Cornerstones of Care Blog Easy Ways to Help End Human TraffickingJanuary is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Children, especially those who are abused or neglected, are especially at risk of becoming one of the 20 to 27 million trafficked worldwide for labor or sex. Learn what you can do about it.2019-01-07T12:04:00-06:001d6e61bd-bf71-4dde-9f15-2ba20c88e1eb a Community Comes Together: Gift Gallery 2018The 2018 Gift Gallery was an incredible experience thanks to generous donations from individuals and corporate partners and volunteers from community partners. Here are just a few of the special moments from the Gift Gallery shared by families and volunteers.2018-12-20T14:25:00-06:0047c67158-86d6-4b70-af92-1331f1a30b28 Mentoring MattersMany of the youth waiting for a mentor rarely have visitors or leave campus. They long for a friend who is theirs and theirs alone. As Coleen soon learned, becoming a mentor is a very real opportunity to not only change the life of a child, but to have yours changed as well.2018-12-10T14:46:00-06:00d4e82e4a-db89-4d4a-8f31-4217595f3197 Spotlight - Lauren CollinsLauren Collins oversees our 22-unit Pathways transitional living apartment building for youth aged 16-22 in Wichita, Kan. Learn more about her history, experience and what drives her passion.2018-11-12T15:42:00-06:009f7881de-1cbe-4f23-bf3e-3028a9bca01b the Therapist: Jessica AllenWe asked Jessica Allen, one of our therapists in St. Louis, about what led her to the field, the work that she does and what she wished the community understood about the children and families we work with every day. This is what she said.2018-10-15T15:28:00-05:007a63fd17-d8c6-4536-9724-c2eaa1d3d67c From Defiant to Most ImprovedTeachers at Turner Middle School use the Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) model to help students overcome emotional and behavioral difficulties through grace, responsibility and accountability. Here's one of their experiences.2018-09-24T14:30:00-05:006b5b7ced-0796-46cf-9a59-6bf715708a3c Foster Care Glow-Ups#Glowup has taken over social media. People are telling the stories of how they overcame childhood adversity (or just bad school photos) and blossomed into the people they are today. Here are some inspiring #glowup stories of people you may not have known were in foster care.2018-08-14T11:58:00-05:0013ddf0dc-edbb-4b9f-9890-682f5bbc775a Your Money Where Your Heart IsDid you know whatever your passion, you can match your financial gifts to that need, program or community? By telling us what you care about most, we'll be able to align your gift directly to the program closest to your heart.2018-07-09T15:45:00-05:00ddf800af-e592-4b89-b213-6558ed133f5f for ResilienceWe all know exercise is good for the mind and soul. Our Running Clubs help students grow their confidence and increase their resilience. Learn how in their own words.2018-06-14T09:49:00-05:007b1f6ffe-0801-430e-a195-43d0a8766724 a Chiefs Charity Game Fundraiser in Less than 2 MinutesLearn how you can quickly (and easily) join us in raising money for our children and families!2018-05-31T14:40:00-05:00197e7998-d596-47e6-b17f-4ece5232ff7d Letter From Farmer TheoTheo Bunch leads our Healthy Living & Food Systems team, teaching our students the practical skills of tending to plants while also being a mentor and role model to them. Here's a beautiful letter he wrote about a typical day on the farm site at our Gillis Campus.2018-05-15T10:29:00-05:006d406c59-ef76-46a6-a0ea-5f84e3190843 Questions About Reunification? Our Expert Has Answers.In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month, we’ve asked our experts to share one thing they’d like our community to better understand about foster care. In this post, we take a look at reunification.2018-05-10T15:09:00-05:00ffa5e616-bbb1-4ad9-9146-6ead0c72a48c We Need Treatment Foster Care ParentsWhat sets treatment foster care apart from all the other types of foster care? Do we really need treatment foster care parents? Yes, we do.2018-04-06T16:57:00-05:00c6c138e7-29c4-4d5c-93ff-190ff4290631 Ways to Score Chiefs Tickets and Do Some GoodHave you ever dreamed of being a member of #ChiefsKingdom? Here's your chance! Cheer on the Chiefs and help out children and families in your community. Learn how!2018-03-28T10:10:00-05:008f57e6c1-09c1-45c4-bcc8-f2312aff8557 The Power of ContributionGuest Bloggers Kim Bishop & Tammy Zumalt at Santa Fe Elementary in Waverly, Mo., share a success story of our BIST (Behavioral Intervention Support Team) program.2018-03-21T16:34:00-05:00c44d70cb-93ea-49ba-9b9d-0c32fdcacd05 the Show on the RoadOur staff recently presented a 90-minute workshop entitled “Space and Grace: Creating a Sustainable Organization through Self-Care and Self-Compassion” at the Alliance Senior Leadership Conference in New Orleans. Learn why it is such an important topic to have in our daily lives.2018-03-12T16:30:00-05:00dad88c76-6b60-4955-aabd-78382d43967a What Are They and How Do They Affect Us?Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are negative stress-inducing circumstances children experience that shape the way they process and interact with the world around them. The simple series of questions about one's childhood can predict the likelihood of a series of health difficulties later in life. Resilient KC even conducted an ACE Study in our very own backyard and the results were staggering.2018-03-01T16:27:00-06:00d9b0e5c9-dfe8-4805-86ed-a23670484bf2 Impact of BISTAdministrators and educators from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois gathered for training from our Behavioral Intervention Support Team staff in January to learn about the program and hear success stories from participating schools.2018-02-14T14:03:00-06:00d7e47acc-3b61-43e3-a24c-8aed2a049e67 Dads Up for SuccessGerald Palmer runs the BraveHearts for Dads program for Cornerstones of Care. Get to know the work he's doing in the community.2018-02-13T13:20:00-06:0081774a89-3d7c-4342-9b40-73ca1c07f908 Simple Way to Support Trauma-Informed CareWhen children don't have the opportunity to heal from the trauma they've experienced, the unaddressed effects are enormous. Trauma affects a child's brain development. Their subsequent emotional and educational challenges can threaten their potential as a productive adult and they are at risk to experience major medical health issues. The Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act seeks to identify children who have experienced trauma and provide immediate support.2018-02-06T12:29:00-06:006d49469e-c4ff-4324-9c89-6ec77405f828 the Meaning of the SeasonThe Cornerstones of Care Gift Gallery – a long-standing tradition on our Gillis Campus – allows parents we serve to shop for gifts for their entire family at no cost. This year, its legancy continued as 1,304 gifts, plus items to meet basic needs (coats, hats, clothing, diapers, etc.), were distributed to 564 individuals from 178 families. Kiara and her five children were one of those families.2018-01-08T13:52:00-06:00b3e755b3-d33c-4bd2-a3ef-75bc00f1d82d Real Meaning Behind the SeasonWhile you enjoy all the sights, sounds, and festivities of the most wonderful time of the year, don't forget the real meaning behind the season - helping others. Experience the joy that only comes from sharing it with others.2017-12-05T13:22:00-06:005ce3df70-6a3e-4f7c-92f3-b916c8e7d2de Letter From a Teen Girl in Foster Care"I have been waiting for a family for a long time and if I can have a family I will be the happiest kid in the world. I love the people here but I think I am ready to start a new chapter of my life." Read one letter from a 14-year-old girl in foster care to her potential and future foster and adoptive family. 2017-11-16T08:22:00-06:002ac16975-0d4d-4651-85c0-13fb3041dda9 the Scenes: Holiday EditionAs the holidays approach, our Donor Relations Specialist Kristen Zucht provides some insight on what it is to be a professional elf.2017-11-09T20:23:00-06:00b008f54e-6904-417f-a2de-acdc25e3cd8b Conflict in the Trauma TriangleAny time we enter into conflict, there are three common roles – each with manipulative behaviors – that we often quickly fall into. When practicing trauma-informed care, we call these roles the Trauma Re-enactment Triangle. Learn about the roles, and how you can escape the trauma triangle.2017-11-02T16:22:00-05:009773f9f8-1938-47ba-b39d-a373a0de8b21 Events Come Together for Cornerstones of Care GalaWe are hosting the Cornerstones of Care Gala on November 18, 2017. Join us for a magical evening that builds on the legacies of past events!2017-10-26T09:15:00-05:003c52ea18-ccd5-48f4-b9b9-7caecd3e6945 Night In a New Foster HomeFor youth in foster care, the first night in a new home can leave them feeling lonely and full of uncertainty. Current and former foster youth, shared with us the top five things they think about when meeting their foster parents for the first time.2017-10-19T11:52:00-05:0074dd76f3-cd62-4595-b31b-d7d615d8f674 Opposites Really Attract?Do opposites really attract in a romantic relationship? The answer might be yes initially, but that often can change over time. Learn why.2017-10-12T13:51:00-05:00a0d2212c-d610-401c-93e1-667f5248427c What it Is and Why it MattersPracticing self-compassion and self-care doesn't make you selfish. It might just be what helps to change the world. Think we're over exaggerating? Read on to learn about the importance of practicing self love. 2017-10-02T12:04:00-05:009de90936-80eb-4737-adf5-7fca91fc537f's Okay to Grieve: Foster Parents & ReunificationRead one honest letter from a foster parent about building relationships with biological families and the work involved toward reunification. 2017-09-28T13:23:00-05:00fded398f-fe9d-4b53-9edc-6a748420024e Common Foster Care MythsMaking the decision to open your home to youth in foster care isn't easy, and it isn't made any easier when you hear some of the misperceptions about foster care that can be found on the internet. Learn about the truth about the six most common myths about foster care.2017-09-21T09:31:00-05:000d6d001c-17ac-417e-a96d-bf195befc72f Tips to Save Your Relationship from ConflictEvery relationship has conflict - that's normal. Our free ShowMe Healthy Relationships classes helps couples communicate and understand each other better to successfully deal with conflict when it arises.2017-09-14T09:02:00-05:0095778ceb-c4cb-4aa5-89e6-336b85a910cb to Be a Great Parent in a Co-Parent RelationshipThe key to successful co-parenting is to separate personal feelings from the co-parenting relationship. Having both parents play an active role in their children’s daily lives is the best way to ensure your child’s needs are met. For the sake of your child’s well-being, follow these guidelines. 