From Staff Reports
CROCKETT – On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Wanda Nicols, longtime volunteer and past president of the Houston County Child Welfare Board, was honored with the “Champion for Children” Award.
The award came as a surprise to Nicols, who has served the children of Houston County for more than 40 years. The presentation was given during the Houston County Child Welfare Board meeting by Tim Allen, president of the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards. Nicols is one of only six individuals who have received this prestigious award.
Texas has over a hundred and ninety-five active welfare boards throughout the state. The Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards (TCCWB) aims to educate communities and raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Members work at a grassroots level to develop programs that meet a community’s needs.
Child welfare boards serve the community in a variety of ways.
Independently or in collaboration with “rainbow room,” local groups work to meet the tangible needs of children receiving CPS services. They host holiday celebrations and other special events for caseworkers and foster children and provide support for family group decision-making, foster parent training, and foster youth conferences. The boards also sponsor public awareness events to promote child abuse prevention and recruit foster and adoptive homes and can coordinate with courts and judges in pioneering solutions that support children and families and work to eliminate abuse and neglect.
The Houston County Child Welfare Board meets monthly under the open meetings act.