That Every Child Deserves To Feel Safe & Loved, and Have The Opportunity To Experience a Joyful Childhood, a Chance To Thrive, & Hope For a Successful Future.
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.
We believe that every child deserves to feel safe, loved and have the opportunity to experience a joyful childhood, chances to thrive, and hope for a successful future.
In central Texas, there are thousands of children who are affected by abuse and its traumatic effects. In 2016, there were 66,721 cases of child abuse and neglect in Texas; 4,550 of these victims lived in Bexar County, and 420 were from Comal County. Many of these children have witnessed family violence, drug abuse and its effects on the family, have been abused and neglected, wondered where their next meal will come from, and wanted love and affection. There are many stories within the media of child abuse and neglect; unfortunately, it was the reality and daily lives for the children now within our care.
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.
Daily, we care for almost 100 children in and from the Greater San Antonio and surrounding area. We give them a safe place to live, feed and clothe them, and truly help them to heal while striving to provide them with a happy childhood. We are raising the next generation of children, who will hopefully be able to contribute to the community, helping to make it a better place. We strive to provide the best care possible, and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our work in raising children in foster care, the mental health of children and families, and the welfare of children and adoptions.
To offer healing and hope to children and families affected by abuse, abandonment or neglect.
Abused and neglected children will be empowered to grow up to be happy, productive and caring adults
Treating yourself and others with kindness, compassion and understanding despite differences.
Creating an uplifting environment that provides laughter, optimism and hope.
Holding ourselves to high moral and ethical standards.
Service through faith and compassion.
A dedication to the success of the organization and to each other.
As the industry leaders we are creating positive results, a safe environment, and healing our children.
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children – Texas Region was originally established in 1983 as St. Jude’s Home for Children when the Hamilton Family purchased several acres in Bulverde, Texas to provide a safe haven to children in need. The Hamilton’s worked diligently for several years to love and heal all the children that came through their doors.
1993 – St. Jude’s Ranch for Children-Nevada purchased St. Jude’s Home for Children, Bulverde, Texas. We operated in this manner until 2016. This campus continues to provide all of our therapeutic residential treatment services for children 0 to 21 years.
2012 – We expanded to operate as a Child Placing Agency, allowing us to license foster homes in the community and to complete adoptions providing forever families for our clients.
1997 – SJRC Texas added a second campus, the former Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter in New Braunfels, Texas. Today the Emergency Shelter has grown to house a Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program, meeting a great unmet need in the greater San Antonio community, in addition to Emergency Placement services.
June 2016 – SJRC Texas received accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA). COA is a rigorous three-year process that evaluates all aspects of the operations. This distinguished accreditation sets us apart as a high quality program.
2017 – Today, “What is raised in Texas, stays in Texas”. SJRC Texas is Texas strong and Texas focused. We care for nearly 100 kids every day across all of our programs with a keen focus on helping our children heal from their past trauma due to abuse,
abandonment and neglect. Aside from St. Jude’s Ranch for Children now doing business as SJRC Texas, they have also redesigned the logo and tagline.
July 2016 – An exciting new chapter in our history began in July 2016. We underwent transformative changes to positively impact the future sustainability of SJRC Texas to ensure that we can continue to care for hundreds of children and families every year. The national board of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children decided to strategically separate operations in Nevada and Texas to allow each region to more efficiently serve foster children. The dissolution of the national board structure and business operations, effective July 1, 2016, allowed each state to continue forward separately with existing and future board members serving on localized boards designed to have a sharper focus on the specific and unique needs of the children in their corresponding communities. This has not only increased efficiency, but also has addressed the desires of donors who wish to see all their contributions go toward local efforts.