Greetings Permanency Champions,
Permanency Tip of the Week: The Goal of Finding Joy – In the Permanent Connections
The final part of the discussion of Joy related to our Permanency efforts involves the Permanent Connections themselves. Joy within this group of people can be explained by at least three different components: 1) Joy from seeing the impact of the Permanency that they provide on the Youth; 2) Joy from having their efforts validated and celebrated by others; 3) Joy from within themselves as they experience the depth and breadth of the power that Permanency yields within the human condition. Let’s be sure to do our part in helping to awaken this source of Joy in the Permanency Connections that we serve by celebrating them and their efforts.
Permanency Success Story of the Week: From 15 Foster Home to One Adoptive Family
Boys and Girls Aid – Alex moved between 15 foster homes over 11 years. He had lost hope in ever finding a forever family until Jenny and Stephen stepped forward. With the support of Boys & Girls Aid, Alex now has an amazing bond with his adoptive parents.
Permanency Related Articles:
Medium.com – Shawn Ginwright Ph.D. – From time to time, researchers, policymakers, philanthropy and practitioners all join together in a coordinated response to the most pressing issues facing America’s youth…
While the term trauma-informed care is important, it is incomplete. First, trauma-informed care correctly highlights the specific needs for individual young people who have exposure to trauma…Second, trauma-informed care requires that we treat trauma in people but provides very little insight into how we might address the root causes of trauma in neighborhoods, families, and schools…Third, the term trauma-informed care runs the risk of focusing on the treatment of pathology (trauma), rather than fostering the possibility (well-being)…
What is needed is an approach that allows practitioners to approach trauma with a fresh lens which promotes a holistic view of healing from traumatic experiences and environments. One approach is called healing centered, as opposed to trauma-informed…A shift from trauma-informed care to healing centered engagement (HCE) is more than a semantic play with words, but rather a tectonic shift in how we view trauma, its causes and its intervention. HCE is strength based, advances a collective view of healing, and re-centers culture as a central feature in well-being…
Children’s Bureau Express – The Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center, which is funded by the Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, has released a video, “Dads Rock: Nurturing Father Engagement,” that follows fathers as they work to become more engaged with their children and the professionals working to help them achieve their fatherhood goals. The video highlights the work of the Children’s Trust of Massachusetts Fatherhood Initiative and looks at home visiting with dads, father support groups, and professional men’s family service providers’ groups to provide insights into how to work with fathers’ particular needs and address existing biases.
Chronicle of Social Change – When Tramischa Cole, a homeless 24-year-old mother of one, stumbled across a Civicorps flier in 2015, she didn’t expect to be accepted into the Bay Area’s only accredited high school and job training program for 18 to 26 year olds. It’s not that Civicorps had a waiting list: Cole was worried her parenting responsibilities and lack of housing would be an issue…According to the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, the national high school graduation rate for foster youth is 50 percent, and fewer than 9 percent of foster youth go on to earn a bachelor’s degree. Foster youth enrolled with Civicorps, the Oakland-based education and job training nonprofit, are faring much better, according to a third-party study of the organization…
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange – In juvenile justice we have been making space to recognize and address the traumas youth have experienced. However, juvenile justice still lacks in addressing parental trauma of these youth. Can we treat, heal and prevent reoffending in a youth if we have not treated and healed the primary parent of the youth? The juvenile justice system has evolved and continues to evolve from a mentality of accountability = punishment. The latest evolution has those of us working in juvenile justice donning our trauma-informed lenses, working to decipher what traumas may have adversely impacted the youth we’re working with. This practice is supported by research and opinion…
However, we can’t talk trauma without talking family. We can’t talk family without actually talking to the family about the trauma experienced by the youth. The family may not be the cause of the trauma; however, family is central to healing…We can no longer ignore the negative impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences and their ability to not only imprint, but steer, all future generations in a family. Work must be done to address the traumas, heal the traumas and build resiliency in all members of the delinquent youth’s family.
The NCAC VTC offers a wide range of FREE online training opportunities for child abuse professionals. NCAC VTC includes live and archived Webinars and Recorded Trainings.
Free Webinars – Live webinars, presented by subject matter experts on a wide variety of child maltreatment topics include a question and answer period at the end of the presentation. Webinars address emerging issues and feature topics that support the adoption of evidence-based practices. Sessions last about one hour. Live webinars are recorded and archived on our website so anyone can access them later at their convenience…
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