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BEARing Gifts Needs Your Help to Bring Holiday Cheer...
Published on December 1, 2017 by Luis Morales in Press Releases
BEARing Gifts is BEAR’s annual holiday gift giving program that provides holiday gifts to children under the care of Child Protective Services (CPS) who otherwise would have no holiday at all. Caseworkers submit the holiday wishes of children on their caseloads. With the help of generous supporters, those wishes become a reality. Last year BEAR was able secure gifts for nearly 12,000 CPS children in Harris County.  This year BEAR has already received wishes from about 12,000 children and over 7,000 children still need to be sponsored. Sadly, more children will enter the CPS system before the holiday season is over so we expect the number to rise.    We are inviting the community to assist us in ensuring that thousands of abused and neglected children have a joyous and memorable holiday.   On Saturday, December 2nd, BEAR volunteers will sort through an assortment of donated gifts and toys to match the wishes of abused and neglected children. For more information on sponsoring a child, volunteer opportunities or other ways to help contact BEAR at or go to www.bearesourcehouston.org DOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE
BEARing Gifts Needs Your Help to Bring Holiday Cheer... 
Published on December 1, 2017 by Luis Morales in Press Releases
BEARing Gifts is BEAR’s annual holiday gift giving program that provides holiday gifts to children under the care of Child Protective Services (CPS) who otherwise would have no holiday at all. Caseworkers submit the holiday wishes of children on their caseloads. With the help of generous supporters, those wishes become a reality. Last year BEAR was able secure gifts for nearly 12,000 CPS children in Harris County.  This year BEAR has already received wishes from about 12,000 children and over 7,000 children still need to be sponsored. Sadly, more children will enter the CPS system before the holiday season is over so we expect the number to rise.    We are inviting the community to assist us in ensuring that thousands of abused and neglected children have a joyous and memorable holiday.   On Saturday, December 2nd, BEAR volunteers will sort through an assortment of donated gifts and toys to match the wishes of abused and neglected children. For more information on sponsoring a child, volunteer opportunities or other ways to help contact BEAR at or go to www.bearesourcehouston.org DOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE
Restoring Holiday Spirits with Portable AM/FM Radios 
Published on December 1, 2017 by Luis Morales in Press Releases
While everyone was waiting in line for the best Black Friday deal or glued to their computer to take advantage of Cyber Monday deals, the Harris County Guardianship Program has been asking the community to assist in collecting the ultimate fossil – an AM/FM radio!  The Guardianship Program serves as the legal guardian for more than 1,200 indigent seniors and adults with mental, physical and developmental challenges who may often be alone and forgotten during the holidays.  Many of these clients are seniors who raised families or veterans who served our country, but now find themselves alone. Studies show that music has many healing benefits. It has the power to completely change someone’s mood, assist with memory recall, and even help restore and improve overall health.  This holiday season the Harris County program aims to supply every senior and vulnerable adult under their care with a new portable radio to help restore their gleeful holiday spirit.  So far we have received 700 radios from generous donors but we are still in need of 500 more donations. Portable radios ...
Healing Through the Arts: Children's Art Exhibit 
Published on November 30, 2017 by HCPS Content Manager in Press Releases
During and after Hurricane Harvey, we saw great acts of heroism in the Houston area. The Houston community came together to help each other, to help neighbors and complete strangers. However, a natural disaster and can also have a significant impact on the behavioral and mental well-being of a community.  Research shows that most people will recover, but others may suffer from the trauma of such a disaster and experience depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. In addition to Harvey, the children involved with Harris County Protective Services (HCPS) have experienced multiple traumatic events in their lives, such as bullying, teen suicide, homelessness, and abuse and neglect, to name a few.  Art therapy has been found to have the potential to help adults and children heal from very traumatic circumstances. It’s even more effective in children because their mind and body continue developing throughout their adolescence. Since words aren’t necessary in art therapy, children can express through art what they aren’t able to express verbally.     Art, paintings, and poetry created by children involved with HCPS will ...
Foster Care Center of Excellence Awarded to HCPS Clinic 
Published on June 13, 2017 by Lee Baughman in Press Releases
HOUSTON -- In Harris County, there are over 4,000 children in the custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.   The Harris County Protective Services (HCPS) Clinic, a unique clinic dedicated to treating the trauma of children in foster care, is now the first Foster Care Center of Excellence in Harris County. Superior Health will announce the Center of Excellence designation Tuesday at a special ceremony celebrating the collaboration between HCPS, UTHealth, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and Superior Health. To qualify as a Foster Care Center of Excellence, a clinic must meet 47 criteria and the highest standards of care for foster children and their caretakers.  The HCPS Clinic is now the only clinic in Harris County to receive the designation and the second in Texas. “We are proud to receive this designation,” said Joel Levine, HCPS executive director. “It is a reflection of the hard work our staff has done to ensure foster children with visible and invisible wounds can heal in a safe, inviting atmosphere.” As the oldest and first program of ...
Jobs Help Foster Youth Overcome Legal Challenges  
Published on June 9, 2017 by in Press Releases
Every year approximately 200 foster youth in Harris County age out or emancipate from the foster care system. Children who age out of care are more susceptible to negative outcomes due to a lack of traditional family support and opportunities. The challenges they face such as homelessness, unemployment, poverty and even incarceration can hinder a successful transition to adulthood.  The HAY Center, a program of Harris County Protective Services, is pleased to announce that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation in support of Overcoming Legal Challenges Faced by Current and Former Foster Care Youth to Gain Stability and Self-Sufficiency.  The support from the Texas Bar Foundation will allow the HAY Center to offer foster youth involved with the courts and judicial system with paid internship opportunities to earn money to pay court related costs, fees, and fines; thus avoiding additional complications.  This also allows youth to gain valuable workforce experience, and help build skills needed for employment. Mary Green, Director of the HAY Center states:  “We are so grateful to the Texas Bar Foundation for their support of the HAY Center and our mission.   Giving youth the opportunity to pay off their court ...