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ExxonMobil 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCraw Oil President Bill Wilson (center) presents a check for $2,000 from ExxonMobil for the Children’s Center to Board President Brenda Magness (right) and Executive Director Sandy Barber (left).   “We are honored to benefit from ExxonMobil’s generosity again this year,” said Barber. “This gift will provide counseling, advocacy, forensic interviews and many other support services to help children recover from the trauma of abuse and neglect.”  The Children’s Center’s programs include CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center and child abuse prevention programs.

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Texoma Health Foundation

THF 2019 JanTexoma Health Foundation recently awarded a grant of $25,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center to address the medical and mental health needs of abused and neglected children in Fannin County and support child abuse prevention efforts as well.

“We are honored and grateful that the Texoma Health Foundation has chosen to invest in our center, in our community and in our children for the fifth year in a row” said Children’s Center Executive Director Sandy Barber.

This year’s grant brings the five year total to $175,000 for the Children’s Center. The grant to the Children’s Center was one of many awarded by the Foundation to nonprofits in Grayson, Fannin, Bryan and Marshall Counties to further the foundation’s mission to support the health and well-being of people.

“While we certainly appreciate the financial support from the foundation, we are also grateful for how the foundation’s board and staff are always looking for ways to share their connections, leadership, information, enthusiasm and passion to making our community healthier,” said Barber. “They have been the one of the driving forces behind several efforts related to mental health, including a partnership with UTSW Center for Depression and Research and Bonham ISD to increase resilience and reduce suicide thoughts and attempts in youth and the Texoma Behavioral Health Leadership Team which is working on expanding to Fannin County.”

The Children’s Center will use the funds to ensure that each child in foster care has a trained CASA volunteer to advocate for their medical and mental health needs. In addition, the grant will support the Children’s Advocacy Center’s efforts to provide child abuse victims with access to the specialized medical and mental health treatment they need to heal. The center will also use grant funds to train children, youth and adults in how to prevent, recognize and report child abuse.

For more information about the Children’s Center, go to www.fanninccc.org and for the Texoma Health Foundation, go to www.texomahealth.org

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Volunteer Information Session

The Fannin County Children’s Center is looking for a few good men and women who are willing to volunteer to help children from hard places. There will be an informational session on Thursday, January 17. Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to come and go from 4-6 pm at the center at 112 West Fifth Street in Bonham. Staff will be available to give tours of the center, answer questions, discuss volunteer roles and describe the volunteer application process and training requirements. Attendance at the information session is NOT a requirement to become a volunteer.

CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is one of several programs offered by the Children’s Center for the benefit of abused and neglected children. CASA is seeking adult volunteers who can complete training and pass background checks to be appointed by the 336th District Court to serve as Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care.

In that role, CASA volunteers regularly visit their assigned child or sibling group and gather information from parents, other family, teachers, medical personnel, therapists and others in order to make recommendations to the court on what will be in the child’s best interest. They prepare court reports and testify at court hearings too.

The Children’s Advocacy Center is another program of the Children’s Center. Volunteers are needed to provide child care while parents and siblings are in groups and to sit with families who are at the center for interviews or counseling. Other volunteers are needed for tasks not directly working with children, such as organizing clothes in the Rainbow Room, preparing newsletters for mailing, getting school supplies ready to give away and other office jobs.

The next training sessions for CASA volunteers will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 9:00 pm on Feb 12, 14, 19,21, 26 and 28, as well as one Saturday, March 2 from 8:30 – 3:30 pm. Participants will gain knowledge and learn skills needed to become an advocate for abused children in foster care. Participants will also be reading and completing activities on their own time. At least 2 hours of court room observation will also be required. All who successfully complete the training will take the CASA oath in the Fannin County District Courtroom in the morning of March 8.

Applications are now being accepted for both CASA and CAC volunteers. For more information, attend the volunteer information session on January 17, call (903) 583-4339 or click here.

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Employment Opportunity

The Fannin County Children’s Center is seeking a Family Advocate/Forensic Interviewer for the Children’s Advocacy Center.  An ideal applicant will have experience in working with children, youth, families. Ideal candidates may also have previous experience in working within a multi-disciplinary team that includes Child Protective Services, law enforcement, prosecutors, medical and mental health providers.

The Children’s Center is looking for someone who is dedicated, team-oriented, flexible and hard working.  Duties will include providing support services for children and families, forensic interviewing of children and adults with disabilities when sexual or physical abuse is suspected, developing a strong working relationship with the multidisciplinary team, documenting services provided and testifying. Ideal candidates have excellent interpersonal skills and are detail oriented with strong time, project, and schedule management skills. Computer proficiency is required (MS Office products preferred) with the ability to learn new internet-based systems and applications as needed.

A Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, criminal justice or related field or equivalent relevant work experience is also required.  Bilingual (Spanish) is preferred. Must love dogs, as this position will be sharing an office with our facility dog Render and his primary handler.

Interested applicants should send in resume and application to info@fanninccc.org or 112 W. 5th Bonham, TX 75418.

Employment Application

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Christmas All Wrapped Up!

In all, 261 children served by the Fannin County Children’s Center had presents of clothes, shoes, coats, toys and other items to open on Christmas morning, thanks to many generous donors.

“The number of children given presents was only 1 child less than last year,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center.  “However, this still is about 100 kids more than we had been giving presents to for many years prior to 2017.  Fortunately, the Fannin County community turned out in force to make sure our kids were taken care of.  So many individuals, families, businesses, churches and other organizations gave what they could and it all added up to meet the needs.”

First National Bank of Trenton, Legend Bank, Tax Assessor Collector Office, Tractor Supply, Blessings and Butterflies, Cato’s, Warrior Tire, Bonham Smiles, Cole Title Company and WalMart put up teddy bear trees to help the center collect presents.   “Many of these locations have been doing this for as long as we can remember.  A few places were new this year too,” said Barber.  “We are so blessed by their generous and faithful support of our Christmas Drive.”

Presents of clothes, shoes, coats, toys and other items were given to the children and youth who are being served by CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center.  Some of the children are living in foster homes, away from family and friends.  Other children have gone to live with grandparents or other relatives as a result of abuse or neglect.  Many of these families struggle financially when one or more children suddenly come to live with them.  In other families, the discovery of sexual abuse in the home has meant the loss of family income when the offender leaves.

In January, there will be a new training class for individuals interested in becoming CASA volunteers.  There will also be free classes for adults to learn how to prevent, recognize and respond to child abuse.

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Miller Foundation

Trustees from the MW and Fair Miller Foundation recently presented a check for $20,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center.  Pictured from left are Dr. Dana Sisk, Sandy Barber, Dr. Jerry Hopson and Tyler Todd.

Trustees from the MW and Fair Miller Foundation recently presented a check for $20,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center. Pictured from left are Dr. Dana Sisk, Sandy Barber, Dr. Jerry Hopson and Tyler Todd.

Trustees with the M.W. and Fair Miller Foundation have been personally delivering generous grants to many local non-profit organizations in Fannin County in the recent weeks. One generous gift was for $20,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center.

“We are honored to be awarded such a generous grant again,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “This gift will help provide advocacy, counseling, forensic interviews and many other support services to help children find safety and begin healing from abuse and neglect.”

The M.W. and Fair Miller Foundation was incorporated in 1988 and organized for the betterment and care of the children in Fannin County. Currently serving on the Board of Trustees are Tyler Todd, Dr. Dana Sisk and Dr. Jerry Hopson.

The Fannin County Children’s Center is a nonprofit agency that has been serving abused and neglected children for more than 25 years. Programs include CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center and child abuse prevention. The number of children served by CASA has doubled in the past two years. In the fiscal year ending August 31, 2018, CASA served 131 children. The Children’s Advocacy Center received 266 referrals in that same reporting period, which was more than double the number of referrals in the previous year. The next CASA volunteer training class, as well as the next prevention classes are scheduled for January.

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4H Kids Helping Kids

Kate Kinkade recently organized a drive to collect blankets and bears as a 4H project.  The items collected were donated to the Fannin County Children’s Center.  “We appreciate all gifts given to us, but there is always something extra special about donations that involve kids helping kids,” said Sandy Barber with the Children’s Center. “These teddy bears and blankets will provide warmth and comfort to children from hard places.” For more about 4H in Fannin County, go to https://agrilife.org/fannin4h/

4H 2018

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Toyo Tire and Warrior Tire Building the Dream

Tires 2018Fannin County Children’s Center Vice-President and owner of Warrior Tire Steve Collida (right) and Children’s Center Executive Director Sandy Barber (Center) enjoyed a recent visit with Jerry Granito with Toyo Tires (left.) Toyo Tires and Warrior Tire teamed up to provide gifts of $1,500 each to make a grand total of $3,000 in matching funds for the Children’s Center for North Texas Giving Day.  In all, the Children’s Center raised nearly $10,000 for their future building fund in this one-day fundraising effort. These funds will be used to purchase land and/or build a newer, larger facility.

More about Building the Dream of a new facility.

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Christmas Drive

 

The annual Christmas drive at the Fannin County Children’s Center is already going full steam ahead. Staff and volunteers have been gathering lists of wishes and needs of the children, youth and families served by both CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center. Faithful donors and supporters have already started contacting the center too in order to find out how they can be a part of the effort. Teddy bear trees are already up at many locations in the community to make sure the Christmas wishes and needs get filled.

