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June 16, 2017

"I don't believe you can love your children, unless you love all children." -Roberta West Nicholson

Tough challenges regarding children never daunted Roberta West Nicholson, who began serving on Children's Bureau's Board of Directors in 1935 and remained an active honorary member until she died in 1987.

Judge Marilyn Moores, who has presided over the Marion County Juvenile Court since 2005, meets child welfare challenges head on today. So it is appropriate that Children's Bureau presented Moores with the 2017 award in Nicholson' name at its annual meeting.  

Nicholson was the only woman to serve in the 1935 Indiana State Legislature and helped pass the first social security legislation in the state. In the late 1930s, Nicholson and a few others fought the election of unqualified judges who staffed the Juvenile Court with cronies. They persuaded leaders of both political parties to form The Juvenile Court Bipartisan Committee, which became a model for judicial integrity.

A leader in the fight against venereal disease and a pioneer in sex education, she was a founder of the Maternal Health League (later Planned Parenthood). She established the Social Health Association in 1942 and served as director until 1960.

Nicholson remained true to her priority of child welfare and received many highly distinguished awards--honored for her common sense and uncommon courage, her perseverance in the fight against ignorance and prejudice and her commitment to social justice. 

Children's Bureau honors Judge Moores for continuing that legacy with strength and courage.



May 15, 2017


INDIANAPOLIS - May 15, 2017 - Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, a charitable women's giving circle, has announced Children's Bureau is a 2017 finalist and will compete for the $100,000 high-impact grant at the 12th annual Impact 100 dinner on June 13, 2017 at The Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian Street, Carmel. Each finalist will deliver a seven minute presentation to the Impact 100 membership. Following the presentation phase, Impact 100 members will cast their live vote and the $100,000 grant winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

The 2017 finalists are:
Arts and Culture: Artist and Public Life Residency, BigCar Collaborative
Education: Workplace Simulation Project Plus, DirectEmployers Institute
Environment: Environmental Learning Center, Marian University
Family: Fresh Start Recovery, Volunteers of America
Health and Wellness: License to Drive and Yearn to Earn, Children's Bureau

The 221 women who are 2017 members of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis have collectively given $160,000 to this year's grant pool. One hundred percent of these funds will be granted during the annual dinner. In addition to the $100,000 the winner of the high-impact grant will receive, each remaining finalist will receive a $15,000 residual grant.

"It is incredible to think what has been achieved by the nonprofits who have received our grants over the past 12 years, and that nearly 700 women have made it possible for Impact 100 to give over $1.9 million to our community, " said Beth Thomas, president of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis. "Our annual dinner is a wonderful opportunity to experience the power of women giving as one while learning about the needs of central Indiana and organizations such as Children's Bureau working hard to make it a better place."

To date, 13 local nonprofits have received $100,000 and 31 have received residual grants as a result of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis' collective giving. Previous high-impact grantees include: The IMPACT Program to Curb Runaway and Human Trafficking of Young Girls/Ascent 121 and Lutheran Child and Family Services (2016), Indianapolis Parks Foundation for Indy Urban Acres Flower Farm (2015); Social Health Association of Indiana (2014); Tindley Collegiate (2013); Jameson Camp, Inc. (2012); Outside the Box, Inc. (2011); Rock Steady Boxing (2010); Outreach, Inc. (2009); Herron High School and Horizon House (2008); Indy Reads and Craine House/Fairbanks (2007) and Eskenazi Health Center Pecar (2006).

Membership in Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is secured through an individual donation of $1,000. Shared memberships in which two to four women can pool their money to share one vote are also available. Membership funds are used exclusively for the purpose of grant making.

Only current Impact 100 members are eligible to vote for the selection of the $100,000 grant winner, but the organization encourages non-members to attend the annual dinner and experience first-hand the impact they are making together. Tickets to the dinner are available for $50 per person and can be purchased by nonmembers until May 31, 2017 on the Impact 100 website at

About Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis:
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is a 501(C)(3) charitable women's giving circle dedicated to awarding high impact grants totaling $100,000 or more to at least one nonprofit in the greater Indianapolis community in the areas of arts & culture, education, environment, family and health & wellness. The organization seeks to fund critical needs, new ventures, and innovative ways to solve social problems and to create a more civil and respectful climate in our community. Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis has a minimum of 100 members, each donating $1,000 per year to fund the grants. For more information about Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, visit or follow us on Twitter @Impact100Indy or on Facebook at

About Children's Bureau:
Children's Bureau services focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, preservation of families and placement for children who lack safe and healthy homes. A private nonprofit founded as the Widows and Orphans Friends' Society in pre-Civil War Indianapolis, the agency has continuously adapted to meet the changing needs of society and now offers an array of human services to Indiana children and families. In 2016, Children's Bureau served more than 47,000 children in 22,000 unique families.

