Kids Art Contest!

First Place Winner in 2013

First Place Winner in 2013

It’s time for the annual kids art contest sponsored by the Fannin County Children’s Center’s! Once again, kids ages 18 and under are invited to enter their work of art for a chance to win prizes and help other children.

This year, the Children’s Center will be celebrating 25 years of serving children. “Our contest judges will be looking for two pieces of artwork that help us celebrate this 25 year milestone and still include our annual theme of “Open Your Heart,” said Sandy Barber with the Children’s Center. “Winning entries in the past have included hearts, kids, families and bright, cheerful colors. When we were celebrating our twentieth anniversary five years ago, one of the winning entries included a colorful birthday cake too.”

Second Place Winner in 2013

Second Place Winner in 2013

Two winning entries will win special ribbons and cash prizes. The winning artwork will be reproduced on cards to help the agency raise funds to provide advocacy, counseling and other critical support services for the abused and neglected children of Fannin County.
The winning 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.

Artwork must be turned in by 5 pm on Friday, February 9 at the Children’s Center at 112 West Fifth in Bonham.

Click on the following link for the art contest entry form and rules:
Art Contest flyer 2018

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Texoma Health Foundation Grants Funds

The Texoma Health Foundation recently presented a grant for $50,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center. Pictured here is Bill Wilson, President of McCraw Oil and Texoma Health Foundation board member, Kyra Barsi, Board President of the Children's Center, Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children's Center, Nicole Thornhill, Manager of Development for Texoma Health Foundation and Kitty Richardson, Chief Operating Officer of Texoma Health Foundation.

The Texoma Health Foundation recently presented a grant for $50,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center. Pictured here is Bill Wilson, President of McCraw Oil and Texoma Health Foundation board member, Kyra Barsi, Board President of the Children’s Center, Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center, Nicole Thornhill, Manager of Development for Texoma Health Foundation and Kitty Richardson, Chief Operating Officer of Texoma Health Foundation.

Texoma Health Foundation recently awarded a grant of $50,000 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 thrilled that the Texoma Health Foundation has chosen to invest in our center and the children again,” said Children’s Center Executive Director Sandy Barber. “This year marks the fourth year in a row we have been blessed to be one of their grantees.”

Grant funding for all four years totals $150,000. 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.

“We appreciate their generous investments in our center, in our kids and in our community,” said Barber. “We also appreciate how the board and staff of the foundation regularly are looking for ways they can give more than just money. The leadership, connections, ideas, energy and passion they give to making our community healthier is also a huge blessing!”

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.

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Miller Foundation Gives

Two of the trustees from the MW and Fair Miller Foundation recently presented a check for $20,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center.  Trustees Dr. Dana Sisk (left) and Dr. Jerry Hopson (right) are pictured with the Children’s Center’s Executive Director Sandy Barber (center).

Two of the trustees from the MW and Fair Miller Foundation recently presented a check for $20,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center. Trustees Dr. Dana Sisk (left) and Dr. Jerry Hopson (right) are pictured with the Children’s Center’s Executive Director Sandy Barber (center).

Trustees with the M.W. and Fair Miller Foundation have been busy recently, giving generous grants to several local non-profits in Fannin County. A generous gift of $20,000 was granted to the Fannin County Children’s Center to support CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC).

“We are thrilled to benefit from the foundation’s generosity again,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “This gift of $20,000 will help us sustain all of the ways we 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 was incorporated in 1992 and began serving children in 1993. The center’s mission is promoting safety and improving the lives of abused and neglected children. Programs include CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center and child abuse prevention.

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Christmas all wrapped up!

Students from LH Rather took a break from wrapping to meet Render.

Students from LH Rather took a break from wrapping to meet Render.

In all, 262 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 served grew by 48% this year,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “Fortunately, the people of Fannin County rose to the challenge and donations increased to meet the demand of providing presents to 86 more children than last year.”

First National Bank of Trenton, Legend Bank, Tax Assessor Collector Office, Tractor Supply, Blessings and Butterflies, Cato’s, Warrior Tire and WalMart put up teddy bear trees to help the center collect presents. “Most of these locations have been doing this for more than a decade,” said Barber. “We are so grateful for their faithful support of our Christmas Drive.”

United Methodist Women from Leonard were very generous donors once again!

United Methodist Women from Leonard were very generous donors once again!

“We are also grateful to all of our volunteers who helped wrap and deliver presents,” said Barber. “Once again, our volunteer wrappers included numerous student groups.” Students from Dodd City, Leonard, Trenton, Bonham and Morning Star helped wrap presents. Several of these groups also collected donations.

Countless numbers of individuals, groups, churches and schools gave money and items to this effort. 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.

(See lots more Christmas photos on our Facebook page!)

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Christmas Drive is Growing

Tree at Warrior Tire

Christmas “Tree” at Warrior Tire in Bonham

UPDATE: The latest tally is that 262 kids will be getting Christmas presents from the Children’s Center.  That’s 86 more kids than last year or a 48% increase.  We have also extended the deadline for gifts to arrive to Friday, Dec 15.

