COVID-19 Update

updated 3/31/2020

The mission of the Fannin County Children’s Center is promoting safety and improving the lives of abused and neglected children. Our work on safety has taken an unprecedented turn in recent weeks with the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

At the Children’s Center, we have been working diligently to make changes and adjustments in order to ensure health and safety of all, while still providing many critical and essential services.

Our center is currently closed but our work continues.

All staff are working from home. Our counselors quickly learned and started telehealth so therapy can continue. CASA volunteers and staff are making it a priority to have regular contact with our kids via Facetime, Skype or other visual app. Court hearings, staff meetings, advocacy and other work are being conducted via Zoom, phone calls, emails, etc.

Staff are coming in to the office to conduct forensic interviews as needed for our partners in CPS and law enforcement.

We have cancelled upcoming prevention classes, as well as other meetings and larger gatherings. We have also delayed the pick up days for blue shirts in order to minimize exposure for everyone, so we can all stay healthy.

We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt as needed. By working together, being flexible and helping one another, we will get through this trying time.

Take Care!

In this troubled and trying time, please be intentional about taking care of your physical and mental health. There is a lot of sadness and grief about cancelled activities, worry about job and food security, stress and fatigue over so many changes, decisions and learning to do during this public health care crisis. We too, are worried that we will soon be seeing more physical abuse, depression and suicides. So please….

Take time for self care.

Give yourself and others a bit of extra grace.

Check in on your friends, families and neighbors.

Help others when you can. Ask for help when you need it.

We are all in this together.

We will get through this tough time together.

Wash your hands!

~Sandy Barber
Executive Director
Fannin County Children’s Center


Shirt Pick up Days Delayed

In an effort to limit exposure and keep everyone healthy, we have delayed the pick up days for the blue shirts to at least April 24. This date may change, depending on how things are going at that time.

The on-line shirt store is still open and is set to close on April 17.   more

Child Abuse Awareness month See the signsGo Blue Virtually!
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month!

Because we are all being advised to stay home, all of our suggested activities for the month can also be done from home.

2020 Vision Challenge

Let’s have some fun this month! We want everyone to have 2020 vision to be able to know and see the signs of child abuse.

What to do:

  • Take a photo of you and your family wearing glasses – regular glasses, silly glasses, sun glasses – your choice! Bonus points if you also wear blue and/or hold a sign with a message about child abuse.
  • Post it on social media and use the hastags #SeeTheSigns #2020VisionChallenge
  • Challenge at least 3 of your friends to do the same!

Let’s get this challenge started on April 1 and have it go viral all month long!


Go Blue Day – April 3

Let’s have some more virtual fun on Go Blue Day in Texas! It’s a day to wear blue in honor and memory of victims of child abuse. Wear blue, take photos and post them on Friday, April 3.

Suggested hashtags include:

  • #GoBlueDay
  • #SeeTheSigns
  • #ReportAbuse
  • #NoExcuseForChildAbuse

If you are willing to let us post your photo too, please email them to us at


Blue Sunday – April 26

On the last Sunday of April, faith communities across our country are asked to pray for abused and neglected children, as well as the volunteers and professionals who work with them.


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Employment Opportunity

Fannin County Children’s Center is seeking mental health professional to provide crisis counseling, as well as individual, group and family therapy for victims of physical and sexual abuse.

Prefer to hire a full-time person, however, we are also willing to discuss part-time options too.

Candidates must be licensed in Texas and can be LPC, LPC Intern, LCSW or LMFT.

Prefer experience and training in working with trauma, especially child abuse victims. Excellent verbal & written communication skills are needed. Ability to work well with children, families and other professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary team. We are seeking a dedicated, dependable, organized and flexible team player.

Must have clear background checks. Flexible scheduling options. Prefer ability to work in evenings.

Must adhere to Code of Ethics and maintain confidentiality. Must be computer proficient and able to administer and score assessments. Must be willing to testify in court. Prefer experience in play therapy. Must have TF-CBT training or able to complete.

All costs of license renewal and other professional memberships are the responsibility of employee.

Salary range $38,000 – $45,000. Paid sick, vacation and holiday time. Health and dental insurance after 30 days of employment.

Submit resume and application to

Employment Application


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Matthews Children’s Foundation

Matthew 2020The Matthews Children’s Foundation recently donated $1,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center for child abuse prevention efforts. Stephen Murden of Wise Funeral Home wrote the required letter of recommendation to go with the Children’s Center’s application and he was happy to be the one to present the donation check.

“We are grateful for the continued generosity of Matthews Children’s Foundation and for Stephen Murden’s help and support in making this possible,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “This gift will strengthen our ability to prevent child abuse in our community.”

This donation, combined with generous gifts from the Glaser Family Charitable Foundation and the MW and Fair Miller Foundation, has helped the center purchase a new curriculum and supplies for child abuse prevention efforts with children and youth. The curriculum developed by the Women’s Center of Tarrant County is called Play It Safe.

