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empowering adoptive families

 

In 2016, 5,693 children were adopted in Texas.

387 children were adopted in greater Austin.

There are 800 children waiting to be adopted in greater Austin.

 

How We Help

 

Stand Up Eight is a nonprofit program dedicated to empowering adoptive families for immediate and lasting change by providing trauma-informed behavior management intervention in their homes.

Unresolved trauma causes the majority of homelessness, mental illness, and incarceration.

Abused and neglected children can heal from their trauma, but they need specialized parenting and treatment.  

To make it even tougher, the help available to families is expensive and hard to find.

Stand Up Eight is the first program of its kind that walks alongside families in their homes after adoption is finalized.  

Stand Up Eight is committed to decrease the number of waiting children because with the right support, people may be more likely to commit to the adoption journey.  

 
 

What We Provide

Home visits every other week to guide and monitor progress

Comprehensive strengths and needs assessments of the family

Individualized behavior intervention plans specific to each family

Support from staff between scheduled home visits

Connections to other service providers for additional resources

 
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Who We've Helped

Jen was an invaluable resource for me during quite a few rough patches with my then 4-year-old son. What I love about her is her ability to see situations from a child’s perspective to better understand their behavior. And she does it in such a compassionate, down-to-earth way that’s so comforting.
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The Stand Up Eight program was such a gift to our family. My kids loved having Becky and Jen come over and they felt loved and cared for during the time we had together.
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After the first few sessions, I remember feeling like a light had been shined onto various habits, bad strategies and patterns that we had developed in response to our kids’ behavior.
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I’ve known Jen for almost 10 years. During that time I’ve seen her serve kids from hard places, their parents/guardians and kinship caretakers. I’ve seen her fight for the hearts and well being of kids who have been kicked to the curb by life.
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Our family relationships were positively impacted by the support, encouragement and wisdom of Stand Up Eight.
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Who We Are

 

Jen Reichert, MEd, LCPAA – Founder & Director

Jen has worked with children and youth in every setting imaginable, and has always had a knack for connecting with the most mischievous. Jen grew up in Waco, Texas, but attended Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City, where she earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in education while teaching elementary school. Jen taught 5th grade for seven years, and often found her classroom full of children who were known as the "troublemakers." She wouldn't have wanted it any other way and excelled at helping them become successful (while having fun at the same time) at school – which was a first for many of them.

In 2007, Jen left teaching to start a career in foster care and adoption because she wanted to do what she could to help waiting children be adopted. She (over)worked as a case manager and a regional adoptions facilitator, and (over)served as the director of a child-placing agency before taking a much-needed breather.  Now that Jen is a recovering workaholic, she has been able to get back to the work she loves.  

Jen has spent countless hours over the years walking alongside families through each unique facet of the fostering and adoption process.  She has also presented at conferences and other groups, led trainings, and worked closely with therapists and other treatment team members, all to help families provide ideal care to traumatized children.  Jen has been trained in multiple disciplines of behavior management, and is a certified Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner.  In addition to bossing everyone at Stand Up Eight, she serves on The Heart Gallery of Central Texas Committee and is a Licensed Child-Placing Agency Administrator. 

Jen got hitched to BJ Brown in April 2010, and they live in Round Rock, Texas, with their dog, Barkley (yes, he's named after Sir Charles), and the greatest group of neighbors there ever was. Jen has been crafty since before Pinterest was born, is addicted to strong coffee, is a die-hard football fan (Go Pats!), and hopes to someday be a beach bum.


Becky Wickes, BSW – Family Coach

Becky feels strongly about giving a voice to the voiceless, often whom are children in foster care.  She believes with her whole heart that every child deserves to know they are precious and unconditionally loved, and she makes a point of helping the children she works with believe they are both.

Becky has lived in Austin since her freshman year at the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a bachelor’s in social work.  She moved to Tijuana right after graduation to spend a year learning how to understand a different culture and language, and to develop a deeper worldview.  Her love for Austin brought her back to town, and she began supporting children in foster care and their licensed foster/adoptive families as a case manager for a child-placing agency – the same agency where she had completed her undergraduate internship, the same agency where Jen also worked.  Becky then spent time working for a non-profit to equip and train individuals and families to engage in the foster care system and to help them become involved in an educated and sustainable way.

Becky has been trained in Circle of Security, an early intervention program, and Natural Lifemanship, an equine-assisted psychotherapy.  She is also a certified Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner.  In addition to being a Family Coach with Stand Up Eight, Becky is a certified Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer who speaks for the best interest of children while they are in the foster care system.

Becky is a newlywed, and lives with her husband, Jon, in an adorable home, conveniently located near all of their favorite coffee shops. They love CrossFit, spending time outdoors, and trying new restaurants.