We believe that providing for the continued welfare of our community requires a group effort. The Comal County Child Welfare Board relies on the compassion and generosity of people and institutions who share this belief.
The success of our mission continues to rely heavily on generous donations and grants from citizens and groups in Comal County. In addition to individual donations we currently receive funding from the United Way of Comal County and from benevolent jurors who elect to forego their jury fees and allocate the fees to help abused and neglected children through the CCCWB.
Each of our programs contributes significantly to our county’s most vulnerable population and there are many, many ways you can help bring hope and healing into children’s lives. We have listed the numerous ways you may donate, including an option that calls on the SmileAmazon.com Foundation to make donation in your name!
#1 Make a Monetary Donation to the CCCWB
We allocate a significant portion of our budget toward covering expenses for services that children desperately need when those services are not covered by CPS or Medicaid. Examples of these services include therapy and daycare for children who have special-needs, and the first 2 weeks of any child’s daycare expenses. The Board’s daycare subsidy most often prevents a child from having to move to another foster or kinship home (because their current placement cannot afford to pay the first two weeks of daycare,) and/or allows a child to be placed in a foster or kinship home that would not have been able to accept the child due to the financial burden looming during the first two weeks of placement.
Please consider helping us to continue covering these critical expenses by using the link below to make a tax-deductible donation.
You may also mail a check to:
P.O. Box 311071
New Braunfels, TX 78130
#2 Donate to the CCCWB RAINBOW ROOM
The Comal County Child Welfare Board Rainbow Room provides items that children and their caregivers need to ensure that every child has a safe and stable home environment, and has personal items to help them feel secure and valued. The Rainbow Room is located in the CPS building so caseworkers have easy access to items.
Among many other items, the Rainbow Room is stocked with clothing, hygiene items, diapers, baby wipes, car seats, pack-and-plays, beds and bedding, cleaning supplies for families, fire extinguishers, medication lock boxes, carbon monoxide detectors, back packs, school supplies, games, toys, and fire detectors all of which directly benefit children in CPS care. The Rainbow Room also provides CPS caseworkers with Walmart and other gift cards for use when the Rainbow Room’s physical inventory does not have what a child or children on their caseloads needs.
All of the Rainbow Room inventory is new because we want children to have a sense of pride in their belongings and to know they are valued and matter. If you decide to contribute items or gift cards or money to the CCCWB Rainbow Room, you will make an immediate and powerful difference in children’s lives and circumstances.
THERE ARE THREE EASY AND IMPORTANT WAYS YOU CAN HELP STOCK THE RAINBOW ROOM!
Shop in Store
From our List of Needs:
Clothes and Shoes
Cribs, toddler beds, twin beds with mattresses
Boxed diapers, pull ups and wipes
Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors
Click the link to our Amazon Wishlist below and shop from there. The items will be delivered to the Comal County CPS office directly from Amazon.
All you need to do is start shopping at smile.amazon.com. A donation of .5% of your purchase will be sent to us at no extra cost to you for anything you purchase!
Shop In Store:
If you purchase items to donate to the Rainbow Room inventory, please send an email to CCCWBRainbowroom@gmail.com. The board’s Rainbow Room Coordinator will arrange to either pick up your donation or notify the CPS staff to expect you at their office. Please label any donation you make with the words RAINBOW ROOM written
on the outside of the box, envelope, or container.
The Rainbow Room is also always in need of gift cards to WalMart, Target, or HEB to pay for food, gas, or needed items not kept in Rainbow Room inventory, as well as Gift Cards to fast food restaurants to feed children after removals and placement changes.
Drop Off Location Information:The CPS office is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 115 Green Valley East, New Braunfels, TX 78130 (NOTE: The Comal County Child Protective Services office is located off of South Seguin Avenue (FM Highway 725) between the New Braunfels Police Station and the New Braunfels Food Bank.)
Click on the Shop On-Line link and you will see a list of items to purchase for the Rainbow Room. When you purchase any of the items listed, Amazon will deliver the items directly to the CPS office.
Click on the Amazon Smile link and Amazon will send the Comal County Child Welfare Board .5% of any purchase you make. Let Amazon make a donation for you, every time you make any purchase on Amazon!
#3 SPONSOR A CHILD
Throughout the year, the Comal County Child Welfare Board hosts and partners with other non-profit organizations several campaigns to provide for all children who are working with Child Protective Services. Look for communications from us as the next campaign begins!
In partnership with New Braunfels Angels, the CCCWB coordinated a back-to-school shoe campaign
to provide new shoes to CPS children in time for the start of the new school year. Over $8,000 in shoes were purchased and donated to 126 children, just in time for the first day of school.
In partnership with Pajama Promise of New Braunfels, the CCCWB received new pajamas for all Comal
County children in CPS. The 308 pairs of pajamas were donated by community sponsors through Pajama Promise.
Carrying Hope provides our Board with awesome Hope Packs each month which are filled with comfort items and necessities for every child (and every age group) entering the foster care system in Comal County and Central Texas. These stylish backpacks (CarePacks) provide scared and traumatized children and youth with a something they can call their own. They can stop worrying about how they will manage during their first night away from home because the CarePacks’ contents anticipate all of their physical needs during the time of transition and uncertainty.
The CCCWB’s Christmas Gift campaign provided Christmas gifts to more than 300 children based on
specific requests from each child. In 2019 85% of the gifts were purchased by Community volunteers who answered the call to sponsor children. Because of generous contributions of over $31,900 in gifts, all children’s wish lists
The board hosted a back-to-school movie party and provided $8500 in back-to-school clothing gift
cards to ensure children had new clothes they could be proud of when school started.
#4 BECOME A FOSTER PARENT
One of the greatest needs in Comal County is foster families. 75% of children who are removed from their Comal County homes because of abuse and neglect are forced to move to other counties and cities because there are so few foster homes available in our county. Moving away from their hometown adds to the trauma they are already experiencing after being taken from their homes. Recognizing familiar surroundings, remaining in their same school, having visits from family members, ansd remaining close to friends can make a world of the difference for a child in care.
Becoming a foster parent isn’t an easy decision, but the difference you can make can be one of the most rewarding and positive life-changing opportunities – for you and the children in your care.
Please call or email the Comal County Foster/Adoption Specialist to find out more about what it takes to be foster parent, and how become a foster parent. Email Udonna.Williams@dfps.state.tx.us, or call (830) 608-3244.