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The Mrs. – Inspiring Us All, One Song at a Time

“About to speak my mind. I won’t wait forever, and I won’t be last. Now I’m breaking through the ceiling made of glass. No need to ask. I’m enough, I’m enough, I’m enough, I’m enough.”- Enough by The Mrs.

When you think of the kind of champion you want in your corner as you work to break the cycle of child abuse – especially by empowering children and young women – I recommend The Mrs. They are four women using music to change the way other women see themselves: a top priority – as they inspire women to know that they are enough.

This message was performed for hundreds of Upbring’s friends who recently gathered at The Westin Austin at the Domain for the organization’s signature fundraising event, Upbring Red Ball. Since the Austin-based event supports Upbring Foster in Texas, New Life Children’s Center and BeREAL Austin, the band’s original songs served as a platform for more than just dancing the night away.

The Mrs. encouraged us to achieve our dreams in their hit Dare Me. The pop anthem Somewhere to Go reminded guests that they are never alone and they have someone to turn to when “the sky is fallin’ down.” These lyrics encouraged everyone in the room that night, so just imagine the impact on a girl living at New Life Children’s Center or in the Foster In Texas program! When I think about the positivity these artists are bringing into the world, I realize The Mrs. is made up of precisely the type of role models we hope to bring into the lives of those we serve.

Andra Liemandt founded The Mrs. after falling in love with drumming after her second daughter was born. More than just a band, The Mrs. has turned into a movement to help women see themselves in a positive light and ban negative self-talk. The band’s #IamEnough Campaign and “The Magic Mirror” recently gained national attention and sparked important conversations about the significance of self-acceptance and love.

Upbring was honored that The Mrs. chose to partner with us for Red Ball Austin.

Andra often partners with organizations in the community that are aligned with the band’s founding values. Most recently, Andra founded The Kindness Campaign on the belief that kindness is the key to changing the way children see themselves and how they relate to one another.

In an interview with Rockstar Magazine, the group offered these encouraging words to readers: “Never give up. Never let other people dictate your own story. You can absolutely achieve your dreams if you dare yourself.”

We want to thank The Mrs. for promoting their positive message and continuing to inspire us all.

About the Author

Jacie Minnick is a grant writer and member of the Upbring external relations team. Jacie recently relocated to Austin from Indiana, where she attended Hanover College (Go Panthers!). Off the clock, Jacie and her husband Jerry enjoy exploring all the things that make Austin unique, including dining at quirky restaurants, catching the latest highly acclaimed movie, and supporting the local Pug rescue mission.

Congratulations & Farewell CFO Richard Fritsche

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

Upbring is honored to wish a warm farewell and happy retirement to our CFO, Richard ‘Rich’ Fritsche.  Rich joined Upbring in June of 2013, and has since been an asset, leader and generous member of Read More


8 Stories from the Child Welfare World You Might Have Missed

Sifting through daily news can be overwhelming and time-consuming, but in our industry it’s important. So, we gathered some of our favorite child welfare stories to make sure you don’t miss them!

From answered Christmas wishes to a record-breaking year for adoption in Louisiana, we hope these stories will encourage and inspire you.

8 Child Welfare Stories You Might Have Missed


  • Getting their kicks: Amarillo foster children pick out new shoes thanks to local donations. FULL STORY
  • Salado: Local couple buys home to help foster children. FULL STORY
  • Gov. Abbott proclaims January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month. FULL STORY
  • Upbring celebrated the new year by opening its second Christian school. Upbring School of Discovery and Leadership – Downtown Houston serves children from 6 weeks to kindergarten. FULL STORY
  • The Trailer for Simone Biles’ Lifetime Biopic Is All the Inspiration You Need Today. FULL STORY


  • A family’s adoption story in Louisiana. FULL STORY
  • Louisiana breaks adoption record for second year in a row. FULL STORY
  • Two brothers ask for a family this Christmas. FULL STORY

7 Heartwarming Foster Care Stories

When you were a child, do you remember what you wrote on your Christmas list? You probably asked for the newest toys, games and books you saw in stores and on television.

But for thousands of children, one of the greatest gifts we can give them is a safe, loving home.

Today we’re celebrating seven incredible foster care stories that remind us why we have faith in EVERY future!

  1. Samira Todd, a former child in foster care, shared her inspiring life story when she received the American Dream Scholar Award…FULL STORY
  2. A foster mom shares encouragement for other foster parents…FULL STORY
  3. A surprising concert gives hundreds of children in foster care something to smile about during the holidays…FULL STORY
  4. Senator Chuck Grassley, founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth, addresses myths about adopting teens in foster care…FULL STORY
  5. This family looks forward to celebrating the holidays with their biological, adopted, and foster children…FULL STORY
  6. A Beaumont, Texas young adult celebrates being adopted by his former teacher…FULL STORY
  7. The Heart Gallery of Texas showcases photos of 70 children in foster care available for adoption…FULL STORY

Want to give a child a safe, loving home?

