Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center receives Texas Bar Foundation Grant

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $21 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation. The Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center has received a $5,200 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation, for their new program Adult Supporting Trauma Victims. With these funds, the center will fund a new educational program to help parents and caregivers of children that have experienced childhood trauma. Raising a child that has experienced childhood trauma is hard and often the parents and caregivers do not have the tools to understand what the child has experienced. This program will help educate and support parents and caregivers that are raising children who have experienced trauma. Through these grant projects the Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center can provide more services to fulfill their mission of protecting and enhancing the quality of life for abused and neglected children in Medina, Real and Uvalde counties.

“This new program will compliment the trauma therapy that the center already provides. This program will compliment as it gives additional parenting tools to the caregivers,” says Edward Gentry. Executive Director for the Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center.

For more information about the Texas Bar Foundation go to www.txbf.org.

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for abused and neglected children in Medina, Real and Uvalde Counties. Thank you for your interest in the Bluebonnet Children’s Center! We are a non-profit organization that houses two (2) programs that fight to prevent child abuse.

CASA

As a program under Bluebonnet Children’s Center, Tri-County CASA has been serving Medina, Uvalde and Real Counties since 2001. The program serves as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children that are in a foster setting. Tri-County CASA relies heavily on the support of its volunteer that give their time to make a difference in a child’s life.
Cases involving Tri-County CASA volunteers are usually cases where children have been removed from their
guardians care and placed in a foster placement or with relatives. Our volunteers visit with the children, attend court hearings and other meeting involving the welfare of the child. Tri-County CASA volunteers are extensively trained to make recommendations to the court whether it is in the best interest of the child to return home.

The BCAC was formed in April 2002 by concerned citizens from Medina, Uvalde, and Real Counties.

As a program under Bluebonnet Children’s Center, the Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center has two advocacy centers to better serve the community. Our first and original location is in Hondo, Texas, the second location is in Uvalde, Texas. This provides much needed services to abuse victims and their non-offending family members in the Medina, Uvalde, and Real County areas. The BCAC also provides courtesy services to other counties including Dimmit, Maverick, Val Verde and Zavala Counties. Law enforcement agencies from the three primary counties as well as the 38th Judicial District Attorney and Child Protective Services have agreed to support and utilize the BCAC for child abuse investigations. Without the ongoing support from all of these agencies we could not effectively serve our community.