This week's In The Spotlight is the Coryell County Child Welfare Board. As many as 300 local children are helped each year by the Coryell County Child Welfare Board. The nonprofit was established in the early 1990s in Gatesville. Its mission is to provide emergency funds to support children in the care of Coryell County Child Protective Services.
Board members are appointed by Coryell County commissioners and consist of volunteers who work with CPS to identify children in need.
Some funding for the group is appropriated by the Commissioner's court, but most funds are donated by private benefactors, businesses and civic organizations.
The nonprofit helps children in many ways:
In April, the board launches a campaign in connection with Child Abuse Awareness Month. The campaign is one of several prevention programs the board believes is critical for child safety.
In August, the board buys about 100 backpacks with school supplies and distributes them to Gatesville and Copperas
The board receives a list from Child Protective Services in October with the names of about 220 Coryell County children who likely won't receive any Christmas gifts. Welfare board members secure community sponsors for each child to ensure they have a Merry Christmas.
Throughout the year, the Coryell County Child Welfare Board receives a number of requests for clothing, beds, baby strollers, school supplies, birth certificates, identification cards, senior rings, graduation items, and Driver's l13.
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