Meet Volunteer Advocate Veronica Chambers

Meet Volunteer Advocate Veronica Chambers

Jul 30 2014

By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

After graduating high school, Veronica Chambers left her home town of Killeen to move to Austin where she studied to be a paralegal. She worked in the legal field for a few years before becoming a full-time mom to two boys, now ages 9 and 11.

Her sons are involved in boy scouts and baseball so she spends much of her time on their activities and helping her husband with his business. When the two of them find free time, they love to travel and are spending part of this summer in Europe. Read more< Read More

2013 Annual Report highlights how your support has helped kids

Jul 23 2014

2013 Annual Report

Thank you! You made 2013 a year of innovative advocacy and important initiatives for children and families.

We proudly launched our Family Finding program with the support of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. With a dedicated staff specialist and volunteers training each month, we’re looking at family trees in a way we never have before. Through Family Finding we can tremendously improve the futures of children who’ve been stuck in foster care for years and help other children avoid lengthy stays in the system. Read the full Annual Report.< Read More

Weighted Blankets = Powerful therapy tools for kids!

Weighted Blankets = Powerful therapy tools for kids!

Jul 10 2014

“In psychiatric care, weighted blankets are one of our most powerful tools for helping people who are anxious, upset, and possibly on the verge of losing control. These blankets work by providing input to the deep pressure touch receptors throughout the body. Deep pressure touch helps the body relax. Like a firm hug, weighted blankets help us feel secure, grounded, and safe.” - Karen Moore, Registered & Licensed Occupational Therapist

In our work with children who’ve experienced the trauma of abuse or neglect, sometimes a weighted blanket is the very thing that will calm them and help them regulate behavior. While these blankets are expensive, we were recently able to purchase one for a teenage girl and it has proven incredibly effective for her. Read more< Read More