Belong, a division of SJRC Texas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves as the lead provider for Community-Based Care in Region 8b that covers 27 Texas counties. Our vision is for abused and neglected children to be empowered to grow up to be happy, productive and caring adults.
Texas is implementing Community-Based Care (CBC) to improve the lives and outcomes of children in state care. CBC is a systems change and 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 a full continuum of services. Check out our video below or learn more here.
SJRC Texas has nearly 40 years of experience in the child welfare industry. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was established in 1983 as St. Jude’s Ranch for Children when the Hamilton Family purchased several acres in Bulverde, Texas to provide a safe haven to children in need.
Each day, SJRC Texas cares for more than 200 children across all of its programs with a keen focus on helping vulnerable children heal from past trauma due to abuse, abandonment or neglect.
In April 2021, SJRC Texas was awarded a contract through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) for its division Belong to serve as the lead provider for Community-Based Care (CBC) for South Central Texas & the Hill Country, formerly Region 8b. Belong launched its services in October 2021.
On April 1, 2022, Belong will be preparing for start-up of Stage II CBC. To note, the previous timeframe to advance to th enext stage was 18 months and Belong is leading the charge in only 12 months. In Stage II, Belong will be responsible for full case management, kinship and reunification services thus allowing for even more flexibility, innovation and creativity to best serve the child welfare system in our community. The anticipated launch of Stage II services is Fall 2022.