'Sweet Cases' from Local Ob/Gyn Office Soften the Trauma of Child Abuse

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 Child Health News J E 4

BRYAN, Texas, Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees at a Bryan Ob/Gyn practice found a hole in the transition process for local abused children. So they filled that hole with love.

An employee of Brazos Valley Women's Center (BVWC) on 29th Street in Bryan reached out to co-workers to help children who are removed from their homes by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) due to situations such as abuse or neglect.

"When a child is removed from their home, they have to collect their belongings and leave, and some children do not have any belongings," said Sylvia Calhoun, clinic nursing supervisor at BVWC. "If the child doesn't have a bag to put their belongings in, they are given two trash bags to collect their things with. This seems very harsh and sad to many of our employees."

BVWC employees, along with several employees' spouses and children, raised more than $500 to purchase 20 "sweet cases"—bags filled with a blanket, stuffed animal, crayons and a toothbrush. Employees also used some of the money to purchase additional hygiene items, coloring books, games and puzzles for each bag.

The cases were well received by staff at the Bryan DFPS office.

"They were thrilled!" Calhoun said. "Now for the next 20 children that are removed from their home, they will be given a duffle bag stuffed with goodies to help with their transition."

About Brazos Valley Women's CenterBVWC is a bustling Obstetrics and Gynecology practice located at 2900 E. 29th Street in Bryan. The practice, part of the Little River Healthcare family, employs eight of the area's top medical professionals, including six women's health practitioners, a certified nurse midwife and a registered dietician. Since 1982, BVWC has treated College Station and Bryan with quality, professional care. For more information, visit


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SOURCE Brazos Valley Women’s Center



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