Children leaving their homes during these desperate situations are placed into the custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). As this number increases, the need for services also continues to expand, which is where additional fundraising and donations can make an immense impact.

Private/Public Partnership

BEAR is the only 501(c)(3) organization working with Harris County CPS and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services that offers unique programs – that provide not only the basic needs of children recently uprooted, but also supportive services that provide comfort, dignity, and celebration of successes that propel the child toward a successful future – for abused and neglected children. This partnership with the county and state is vital to BEAR’s success as an organization, allowing $0.85 of every dollar earned through fundraising efforts to go back to effectively operating four core programs. Additionally, the growing need for BEAR’s services is clearly evident by the fact that in the 24 years since inception, BEAR has grown from an annual operating budget of $7,000 to one of over $1.5M.

For the last 24 years, BEAR has been an important advocate for the most vulnerable population in Houston…its children. This advocacy is represented through the basic necessities provided for children in BEAR rooms year-round, the uniforms distributed each fall, the Christmas gifts wrapped and delivered each winter, and in the canvas photos of adoptable children that will soon be displayed year-round throughout venues in Houston. BEAR is not able to operate these vital programs, however, without the generosity and support from our community.

To view a 2020 ‘Fast Facts’ page about BEAR, here.

Vision:

To become a consistent, integral part of providing unwavering support and resources for abused and neglected children to become contributing and functioning members of their community. 

Mission:

BEAR…BE A Resource for CPS Kids is a 501 ©3 public/private partnership that provides hope and help for abused and neglected children and the caseworkers who protect them within Harris County. 

Core values: BEAR C.A.R.E.S

Compassion: We are compassionate about serving the abused, neglected and at-risk children in Harris County.

Accessibility: We are strategically located in the community to maximize the accessibility of our services.

Respect: We respect the value and dignity of every child and the caseworkers who serve them.

Excellence: We have dedicated and well-trained staff and volunteers that believe in mission excellence.

Support: We provide immediate support and transition to caseworkers and the children in their care.

To report a suspected case of child abuse, call the Texas Abuse Hotline at (800) 252-5400. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reports can also be made by clicking here.