St. Jude’s Ranch for Children Restructures to Save More Lives of Traumatized Children

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August 29, 2016
Organization focuses on more efficiency and local autonomy to help foster children
The national board of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, a non-profit organization that saves the lives of traumatized children, has decided to strategically separate operations in Nevada and Texas to allow each region to more efficiently serve foster children.
In its May meeting, the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s Board of Trustees, comprised of representatives from Nevada and Texas, voted to operate independently in its two states moving forward. The strategic and amicable separation comes after extensive research indicated such a move would allow both Nevada and Texas to more effectively serve children in their respective areas. The mission for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in both states will remain constant. All of the children currently being served will continue to receive the critical care they need in a nurturing environment.
With the separation, St Jude’s Ranch for Children will now be known as SJRC Texas in the Texas region. Along with that change, SJRC Texas has named Tara Roussett as the CEO of the organization. Tara brings nearly two decades of experience in the child welfare field, including eight years working in senior and executive level management at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.  Tara started her career working in foster care, which ignited her passion to serve children. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Business Administration from Howard Payne University.  Tara also holds dual licensure as a Child Care Administrator and Child Placing Agency Administrator.
This is an exciting and momentous time for SJRC Texas. This move is part of a developing strategy that will put us in a stronger position to save the lives of traumatized children for the next 50 years, and do so with more effectiveness.
SJRC Texas is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that transforms the lives of abused and at-risk children, young adults and families by empowering them to create new chances, new choices and new hope in a caring community. Annually we care for almost 200 children in and from the Greater San Antonio area. We are raising the next generation of children here in our community who will hopefully be able to contribute to the community, helping make it a better place. We strive to provide the best care possible and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our work raising children in foster care, the mental health of children and families, the welfare of children and adoptions- creating forever families. 
Cynthia Lopez, Director of Development
(830) 629-0659