International Educational Services, Inc. (IES) is a private 501(c) (3) non-profit social service agency that serves short-term emergency shelter and foster care for unaccompanied alien children (UAC). The purpose of IES is to provide a safe, healthy, and home-like environment where children receive care and services to foster a positive future. IES programs are licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and referrals for placement are received exclusively from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). IES headquarters is located in Los Fresnos, Texas.
IES serves children primarily from Central and South American countries. Since 1988, IES has cared for nearly 40,000 children including infants, pregnant teens and parenting teens in its shelter care and foster care programs. IES Programs are situated in the South Texas Region with facilities in Los Fresnos, Brownsville, Harlingen, San Benito, Weslaco and Driscoll. IES accommodates children referred by ORR nationwide. The majority of UC remain in care for an average of 45 days or shorter with few staying longer periods. Services are provided in a least restrictive setting appropriate to the age and special needs of the child. Services are provided for the period beginning when children are placed in the programs and ending when the child is released from custody by ORR.
In 1986, International Educational Services, Inc. (IES) began as a consultant based agency to provide educational training to bilingual education teachers from Texas in Monterrey, Mexico. The group consisted of Dr. Ruben Gallegos, Professor at The University of Texas at Brownsville, in Brownsville, Texas, and other educational professionals consultants specializing in educational training.
In 1988, IES was awarded a Cooperative Agreement by the Department of Justice to provide shelter, basic care, and services to unaccompanied alien children (UAC). An Emergency Shelter Program in Los Fresnos, Texas was established to provide temporary shelter care and other related services to children in ORR custody.
In 1989, IES became a Child Placing Agency for unaccompanied alien children. Thereafter, IES was awarded other Cooperative Agreements for UAC programs opening eight shelter and foster care programs situated in South Texas. IES Programs have successfully provided services for over 27 years and continue to be a model program for other UAC programs providing similar services.
To empower children, youth and families to succeed through educational and supportive services.
To provide services of significance to children and families through excellence in team work and supportive leadership.
Our foundation is based upon respect, integrity and equality with the goal of promoting hope and well being for all individuals.