San Antonio Community Resource Directory
SJRC Texas (Nonprofit )

SJRC Texas, formerly known as St. Jude's Ranch for Children, cares for children and families who have been affected by trauma, abuse and neglect, and have been removed from their homes by the Department of Family and Protective Services. We are their safe haven and offer help and hope to begin the journey of healing. Our Mission is to offer healing and hope to children and families affected by abuse, abandonment or neglect. Our Vision is that abused and neglected children will be empowered to grow up to be happy, productive and caring adults.

The programs of SJRC cover a continuum of care to ensure that children placed in our care receive therapeutic treatment along their journey of healing towards a brighter future. We offer emergency placement, therapeutic residential care, community foster care, pregnant and parenting teen services, and adoption- creating forever families for children who desperately need and deserve a loving home and family. We utilize a therapeutic model of care, TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) based on brain research on how trauma effects the developing brain and how to best offer healing from that trauma, giving children the tools to heal from trauma, abuse and neglect.

Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Lauren Sides - Chief Public Relations Officer Send email
(210) 592-1156
Cynthia Lopez - Chief Development Officer Send email

Our Foster Care and Adoption Program in San Antonio and surrounding counties licenses and trains families to open their homes and hearts to children ready to live in a family setting, both through short-term foster care and forever adoption. We are creating forever families!

SJRC Texas is looking for individuals and families to open their homes and hearts to children in foster care and adoption. Becoming a foster or adoptive parent is a great way to help children in need, give back and strengthen the community.

Foster families are individuals or families that provide a safe and loving place for foster children to live. They provide a normal living environment, help children build self-esteem, learn social skills and provide opportunities to create happy childhood memories. You also have the opportunity to give a child a forever home, through adoption.

Adoption is the goal for many children placed in foster care. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) requires all foster children to be placed in a foster home for a minimum of 6-months before they are eligible for adoption. SJRC Texas works with foster-to-adopt families during this time to prepare them for the adoption and is there every step of the way to guide the families through to the consummation of the adoption.

There are also many other ways to support our amazing children and their foster families. You can help to spread the word about our program, become trained and licensed to provide Respite Care or babysitting for our foster families or volunteer to provide other needed help and support to our foster families.

Rachel Powers Send email
(210) 592-1156
Updated within the last 5 months.

The Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program at SJRC Texas provides the information, support, and resources families need to help their children develop during the crucial early years of life.

Through individualized home visits, learn how to capture the teachable moments in everyday life.

Who qualifies? Any family with a child kinder age or younger.

Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Jaci Gonzales, LMSW Send email
(210) 904-0968
Updated within the last 5 months.

We believe that every child deserves to feel safe and loved, and to have the opportunity to experience a joyful childhood, a chance to thrive, and hope for a successful future.

Click here to make a donation!

Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Lauren Sides Send email
Updated within the last 4 months.

Emergency Placement provides children in crisis a safe haven. Some children are moved from unsafe and abusive home environments and often come to us with only the clothes on their backs. We work quickly, address immediate needs and assess what their long-term needs are.

Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Rachel Powers Send email
(210) 592-1156
Updated within the last 5 months.

Our Foster Care and Adoption Program in San Antonio and surrounding counties licenses and trains families to open their homes and hearts to children ready to live in a family setting, both through short-term foster care and forever adoption. We are creating forever families!

SJRC Texas is looking for individuals and families to open their homes and hearts to children in foster care and adoption. Becoming a foster or adoptive parent is a great way to help children in need, give back and strengthen the community.

Foster families are individuals or families that provide a safe and loving place for foster children to live. They provide a normal living environment, help children build self-esteem, learn social skills and provide opportunities to create happy childhood memories. You also have the opportunity to give a child a forever home, through adoption.

Adoption is the goal for many children placed in foster care. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) requires all foster children to be placed in a foster home for a minimum of 6-months before they are eligible for adoption. SJRC Texas works with foster-to-adopt families during this time to prepare them for the adoption and is there every step of the way to guide the families through to the consummation of the adoption.

There are also many other ways to support our amazing children and their foster families. You can help to spread the word about our program, become trained and licensed to provide respite care or babysitting for our foster families or volunteer to provide other needed help and support to our foster families.

Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Rachel Powers Send email
(210) 592-1156
Updated within the last 5 months.

SJRC utilizes Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), an evidence-based and holistic intervention model that meets the needs of the whole child. It is an approach to caregiving that is developmentally respectful, responsive to trauma, and attachment-based.

Our Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Trainers will help your staff, school districts, teachers, ministry, families, or organizations grow in their understanding of trauma and dealing with children from hard backgrounds. Training is offered in person.

Click here to learn more about TBRI.

New Braunfels Campus
(830) 629-0659
Updated within the last 3 months.

