“When you connect to the heart of a child, everything is possible.”

- Dr. Karyn Purvis

Trust-Based Relational Intervention®

In February of 2018 we began exclusively utilizing a trauma informed care program developed at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University called Trust-Based Relational Intervention®(TBRI). TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children.  TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. 
All of our employees receive TBRI®training as a component of their new-hire orientation as well as monthly refresher training.Each month, our campus selects a specific skill from TBRI® to focus on as a way of implementing these concepts into the fabric of our environment here at Sunny Glen. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.  

Spiritual Development

Along with meeting the physical and emotional needs of each child, we provide the opportunity for spiritual development and growth.  Children benefit from learning about God and how God is their maker and God is love. If we can instill these precepts in their hearts early in life, our hope is that they develop a strong faith that will sustain them throughout the rest of their lives.  We have weekly church services on our campus to provide our children with the opportunity to worship God in spirit and truth and to be inspired by learning about the relationship that God desires to have with each of them.  Weekly bible studies are offered and we seek to foster an environment where our children can ask questions and grow in their knowledge of God and His Word.  

The Poenisch Counseling Center

For over 80 years, Sunny Glen Children’s Home has served children in need of homes.  In the summer of 2017,  we added counseling to our services.  Counseling services are now available to all of the community — not just to residents.  We offer individual, couple’s, family, and group counseling to people of all ages.  We have a beautiful counseling center with 4 offices and a play therapy room.  Look for the “Poenisch Counseling Center” on the Sunny Glen Campus.  Our building has been named after the Poenisch family in honor of their significant contributions towards building the counseling center.  Se habla español!


Sunny Glen Children’s Home is here to provide a home for abused and neglected children. We seek to meet the physical, emotional, and most importantly spiritual needs of our children and to provide a safe place of refuge from the difficult and sometimes traumatic world.


(956) 399-5356

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2385 W. Expressway 83
San Benito, TX 78586

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