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What is BEAR?
BEAR…BE A Resource is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit whose mission is to provide hope and help for at-risk and CPS-involved children and their caretakers in the greater Houston area. We serve children in active CPS cases year-round through our four major programs: BEAR Necessities, BEAR Back to School, BEARing Gifts, and Heart Gallery Houston.
What is a BEAR Room?
Our BEAR Rooms are emergency supply rooms for abused, neglected, and at-risk children in the greater Houston area. Our staff ensures that each room is fully stocked with formula, diapers, shoes, clothing, toys, and stuffed animals to meet the immediate needs of this special population of children.
Is BEAR a part of CPS (Child Protective Services)?
In short, the answer is no. Thanks to our partnership with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and Harris County Resources for Children and Adults (HCR), BEAR is able to verify specific details to ensure active CPS cases are being served through our BEAR Rooms.
Where are the BEAR Rooms located?
We have two BEAR Rooms in the Houston area. Our main BEAR HQ/Warehouse is accessible to caseworkers and partner agency staff in order to provide a one-stop shop for all of the necessities needed for the children on their caseloads. Our second BEAR Room is located within a Harris County Resources for Children and Adults… Read more »
Who can get items from the BEAR Rooms?
While we do not work directly with families, all DFPS staff, as well as various partner agencies, are allowed to visit our BEAR Rooms to retrieve goods. Staff is able to digitally complete forms and take any items needed for their caseload. These forms detail which items are being taken, from which BEAR Room, and… Read more »
Are foster parents able to get items from BEAR Rooms?
While we do not work directly with families, we do encourage CPS staff and partner agency staff to visit a BEAR Room for immediate needs. If you have any immediate needs or requests, please contact your caseworker.
Where does BEAR get items for the BEAR Rooms?
BEAR is able to provide tangible resources for our two BEAR Rooms through fundraising and community donations to BEAR’s Annual Fund and BEAR Necessities program. Individual donations, corporate sponsorships, and community drives are incredibly important to keeping our BEAR Room stocked ensuring we are prepared for whatever needs arise year-round. BEAR staff and The Junior… Read more »
Can I report child abuse to BEAR or its staff?
Though we serve at-risk and CPS-involved children, most with active CPS cases, we are not part of the CPS system. If you know of any cases of child abuse or neglect, please report them by calling 1-800-252-5400 or online at www.TxAbuseHotline.org 24 hours/7 days a week. To find out how you can help abused and neglected children… Read more »