021. She began her career with Nurse-Family Partnership as a Nurse-Home Visitor in 2014. This is where she deepened her love for helping first-time parents along their journey into parenthood to form healthy attachments to their children, strengthen families, and help parents reach their life goals.

    “Being a part of Nurse-Family Partnership has significantly played a role in the parent I am today. I’m a better mother because of it and continue to work towards my life goals to provide a better future for my three boys and to continue to be a role model for when they become parents.”

    Roxanne was promoted to Nurse-Supervisor in 2020. She graduated from University of Texas Health Science Center- San Antonio with a Baccalaureate in Nursing in 2008. Roxanne enjoys spending time with her three boys, nature walks, and road trips.

  • Karen Sanchez

    Director of Human Resources

    Bio coming soon.

  • Sarah Talley

    Nurse Supervisor for Nurse-Family Partnership

    Sarah Talley is a San Antonio native and started her nursing career working in the NICU with premature infants. Her desire to move towards preventative care led her to Community Health Nursing as a Nurse-Home Visitor with Nurse-Family Partnership.  In this role she provided Trauma-Informed Care and meet new parents where they were at to educate and empower them to be the best parents possible.

    Sarah was promoted to a Nurse Supervisor role in 2019 in which she supports and leads the NFP team at The Children’s Shelter along side Roxanne Roman. Within this role she desires to support nurses who work directly with families by utilizing evidence-based practices, promoting efficiency, and holding strong to trauma-informed care principles. Sarah desires to reach as many moms and families in the community as possible and connect with other organizations to support parents.

    Sarah is a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2013 from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She is currently enrolled at UT Arlington working towards completion of her MSN degree.

    Sarah holds most dear to her the love of her family and children. She is the mother to 3 boys and enjoys her weekends spent outside and enjoying time with family and friends.

  • Patrick Ortiz

    Program Director of Compadre y Compadre & iParent

    Patrick Ortiz has been in Health and human services for more than eight years. His experience includes working with children, foster parents, youth and families. He has been in leadership development for more than 10 years and holds a Masters degree in Community Counseling.

    Patrick assumed the position of Program Director with the Compadre y Compadre Fatherhood services in the Children’s Shelter in 2016 with the challenge of building a program that empowers, educates and inspires men to raise their children the best way they can and is committed to build men up to become better fathers and leaders in their community. In 2020 Patrick assumed the task to lead the iParent parenting which helps families in the Drug court system and families in the DFPS system understand and cultivate parenting skills to excel in their family growth.

    Patrick is married to Veronica and is the proud father of six children, Hannah, Hailey, Holly, Christian, Craig and Judah who mean the world to him.

Executive Commitee

  • Jessica Gonzalez

    Chair

  • Barry Rupert

    Vice Chair

  • Marvin Jones

    Past Chair

  • Morriss Hurt

    Chairman of Finance/ Treasurer

  • Matt Proffitt

    Board Governance Chair

  • Sara Brouillard

    Fund Development Co-Chair

  • Eric Reblin

    Fund Development Co-Chair

  • Jane Fairchild

    TCS Direct Services Committee Chair and Secretary

  • Janie Shannon

    Audit Committee Chair

  • Susan B. Crumrine

    Risk Mitigation Committee Chair

  • LaRhesa Moon

    At-Large Member

Board Members

  • Jennifer Cantu

    Voting Board Trustee Bank of America

  • Mark DeHoyos

    Voting Board Trustee Silver Eagle Distributors, LP

  • David Duran

    Voting Board Trustee H-E-B

  • Kristine Gomez

    Voting Board Trustee Spectrum Reach

  • Cristina Corbo Jennings

    Voting Board Trustee Valero

  • W. Jeffrey Landers

    Voting Board Trustee Encore Bank

  • Robert Weygandt

    Voting Board Trustee Republic National

  • Mark Williams

    Voting Board Trustee