Families across Texas have partnered with us to give children in foster care safe, loving homes. But 30,000 more Texas children are still waiting for families to open their homes and hearts to them.

If you want to show a child they are loved, wanted and treasured, learn more about Upbring Foster In Texas.


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3 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving When You Can’t be with Family

The holidays can be lonely for so many. Although the music we hear on the radio and in stores tells us that it’s “the most wonderful time of the year,” being away from family can make the last six weeks of the year incredibly hard. What if this year could be different?

What if this year we chose to gather with friends and neighbors and use our time and resources to make a difference in the lives of children who need to know they are seen, loved and cherished?

Here are threee ways you can celebrate Thanksgiving when you can’t be with family:

  1. Foundation Communities provides housing to Upbring’s BeREAL participants, and they invite you to help make the holidays special by helping to fill a wishlist for a Foundation Communities family, sponsoring a family, donating items or making an online donation. Learn More.
  2. Help Operation Turkey meet their goal of serving 50,000 meals, as well as care packages and clothing, to Lubbock’s homeless this Thanksgiving. Learn more about how you can serve the Lubbock community this year.
  3. Give back while you shop! Properly-fitting shoes are essential items that boost the self-esteem and confidence of children in foster care. This holiday season, BEARPAW is partnering with Ticket to Dream to provide thousands of pairs of warm, comfortable and fashionable boots. Purchase a pair of boots at from Nov. 24-Dec. 11, and BEARPAW will donate a pair of boots to a child in foster care.

We’re thankful for you!

As part of the Upbring family, we are so thankful for you and all of our partners, volunteers and community friends who help us continue on our mission to break the cycle of child abuse. However you’re spending your holiday this year, know that we will be counting YOU among our many blessings.


Upbring Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

Last year the Upbring family gathered together on #GivingTuesday to raise nearly $28,000 in 24 hours to support the courageous young adults in our BeREAL program. In 2016, your gifts made a SIGNIFICANT impact on dozens of children in our care. This year we’re excited to share that we’re continuing our participation in this incredible day of giving, this time benefiting therapeutic foster care!

Join Us Today!

What Is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Thanks to a generous offer from our friends at the Carl C. Anderson Sr. & Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation, when you donate to Upbring on Tuesday, November 28 your gift will DOUBLE in value and impact to help break the cycle of child abuse! The Carl C. Anderson Sr. & Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation have agreed to match every gift to Upbring – dollar for dollar up to $45,000 total – benefiting those in our therapeutic foster care program.

“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our sixth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”

How You Can Join Us

Visit our #GivingTuesday page for more details about Upbring’s 2017 fundraising efforts and to donate a gift that will provide a brighter future for children receiving physical, emotional, spiritual and social support in a family setting backed by Upbring until the natural family can be reunited or a permanent placement through adoption can facilitated.

Or Start Your Own Flash-Campaign

You can also set up your own Fundraiser Campaign on Facebook:

  • Go to
  • Click ‘Raise Money.’
  • Pick a manageable goal for your community to help you meet. We suggest starting with $500.
  • Limit the time frame to 1-3 days (create a sense of urgency).
  • Under “Why You Are Raising Money,” simply copy and paste the following text: “Right now, Upbring is working urgently to raise $45,000 for Texas families to help break the cycle of child abuse. I’m raising money for Upbring #GivingTuesday, 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:
  • Share the fundraiser with your friends and family.
  • Ask your friends and family to ‘invite’ friends if they aren’t able to give.

Thank you for showing our children and families that they are seen, wanted and cherished this holiday season.

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Here Are 5 Quick Uplifting Stories for the Holidays

As we begin to gather with friends and family to celebrate the holidays, our hearts turn toward stories that fill us with gratitude. In this week’s round-up, we hope these stories will inspire you and put you in that holiday spirit!

5 Uplifting Stories for the Holidays

  1. The Today Show invited celebrities to share how their lives have been touched by adoption: FULL STORY
  2. Al Roker traveled to Spring, Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery: FULL STORY
  3. Popular children’s brand American Girl is encouraging families to focus on giving what counts this season and is sharing recipes, crafts and activities to bring families together: FULL STORY
  4. GoFundMe launched an initiative to reward kid heroes who are making a difference in their communities: FULL STORY
  5. J’Via is officially home for the holidays! The foster care teen is celebrating being adopted into a forever family: FULL STORY

Give a gift for the holidays

If you would like to give a gift that counts this holiday season, we invite you to consider donating to Upbring on behalf of a loved one!

Featured image via Today Show.

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