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Family & KIDZ Connection Center

yvonna rossman, family and kidz connection coordinator and foster care liaison
Yvonne Rossman
Family & KIDZConnection Coordinator
Phone: 361-788-9673 ext. 36203
Fax: 361-788-9711

debbie sulivan
Debbie Sulivan
Family Connection Center Assistant
Phone: 361-788-9673 ext. 36201
KIDZ Connection Staff
Wanda Pagel KIDZ Connection Liaison
Wanda Pagel
KIDZ Connection Liaison
Phone: 361-788-9909
Gayle Burden Intake Technician
Gayle Burden
Intake Technician
Phone: 361-788-9909
emilie welvart head shot
Emilie "Veronica" Welvaert
Project Success Assistant 
Phone: 361-788-2830
Tiffany Martinez Project Success Assistant
Tiffany Martinez
Project Success Assistant
Phone: 361-788-9909
Lisa Cabrera Project Success Assistant
Lisa Cabrera
Project Success Assistant
Phone: 361-788-2820
Services & Programs:
  • Computer Lab: Use computer for checking grades, research, typing reports practicing skills or just for fun! You can even print your papers
  • Family Resource Center : You can check out books, videos, toys, games, and puzzles
  • Holiday Food Baskets: Makes referrals to community agencies or business for homeless or at risk families to receive food baskets during the holiday season
  • Make & Take It Center: Work on projects, posters,file-folders, games, or create something fun with die cuts and other art materials -- we furnish all the materials and they are FREE!
  • Pack the Bus School Supply Drive: Works with Faith Family Church to collect and distribute school supplies to the homeless and needy families
  • Toddler Time: Weekly Programs where parents and toddlers learn together having fun with stories, repetitive songs, and activities to encourage early learning
  • Toys for Tots: Works with Faith Family Church and the United States Marines to collect and distribute toys to needy children 
  • Wrap a Child in Warmth Coat and Blanket Drive: Works with Coldwell Bankers, Ron Brown Real Estate, the Victoria Community and Triangle Cleaners
Pregnancy Related Services
dilean coward, cehi teacher
Dilean Coward
CEHI Teacher
Phone: 361-788-9673
Ext. 36205
desmond johnson
Desmond Johnson
PRS Mentor
Phone: 361-788-9673
vanessa wiethorn
Vanessa Wiethorn
PRS Mentor
Phone: 361-788-9673
Sarah benetiz
Sarah Benitez
PRS Mentor
Phone: 361-788-9673

Pregnancy Related Services are support services, including Compulsory Education Home Instruction (CEHI), that a pregnant student receives during the pregnancy prenatal and postpartum periods to help her adjust academically, mentally, and physically and stay in school.

VISD Family Connection provides these services to a student when:

  • the student is pregnant and attending classes on a VISD campus;
  • the pregnancy prenatal period prevents the student from attending classes on a VISD campus; and
  • the pregnancy postpartum period prevents the student from attending classes on a VISD campus.

Support services provided by VISD Family Connection and the student’s campus may

  • counseling services including the initial session when the student discloses the pregnancy;
  • health services including services from a school nurse and certified athletic trainer;
  • transportation for the student and the student’s child(ren) to school and VISD Child Development Center;
  • instruction (inside and outside the classroom) related to parenting knowledge and skills,
    including child development, home and family living, and appropriate job readiness
  • child care for student’s children from 4 weeks to 24 months at the Teen Parent Connection Center;
  • case management and service coordination (assistance in obtaining services from government agencies and community service organizations).
Compulsory Education Home Instruction (CEHI)
CEHI is a mandatory support service components districts offer in the Pregnancy Related Services (PRS) program to help students adjust academically, mentally and physically, and to stay in school. 
Eligibility for Services - Any school-age student who is in the prenatal or postpartum period of pregnancy. This includes students who:
  • deliver live, aborted or stillborn baby
  • suffer a miscarriage or leath of a newborn or
  • place a baby up for adoption
Eligibility for Funding - Students who are eligible for average daily attendance (ADA) and who are eligible for PRS Program services are eligible for funding under the PRS program beginning on the dates services begin. 
End of Eligibility - Eligibility for PRS ends when the student returns from postpartum confinement to resume her regular classes at a school campus.
Juvenile Justice Center Transition Services
Title I, Part D Transition Mentor
Phone: 361-788-9673
Ext. 36301
The Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) Transition Mentor facilitates the successful transition of delinquent youth entering, between, or out of secure settings to support education or employment. Office is located at Family Connection Center/KIDZConnection office.