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BLUEBONNET CHILDRENS ADVOCACY CENTER

aka Bluebonnet Children's Advocacy Center   |   Hondo, TX   |  www.bcactx.org

Mission

To protect and enhance the quality of life for children experiencing abuse and neglect in Medina, Real, and Uvalde counties.

Notes from the nonprofit

Marketing/ Strategic 5 Year Plan updated weekly to track progress and reflect success.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Edward Gentry

Main address

1901 Avenue I

Hondo, TX 78861 USA

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Formerly known as

Bluebonnet Children's Center

EIN

74-2999054

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bluebonnet Children's Advocacy Center (BCAC) was started in 2001 to address the needs of children who are suffering from abuse and neglect in the South Texas counties of Medina, Uvalde, and Real. This is a primarily agricultural area and is limited in social organizations. BCAC is the voice of the children in these three isolated counties. We provide counseling, resources, emotional support for the hurting children and as well as for their families and caregivers. We believe in assisting children in crisis and implement our mission, vision, and values every day in the pursuit of justice, better quality of life, and emotional and mental well-being for the children we serve.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bluebonnet Children's Advocacy Center

We work with a multidisciplinary team and do forensic interviews and provide services to the victims and their non-offending family members in crisis situations

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

CASA speaks up for abused and neglected children in order to ensure a safe permanent home with an adult caregiver. CASA Volunteers are appointed by a judge to provide factual information on behalf of a child who has been removed during the legal process with CPS.

CASA Volunteers are the voice for children!

Our CASA Volunteers are dedicated and devoted individuals who advocate for the best interest of children in legal custody CPS, are given support, guidance, tools, and training from professionals in the field to help them understand and work effectively within the child welfare system, review the case, visit regularly with their child, gather new data and become familiar with the childs background and needs. They prepare written reports for the court and speak up for the childs best interest at court hearings.

With a CASA Volunteer on the case, the judge is afforded a unique and comprehensive picture of the childs situation, needs, and best potential outcomes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

BCAC is a multi-disciplinary approach to working sexual abuse and physical abuse cases. BCAC provides a child-friendly, safe, neutral environment for children alleged to have been abused. Our dedicated staff work to lessen the emotional trauma to children who are going through civil and criminal systems.

BCAC provides much needed services to abuse victims and their non-offending caregivers in the Medina, Uvalde, and Real County area. When children and their non-offending caregivers are brought to the BCAC, they are greeted by friendly staff who assist them with completing paperwork and explain services that will be provided while at the BCAC, which include:

-Forensic interviews by specially trained staff to find out if any abuse or neglect has happened,
-Professional counseling for as long as child and family need it,
-Prompt referrals for assistance,
-Victim Advocacy,
-Assistance with Crime Victim Compensation,
-Court Orientation and accompanied to hearings.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Best Nonprofit in Medina County 2023

Hondo Anvil Newpaper

Affiliations & memberships

Texas CASA 2001

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth and families for whom the treatment and support plan is implemented as specified by the therapist

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bluebonnet Children's Advocacy Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Does not include CASA -- only CAC.

Number of direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bluebonnet Children's Advocacy Center

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Mission Statement
Bluebonnet Childrens Center is committed to protecting and enhancing the quality of life for children experiencing abuse and neglect in Medina, Real, and Uvalde counties.

Vision Statement
To advocate on behalf of all known abuses and neglected children by helping to:
Recruit volunteers needed to fulfill caseload brought to us by Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement and the Count System.
Advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children by providing counseling, advocacy in court systems, and forensic interviews.
Increase funding streams to support expansion of case coverage and further encourage volunteer and employee retention, while decreasing dependency on government funded (State and Federal) grants.
Increase Public Awareness of child abuse and neglect and the need for community support for the prevention of and intervention regarding child abuse and neglect.
Educate families of abused and neglected children by providing support in filling out Crime Victims Compensation paperwork, referrals to family counseling and educational pamphlets on coping skills and who to contact.

Values
Integrity: Our success depends upon the highest level of integrity from the Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers.
Equality: Services are based solely upon need and are offered without regard to race, religion, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation or like considerations.
Cooperation: We support and will collaborate with other community-based services or will solely provide needed services to all children as long as those services fall within the scope and boundaries of our organizations mission and vision.
Clarity: We believe in the principle of one volunteer to speak as the primary advocate for each child or siblings set removed from the home due to abuse and/or neglect.


GOALS AND STRATEGIES

GOALS:
1- Over the next three years (2023-2025) we will train thirty (30) new volunteers from our three-county service area. We will strive to increase the number of male volunteers with a goal of 1% by the end of 2023, 2% by 2024, 3% by 2025. Recruit a diverse group of volunteers, adding 30 additional volunteers in a manner that more accurately reflects our clients and children.
2 - Implement a diversified fundraising strategy to ensure continued advocacy.
3 - Engage in public policy advocacy to influence legislation that benefits the children served.
4 - Demonstrate Adequate Diversity and Inclusiveness
5 - Increase Community Awareness for Tri-County CASA

STRATEGIES:
The above goals are addressed in our marketing and strategic plan for 2023-2025 and references are made for the goals in all marketing activities.

1 - We are having more males interested in volunteering or working with BCAC which will help us meet our goal of 2% by 2024. We have a proactive volunteer recruitment for CASA volunteers that is overseen by a full time CASA Volunteer Coordinator. Our goal is to have 100% volunteer coverage of the Uvalde County and Medina County CASA programs. The volunteer coordinator attends local professional organizations to spread the news of the need for CASA volunteers and is well known in the community. We also hold "Coffee with CASA" to introduce prospective volunteers to our CASA program and needs.

2 - Management received a grant from Methodist Healthcare Ministries to hire a full time Fund Development Manager in 2023/24 to write grants, do PR in community, and assist Board with fundraising to diversify BCAC's fundraising strategy.

3 - We actively follow and voice our opinion on public policy to influence legislation that benefits the children served.

4 - We actively seek adequate diversity and inclusiveness when recruiting volunteers, staff, and board members to represent our rich community heritage.

5- Our energetic volunteer coordinator is intentionally active to create CASA awareness within the community to recruit CASA volunteers from both the cities of Uvalde and Hondo and the small towns of Sabinal, D'Hanis, LaPryor, Camp Wood, Leakey etc in our area.

BCAC is on track timeline-wise with our goals and strategies for the Medina, Uvalde, and Real counties in South Texas. We are seeing increased community awareness of volunteers, especially in regard to CASA, and more diverse fundraising opportunities being addressed through grant writing and donor support. Our Board and staff, including contract counselors and interns, represent our community -- this includes Asian and Black people of color. We are proud of our progress and are striving to increase the success of ALL our goals!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BLUEBONNET CHILDRENS ADVOCACY CENTER

Board of directors
as of 06/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Julie Solis

454th Judicial District Attorney Office - Prosecuter

Term: 2023 - 2026


Board co-chair

Stan Hulse

Self- Employed

Term: 2026 - 2023

Michele Parker

Medina Community Hospital

Kimberly Areliano

Methodist Hospital

Mark Haby

454th Judicial DA Office

Ben Mirales

Medina Co. Sheriff's Office

Michael Lozano

TX Dept Family and Protective Srvs

Van Johnson

Retired

Cheryl King

Self Employed

Sara Simmonds

Office of Court Administrations

Barbara West

Methodist Healthcare Ministries

Monica Murphy

Precision Ambulatory Surgery Ctr

Iris Hernandez

Medina Co. Health Unit

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/18/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.