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July 2017


Happy summer!  Seems like this hot humid time of year moves slow as temperatures rise to 100 degrees and most everyone is setting their sights on September.  I know I am!   However, summer has its perks! Children are encouraged to play outside - swimming, laughing with family time full of activities, holidays and vacations.
We hope families served at CFGC experience the joy of summer, however we know many face  incredibly difficult life challenges that prevent even simple pleasures such as affording an ice cream outing.

Summer is a time of planning and preparation at CFGC as we review our programs and services as well as prepare for our annual signature fundraiser -
the Starfish Benefit on September 23.  I hope you will join us!

We are extremely privileged to help hurting Texoma children and families heal, recover and move forward with their lives.  Thank you for supporting our story of hope.
Please take a few minutes to catch up with us.
With Gratitude,
Brenda Hayward
Executive Director
Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma
RealCare Babies expand CFGC's focus on child abuse
Normal weight baby
Drug-affected baby
Shaken Baby
Fetal alcohol syndrome baby
Thanks to the Sherman Service League and Denison Service League, the Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma  recently purchased seven RealCare infant simulators expanding program services to address child abuse.

RealCare infant simulators offer real-life experiences that address child abuse, substance abuse education, prenatal education, child care skills, infant safety and CPR,  Shaken Baby Syndrome and teen pregnancy prevention.

Development/Program Director, Colleen Callister is excited to launch new program services that will include the babies. 
Celebrating volunteer... Kathy Camp
People who choose to make a difference by quietly going about their lives each day pouring their heart, prayers and passion into a special gift for others is a blessing to behold.   Meet Kathy Camp.  
Kathy intentionally spends a lot of time making beautiful Operation Warm Fuzzy blankets for hurting children at CFGC. She carefully cuts hundreds of delicate strands of fabric, praying over each one as she ties the end.  A true labor of love! 
 Thank you Kathy for your amazing love for others. 

Presenting sponsor 
Bob Utter Ford-Lincoln & 
Blake Utter Ford
2016 Starfish Benefit Highlight video

Mark your calendar  for Saturday, September 23rd and get ready to be inspired!  
Immerse yourself in a beachy, tropical atmosphere with the sound of Sweet Steel, enjoy delectable food, desserts and libations.
Make a difference while having fun!
Unique auction items, raffles, wine pull and a few new surprises.  

Together...we are the Starfish Story!

  Click here for sponsorship opportunities and tickets to the event. 

 Winner's Choice Raffle...Tickets Going Fast!
All trips valued at $5000 plus. Airfare and hotel included. 
Tickets $100.00 each.  Drawing September 23.  Need not be present to WIN!

    For trip descriptions and to purchase tickets go to 

Yes, You Can Raise Happy Children After Divorce
What kids really need to thrive
Written by Wendy Paris from Psychology Today
When we first started talking about splitting up, our child was the main reason I told myself I couldn't do it.  While I believed he'd be fine, I also suspected he'd be 
more fine  if I were in a happy, intact  marriage .  Sure, research shows that the vast majority of kids of  divorce show no lasting negative effects on their grades or social skills, life satisfaction or  self-esteem .  But what about those tiny, subtle shocks that don't register on a study?  Wasn't a marginal marriage a better choice, really, than no marriage at all?
Well, no.  For one thing, staying in my marriage was no longer an option.  Secondly, the more I began talking to researchers, clinicians, divorced parents and adult children of divorce, the more it became apparent that I could raise a happy, healthy child in a variety of scenarios-including not being married to his dad.
It seems hard to believe.  Intuitively, we just know that children should be raised by two married parents living together.  Preferably with a floppy dog lounging by the fireplace, one or two siblings, and organic herbs springing from a kitchen window garden.  But an avalanche of studies over the past 40 years shows that this isn't what they need.       Read more

Free Mindfulness Seminar  
Colors of the Mind series. Visually attractive backdrop made of elements of human face and colorful abstract shapes suitable as element for layouts on mind reason thought emotion and spirituality
  The Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma  proudly presents  a Mental Health Professional Training Seminar on Mindfulness. 
Presenters: Bill Mory, LPC, LMFT, Mindfulness Coach; Jim Runnels, LPC, Mindfulness Practitioner and Trainer; Dr. Dave Tuck, D.C., Chiropractor, Yoga Instructor and Wellness Coach. 

Our presenters have practiced in the Texoma community for over 23 years, and have over 35 years of combined experience practicing mindfulness and incorporating this practice into their work with clients.
Join us for our Mindfulness seminar on Friday morning October 20 th  at Austin College. More details and registration information to come!

Thank you to our sponsor     
Breakfast and CEU's included

Happy Thoughts!

Summer magic!