What We Do and Why

Hope Rising is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and licensed Texas Child Placing Agency dedicated to the rescue and restoration of minors rescued from human sex trafficking.

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what we do

What We Do

We provide a specialized trauma-informed continuum of care from rescue and emergency assessment and long term specialized foster care to transitional living and continued support after a child turns 18. 

who we serve

Who We Serve

We serve children who have suffered sexual trauma and/or exploitation and specialize in helping survivors of human sex trafficking.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide long-term care and recovery for minor children who have been rescued from human sex trafficking and exploitation. Hope Rising is committed to instilling hope, offering a future to these minors, and fostering wholeness and healing.

our location

Our Location

Headquartered in Houston, we serve counties within a 150-mile radius.  This area of service includes Harris, Waller, Washington, Montgomery, Fort Bend, and Austin Counties.

long term commitment

Long Term Commitment

Hope Rising believes strongly in long-term, committed relationships being key to the success of the minors they work with. Foster families are a significant piece of the puzzle, therefore Hope Rising invests heavily in the training and ongoing support of our foster care network.

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Teaching, Training & Equipping

Education and awareness are key to preventing human sex trafficking. Hope Rising provides certification training to foster parents, caregivers, law enforcement, bio-parents and mentors ensuring that all will have the tools needed to address the child’s trauma and achieve lasting results.

What We Provide Who We Serve  What We Expect

 

What We Provide

  • A safe and peaceful specialized foster family home
  • Trauma-informed equine therapy
  • Trauma-informed art therapy
  • Character building lessons based on Biblical Principals
  • Life Skills
  • Health and Wellness Program
  • Clothing and personal care items if needed
  • Assistance in scheduling appointments and setting up transportation
  • Meds distribution and monitoring
  • Strengths development based on the goals of the child
  • Relationship restoration counseling
  • Counseling with a licensed mental health professional
  • Case management
  • Mentorship with trained mentors
  • Participation in 4H or Young Farmers if desired
  • Trust Based Relational Intervention

Who We Serve:

We serve children who have suffered sexual trauma and/or exploitation and specialize in helping survivors of human sex trafficking

What We Expect:

  1. A child cannot be actively suicidal or homicidal and should be taken first to a medical detox facility prior to placement, if necessary
  2. A child entering our program needs to be willing to follow our rules for the safety and well-being of the treatment team and foster family
  3. Length of stay depends on progress, based on evaluations that are done every 30 days

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Human Trafficking Really an issue in Texas?

Yes. According to a 2016 University of Texas study, an estimated 79,000 minors and youth are victims of sex trafficking in Texas each year.


How many homes do you currently have for survivors?

We are constantly growing, but at the moment we have 7 homes. 


Is sex trafficking different from prostitution?

We don’t like to differentiate between the two. When statistics show that the majority of women in prostitution were forced, coerced, or lured before the age of 18, it’s difficult to ever want to make the assumption that a woman chose the life for herself. Instead, it is safer to assume that women are trafficked into prostitution.  We do recognize that some may choose this lifestyle for themselves, but we are more interested in protecting the majority, which were not given the ability to make a choice. 

What is Equine Therapy?

Equine Therapy differentiates from traditional therapy because it involves a non-verbal animal. Horses are known to have an uncanny ability to reflect human emotion; when going through equine therapy you may appear calm and collected on the surface, but a horse can sense what is unspoken. It causes a degree of vulnerability, which allows the girls to see that the horses won’t reject them. They accept the our girls exactly as they are, and carry their emotions to help them heal. 

Are boys victims of sex trafficking too?

Yes. Believe it or not, boys make up about 25% of sex trafficking victims in the staet of Texas. We currently have one home for boys. 


Can I request a guest speaker?

Absolutely! We have a team of people that are very gifted speakers whom we send out for that very specific reason. We’ve trained Police Departments, Fire Departments, Hospitals,  Schools, Churches, events of every kind. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss how we may assist you in spreading awareness.