For more information about Children's Bureau, visit


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April 26, 2017

In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, consider purchasing a Kids First license plate. All plate sale proceeds and donations come back to local community organizations, including Children's Bureau, to help strengthen families and keep kids safe. 

This year we ask you to please join us on the road to preventing child abuse and neglect. Purchase a Kids First license plate and make an investment in stronger Hoosier families, or donate to the Kids First Trust Fund anytime.

Visit or call 317.232.0464 to learn more.


December 12, 2016

In the United States, there are currently more than 400,000 children living in foster care. Children's Bureau provides support and comfort to Indiana's children in foster care, foster families and young adults transitioning from foster care to independence. Today, Children's Bureau received a helping hand from mattress retailer Mattress Firm and the Ticket to Dream Foundation with a $75,000 donation.

Funds for the donation were raised during a Mattress Firm fundraiser benefiting the Ticket to Dream foundation, an organization that supports foster children nationwide. The event raised $1.2 million to fund therapeutic programs and emergency placement services that provide foster kids with mental health support and comfort during a difficult time.

"This support will be critical in assisting Children's Bureau as we work with our community partners to address the child welfare crisis in Indiana," said Tina Cloer, president and CEO of the agency. Funds will be used to provide needed items for kids awaiting foster care placement, young adults who have aged out of foster care, and to recruit new foster families.

"When a foster child enters foster care, it can be scary. They often leave home with just the clothes on their backs or a few items in a trash bag," said Mauri Knowles, Community Relations Director at Mattress Firm. "We can help make this transition so much easier, while also letting kids know that their community cares."

For more information about Children's Bureau and its efforts, please visit

About Children's Bureau, Inc.
Children's Bureau services focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, preservation of families and placement for children who lack safe and healthy homes. Last year the agency served nearly 43,644 children in more than 40 Indiana counties.

About Mattress Firm Holding Corp.
With more than 3,600 company-operated and franchised stores across 49 states, Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: MFRM) has the largest geographic footprint in the United States among multi-brand mattress retailers. Founded in 1986, Houston-based MFRM is the nation's leading specialty bedding retailer with over $3.5 billion in pro forma sales in 2015. MFRM, through its brands including Mattress Firm, Sleepy's and Sleep Train, offers a broad selection of both traditional and specialty mattresses, bedding accessories and other related products. More information is available at

About Ticket to Dream Foundation
The Ticket to Dream Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to provide hope and opportunity to foster children across the nation, so they can just be kids. Joining forces with local companies, communities and non-profits they work to ensure foster children have essentials like school supplies, properly fitting clothing and shoes and holiday gifts. They fund vital support services and enriching life experiences that allow foster children to heal and grow into their full potential. To learn more visit


October 27, 2016

Children's Bureau, Inc. is pleased to announce its selection as a regional training center in the techniques of Theraplay, a child and family therapy that has been helping children and families around the world since 1975.

The Theraplay Institute trains mental health professionals, human services providers, parents and teachers in the techniques of Theraplay, used for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others and joyful engagement.

Theraplay sessions create an emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver. They shape a child's view of self as being worthy and lovable, and can transform his or her view of relationships from fear or trauma to something positive and rewarding. Proponents call this "building relationships from the inside out."

Theraplay is a promising practice that may soon be added to the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices ( As a regional training center, Children's Bureau hopes to contribute to the research necessary to prove this model's effectiveness and reduce unsound practices.

Vice President of Adoption and Foster Care Brooke Clawson said, "The fact that the Institute reached out to Children's Bureau to serve as a regional training center is an honor. It shows that our agency is recognized for therapeutic, attachment-based work with children."

Practitioners trained at Children's Bureau may go on to help families like this one, that adopted a 5-year-old who became violent toward himself and others and had to be restrained daily. "When we first came to The Theraplay Institute, we were afraid that we could not be the forever family we had promised him," his mother said. "Now we can fulfill that promise."

Learn more about Theraplay and other attachment focused therapy services offered by Children's Bureau.