Last year, the Children’s Center gave presents of clothing, coats, shoes, toys and other gifts to 262 children and youth who were being served by the Children’s Center’s two primary programs: CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center. “This year we already know of at least 235 children in need,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “We expect this number to grow before we are all done this holiday.”

Some of the children helped by this project are living in foster homes, away from family and friends. Other children have gone to live with grandparents or other relatives as a result of abuse or neglect. Many of these families struggle financially when one or more children suddenly come to live with them. In other families, the discovery of sexual abuse in the home has meant the loss of family income when the offender leaves.

Center staff and volunteers take the time to find out about the individual situation, needs, preferences and wishes of each child. The agency also works closely with Child Protective Services and other community agencies to ensure that efforts are coordinated and not duplicated.

Donations of cash, toys, new clothes, coats, shoes and other items are now being accepted. Teddy bear trees, which contain the wish or need of a specific child, are up or will soon be up at the Tax-Assessor Collector’s Office, First National Bank of Trenton (Bonham, Trenton and Leonard branches), WalMart, Legend Bank, Blessings and Butterflies, Cole Title, Bonham Smiles, Tractor Supply and Warrior Tire. For donors who are short on time, the center also accepts cash donations which will be used to purchase gifts for the children.

Donations can be brought or mailed to the center at 112 West Fifth Street, Bonham, Texas 75418. The center is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Organizers ask that the donations arrive by Dec 14, or earlier if possible. This will allow time for gifts to be sorted and delivered in time for the holidays. Checks should be made out to FCCC and indicate they are for Christmas. Donations can also be made by credit or debit card on the center’s website. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information, call 903-583-4339 or visit www.fanninccc.org.
Wish Lists
For Christmas gifts for kids

  • Toys for children under 3
  • Gift cards and other gifts for teenagers
  • Movies & music (rated G & PG only please)
  • Craft kits, markers, coloring books, etc.
  • Board games and books
  • Footballs, basketballs, soccer balls
  • Perfume, cologne, bath sets & make-up sets
  • Jewelry & watches
  • Purses, wallets, make-up bags & backpacks
  • Gift cards for clothing and discount stores
  • New clothing, coats & shoes for children ages 0-17
  • Wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper and tape

For the Children’s Center

  • Individually wrapped snacks, bottled water & juice boxes
  • Clorox wipes
  • Copy paper, legal pads, office supplies
  • Paper towels, plates, napkins, cups, plastic forks, etc
  • Journals, coloring books for teens, paints, markers, play-doh & other craft materials for therapy sessions
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Great Gatsby! Great Night!

servers 2018

Justice Is Served – Honorable servers who served up dinner for guests at the Justice Is Served fundraiser for the Fannin County Children’s Center included (front row, from left)  Fannin County Clerk Tammy Biggars, Adult Probation Chief Debra Roberts, 336th District Judge Lauri Blake, Fannin County District Clerk Nancy Young, Whitewright ISD Police Chief Judy Sims, (back row, from left) Juvenile Probation Chief Brandon Caffee, Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter, Justice of the Peace, Pct 2 Bob Clemons, Texas State Senator Bob Hall, Trenton Police Chief William Robertson, Honey Grove Police Chief Leigh Dixon, Justice of the Peace, Pct 3 Kenneth Karl, County Court at Law Judge Charles Butler, Fannin County Criminal District Attorney Richard Glaser and Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson.

Early estimates are that the 14th Annual “Justice Is Served” fundraiser raised at least $65,000 for the Fannin County Children’s Center. This amount tops the previous best of $55,000 from last year. In addition, attendance was the largest ever, with nearly 500 in attendance at the dinner and auction at the Complex in Bonham.

This year’s theme was The Great Gatsby. Many guests were wearing flapper dresses, pearl necklaces, feathered headbands, fedora hats and bow ties. State Senator Bob Hall, District Judge Lauri Blake, Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter, Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson and several local officials of the justice system served up dinner guests. The James Dering band played jazz music while guests bid on around 200 items in the silent auction.

Fannin County Game Warden Randolph McGee was the auctioneer for the evening. Judge Lauri Blake’s turtle brownies were the first item up for bid in the live auction and brought in $1050. A custom built entry way gate from Jason Garner Welding tied for the top bid in the live auction, bringing in $2,600 for the nonprofit. A one-of-a-kind bar with headlights that worked that was created by Tracey Lackey, Shawn Fulton, Jim McDonald and Brenda Magness also brought in $2,600.

“This year’s event was amazing!” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “Once again, the Fannin County community turned out in force this year. It is always inspiring and encouraging to see so much wonderful support for the children we serve. We are so grateful to everyone who played a part in making this event so successful, including our sponsors, auction donors, board, volunteers and staff. The money raised will help us keep up with the growing demand for our services.”

All proceeds from the event will sustain all of the support services provided by the Children’s Center for abused and neglected children, including CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center.

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