What others say
about Color me SAFE

Here’s what others say about us…

"I turned to Color me SAFE when my family was in a serious crisis with our son due to his mental health issues, and I received invaluable help and guidance from Gauthami during those hard times.

Our son was adopted at an older age and has a history of abuse and neglect.  While he received ongoing counseling, his mental health deteriorated steadily and got more and more out of control.  It came a point where his behaviors posed severe safety concerns to himself and to others.

I realized that when you are the parent of a child who poses such safety concerns, you will get harshly judged by some people who have no understanding or relevant experience.  You are on the losing end, no matter what:  If you successfully manage to prevent the child from causing harm, some people will think that you are “paranoid”, “making things up” or “overly strict” and may even contact Child Protective Services (CPS).  If even despite tight supervision, your child manages to cause harm, then a referral will be made to CPS, you may be accused or “lack of supervision”, and in a worse-case scenario CPS could break up your family.

I realized that it was time to contact Color me SAFE as a pre-emptive strike, to be prepared.  It took many months to finally find a long-term treatment setting for my son.  During those months, two CPS referrals were made: One referral was made by a “concerned friend” who claimed that I was “paranoid” and damaging my son because I was “too strict” with him, and another referral was made by school alleging “lack of supervision”.  Both referrals were closed immediately by CPS, after interacting with them as Color me SAFE had guided us.  Gauthami supported my family during all those months, providing us with her in-depth expertise, guided us in each step on the way, and told us how to best interact with CPS.  She always responded to our phone calls and emails in a timely manner, she was caring and compassionate and was there for us in our time of deepest crisis.

As mentioned above, when you have a child whose behaviors pose significant safety concerns, you find yourself in a very precarious situation.  Many parents in such situations become paralyzed with fear of CPS involvement, which can reach a point to where it compromises their ability to seek out help.  If you are in such a situation, I recommend you contact Color me SAFE and get help.  They will guide you, assist you navigating the CPS system, and help you ensure the safety and integrity of your family."

- CMS Client

"I had the good fortune to become acquainted with Gauthami Vemula many years ago in the course of serving on a board with her.  Since that time, Ms. Vemula and Color me SAFE have been an invaluable asset to call on when family violence issues arise in my clients’ cases.

Gauthami’s vast experience with Child Protective Services and knowledge of the dynamics at play in domestic violence matters is an opinion I can rely on when a quick decision must be made about something being family violence or not, so that I am better able to advise my clients and reach a decision about which direction to develop a case.

Several years ago, Ms. Vemula’s team made a presentation to my prior law firm concerning family violence, CPS and other related issues that typically arise in the type of family law cases we all handle in our practices.  Color me SAFE provided us all with resources for victims of family violence and precautions our clients could take when they had been harmed.

I highly recommend Ms. Vemula and Color me SAFE."

- Lisa S. Zahn, Board Certified – Family Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization

“I give Gauthami Vemula of Color me SAFE the highest regard for the services she offers when dealing with CPS. With her extensive knowledge of the protocols and working of CPS, she has helped us through a long and arduous process with professionalism, concern for our and children’s best interests and has always responded quickly when I’ve needed her. I would say, don’t deal with CPS without this organization as a resource.”

- CMS Client

“We have nothing but positive things to say about Color me SAFE. Gauthami Vemula recently helped us navigate a CPS case. She is truly knowledgeable about the how the system works, and she highlighted many things that our attorney missed. Not only did she provide us with her expertise in this field, but she is also took a genuine interest in our case and in us as individuals. She always responded to our emails and phone calls in a timely manner, and she periodically check in with us to see how things were evolving. Her professionalism and compassion cannot be matched. We will forever be grateful to her.”

- CMS Client

“Color me SAFE has been such a blessing since my initial contact with Child Protective Services.  CMS has had to inform me of my rights since CPS has not done their job to inform my family of anything during investigation.  If it were not for CMS, I would have been completely lost throughout the process.  I am so thankful that a friend put me in touch with Gauthami from CMS.  Thanks to her I have had confidence during the overwhelming investigation by CPS. CMS has worked hard on my case and given me and my family the help we have needed at a very difficult time.”

- CMS Client

“I would recommend Color me SAFE to anyone, to everyone!  They are incredibly thorough and so passionate about what they do!  I can’t say enough kind things about them.  I really felt that they cared about our case. They called to check in with me multiple times, even after our case was finished.  We couldn’t be happier with their service!”

