Get to know the Scotty’s House Team

Dedicated to the youngest victims in the Brazos County


The Scotty's House team is an experienced group of professional counselors, forensic experts, and administrators who care deeply about helping you and your family. Our team is especially connected within Brazos Valley, pulling from the best resources to assist with your needs: Child Protective Services (CPS) investigators, law enforcement officials, child abuse and/or family advocacy counselors.

Scotty's House is a non-profit organization that provides a child-friendly environment for our young clients. Children are referred to Scotty's House by law enforcement officials and/or CPS investigators. Scotty's House is a neutral entity, making no recommendations in any case. We simply provide a supportive and nurturing environment in which a victim can interact with the necessary agencies. The child is the primary concern of the Scotty's House team.


Scotty's House was founded in 1995 in honor of Scotty, the son of a local pediatrician, Kathleen Burford. Seven months after being abducted from his daycare center, four-year-old Scotty was shot to death by his father, Dr. Phillip Linerode, as FBI agents closed in to recover the abducted child in March 1982. Scotty's House is dedicated to the memory of Scotty, and all children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect.


Our mission is to provide safety, healing, and justice for children victimized by abuse through professional assessment, counseling, and education in a compassionate and collaborative approach.