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Children's Medical Center Establishing Foster Care Center With $19 Million Gift

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Lauren Silverman
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KERA News
Children’s Medical Center Dallas will receive $18.9 million to establish a center to improve the health of foster care children.";

Children’s Medical Center Dallas will receive $18.9 million to establish a center to improve the health of foster care children.

The Rees-Jones Foundation is making the donation. An announcement is scheduled for 2 p.m. today.

Today’s pledge is in addition to an earlier $1 million gift given to Children’s from the foundation.

Children’s said in a news release that the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence will be the first center in Texas geared toward improving the health of kids in the foster care system.

The release said: “The center’s model will bring together foster care experts in pediatrics, research and child welfare to establish three new programs: a clinical care program comprised of three foster care health clinics to serve children throughout North Texas; an academic program to conduct research and train future health professionals in best practices; and a community development program to train and raise foster care practice standards with an emphasis on recovery care.”

Children's founded its Foster Care Clinic more than 20 years ago.

Children's marked its 100th anniversary earlier this year. KERA's Lauren Silverman has more details.

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