These are the happy faces of case workers at DePelchin Children's Center. For a year now they have been using Share Art Heal art kits with foster families. We are bringing communities together with art.
DePelchin Children’s Center believes that every child deserves to be safe and healthy. An accredited foster care and adoption agency, DePelchin serves the most vulnerable children and families in Texas and works to break the cycles of abuse and neglect. Their approach to caring for children integrates prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system.
Here's a note from Depelchin Children's Center to Share Art Heal:
We want to thank you so much for the art kits! We are in full swing providing them to our homes and have gotten great feedback. I wanted to share with you an e-mail that one of our Case Managers wrote after I asked her if she handed it out to one particular home. Here is her response:
I gave it to a lot of kids and they were thrilled! Of note, the “E” kids opened the kits right away and started creating things. “M” was so excited to make a friendship card for her friend Evelyn. “R” on the other hand chose to start on the origami kit. I thought this was a special moment since he had just come back from the psych hospital. He was so happy to get it and was very focused on it. It was a nice moment for us to be together and to see him feel proud of his work. He made an origami dog!
We really appreciate the moments that the kits are creating for us and also the opportunity for it to spark discussions with them about art, healing and connection. I hope we can keep finding ways of working together and making an impact.