People are always asking, “Now just what is it you do exactly?” The question might be more appropriately asked, “What is it you don’t do.” Well, we do not have any legal jurisdiction to step into a situation of child abuse. Any of the following things constitute child abuse –neglect, physical or sexual harm, emotional or mental abuse– is a crime and should be reported to the police authorities in the jurisdiction where the child is located. You can also report abuse or suspected abuse on the Child Abuse Hotline of the State of Texas.
Our role begins after the authorities have stepped it and removed the child from a dangerous situation. The CPS case workers can then depend on us to provide some of the things needed in an emergency situation or just a situation when the State does not cover the problem.
This page will be in the form of a blog and it will relate a different story each month from our experiences on the Board. None of the children or their care givers will be identified by name, however, the stories will be real.
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and see the world through a child’s eyes.
This is the time of the year that we asked by the case workers to cover various summer activities for the children we are created to serve and assist. Sometimes, that may be summer camp–a ritual for most children during the summer but for children in protective care there often aren’t the resources in foster or kinship care. So we pay for camp. Anything that works to better the lives of the children and make their world more normal for them are things we consider and fund.
We are often asked to cover the costs of summer school for children who are lagging behind in their studies. With this assistance these children can be with their class group at the beginning of the school year.
One of the most satisfying things about the end of this school year and the beginning of summer was the large number of foster/kinship care students who graduated from high school. Not many children in substantive care finish their high school educations, however, this year six seniors graduated from high schools in Hays County. We want to congratulate all of those students!