The Children’s Center’s annual Christmas Drive has already grown by 22% this year. Last year, the Children’s Center gave presents of clothing, coats, shoes, toys and other gifts to 176 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 the Children’s Center already knows of 216 children they will be helping.

“We know this number will continue to grow before we are done,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “As new cases come in and as staff continue to make contact families already on our caseload, we will know of even more children in need.”

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 at the Tax-Assessor Collector’s Office, First National Bank of Trenton (Bonham and Trenton branches), WalMart, Legend Bank, Blessings and Butterflies, Tractor Supply, Cato’s 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.

Teddy Bear Tree at WalMart

Teddy Bear Tree at WalMart

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 11, or earlier if possible. This will allow time for gifts to be sorted, wrapped and delivered or picked up 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.

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Christmas Drive

teddy bearThe annual Christmas drive at the Fannin County Children’s Center is up and running. Staff and volunteers started contacting the children, youth and families they serve in early November to find out what they need and want for Christmas. 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 starting to appear at several 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 176 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 expect to serve just as many or perhaps even more children,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “Unfortunately, the demand for our services has been increasing.”

Donate Now for ChristmasSome 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 and Trenton branches), WalMart, Legend Bank, Blessings and Butterflies 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 11, or earlier if possible. This will allow time for gifts to be sorted, wrapped and delivered or picked up 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 and tissue paper

For the Children’s Center

  • Individually wrapped snacks, bottled water & juice boxes
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Copy paper, legal pads, office supplies
  • Paper towels, plates, napkins, cups, plastic forks, etc
  • Journals, paints, markers, play-doh & other craft materials for therapy sessions

Donate Now for Christmas

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Best Justice Is Served Ever!

 Early estimates are that the 13th Annual “Justice Is Served” fundraiser raised about $54,000 for the Fannin County Children’s Center.  This amount tops the previous best of $50,000 from last year.  In addition, attendance was the largest ever, with more than 400 in attendance at the dinner and auction at the Complex in Bonham.

Honorable servers who served up dinner and cold drinks for guests at a fundraiser for the Fannin County Children’s Center included (from left) Savoy Police Chief Carl Harrell, Justice of the Peace, Pct 1 Royse Smithey, Juvenile Probation Chief Brandon Caffee, Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter, State Senator Bob Hall, Congressman John Ratcliffe, Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson, Criminal District Attorney Richard Glaser, Bonham Police Chief Mike Bankston, State Rep. Larry Phillips, District Judge Lauri Blake, County Court at Law Judge Charles Butler, Adult Probation Chief Debra Roberts, Game Warden Randolph McGee, Justice of the Peace, Pct 3 Kenneth Karl, and County Clerk Tammy Biggars.

Honorable servers who served up dinner and cold drinks for guests at a fundraiser for the Fannin County Children’s Center included (from left) Savoy Police Chief Carl Harrell, Justice of the Peace, Pct 1 Royse Smithey, Juvenile Probation Chief Brandon Caffee, Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter, State Senator Bob Hall, Congressman John Ratcliffe, Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson, Criminal District Attorney Richard Glaser, Bonham Police Chief Mike Bankston, State Rep. Larry Phillips, District Judge Lauri Blake, County Court at Law Judge Charles Butler, Adult Probation Chief Debra Roberts, Game Warden Randolph McGee, Justice of the Peace, Pct 3 Kenneth Karl, and County Clerk Tammy Biggars.

Since the event was on Veteran’s Day, the organizers chose a patriotic theme. Many guests joined the fun by dressing in red, white and blue. Congressman John Ratcliffe, State Senator Bob Hall, State Representative Larry Phillips and several local officials of the justice system served up dinner and cold drinks to the guests. The James Dering band played jazz music while guests bid on more than 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 $1000. A custom built entry way gate from Jason Garner Welding got the top bid in the live auction, bringing in $3000 for the nonprofit. A framed Dallas Cowboy jersey autographed by Troy Aikman and donated by Dr. Lee Schreiber sold for $1800.

Adding to the excitement of the evening, McGee brought TV camera crews from “Lone Star Law” with him to the event. “Lone Star Law” is a documentary show on the Animal Planet channel that highlights the work of game wardens in Texas.

MG41Undoubtedly the star of the evening was Render, the courthouse facility dog and newest member of the Children’s Center staff. He spent much of the evening at the photo booth, posing for photos with guests and giving kisses when he could.

“This was clearly our best Justice Is Served ever,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “This event is such a team effort of our board, staff and volunteers. The Fannin County community turned out in force this year. It is inspiring and encouraging to see so much generous support for the children we serve. We are so grateful to everyone who played a part in making this event so successful. Funds 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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Justice Is Served on Nov 11

Time is running out to get tickets and tables for the 13th annual “Justice Is Served” to benefit the Fannin County Children’s Center. The dinner and auction event will start at 6 pm on Saturday, Nov 11 at the Multi-Purpose Complex in Bonham.

