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NCTF awards $155K to improve child welfare

Written by Mindia Whittier

There were 6,511 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect in Tarrant County during 2021.

North Texas Community Foundation has awarded $155,000 in funding through the Child Welfare Fund.

A grant committee comprised of local child welfare and nonprofit experts awarded funds to CASA of Tarrant County and NewDay Services for Children and Families. The grants provide two-year general operations support to organizations serving abused children and their families.

“All children deserve to grow up in secure, positive and healthy environments that allow them to reach their full potential,” said Rose Bradshaw, president & CEO of North Texas Community Foundation. “NTCF is pleased to support organizations that are strengthening services for our community’s children and their caregivers.”

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Tarrant County is an organization that provides court-appointed volunteers to advocate for the best interest of local abused and neglected children. NewDay Services for Children and Families works with parents to provide children a safe, loving home through classes and coaching.

Grants from the Child Welfare Fund are made possible by support from the following Community Foundation donors and endowed funds:

  • Bob and Betty Crow Fund
  • Don & Barbara Kirk Endowment Fund
  • Si and Buck Martin Legacy Fund
  • Lisa and Burch Waldron Charitable Fund
  • The Sharon Ann McCulloch-Wells and John W. Wells Endowed Fund
  • Hazel Vaughn Leigh – Youth/Discretionary Fund
  • Martin H. And Helen M. Wikierak Memorial Fund for Abused Children
  • Youth Assistance Fund

“The grants committee helped steward the funds of Community Foundation donors interested in supporting vulnerable youth,” said Garrett March, associate director of community impact at North Texas Community Foundation. “They evaluated applicants’ leadership, programmatic impact, and finances and selected two organizations to receive funding that are transforming the lives of children and families who are in the CPS system.”

The grants committee included:

  • Stacia Barrett, LCSW – Social Worker, Grand Prairie ISD
  • Corinne Fiagome, M.P.P. – Senior Consultant, Project Partners, Inc.
  • Daren Jones – Associate Director of Training & Consultation Services, Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU
  • Alexandra MacMartin, CPA – Audit Senior, Sutton Frost Cary
  • Armando Martinez, LPC – Therapist, Private Practice

“This grant will allow CASA to expand advocacy that is vital to the children in foster care, to make sure their needs are met while in care, continue contact with their family of origin, and work to obtain permanent plans to get them out of foster care as quickly as possible,” said Don Binnicker, MSSW, chief executive officer at CASA of Tarrant County. 

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Mindia Whittier