Chosen Care, Inc.

Relational. Relentless. Restorative.

aka Chosen   |   New Braunfels, TX   |  www.chosen.care

Mission

Chosen's mission is to help children heal from trauma by strengthening their families.

Ruling year info

2017

Chief Executive Officer

Jenni Lord

Main address

144 Clemens Ave

New Braunfels, TX 78130 USA

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Formerly known as

ABBA Fund dba Chosen Marathon

EIN

81-2872095

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Chosen has witnessed an epidemic of struggles for children who have been traumatized, and subsequently, their families. Conclusive evidence shows how trauma negatively affects the brain but also shows how healing is possible. Extensive research shows the effects of unhealed trauma and adverse childhood experiences causes mental health issues and illnesses. It also leads to other major community issues: high school dropout, early pregnancy, drug abuse, homelessness, incarceration, etc. There is a significant lack of post-placement support of children in foster, kinship and adoptive families. Children in the welfare system suffer trauma due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or death of biological parents. They are left with mental, neurological, psychological, relational and often physical pain. The children are typically unable to receive the love that a family wants to give, which leaves children and parents with unique needs.

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?

Parent Education

Parents of children with a history of trauma often find themselves at a loss to break these cycles. Traditional parenting techniques don’t seem to work. Training they received before the child entered the home was not enough or as been forgotten. Friends and family provide well-meaning advice that is ineffective, and caregivers are left feeling confused and overwhelmed by what their children need in the midst of everyday struggles.



Our experts in trauma-informed care assist foster/adoptive parents or kinship caregivers with life-on-life application of these areas at ANY point on the journey:

• Trauma’s effects on the brain
• Age-related developmental impacts of trauma
• Adult attachment styles as related to foster/adopted children
• Connecting tools
• Trauma-informed correction techniques
• Felt safety
• Sensory processing-focused calming engagement
• Helping a child understand his/her story
• Self-care while on the foster/adoption journey
• Best-in-class therapeutic techniques

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Relative caregivers are in a position they likely never expected to be. Often the grandparents, extended family members, or close family friends of the children in their homes, kinship caregivers are faced with raising children who were removed from their first families. These difficult removals occurred because children experienced trauma, abuse or neglect. Kinship caregivers have had none of the traditional training that foster parents have received. This leaves them ill-equipped to handle the challenges of children with hard histories. Chosen offers parent education to kinship families through our holistic approach.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Because education with others enhances the learning process, Chosen offers trauma-informed classes in a small-group setting foster, adoptive, and relative caregivers, as well as nonprofit professionals in our community. Our trainers use evidenced-based practices from Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) and Trauma Competent Caregiver.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

United Way 2017

Affiliations & memberships

Foster Family-based Treatment Association 2018

Texas Alliance of Child & Family Services 2018

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.

Our goals include:
- strengthen foster, kinship and adoptive families
- help children heal from trauma
- engage the community in trauma-informed practices
- scale our reach
- transform child welfare

Chosen's current strategies:
- digitizing content for internal and external training
- educate parents/caretakers with the leading tools, based on the best neurological and developmental research
- strengthen our Board of Directors to extend our reach in the community
- partner/collaborate with leaders in child welfare and family strengthening
- build a multi-disciplinary clinical team to meet client needs

Organizations capabilities:
- executive leadership is trained in nonprofit management, leadership and fundraising
- program leadership is trained in most advanced modalities, including but not limited to: Trust Based Relational Intervention (c), Trauma Competent Caregiver and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Chosen is working to become a DDP certified organization
- the Board is committed to professional development through the work of expert consultants and on-going educational opportunities
- Chosen has demonstrated a commitment to collaboration with a network of referral partners, including child placing agencies & mental health providers and has established Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs)
- the team utilizes a number of alliances with multi-faceted providers, including play therapists, marriage counselors and family counselors for CPRT, AAI, CBT, etc. Our plan by 2021 is to bring some of those providers in-house to provide for those in acute crisis

Ultimately, Chosen also tracks how many family dissolve their adoptions. In 2019, Chosen did not have a single family disrupt their foster placement or dissolve their adoption. This is vastly different than the average, where 50% of foster families quit after one year.

We grew from serving 350 individuals in 2017 to serving 750 by the end of 2018 and 900 in 2019. We will continue to grow to meet a gap of services to families needing long term support.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Chosen Care, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dennis Noll

Board leadership practices

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  • 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 05/11/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data