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Category: Youth Support

Music Therapy Helps Youth Better Understand Themselves

Music Therapy Helps Youth Better Understand Themselves

Music therapy is part of an expressive therapy program at our Ozanam and Gillis campuses, which also includes movement therapy and art therapy. The three facets of the program give the clients, a term the therapists use for the youth they serve, a choice in following their artistic interests. It also provides therapists insight into the youth they serve through their creativity and offers them an outlet for their emotions.

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Cornerstones of Care Celebrates PRIDE

Cornerstones of Care Celebrates PRIDE

In our ongoing effort to offer support, ally-ship, professional learning and knowledge growth for clients, children and families, we have organized a LGBTQ+ affinity group. This group is led by Dr. Chad Harris, chief development officer, and Sarah Gray, foster care case management manager. It offers a broad range of support for internal and external audiences alike.

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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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Separating Siblings Can Intensify a Child’s Trauma

Separating Siblings Can Intensify a Child’s Trauma

In the United States approximately two-thirds of children in foster care have a sibling also in care. When siblings are removed from their home and placed in foster care we make every attempt to keep them together. We understand sibling relationships help children achieve developmental milestones as well as provide emotional support, companionship and comfort in times of change. Separating siblings compounds the grief they feel over separation from their parents and the transition to a new home.

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