SJRC Texas is always in need of caring, dedicated, and compassionate volunteers! Volunteer opportunities range from mentoring, tutoring, and special events to organizing our donation room and working on campus beautification projects! Our babies need rocking too! We offer a variety of service projects that can be achieved by an individual or group in all areas.

Click here to complete the volunteer interest form, or click here to email our Community Outreach Coordinator, Laci Bird, for further information on volunteer opportunities, requirements, and background check process.

Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Laci Bird Send email
San Antonio Office
(210) 592-1156
Updated within the last 5 months.

Our mission is to offer healing and hope to children and families affected by abuse, abandonment, or neglect.

Our vision is for abused and neglected children to be empowered to grow up to be happy, productive, and caring adults.

Community-Based Care

Texas is implementing Community-Based Care (CBC) to improve the lives and outcomes of children in state care. CBC is a systems change and a new way of providing foster care and case management services. Key functions of the child welfare system shift from the state to contractors.

Within a geographic service area, a single source continuum contractor (SSCC) is responsible for finding foster homes for children in state care and, as the stages of service progress, providing them with a full continuum of services. Check out our video below or learn more here.

Our free programs help you give your child the best possible start!

We offer a variety of parenting support groups, information, and resources for families to help their children develop during the crucial early years of life.

Click here to see our family support resources.

Lauren Sides Send email
Updated within the last 5 months.

Our newest program CARE connects families with a certified parent educator that provides the support they need to move from surviving to thriving. CARE is a free program that is designed to assist parents through mentoring, support and education. CARE will help provide a positive support system, will teach problem solving skills, connect you with resources and much more! We believe supporting healthy families builds a healthy community.

Family Well-Being: PAT educators believe anyone that is anyone that is important to your child is important to us. We work hard to support families and promote healthy family relationships.

Development-Centered Parenting: When parents are familiar with their child’s developmental milestones, they are more likely to have appropriate expectations in regard to their child’s behaviors, actions and reactions. PAT educators are trained experts in developmental milestones from birth to kindergarten!

Positive Parent Child Interaction: During each home visit, a parent-child activity will take place that encourages positive parent-child interaction AND facilities learning. Because a child’s brain grows the fastest the first 5 years of life, consistent and positive engagement is key!

Any family with a child of any age.

Email [email protected] for more information.

Updated within the last 5 months.

Belong provides parenting support to mothers AND fathers. We lead a community-wide Father Initiative with the goal of strengthening the father-child relationship by creating opportunities for education and engagement in their children’s lives.

Email us at [email protected] for more information.

Jaci Gonzales
(210) 876-6958
Lauren Sides Send email
Updated within the last 5 months.

One of the hallmarks of our program is that we have the ability to keep large groups of siblings together.

Located on a 10-acre campus in Bulverde, Texas, our Therapeutic Residential Foster Care program teaches our youth essential life skills through therapeutic relationship building.

These skills address social, emotional, and behavioral issues, and provide academic support and mentoring. We are proud to say that our 38-bed facility offers a very homelike feel and our youth can live with other children close to their age and stage.

Because of our unique setup, we are able to offer a home to children ages 5-21 years old, all of whom are in the managing conservatorship of the State of Texas.

Individual treatment plans, a homelike environment, and highly trained staff work together to help each child achieve their version of success. Many children come to us after multiple foster home placements - sometimes after as many as eight to twelve - and most arrive at least two years behind academically. Our dedicated staff works closely with the local school district to help them catch up with their peers.


Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Updated within the last year

Belong is always in need of caring, dedicated and compassionate volunteers! Volunteer opportunities range from hospital sitting, tutoring, bringing meals to foster families and more!

Check out the volunteer opportunities and application here.

Email us here for more information.

Lauren Sides Send email
Updated within the last 5 months.

Our Pregnant and Parenting Teen program, located on a 17-acre campus in New Braunfels, Texas prepares young moms for parenthood with a focus on education, life skills and positive parenting tools. We are preserving the family and strengthening the mother/child bond!

Residents of the program have initially been placed in SJRC’s care by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Most have been taken from their parents or caregivers because of some form of abuse, abandonment or neglect.

The Program provides "at-risk" mothers ages 10 to 20 years old the opportunity to receive training and guidance on parenting, job and life skills as well as social, academic and independent living skill development. Individualized therapy classes are also offered when you arrive pregnant, the mother and baby's health care needs are met throughout her pregnancy and beyond.

Our facilities offer mothers a calm and safe environment through the pregnancy stages and after the arrival of her new baby. In addition to a parenting curriculum, all of our moms attend the local public high school and receive individualized case management provided by trained and caring staff. Moms and their babies are able to stay until they are ready to transition to independent living or until they turn 21 years old. Working in the community and learning how to become a self-sufficient and productive parent and member of society are core skills these young women will learn as residents of the SJRC Texas Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program.

"At-risk" mothers ages 10 to 20.

Updated within the last 5 months.