West Shield Adolescent Services, Inc.
Founder & President
West Shield is a private corporation founded by Allen Cardoza. Mr. Cardoza is a licensed private investigator (PI 7824) and an instructor of Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Certified by the National Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. He also led the campaign to establish back ground checks via TRUST-LINE to ensure that transport agents had a clean background before transporting your child.
West Shield’s expert team understands and bring amazing insight into the lives adolescents who are already on the streets. Their techniques and investigations for locating runaways are probably as close as one gets to the old “gum shoe” style of pounding the pavement, showing pictures or following those you think will be in contact with the subject, as well as the use of “trap lines” and computer “cookies” that modern technology that help locate where the subject is or where they might be headed.
In most cases, just locating and getting the teen home is not enough. An important part of West Shield’s work includes what happens if parents have their teen brought home without a plan.
In most cases, just locating and getting the teen home is not enough. An important part of West Shield’s work includes what happens if parents have their teen brought home without a plan. The fact is that the teen will probably go right back out the window – if not the next night, the next conflict.
Parents should have a plan they think will work, and if it doesn’t – depending upon the issues at hand – they should contact a professional. West Shield has the network of professionals to provide guidance and help whatever the concern.
Teaming with Other Professionals
We work closely with Top Professionals who are seeking seeking to facilitate the transport of at-risk students to treatment centers located within the United States and internationally.
We realize that your time is valuable, so we have implemented a streamlined intake process design specifically to eliminate the need for excessive communications.
Our staff will be pleased to answer any questions, provide detailed information, and discuss specifics related to your student.
Philosophy of Transport
Philosophy of “Therapeutic Escorts” and Duty of Care are always our most important concern. The safety of the adolescent is the cornerstone on which West Shield builds its foundational approach in the transport and care of the student. Over 30 years ago our Founder Allen Cardoza created a systematic therapeutic approach is designed to:
- Immediately lower anxiety within the student
- Quickly build short term trust with the minor
- Reduce the fear of the unknown of the adolescent by painting a positive picture of the new environment that they are transitioning into.
Mr. Cardoza has continued to infuse West Shield’s escort protocols with cutting edge 21st century evidence based treatment techniques and tactics that child psychologist and behavior therapist utilize in their practices.