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Category: Family Support

Bring a Little Magic to a Childs Holiday

Bring a Little Magic to a Childs Holiday

There are many ways to engage during this holiday season. Whether it be through volunteering your time, purchasing gifts, or making a monetary donation. You can make a significant difference during a season that can be especially difficult for children and families suffering the impacts of trauma. Learn how you can make an impact this holiday season!

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Safety Starts Here

Safety Starts Here

Life can be heavy. When we are not prepared for stressful events, it can feel like the event won. When feeling stressed, we are more vulnerable to react to triggers –memories, experiences, or events that spark an intense emotional reaction regardless of our current mood. Learn more about how we create and implement safety plans as a part of our trauma-informed model.

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Workshops Inspire Confidence In Singles

Workshops Inspire Confidence In Singles

ShowMe Healthy Relationships is a 5-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. It is a partnership between the University of Missouri Extension, the University of Missouri Department of Human Development and Family Science, and three community family agencies that host the workshops to help single individuals have happy and healthy relationships. Workshops are provided in Missouri's Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, and Platte Counties.

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Four Back-to-School Tips for Foster Parents

Four Back-to-School Tips for Foster Parents

As summer break rolls to a close, students all over the country are gearing up for a new school year. But for youth in foster care, this can be an incredibly different experience. Some youth are going back to their same school for the first time living in a different home. Others have had to switch to a different school, maybe in a new town, where they know no one and may be afraid to be identified as someone in foster care. We asked Angie McKim, who has two school-aged youth in foster care, to give us four tips for foster parents.

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When Foster Parents and Birth Parents Partner, Children Benefit

When Foster Parents and Birth Parents Partner, Children Benefit

The most effective intervention we can provide children healing from trauma is strong, enduring relationships with caring adults. When foster parents and birth parents partner in the child's best interest, the child hears, "You're lovable; you matter and we care." The desired outcome is reunification and a lasting friendship between families.

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