Play it Safe is a child abuse awareness and prevention program that incorporates age-appropriate scripts and movies to teach children how to reduce their risk of sexual and physical abuse. It teaches them to recognize potentially abusive behavior, provides the tools to respond to threatening situations, and encourages them to report abuse to a trusted adult. It is an evidence-informed, age-appropriate risk reduction program for Pre-K through high school age students. Each grade level’s interactive curriculum speaks to children in a way that they can best learn and respond.

A more detailed list of what each class covers is available on the center’s website at The Children’s Center’s staff are available to travel to local schools, churches and day cares to teach the classes. To schedule, contact Andrea Lappin at (903) 583-4339 or

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Blue Shirts on Sale

Go Blue Day in Texas is Friday, April 3, 2020.  This is a day that people across the state of Texas will be wearing blue in honor and memory of child abuse victims.

The Fannin County Children’s Center has several blue shirts available for sale for this occasion.  Orders can only be placed and paid for on-line at  Short sleeve shirts cost $12 each, long sleeve shirts are $18 each and sweatshirts and hoodies are $20 each.  Youth and adult sizes are available in three different designs.

Orders must be placed by March 24 in order to guarantee a shirt in time for Go Blue Day on April 3, 2020.  When ordering, there will be an option for free pick up at the Children’s Center after March 30 or pay extra to have the order shipped.

“On Go Blue Day, we hope to once again see lots of photos on social media with people wearing blue in support of victims of child abuse,” said Sandy Barber with the Children’s Center.  “Whether they are wearing our shirts or not, we encourage schools, businesses and other organizations to wear blue and take group photos and send them to us so we can share too.”

“Statistics tell us that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday and that many victims wait to tell,” said Barber.  “When we wear blue on April 3, we will be sending a message of support to both the victims who have found the courage to tell, as well as the ones who are still silently bearing the trauma of abuse.”

The Fannin County Children’s Center’s mission is promoting safety and improving the lives of abused and neglected children.  The agency’s programs include CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center and child abuse prevention classes.

To order shirts, click here




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Kwik Chek and McCraw Oil Helping Kids

Kwik Chek 2020McCraw Oil and Kwik Chek have been hosting an annual charity golf tournament for 24 years.   CASA has been the beneficiary of the event for the last 12 years. The most recent tournament raised a grand total of $62,000 for CASA programs, which brings the 12-year grand total to $622,000.

In recent weeks, the leaders of these companies have been presenting checks from the tournament proceeds to local CASA programs across the state in the communities where they do business.  Recently, they presented a check for $15,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center in Bonham, which operates several programs for kids who have been abused and neglected, including CASA.

Kwik Chek and McCraw Oil’s mission is “we strive every day to make our communities, our team members, and our customers better off for having known us, or as we say, we ‘leave ‘em better.’”

Children’s Center Executive Director Sandy Barber said “We really appreciate everything Kwik Chek and McCraw Oil does for our center and our community.  Their gifts are making a difference for kids and fulfilling their mission of leaving our community and kids better.  The golf tournament alone has generated $112,250 for the Children’s Center and that does not include all of the other sponsorships and donations they have made over the years.”

CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, recruits and trains volunteers to become advocates for children in foster care.  When a judge determines that a child is no longer safe in their own home, CASA is assigned to gather information and make recommendations to the courts about what would be best for the child.

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Art Contest Winners

First Place Winner!

First Place Winner!

A sixth grader from Honey Grove took home the top prize in this year’s art contest sponsored by the Fannin County Children’s Center. Evangeline Barbee earned $100 and a blue ribbon for her drawing of several children holding hands in a circle.

Barbee’s artwork will be featured on the front of cards that will be mailed to local supporters of the Children’s Center to raise funds to sustain the variety of services the center offers to children and families recovering from abuse and neglect.

Second place honors went to Reagan Sutton, who is an second grader in Howe. Her artwork features a bright red heart and will be featured on the inside of the cards. She won $50 cash and a red ribbon for her artwork.

“Our judges had a difficult job in deciding the winners,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “We are grateful for all of the children and youth who created and entered their artwork, as well as the parents, grandparents, teachers and other adults who helped them get it turned in.”

The artwork was scanned and sent to a local printer who printed up cards for the Children’s Center. These cards will be mailed to more than two thousand people to help raise funds to sustain all of the services offered by the center.
The Children’s Center’s mission is promoting safety and improving the lives of abused and neglected children. Programs include Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Children’s Advocacy Center and child abuse prevention programs.

Second Place Winner!

Second Place Winner!

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Child Abuse Prevention Classes

The Fannin County Children’s Center is offering free child abuse prevention classes for adults. The classes are ideal for parents, teachers, day care workers, coaches, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders and others who work with children and youth.

