HAP Mission Statement

To help children and their care-providers (teachers, parents, foster parents, other caring adults) learn the skills, and develop the relationships for success in school, at home and in the community.

HAP was founded in 1974 to serve children.
The HAP motto is the HAP commitment.
Kids Come First!


Annual Board Approved Operating Budget:

$2,572,119 for 2020
For Certified Annual Audit
For Current Operating Budget
For Current IRS Form 990

Budget for 2020

81% Program Expenses
(24% Foster Care)
(67% Project CLASS)
15% Management Expenses
4% Fund-raising Expenses

Last Year’s Accomplishments

Foster Care and Adoption
  • Trained 118 Foster and Adoptive Parents
  • Provided services to 151 children
Project CLASS
  • Trained 3,350 teachers, teacher’s assistants and school administrators
  • Provided services to 33,000+ children

What are Project CLASS Results and Demonstrated Outcomes?

  • Increased social skills usage by children (30% to 200%)
    (Follow Instructions, Pay Attention, Ask Permission, Accept No, etc.)
  • Increased social skills teaching abilities by teachers (25% to 100%)
    (Use of social skills language; Use of Praise & Positive Attention; Use of Reminder Prompts, etc.)
  • Increased appropriate behavior by children (30% to 200%)
  • Decreased inappropriate behavior by children (20%+ decrease)
  • Decreased disciplinary referrals for children by teachers (20%-80%)
  • Positive Assessments by 80%-96% of teachers and principals across the dimensions of Project CLASS Usefulness; Helpfulness; Development of Valuable Skills; Positive Impact on School Climate; Improved Student Behavior; Increased Academic Teaching Time; Decreased Disciplinary Time; Increased On-Task Behavior; Improved Academic Performance
  • Increased positive teacher-student interactions in the classroom (30%-50%)
  • Decreased negative teacher-student interactions in the classroom (30%-50%)

Long-Term Longitudinal Impact

(Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Study, Perry Study, Syracuse Study)

  • Significantly higher wages and earnings later in life (>100%)
  • Aggregated returns range from $3 to $200 for every dollar spent
  • Effectively disrupts the chain of poverty
  • Greater educational attainment
  • Greater employment stability
  • Greater pro-social community participation and engagement
  • Reduced school drop-out rates
  • Reduced criminal activities
  • Reduced dependence on welfare


36 full-time staff
80 Foster Care teaching-parents in 40 foster homes

Nationally Recognized Teaching-Family Training Site

Foster Care & Adoption Services

Helps children 2-17 years old victimized by abuse and neglect.

Project CLASS Training Services

  • Children Learning Appropriate Social Skills
  • Benefits children 3-5 & 6-12 years old
  • Benefits parents, teachers, other caring adults

Executive Director

Paul Gilford, LCSW
[email protected]

Program Director

Denise Larson, LMSW

Boards of Directors

Voting Board of Directors
Advisory Board of Directors
Board President, Kevin KC Carmody
Vice President, Martha Seng
Treasurer, Susan Cohen
Secretary, Paul Lombardo

Norma Acker, Social Worker*
Madeleine Appel, Experienced Volunteer*
W. Clifford Atherton, Jr., GulfStar Group, Inc.*
John R. Breeding, Uptown Houston*
Kevin KC Carmody, Pathfinder LLC
Susan Cohen, Indigo Minerals
Chad Deaton, Baker Hughes, Inc. (retired)
John Dobelman, Rice University
Katya Dow, University of Houston Law Center
Milby Dunn II, Columbia Lloyds Insurance
Larry Ellis, Regions Bank*
Keith Ellison, U.S. District Judge, Southern District TX
Ron Farmer, US LED
George Ford, Children’s Protective Services (retired), Attorney
John Hartman, Entrepreneur*
Tom Hopwood, Executive Advice
Anissa Jones-Thomas, Educational Consultant
John Kajander, Partners for Community Health*
Carol Lewis, Texas Southern Univ.*
Paul Lombardo, PCSL Inc.
Therese McGovern, TierPoint
Allison Miller, Shepherd Prewett Miller PLLC
Linda L. Murphy, Experienced Volunteer*
A.Y. Noojin III, Shell Oil (retired)*
Bruce Padilla, MCM Worldwide
J. Victor Samuels, Victory Packaging*
Martha Seng, Jackson & Ryan Architects (retired)
Keith Short, Real Estate Attorney*
Cynthia Swaren, Experienced Volunteer
Jason Swaren, Oasis Petroleum
Emily Taylor, Walker and Byington
Karen Tripp, Tripp Law*
Margaret Tucker, Experienced Volunteer
Adrian Villacorta, Villacorta Law Firm
Robert Warren, Energy & Oilfield Services Consultant
Jason Williams, Bissinger, Oshman & Williams LLP
Jeff Zaruba, Equinor, (retired)

Emeritus Past President*

Conflict of Interest Policy

Any duality of interest or possible conflict of interest on the part of any Board member shall be disclosed to the Board and made a matter of record, especially when the interest becomes a matter of Board action. Any Board member having a duality of interest or possible conflict of interest on any matter shall not vote or use his personal influence on the matter and he shall not be counted in determining the quorum of the meeting to permit the vote on the matter when permitted by law. The minutes of the meeting shall reflect that a disclosure was made, the abstention from the voting and the quorum situation. This policy shall not be construed as preventing the Board member from briefly stating his position on the matter, nor from answering pertinent questions of other Board members since his knowledge may b