AUSTIN (KXAN) — A nonprofit organization focused on serving abused children is rebranding itself. At the Texas State Capitol on Thursday, Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS) unveiled their new name: Upbring. While the agency has a new business model, the mission stays the same: to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities.
“We can have an impact on children through education, vocation, life skills, health and safety in order to enhance the childs’ lives and break the cycle of child abuse,” said Upbring CEO, Dr. Kurt Senske.
Upbring will work with agencies, such as Boys & Girls Clubs and Dell Children’s Medical Center, to make sure the children get everything they need.
“As a long-time supporter of this organization, I’m very glad to see Upbring standing up for our most vulnerable children in a proactive way and organizing a strategic alliance to serve the needs of the kids in our foster care system,” said Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar. “Thanks to all of the strategic alliance members who have answered the call. I challenge more of our great Texas organizations and businesses to become a part of this mission.”
Upbring is the largest provider of foster care and adoption services in Texas with 14 offices. The program staff is engaged in addressing the immediate need for more families willing and able to help foster infants, teens, siblings and children with special needs.
In 2013, LSS was suspended by the State after a baby died in a Cedar Park foster home. Since then, LSS has implemented new protocols and standards to make sure there is more accountability.