Chosen Receives $30,000 Grant from McKenna Foundation to Help Children Heal from Trauma and Strengthen Families

Submitted by rudyarispe on January 12, 2019 - 9:13am

The McKenna Foundation has awarded Chosen a $30,000 grant to fund mentoring and parent education programs. This is the second gift from McKenna this year. The foundation also provided a $12,132 grant in the spring to help expand programs to serve more children and families. 

Chosen is a nonprofit that helps children heal from trauma and strengthens foster, kinship and adoptive families through mentoring, parent education and therapeutic services.

“McKenna Foundation has been a strong partner for several years, funding the most critical needs of hurting foster and adopted children – supporting healthy attachment to loving caregivers and ensuring long-term permanency, which breeds healing from trauma,” said Jenni Lord, executive director of Chosen. “They are a true collaborative partner, committed to a healthier, vibrant community.”

;Every day, nearly 5,000 children are in foster care in surrounding communities. Oftentimes, when a child is placed with a new family, unexpected challenges can arise for both the child and his or her caregivers.

Families often get distressed, Lord explained, because of out-of-control behaviors that a child can exhibit. “But there’s so much going on internally for that child and their brain has been affected,” she said. “They are likely rejecting love and security from a caregiver because of abuse and neglect in the past. They have a lot of fear. Many children live in a fight, flight or freeze mentality.”

“We work directly with caretakers to understand what the child is dealing with and how to handle negative behaviors so that healing can begin,” Lord added. “The healing comes from the relationship. That’s our focus for the child and the family.”

McKenna is active in providing services to enhance the health and well-being of the New Braunfels community, serving as a partner and resource to others who share its goals, now and for future generations. For more information, visit

For more information about Chosen, visit or call (830) 455-0101.