One class is called “Recognizing & Reporting.” It utilizes video, class discussion and case studies. Learning objectives include: the realities of child abuse, detailing who becomes victims, who the likely perpetrators are and the prevalence of abuse in all communities, the legal definitions, signs and symptoms of child abuse, how to communicate with a child who makes a disclosure of abuse, how to make a report and how to overcome one’s fear’s and barriers around reporting. This class will be offered two times: on March 17 and April 23. Both classes will be from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Elizabeth May Room at First United Bank in Bonham.

The other class for adults is called “Stewards of Children.” This class utilizes video, interactive workbooks and class discussion. Topics covered include how to recognize signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, how to react to a child making a disclosure of sexual abuse, as well as steps that individuals and organizations can take to prevent sexual abuse of children. This class will be offered twice: on March 26 and April 30. Both classes will be from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Elizabeth May Room at First United Bank in Bonham.

All participants who successfully complete either class will receive a certificate. Thanks to generous donors, there is no charge for the classes. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Register on-line at

Children’s Center staff are also available to come to a school, church, business or other location to teach these classes to adults, free of charge to groups of 8 or more. To learn more and arrange this, contact Andrea Lappin at or (903) 583-4339.

The Fannin County Children’s Center has been serving children since 1993. The nonprofit agency’s mission is promoting safety and improving the lives of abused and neglected children. In addition to child abuse prevention classes, the center’s programs include CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center, Rainbow Rooms, School Supply Fair and Christmas Drive. For more information, go to or call (903) 583-4339.

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Joey Koo – Volunteer of the Quarter

Joey Koo 2020Joey Koo has been named the Volunteer of the Quarter for the Fannin County Children’s Center. Koo started volunteering at the center a little under a year ago. He is an eighteen-year-old home school student and will be attending Southwestern University in the fall to study Art History.

“Being homeschooled I have extra time during each week,” said Koo. “That gives me the opportunity to volunteer and give back, so during this last year I have really tried to use that time well and hopefully help out a little and make a difference.”

Koo has helped prepare newsletters and invitations for mailing. One day, he assembled about a dozen new chairs that the center purchased. Last fall, he and another volunteer helped put together many of the table decorations for the center’s big fundraising event “Justice Is Served.”

When he is not volunteering at the center or completing his studies, Koo enjoys painting and drawing, going to museums, and spending time with friends and family. He lives in Bonham with his grandmother, dog and two birds.

“Joey is a great volunteer because he very passionate about helping others,” said Andrea Lappin, Community Development Director for the Children’s Center. “He is always willing to jump in and help wherever needed and very dependable. His enthusiasm, commitment and compassion are contagious, and he is a joy to work with. We are very lucky to have him as one of our volunteers at the center.”

The Fannin County Children’s Center is a nonprofit agency that started serving children in 1993. The agency’s mission is promoting safety and improving the lives of abused and neglected children. The agency’s programs include CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center, child abuse prevention and Rainbow Rooms. For more information, go to

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Miller Foundation Gives to Kids

Miller Foundation Jan 2020For the last several weeks, the trustees with the M.W. and Fair Miller Foundation have been personally delivering generous grants to many local schools and non-profit organizations in Fannin County. One generous gift was for $22,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center.

“We are thrilled and honored to accept such a generous gift,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “This gift will help provide many critical support services for kids from hard places. This gift will make sure advocacy, counseling, forensic interviews and many other services are available to help children be safe and begin healing from abuse and neglect.” The grant will also help provide child abuse prevention services for children, youth and adults.

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 26 years. Programs include CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center and child abuse prevention. The number of children the agency is being asked to serve has grown dramatically in recent years. Barber said this gift will help them keep up with the growing demand. For more information about the Children’s Center, including volunteer opportunities and free training classes, go to

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Kids Art Contest

The Fannin County Children’s Center is seeking children’s artwork for their annual contest. Children and youth ages 18 and under are invited to enter their work of art for a chance to win prizes and help other children.

The contest judges will be looking for artwork that illustrates the theme “Open Your Heart.” They will be looking for something that is eye catching and heart-warming. Winning entries in the past have often included hearts, kids, families and bright, cheerful colors, as well as the words “Open Your Heart” and “Fannin County Children’s Center.”

Two winning entries will win special ribbons and cash prizes. The first place artist will receive a $100 cash, a blue ribbon and their artwork will be reproduced on the front of the campaign card. Second place will win a $50 cash, a red ribbon and have their artwork included inside of the card. The cards that feature the winning artwork will be used to help the local nonprofit raise funds to provide advocacy, counseling and other critical support services for the abused and neglected children of Fannin County.

Artwork must be turned in by 5 pm on Monday, February 10 at the Children’s Center at 112 West Fifth in Bonham. Entry forms, contest rules and more information can be found at the center at 112 W. 5th in Bonham or by calling (903) 583-4339 or by clicking here.

Entry forms are here: Art Contest flyer 2020

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