Monday, August 29, 2011

Boys Ranch Residents Place at State 4-H Photo Contest

Austin, Jericho and Dylan, youth from our Boys Ranch, won five awards at the state 4-H photo contest in August. Austin won first place in animal and macro photography, Jericho won first place in elements of design and landscaping, and Dylan won second place in dominate color.

The youth advanced to the state competition by winning contests at the county and regional levels. The boys entered work from a summer photography program taught by Cheryl Dishman, a homeparent at the Ranch.

Please join us in congratulating Austin, Jericho and Dylan! MCH appreciates Cheryl and the many other staff members who share their gifts and talents with our youth.

Austin's photo entry

Dylan's photo entry

Jericho's photo entry

Jericho's photo entry

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's football season again!

It's that time of year again! High school football teams all over the state are hitting the practice field. The MCH Bulldogs are getting ready for their second season of six-man football. Their first game will be on Saturday, August 27, at 3 p.m. against Vanguard College Preparatory School, played at the Parkview Christian Academy field. We hope to see you there!

For the complete season schedule, visit our athletics page on the MCH website.

Check out our team in action!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

MCH Earns COA Reaccreditation

Methodist Children’s Home President Tim Brown received word today (August 10) that the Council on Accreditation (COA) has granted reaccreditation to MCH.

Mr. Brown was notified of the reaccreditation in a letter from Mr. Richard Klarberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of COA.

“Reaccreditation is a tremendous achievement that demonstrates that your organization is recognized as a provider that continues to successfully implement high performance standards and, as such, is delivering the highest quality services to all of its stakeholders,” wrote Mr. Klarberg.

According to the announcement, the COA reaccreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of both an organization’s administrative operations and its service delivery practices. All are measured against national standards of best practice. In addition, they confirm that the services are provided by a skilled and supported workforce and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

“Of course we are delighted to receive this well-deserved and wonderful news of re-accreditation by the Council on Accreditation,” Mr. Brown said. “However, I am even more impressed and humbled by the teamwork and the extraordinary efforts of our staff and Board of Directors who contributed valiantly to this achievement in the midst of a number of other time constraints, demands on their personal time and interrupted business schedules. I am very proud of our staff and this recognition which I believe will become even more significant in the next few years.”

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent not-for-profit international accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and human service organizations.

We will post additional information about our reaccreditation in the coming days.

Friday, August 5, 2011

MCH Childcare Staff Receive Training from TCU Institute of Child Development

This week on the Waco campus, Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from Texas Christian University (TCU) trained MCH staff from all campuses on Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). Both Dr. Purvis and Dr. Cross teach at the Institute of Child Development at TCU.

According to TCU’s website, TBRI is based on a solid foundation of neuropsychological theory and research, tempered by humanitarian principals. It is a family-based intervention that is designed for children who have experienced relationship-based traumas such as institutionalization, multiple foster placements, maltreatment, and/or neglect.

This training will help equip our front-line staff to better meet the needs of children and youth in our care.

Here are some photos from the training the TCU team has done at the Home.