- CMS Client

“Color me SAFE is an invaluable resource. Gauthami Vemula was very professional, courteous and always followed up. Her knowledge and insight impressed both myself and my attorney. I would not hesitate to recommend Color me SAFE to anyone who is dealing with Child Protective Services.”

- CMS Client

"We – Tasneem Rajan, Program Manager; and Tulsi Naik, Client Advocate – are writing this testimonial letter, on behalf of CHETNA, for Ms. Gauthami Vemula and Ms. Anna Howard of Color me SAFE. CHETNA is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization which serves and supports victims of domestic violence and abuse through case management, referrals, and community outreach. These services are being provided to victims mainly from the South-Asian community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Color me SAFE is a wonderful organization – a family crisis management consulting firm – serving the Greater Dallas area, led by Ms. Gauthami Vemula (Founder) and Ms. Anna Howard (Chief Executive Officer). Their mission is, “to assist families of the Greater Dallas area by offering guidance and solutions in child protection issues.” As a collective, Color me SAFE staff have over twenty-one years’ experience protecting children in the state of Texas.

We, at CHETNA, are very pleased with the partnership we have with Color me SAFE, to better serve our clients. On multiple occasions, we have referred clients of ours (involved in CPS cases – Child Protective Services ) to Color me SAFE, so that they may consult with staff there: to gain insight into what actions they might be able to take, what their rights are, what questions they may ask, and what to expect of the overall CPS investigative process.

We have found Ms. Vemula’s and Ms. Howard’s approach to consultation to be very effective and very helpful to our clients, and CHETNA, are very appreciative of their diligent assistance in guiding our clients through the CPS system. One of the clients previously helped by Ms. Vemula said that: “she was very knowledgeable, and quite nice, which really helped me to handle these things”. The client went on to say that Ms. Vemula had provided a lot of helpful guidance, and had even spoken to CPS on her behalf. The client said she was given useful tips and tools, to help her throughout her CPS investigation.

Color me SAFE staff have gone above and beyond, by visiting referred clients at their homes, and advising them in-person about Protective Orders and Family Based Safety Services. Color me SAFE staff have also written up specific, important questions – on individual, case by case basis – for referred clients to ask the CPS agent assigned to their case, in order to then determine appropriate next steps. Another CHETNA client mentioned that Ms. Vemula was: “very positive, had a positive attitude, was quite knowledgeable, listened to me and understood my situation and responded accordingly. She was very supportive, and gave me good advice.”

Ms. Vemula and Ms. Howard are also prompt to answer calls from CHETNA staff, and are always ready to provide thoughtful insight and professional advice. They are warm-natured and have friendly personalities, and kind hearts: ever humble and always so dedicated and committed to the safety and well-being of their clients and their children (including CHETNA clients referred to them).

Color me SAFE has gone the extra mile to formulate a guide of screening questions for CHETNA staff to utilize, when serving clients involved with CPS. Color me SAFE is very conscious of getting involved with the community at large, and actively takes part in various other community/charitable organizations and events.

Ms. Vemula herself regularly attends and supports CHETNA’s annual, fundraising Galas. She came out earlier this year to volunteer at an event CHETNA was involved in (through the US Indian Chamber of Commerce), at the local Salvation Army shelter. It was a lovely morning, spent painting the new store the shelter had built for their residents: so they may shop for donated clothes and other household items.

All-in-all Color me SAFE, and its staff, are an invaluable asset to the Dallas community, (and to CHETNA). Ms. Vemula and Ms. Howard bring a lot of extensive experience, valuable knowledge, compassion and care to their work. We, at CHETNA, greatly revere their generous, caring attitudes, compassionate nature, and dedication to such noble work!

Tasneem Rajan
Program Manager, CHETNA

Tulsi Naik
Client Advocate, CHETNA

"I had the good fortune to become acquainted with Gauthami Vemula many years ago in the course of serving on a board with her.  Since that time, Ms. Vemula and Color Me SAFE have been an invaluable asset to call on when family violence issues arise in my clients’ cases.

Gauthami’s vast experience with Child Protective Services and knowledge of the dynamics at play in domestic violence matters is an opinion I can rely on when a quick decision must be made about something being family violence or not, so that I am better able to advise my clients and reach a decision about which direction to develop a case.

Several years ago, Ms. Vemula’s team made a presentation to my prior law firm concerning family violence, CPS and other related issues that typically arise in the type of family law cases we all handle in our practices.  Color Me SAFE provided us all with resources for victims of family violence and precautions our clients could take when they had been harmed.

