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.
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children – Texas (SJRC) cares for children and families who have been affected by trauma, abuse and neglect. We are their safe haven and offer help and hope to begin the journey of healing.
In 2016 there were 66,721 confirmed victims of abuse and neglect in Texas; 4,550 of these victims lived in Bexar County, approximately 400 lived in Comal County. (TDFPS 2016 Annual Report).
SJRC Texas cares for close to 100 children each day from the Greater San Antonio and surrounding area. We strive to provide the best care possible and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our work raising children in foster care, the mental health of children and families, and the welfare of children and adoptions – creating forever families.
We are raising the next generation of children here in our community who will hopefully be able to contribute to the community and help make it a better place. Your participation and support is greatly appreciated by the children and families we care for.
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.