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APRIL 2016


Spring is my favorite time of year!  It's that amazing time of  year when nature magically gets our attention by unfolding with brilliant colors, blossoms, fragrances and up and down weather.  We feel the difference as our outdoor landscape quickly transforms into a bright green carpet.   Spring comes with the idea of   renewal,rejuvenation, resurrection and regrowth, and most people see it as a time of change.  Hope and change is the work of CFGC.

Growth is a big part of CFGC and we are so excited to share all the happenings with you.  We are thrilled to share CFGC is celebrating 50 years of life changing work this year and we are so grateful for all the people that has had a hand in our story of hope.  
Please take a few minutes to catch up with us.

Brenda Hayward
Executive Director
Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma
Welcome New Board Members & Officers
New board members:  L to R Jami Derapf, Stacy Wright,  President,  April Donovan_ Leslie Brooks, (not pictured) Kerry Bowden, Callie Wynn,  Whitney Vaughn
2016 Officers:  April Donovan, president, Tim Blalock, past president, Michelle Castle, president elect,  Harold Rogers, treasurer,   (not pict ured) Stacy Sloan Caskey, secretary

The Child & Family Guidance Center Board is comprised of an amazing group of community leaders who govern, advocate, support and promote the services of the Center.    At the January 14th Annual Meeting held at Fulbelli's Restaurant new board members and officers were sworn in.  Welcome aboard!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Grayson County Child Protective Services confirmed  599 victims   of child abuse and neglect in 2015.  There are currently  240  children in the custody of CPS from our county   which is up from  181 this time last year .   

Please read more about how you can HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

JOIN US AND OTHER SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES ...   GO BLUE starting Friday, April 8th.  Wear blue every Friday in April to show your support of child abuse prevention and in honor and memory of all victims of child abuse. 
Source: Grayson County Welfare Board
A BIG Thanks to Ramey Chevrolet for Your Support!
Ramey Chevrolet was established in 1983 as a Mom & Pop dealership. In 2008, Darrel Ramey became the second generation owner of the company continuing to expand the footprint of a successful family business.   Darrel and his wife Jamie believe strongly in giving back to their community and do so in many ways impacting thousands of lives each year throughout Texoma.  Their continued support  of CFGC provides hurting Texoma children and families  the help they need to heal and recover and move onto brighter futures.

The Child & Family Guidance Center is honored and grateful to have the support of  Ramey Chevrolet.   Thank you for caring!

CFGC Turns 50!

This year, CFGC celebrates 50 years of life changing work.    We are extremely grateful to our invaluable donors, board members, staff, referral sources, partners and clients who have helped create our story and build on the legacy of hope.  

Our story expands five decades created by caring and dedicated individuals resulting in real change for Texoma families and positively impacting the mental well-being of our community. To this day, CFGC remains a leader in affordable mental health care for Texoma children and families regardless of their financial limitations.   CFGC primarily serves poor and working poor families who might otherwise go without care.  CFGC's multi-disciplinary team of therapists utilizes evidenced-based treatments to work with children and families who have experienced trials and trauma. 
CFGC Celebrates New Clinical Director and Registered Play Therapist

CFGC is pleased to announce Tiffany Dancer, LPC S as our new Clinical Director as of January.   Tiffany graduated with a BA in Psychology with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from Austin College and went on to earn her MS in counseling with a focus on community from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas for five years and is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in Texas. 

Tiffany was a staff therapist at CFGC for two years prior to being promoted to clinical director.   She works with children of all ages as well as their families. She also currently supervises Practicum students who are completing course work to obtain their graduate degree in counseling as well as LPC-Interns who are completing the required hours for full licensure.  We are excited to have her lead our clinical team into the future. 

CFGC is excited to have Melinda Gossett, LPC, RPT join the amazing CFGC team of therapists as a full time staff therapist in January.  Melinda brings to the Center her own life experiences, training and 8 years of work experience as a licensed therapist. .  Melinda is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Marriage and Family therapist (LMFT) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT).

 She received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Texas A & M- Commerce; a  Masters of Science Degree in Counseling from Texas A& M- Corpus Christi   Melinda's area of expertise is in Sand tray therapy which a very gentle way for children and adults to work through whatever has brought them to the Center. Melinda considers  it a humbling privilege to be able to serve the community in this area.

CFGC is blessed to have Melinda on our clinical team.

Best of Live Raffle Winners share 
Pebble Beach Experience!

Dr. Angela Latham, husband, Ken Altnether and children Luke and Audrey won the Best of Live Raffle at the 2015 Starfish Benefit and went on their trip during Spring Break. So glad they had a great time while supporting CFGC!

Quote from Ken:  
Incredible family experience on Monterrey Peninsula!  

NEW Winner's Choice Raffle...Tickets available Now!
Trip Values  $5,900 to $10,470
Tickets $100.00 each
Need not be present to win.  
             ONE WINNER will be drawn at the Starfish Benefit
 on Saturday, October 1, 2016
          1. Disney World Family Adventure for 4
          2. Fairmont Chateau Whistler Ski Getaway for 2                                                    3. Escape to San Francisco & Sonoma for 2
  4. Aerial Hunting Adventure for 2
  5. New York Long Weekend for 2 
For trip descriptions and to purchase tickets go to   www.starfishbenefit.com 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement of mental health coverage
In conjunction with the President's visit to the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today finalized a rule to strengthen access to mental health and substance use services for people with Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage, aligning with protections already required of private health plans. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 generally requires that health insurance plans treat mental health and substance use disorder benefits on equal footing as medical and surgical benefits.
"The Affordable Care Act provided one of the largest expansions of mental health and substance use disorder coverage in a generation," HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said. "Today's rule eliminates a barrier to coverage for the millions of Americans who for too long faced a system that treated behavioral health as an unequal priority. It represents a critical step in our effort to ensure that everyone has access to the care they need.

By: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Wanna help CFGC provide much needed services while saving money on the latest fashions for yourself???
Tickets are $5 each and available at CFGC's front desk. Please stop by today!

Community Partnership Helps Texoma Families 
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In partnership with the Center for Workplace Learning at Grayson College, we are excited to continue our parenting seminars in 2016!  The topics include many critical areas of life challenges children, teens and parents experience.  The seminars are FREE to the public.  Registration will be available at the CWL website.  The parenting series is presented by CFGC Colleen Callister, LPC Intern.     

Putting Together the Pieces for Healthy Families
Healthy Bodies, Minds & Emotions (April 21)
Sex, Social Media and Your Teen (May 19)

Painting with a Purpose
Painting with a Twist
The coolest way to support CFGC!

 Join us for a really fun and relaxing painting experience at Painting with a Twist  on May 12th from 6 to 8 pm.

50% of the Proceeds from your fun night out will directly benefit CFGC!  

Save the Date... Starfish Benefit 10.1.2016

Highlight video
2015 Starfish Benefit Highlight video

Mark your calendar and get ready to be inspired!  Plans are underway  for the 5th Annual Starfish Benefit...celebrating 50 years of life changing work.

Together...we are the Starfish Story!

Click here for sponsor opportunities and tickets to the event. 

Join us on Goodshop to give back when you shop

Not only do they have the most powerful coupons on earth from every online store you could ever want (like Amazon, Gap, and Target), but they also donate a percentage of each eligible purchase to CFGC!

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Happy Thoughts!

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"  ~Robin Williams