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Annual Adoption Day 2017

Upbring is excited to participate in the Annual Austin Adoption Day!  If you’ve never been, we highly suggest coming by.  The 16th Annual Adoption Day project on November 2, 2017, brings together attorneys, caseworkers, judges and many others from across the state to celebrate the creation of new families:

  • Time & Date: Thursday, November 2, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Gardner Betts, 2515 S Congress Ave.  Austin, TX 78704. + Google Map

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These shoes provide comfort for the soul

Upbring board member Terry Kieschnick and 70 other pastors’ wives donated 111 pairs of shoes to Bokenkamp Children’s Shelter in Corpus Christi. Rev. Mike Coppersmith of Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg blessed the kids shoes before Terry and her husband Jerry delivered them.

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San Antonio foster parents Gary and Sabina
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San Antonio Foster Parents Build Legacy of Love

Gary and Sabina of San Antonio were blessed with three biological children. Their hearts led them to partner with Upbring foster-to-adopt to add two more to their family. If their story ended there, it would still be worth telling.

But the day they held a 3-month-old with two broken ribs and a broken leg, they knew they had to do more. Read More

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For These Golfers, Changing Lives is Par for the Course

The nearly 300 golfers who recently teed off during the annual Upbring Golf Austin and Houston tournaments were playing for more than birdies, pars and hole-in-ones. For these athletes, a few hours on the course offered a powerful way to change a child’s life.

The events raised a combined $113,000 for Upbring Foster In Texas (FIT), BeREAL, Krause Children’s Center and New Life Children’s Center.

“I was walking through the dormitories the other day, Read More

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What’s the Best Gift You Can Give a Young Person?

When you think back to your childhood, were there adults who helped you become the person you are today? Maybe it was a coach, a pastor or a family friend who invested in you by listening and encouraging you.

Simply by showing up, Upbring mentors help children and young adults write a new story, one where someone believes in them, laughs with them and chooses them.

“One of the best gifts you can give a young person is your time,” said Trevon, an Upbring BeREAL participant.

Become A Mentor

“When you’re in foster care, people constantly come and go from your life. BeREAL connected me with adults who are always there for me. I want to give back to the program as a mentor someday.”

Mentoring matters

Research shows that the support of adults makes a life-changing impact young people’s lives. According to MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership, at-risk young adults who have mentors are:

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
  • 90% are interested in becoming a mentor
  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions

Mentors can be especially important when it comes to education, one of Upbring’s five markers of every child’s well-being.

The Christian Science Monitor notes that if students feel supported by adults in school, it can reduce the likelihood of them dropping out by 25 percent.

Furthermore, youth with mentors have fewer unexcused absences from class than students without mentors, according to a study cited by youth.gov.

How can you help? (Hint: Become A Mentor)

Even with the growth of mentoring groups during the past two decades, an estimated 9 million at-risk U.S. children will turn 19 without that connection, reports MENTOR.

Mentors are an essential part of the work we do to end the cycle of child abuse. Your willingness to share your hobbies, talents, encouragement and time with our Texas children makes a tremendous impact on their lives.

If you are interested in mentoring and other volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer page or contact Amanda Angell, volunteer and stewardship coordinator, at [email protected] or 512-706-7856.

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3 Easy Ways to Help After Hurricane Harvey

As images of Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath flood our social media feeds and television screens, our hearts break for Texans and Louisianians who have experienced tremendous loss. As our Upbring staff work tirelessly to serve those in need, we know so many of you are asking how you, too, can help.

Whether you live locally or across the country, there are three easy ways that you can make a difference and support those who will soon start rebuilding their lives as the flood waters recede.

3 Easy Ways to Help After Hurricane Harvey

1. Give. Whether you donate to Upbring on our website or set up your own Facebook fundraiser, any amount you can donate will be used to give families the tools they need to get back on their feet. Businesses interested in giving to Upbring can contact our Director of Corporate Relations, Ryan Armstrong, directly at: [email protected]

2. Share. Letting your friends and family know about Upbring’s disaster response efforts and the work we’re doing to support families in crisis will help us reach even more people. The more people we reach, the more donations we receive, and the more lives we can impact. Invite your friends to our Facebook page where we are constantly providing updates, or take a few seconds to share a Facebook post or Tweet is a small act that can make a big difference.

Here is a tweet you can Re-Tweet:

Here is a status you can share on Facebook:

3. Pray. Please keep families, first responders, disaster response teams, volunteers and officials in your prayers. We believe in the power of prayer, and hope you’ll keep Upbring, our staff, and those we serve in your prayers. “Lord God All-Powerful, there is no one like you. You are strong, Lord, and always faithful. You rule the stormy sea. You can calm its angry waves.” Psalm 89:8-9


Learn more about Upbring Disaster Response.


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How To Create a Fundraiser Campaign on Facebook to Help Upbring Serve Children & Families Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Upbring and those we serve need of immediate assistance.


More than 350 of our families that Upbring serves were impacted by Hurricane Harvey — with many more at risk as subsequent flooding and lingering storms unfold.

Upbring works to provide for the needs of families throughout the year, but now, more than ever, they need  our help.

Please invite your friends and family to join us as we work together to raise $25,000. Setting up a fundraiser on Facebook is easy, and the funds will come directly to Upbring.

How To Create a Fundraiser Campaign on Facebook

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/pg/UpbringOrg/fundraisers/
  2. Click ‘Raise Money.’
  3. Pick a manageable goal for your community to help you meet. We suggest starting with $500, as you can always increase your goal if you reach it.
  4. Limit the time frame to 1-3 days (create a sense of urgency).
  5. Under “Why You Are Raising Money,” simply copy and paste the following text: “Right now, Upbring is working urgently to raise $25,000 for Texas families who are being affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. I’m raising money for Upbring Disaster Response, and I would love for you to join me. Every little bit helps! This cause means a lot to me, and I believe we can make a difference together. If you are unable to donate, you can still help by sharing this link with your friends and spreading the word. For more information about Upbring, go to: https://www.upbring.org/programs-and-services/community-services/disaster-response 
  6. Share the fundraiser with your friends and family.
  7. Ask your friends and family to ‘invite’ friends if they aren’t able to give.

Together, we can show our Texas children and incredible families  they are seen, cared for and loved. Together, we can offer hope, and help, to those who need it most.

Image courtesy KHOU

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