Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas

  • San Antonio, TX
  • www.cbcst.org

Mission Statement

To foster healing for grieving youth, their families and the community through peer support programs, counseling, training, education and outreach.

Main Programs

  1. Program Description
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

The Center provides grief support services to children, teens, young adults (ages 3-24) and their families from every social circumstance from the following counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Medina, Kerr, Real and Wilson.

ruling year

1997

Executive Director since 2013

Self-reported

Dr. Marian Sokol

Keywords

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grief, bereavement, children, death, loss

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Also Known As

CBCST

EIN

74-2828178

 Number

3915520268

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas is the only free-standing organization of its kind in the San Antonio and South Texas region. There is no other agency in this community that is solely focused on the grief support needs of children, teens and young adults that have suffered the death of a loved one. Additionally, the Center is the only organization that provides on-going, youth-focused grief support groups to this target population at no cost to clients. The Center is a safe place to come and experience the healing benefits of being nurtured by others who understand. Children feel safe. They discover they are not alone. The support and encouragement they receive helps them to know that they have the power to overcome their grief.

The peer grief support programs aid in the prevention of maladaptive problems and behaviors that often result from unresolved grief in young people by achieving the following objectives:

- to provide a safe, supportive environment for youth and their caregivers to express feelings, share experiences, and grieve the death of a loved one;
- to bring together youth and families with similar loss experiences to help diminish their feelings of loneliness and isolation;
- to clarify death-related issues, which may be confusing or frightening for children, while helping them to move forward through their grief in a healthy, productive manner;
- to offer equal access to youth and their caregivers in need of specialized grief support free of charge.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Program Description

The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas currently offers eleven peer support groups. Prior to inclusion in any group children and caregivers meet in an extended individual intake session with one of our six licensed professional counselors at no cost to the family. During support group meetings, staff and volunteers utilize expressive therapeutic techniques that incorporate art, writing, music and movement, dance, and dramatic play to help process feelings of grief. This program model helps grieving children develop healthy coping skills, while stabilizing and preserving family relationships.

Many of the families we serve have been devastated, not only emotionally, but also financially by medical, legal and funeral costs. Securing funding partnerships with financial supporters provides the Center with the ability to offer equal access to children and their caregivers in need of our specialized grief support programs at no cost to the family.

Category

Population(s) Served

Crime/Abuse Victims

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

The Center provides grief support services to children, teens, young adults (ages 3-24) and their families from every social circumstance from the following counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Medina, Kerr, Real and Wilson.

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Financials

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CHILDRENS BEREAVEMENT CENTER OF SOUTH TEXAS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas

Leadership

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Executive Director

Dr. Marian Sokol

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Bill Day

Frost Bank

Term: Sept 2012 - May 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & 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?