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Youth in foster care becoming SUPER HEROES

On Wednesday July 2nd, youth in foster care gathered at the University of Texas at San Antonio for the 15th annual Independence Day youth conference for workshops and informational sessions aimed at preparing them for adulthood and independence when they age out of foster care.

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Graduating Youth in Foster Care Receive a Full “Hope Chest” from  BCFS Health and Human Services’ Lubbock Transition Center

BCFS’ Lubbock Transition Center celebrated the high school and college graduations of 19 youth in foster care and those who have aged out of care with a luncheon followed by a shopping spree for the youth to purchase adulthood necessities like towels, bedding and kitchenware. This annual event, called “Hope Chest,” not only recognizes youth for their accomplishments, but equips them with items they need for their next steps towards adulthood and independence.

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Parent support groups in Kerrville improve family communication and offer summer fun giveaways

In every parent’s mind there runs a continuous ticker of nagging questions, like how do I get my teenager to follow curfew and do their chores? Or what will make my young child act appropriately in public and stop interrupting? Some parents call friends or family for advice, others search the internet for parenting tips – but some local moms and dads are turning to new support groups to answer their questions.

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Community Celebrated 3rd Anniversary of BCFS Health and Human Services’ Abilene Transition Center Serving Local Youth

At an Alice In Wonderland-themed Mad Hatter party, BCFS’ Abilene Transition Center gathered with local youth, community partners, other non-profits, and Hendrick Medical Center to celebrate the transition center’s third anniversary of serving youth in foster care, those aging out of care, and those at-risk of serious issues like homelessness and substance abuse.

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BCFS’ Lubbock Transition Center receives grant for Court Improvement Project

The BCFS Health and Human Services’ Lubbock Transition Center has received a $4,800 grant from the Lubbock Area Foundation (LAF) to fund the Court Improvement Project which changed the way local youth in foster care participate in hearings that impact services they receive and their quality of life.

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“One Stop” Community Center Opens for Children and Families on the Westside

For more than seven years, BCFS Health and Human Services has led programs on the Westside aimed at getting children and students off the streets and away from gangs, while also boosting their success in school and connecting them with positive extracurricular activities.

Rapp Named BCFS EVP – Labor and Employment Law

In this role, Rapp will provide advice and guidance to management regarding labor and employment law issues, as well as represent BCFS and its controlled entities in judicial and administrative proceedings and arbitrations and mediations.

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Dr. Dearing Garner Named Interim Executive Director of Children’s Emergency Relief International

Global health and human service non-profit system, BCFS, has named Dr. Dearing Garner as the interim executive director for its overseas operation, Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI). Current executive director Dr. Gary Huckabay is leaving the organization, and Garner will seamlessly resume this role.

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Community Leaders Break Ground on New BCFS Transition Center

Kerrville’s civic and community leaders came together to celebrate the groundbreaking of Kerrville’s new youth transition center. The building, which is set to open in early 2015, will serve more than 4,000 children and families annually, house five non-profits, and be known as the BCFS Health and Human Services Hill Country Transition Center.

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BCFS Health and Human Services awarded grant to teach parenting skills with Fatherhood EFFECT

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services awarded BCFS Health and Human Services a five-year contract to lead a community-based parenting program geared toward improving the communication and parenting skills of fathers and male caregivers.