This year’s theme is “An American Saturday Night.” Guests are encouraged to wear patriotic colors, as the event is on Veteran’s Day. A buffet dinner prepared by Feast on This will be served up by local judges, police chiefs, prosecutors, lawmakers and other justice officials.

Guests will enjoy a live jazz band while bidding on numerous items in the silent and live auctions. Dr. Lee Schreiber has donated two special pieces that will appeal to Dallas Cowboy fans: a framed Cowboy jersey autographed by Troy Aikman and a framed photo of the Hail Mary Pass autographed by both Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson. Warrior Tire has donated an opportunity to drive a racecar around Texas Motor Speedway. A preview list of auction items is posted on the center’s website and being updated regularly.

Proceeds from the event will help sustain a wide variety of programs and services for children. CASA provides abused children a caring, concerned, trained volunteer to advocate for them while they are in foster care. The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a safe, child-friendly location to go to when abuse is suspected. The CAC provides counseling, information, referrals and other support services to aide the healing process. New to the CAC is the courthouse facility dog named Render, who enhances the services provided by the CAC professionals.

Platinum sponsors of the event are Kwik Chek and McCraw Oil. Gold sponsors include B&B Service Center/ Driver’s Choice, Bonham Chrysler, Ray and Gloria Campbell, Fannin Bank, Fannin County Leader, First United Bank, Glaser Family Charitable Foundation, Henry and Elizabeth Donaghey Foundation, Erin Holt, LPC, Stephens Sand and Gravel, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, TMC Bonham Hospital and Warrior Tire. Individual, open seating tickets are $35 in advance and are available at the Children’s Center and from board members. Reserved table sponsorships are also still available for two, four or eight people.  Buy tickets now

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5 New CASA Advocates

New CASA Vol Fall 2017 (2)CASA advocates for children in foster care. The Honorable Judge Lauri Blake of the 336th District Court administered the oath to the new volunteers. New child advocates include Jarrett Tucker, Danny Loyd, Jennifer Smith, Ray McGovern and Kathy McGovern.

“We are delighted to welcome this group of advocates to our team,” said Sandy Barber with the Fannin County Children’s Center, which includes the local CASA program.

In the year ending August 31, 2017, CASA served 118 children, which was a 42% increase over the previous year. In that same year, the number of court hearings CASA attended increased 74% and the number of active volunteers increased 68%.

All volunteers completed an intensive training class which prepares them to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children who have been removed from their home due to abuse and neglect. The district judge appoints CASA volunteers to serve as the Guardian ad Litem for each child who has been placed in the state’s custody. In that role, CASA advocates investigate the child’s situation, prepare written reports to the court and advocate for the child’s best interest in court hearings and other settings.

CASA is one program of several programs for abused and neglected children that are operated by the Fannin County Children’s Center. For more information on becoming a CASA, click here.

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Serving up Justice for Kids

2017 JIS invite jpegTickets and tables are on sale now for the 13th annual “Justice Is Served” to benefit the Fannin County Children’s Center. Proceeds from the dinner and auction will benefit the local nonprofit agency, which includes CASA, Children’s Advocacy Centers and child abuse prevention programs. Doors to the Multi-Purpose Complex in Bonham will open at 6:00 pm on Saturday, Nov 11.

This year’s theme is “An American Saturday Night.” Guests are encouraged to dress up for an elegant evening out and wear patriotic colors, as the event is on Veteran’s Day. A buffet dinner prepared by Feast on This will be served up by local judges, police chiefs, prosecutors, lawmakers and other justice officials.

Guests will enjoy a live jazz band while bidding on numerous items in the silent and live auctions. Jason Garner Custom Welding has donated a gift certificate for a custom built gate for the auction and Rancho Condarco has donated a children’s birthday party with pony rides and a petting zoo. FC Dallas contributed 4 tickets to a home soccer game to the auction. A preview list of auction items is posted on the center’s website and being updated regularly.

Proceeds from the event will help sustain a wide variety of programs and services for children. CASA provides abused children a caring, concerned, trained volunteer to advocate for them while they are in foster care. The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a safe, child-friendly location to go to when abuse is suspected. The CAC provides counseling, information, referrals and other support services to aide the healing process. New to the CAC is the courthouse facility dog named Render, who enhances the services provided by the CAC professionals.

Platinum sponsors of the event are Kwik Chek and McCraw Oil. Gold sponsors include B&B Service Center/ Driver’s Choice, Bonham Chrysler, Fannin Bank, Glaser Family Charitable Foundation, Henry and Elizabeth Donaghey Foundation, Erin Holt, LPC, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance and TMC Bonham Hospital. Individual, open seating tickets are $35 in advance and are available at the Children’s Center and from board members. Reserved table sponsorships are also still available for two, four or eight people.

More information

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