I highly recommend Ms. Vemula and Color me SAFE."

- CMS Client

“We were recommended to contact Color me SAFE by our attorneys during a lengthy adoption/CPS legal battle. (My initial thought was what else could they do, that our attorneys have not done already?) However, once we met with Gauthami she provided her knowledge and insight based on her experience within CPS. My husband and I left our first meeting feeling more hopeful and with new direction and guidance. Having the resources of good attorneys, in conjunction with Color me SAFE has made all the difference in how we’ve been moving forward. I only wish we would have consulted with Color me SAFE years ago when we began this journey, but we never knew such a group existed. Color me SAFE, truly has family and the protection of children, at the core of their mission, and they operate ethically. If you’re dealing with CPS or DFPS it’s imperative that you have someone in your corner who is familiar with the convoluted system, such as Color me SAFE; It’s made all the difference.”

- CMS Client

“I give Gauthami Vemula of Color me SAFE the highest regard for the services she offers when dealing with CPS. With her extensive knowledge of the protocols and working of CPS, she has helped us through a long and arduous process with professionalism, concern for our and children’s best interests and has always responded quickly when I’ve needed her. I would say, don’t deal with CPS without this organization as a resource.”

- CMS Client

“I met Gauthami at a work function where she first discussed how she helped individuals and couples dealing with Child Protective Services. At that initial meeting, I saw and learned how educated and knowledgeable Gauthami is on the subject of CPS and how to deal with CPS. She left me with a distinct and impactful impression.

Since that time, she has helped me and others on multiple cases, and I have found her services not only very fairly priced but incredibly helpful. I've see how she personally gets involved with her clients and goes beyond what is required to help her clients and "fight the good fight." Not only did she exhibit trustworthiness, reliability, and skill, but she is always very kind and understanding with her clients. I would recommend her to anyone I knew going through a custody battle where CPS was involved or if they were having to deal with CPS directly. She is simply the best at what she does.”

Brandon Rasley
Attorney at Rasley Law Group, PLLC

“ With her background and experience, Gauthami and her company Color me SAFE is exactly what I, as a family attorney, need to represent some of my clients. She is highly knowledgeable in child abuse and prevention, as well as the policies, procedures and practices of the Department of Family and Protective Services, CPS Division. The expertise is invaluable in a system where the courts, attorneys and families involved need guidance with a process that is not always consistent or clear and with an issue that is complicated and emotional. When I need an expert in the areas of child abuse and CPS, Gauthami and Color me SAFE are my go-to resource and experts.”

Melissa Thrailkill
Family Law, Small Business, Copyright & Trademark, Music and Film . . . Let's Connect!

“Color me SAFE is an invaluable resource. Gauthami Vemula was very professional, courteous and always followed up. Her knowledge and insight impressed both myself and my attorney. I would not hesitate to recommend Color me SAFE to anyone who is dealing with Child Protective Services.”

- CMS Client

“ Gauthami Vemula provides the perfect combination of expertise in addressing family crisis and abuse issues and providing compassionate leadership to the community at large. I’m thrilled to be supporting her in her new business venture and look forward to continuing to celebrate her many successes.”

Bhaveeni Parmar
General Counsel at Tabletop Media LLC dba Ziosk

“ I would recommend Color me SAFE to anyone, to everyone! They are incredibly thorough and so passionate about what they do! I can’t say enough kind things about them. I really felt that they cared about our case. They called to check in with me multiple times, even after our case was finished. We couldn’t be happier with their service!”

- CMS Client

“ We have nothing but positive things to say about Color me SAFE. Gauthami Vemula recently helped us navigate a CPS case. She is truly knowledgeable about the how the system works, and she highlighted many things that our attorney missed. Not only did she provide us with her expertise in this field, but she is also took a genuine interest in our case and in us as individuals. She always responded to our emails and phone calls in a timely manner, and she periodically check in with us to see how things were evolving. Her professionalism and compassion cannot be matched. We will forever be grateful to her.”

- CMS Client

“ Color me SAFE (CMS) has been such a blessing since my initial contact with Child Protective Services. CMS has had to inform me of my rights since CPS has not done their job to inform my family of anything during investigation. If it were not for CMS, I would have been completely lost throughout the process. I am so thankful that a friend put me in touch with Gauthami from CMS. Thanks to her I have had confidence during the overwhelming investigation by CPS. CMS has worked hard on my case and given me and my family the help we have needed at a very difficult time.”

- CMS Client