Year: 2012

  • Tx Dept of Family & Protective Services has a New “tech-friendly” Website

    The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has, today, launched a new “website” that makes it easier to find what you need and easier to understand what you find. The new DFPS websites sports a new look, improved layout, user-centric organization, and plainer language. This user-friendly website also uses “”responsive design””. That means it…

  • Tx Dept of Family & Protective Services has a New “tech-friendly” Website

    The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has, today, launched a new “website” that makes it easier to find what you need and easier to understand what you find. The new DFPS websites sports a new look, improved layout, user-centric organization, and plainer language. This user-friendly website also uses “”responsive design””. That means it…

  • Are You Really Ready to Adopt a Foster Child?

    November is National Adoption Awareness Month and there are millions of children waiting for permanent homes in the United States. But beware, adopting a child may not be as easy of a process as one might think when going through the foster care system to find a child. It would seem like with such a…

  • EMDR Therapy: Self-Help Techniques for Trauma Relief

    Self help techniques for my brothers and sisters out there also suffering from PTSD April 18, 2012 by Kellie Holly Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is primarily used as a treatment for PTSD. Discovered and developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., EMDR uses eye movements, taps or tones to reprogram trauma victims’ thinking. The…

  • Are You Afraid of Your Doctor or Therapist?

    The following article is from a wonderful newsgroup moderated by Dr Sam Vaknin I subscribe to, which offers so many informative articles its hard for me to choose which to re-post. I have spent my fair share of  time in the hospital due to a rare genetic blood disorder I inherited from my fathers side…

  • What Treatments Are Available For PTSD?

    PTSD is treated by a variety of forms of psychotherapy (talk therapy) and pharmacotherapy (medication). There is no single best treatment, but some treatments appear to be quite promising, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).  CBT includes a number of diverse but related techniques such as cognitive restructuring, exposure therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).…

  • What is PTSD?

    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event. A traumatic event is a life-threatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a…

  • Big Tex Burned Down Today at the State Fair

    Wow. Flames take down Dallas Icon today. What happened to Big Tex ?! Read the story here: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2012/10/big_tex_burned_down_today_at_t.php

  • An Incredible Reminder of Hope in a Hopeless Place – Death Row

    I am going to stray a bit from the foster care genre of this blog to highlight a story so incredible… It must be shared. Many months ago I checked out some documentaries from the library. One documentary was the true crime story of three little boys mutilated and brutally murdered in Arkansas in what…

  • Another (Alleged) Pedophile Arrested !!!!!!

    A man is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under age 14 that includes a 12-year-old girl, a 5-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy. Michael Shawn Reynolds, 34, address listed in the 1200 block of Ridgeway, was assessed a $250,000 bond on each of the three charges and was in…

  • East Texas Toddler Death Update:What CPS’s Latest Action

    (source: KETK News) Aug 27, 2012 6:48 p.m.    We continue our coverage of the 2-year-old, Jacob Kimbley’s death. Investigation is still underway, as of now… autopsy results are still pending. Justice of the Peace, Mitch Shamburger, tells KETK autopsy results will be in soon and that lab work is being done. KETK follows up…

  • 10 Things To Remember If A Social Worker Comes To Your Home

    1. Ask for the social workers business card. Have your attorney contact the worker on your behalf if the situation is hostile. 2. Find out the allegations before allowing the social worker access to your home or child. 3. Do not waive your rights to be protected from illegal search and seizures by allowing anyone…

  • Dallas CPS Investigator Arrested for Alleged Sex with a Minor

    Source: The Associated Press. March 7, 2012. http://m.therepublic.com DALLAS — An investigator for Texas Child Protective Services has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a child. Nicholas Santos is being held in Dallas County Jail on $25,000 bond. Authorities say the charge is not related to his work for Child Protective Services, but…

  • Heroic Dog Saves Woman from Abuser, Incites Change in Shelter Policy | Life With Dogs

    This story is one that brought me to my knees in tears.  Not only am I a dog lover, but I am also a survivor of domestic violence, and I had stayed in an abusive relationship (for nearly 5 years) because I could not find a shelter that would allow me to take my dog. …

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