Our mission
The mission of the Foster Care Advocacy Center is to provide holistic advocacy inside and outside the courtroom for children and parents involved in the child welfare system.
How the Foster Care Advocacy Center Started

The Foster Care Advocacy Center is the brainchild of founding board members Tara Garlinghouse and Alex Hunt. Tara, inspired by her biological parents' commitment to her more than 100 foster siblings, pursued law and policy degrees to be better equipped to improve the foster care system. Alex, a Teach For America alum and experienced family law attorney, started working with foster children during law school and connected with Tara over their shared vision for a more just child welfare system.


Under Texas law, when a child is removed by Child Protective Services from his or her parents' home, the child and any indigent parents are entitled to court-appointed representation. One of the primary functions of the Foster Care Advocacy Center is to accept court appointments for complex cases that require traditional legal advocacy during the state child welfare proceedings and additional time and attention to ancillary issues that affect the wellbeing of the child and the outcome of the case. FCAC works on cases with issues relating to:

Founding Board Members
Tara Grigg Garlinghouse, Esq.
Executive Director, Foster Care
Advocacy Center
Rice University, B.A.
University of Pennsylvania
Law School, J.D.
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P.
Skadden Fellow 2015
Alex Hunt, Esq.
Chair of the Board
Counsel, Foster Care Advocacy Center
Founding Attorney, Hunt Law Firm University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Honors University of Houston Law Center,
J.D. cum laude
Teach for America Corps Member
Child Welfare Law Specialist
Annalisa L. Cravens, Esq.
Tulane University, B.A., summa cum laude
Tulane University, M.A. in
Latin American Studies
Tulane University Law School, J.D.,
summa cum laude