Donations Needed for Foster Love Duffel Bags

We received the following information regarding helping children who enter the care of CPS. 

Vista Community Church in Temple, Texas is needing assistance with gathering supplies for the FOSTER LOVE DUFFEL BAGS. Many children enter CPS have only the clothes they are wearing.  In the past they prepared duffel bags which contained a few personal care and comfort items to help to ease some of the challenges these children are facing.  They received reports from the caseworkers that the children were delighted by the special gift of something to call their own.

All of the bags they previously prepared have been distributed and the offices are in need of another supply.  

We will be collecting items now, through August 2nd.  On that day we will meet at The Vista Community Church to assemble the bags and learn more about these vulnerable little ones.  The assembly will take place at 11:00, and they welcome all who are able to join them for preparation of the individual bags.  

All donated items should be new.

Below is a list of items they are still in need of:

Shampoo (full-sized bottle)
Body Wash (full-sized bottle)
Toothbrush in a case
Toothpaste (full-sized tube)
Stuffed Animal
Coloring Book
Box of Crayons
Coloring/Puzzle Book (Word Search, Sudoku, Etc
Box of Colored Pencils

Email us by August 2 and let us know you have donations to be picked up!

Memo from Joanna Staton, Bell County District Clerk

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently advised all District Clerks in the State of Texas to remind the attorneys and law firm staff members in their county that FORM VS-165 (Suit Affecting the Family Relationship) was revised in May 2017.  They have indicated that most attorneys are still using the older version which was revised in July 2015.

Unfortunately, the State will begin returning all older versions of the VS-165 form with a request to resubmit the correct version. The new version is available on their website at  As you are already aware, you are required by HB 2886, Subchapter E, Chapter 6, Family Code, Section 6.410 to efile this form along with your original petition for divorce or annulment of a marriage.

Therefore, effective immediately, please discard the old form and inform your staff to begin using the revised version. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jina Boydstun at 933-5958 or Lacey Martindale at 933-5192. Thank you for your kind and prompt attention to this matter.