2017-09-06T10:30:00-05:004b519021-2d0c-4b32-a002-9544c2a64cf3 Emotional Management at HomeDo you remember a time when your emotions got the best of you? Social emotional learning is comprised of the skills we use to recognize and manage our own emotions as well as recognize emotions in others. There are may ways to help teach children these skills, including the Emotion Color Wheel.2017-08-30T17:41:00-05:0069c31c73-feb9-4ad4-9e3c-51902e8bec0d Loss: An Open Letter from a Former Foster ParentKristy was a foster parent for four years before adopting her two children in 2016. Now using her first-hand knowledge and passion for youth in foster care, Kristy works as a family recruitment specialist at Cornerstones of Care. She shares her experience to help other foster parents acknowledge, prepare for and heal from the loss that can come with fostering.2017-08-24T10:28:00-05:00904c2017-8f94-48ab-ae69-a53562d2308b Make a DifferenceDo you remember a person - maybe it was a teacher, a coach, or even a supervisor - who listened, gave you advice, and helped you navigate the world around you? For many of the youth we serve, the answer is "no" because they haven't had trusting relationships with adults. Our mentoring program is trying to change that.2017-08-18T14:41:00-05:00b75bdc51-c887-4909-9772-96bc1585075c to Talk to Your Child or Teen About Going to TherapyIt’s very common for children or adolescents to see a therapist, and talking to your child before their first therapy session can help them understand what to expect. Two of our experts on staff helped us put together some guidelines for talking to your child or teen about going to therapy.2017-08-10T15:02:00-05:0081f9c832-d241-4c16-b144-6adec0a54ee7[Saut%C3%A9ed-Kale--Bacon-Recipe]Now We’re Cooking! [Sautéed Kale + Bacon Recipe]As part of our healthy living and food systems program, youth learn to grow and prepare fruits and vegetables, and are empowered to share the food and lessons with their families and neighbors. Last week, they had the opportunity to harvest, prepare and taste something new – kale! You, too, can try your hand and recreate their recipe at home!2017-08-03T17:23:00-05:006e9180bc-4f52-4e1d-a1e1-9e02b6b3d4b7 Things You Can Do to Take Action Against Human TraffickingThere are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking worldwide - mo matter where you live, work or play, it’s happening in your area. Raising awareness is crucial. If we stand together, we can put an end to human trafficking in our communities. Here are five things you can do to take action against human trafficking.2017-07-28T16:44:00-05:00e2d0ad5e-11cc-4d1c-8012-0ad34c16ef7d with Siblings: Those First Few DaysA foster mom who has had 16 placements in her home shares her experience to help others learn more about becoming foster parents, especially to sibling groups.2017-07-20T08:14:00-05:008613fd95-d517-44bb-8b17-4c8a22b405c6 Myths About Going to TherapyMental health challenges affect 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 4 youth between the ages of 13-18. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents people from getting help. It’s time to stop the stigmas. Here are four common myths about going to therapy.2017-07-14T11:24:00-05:00efb52713-6721-45be-b7dc-ba6511c7a693 Tips from Foster Youth on What Makes a Good Foster ParentWhat does it take to be a good foster parent? We spoke with former and current youth in foster care to get their take on the subject. Together, we created a list of the top six characteristics that every foster parent should have. 2017-07-06T10:20:00-05:001e6e993a-f4f2-45bb-9c01-ab77f5c5176f the "World's Greatest Dad"Whether your children are three months or 17 years old, we can help you set the framework to build healthy relationship that will last a lifetime. We know that active fathers make a significant positive impact in a child’s life. This is why we offer a FREE fathering empowerment program called BraveHearts for Dads. 2017-06-14T16:17:00-05:000cf438bf-66ec-4c5e-9443-9dd86f5f481f Emotional Intelligence Through YogaEmotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and manage your emotions while also recognizing emotions in others. Through it, you can become self-aware, build self-management skills, become more empathetic, and practice relationship management. We aren’t born with emotional intelligence, so it is something that needs to be practiced. One way to do so is through yoga. 2017-06-09T12:07:00-05:00ac22015c-3dbb-4db5-8de8-8b0ff539b120 with Siblings: What to ExpectIn my seven years of fostering, 75% of children who have come through my home have been part of a sibling group of at least two children. It can be a challenge to welcome multiple children with trauma into your home. The new challenges can be based on simple things like laundry, meal preparation, or even the forever challenge of getting everyone out the door in the morning. However, I’ve gathered few observations over the years that might be helpful to share with a family who is ready to take in their first sibling group. 2017-05-23T11:35:00-05:00d7e70b19-f907-4836-a66c-5646d994de2c Adorable Things About Being a Foster ParentMy husband and I recently became licensed foster parents through Cornerstones of Care. My mom would tell you I have waited my entire life for this. Growing up, I always knew I would foster and adopt kids, but most people would probably tell you that this month has been years in the making. Our own ideas about what our foster care journey would look like have changed quite a bit during that time, but we finally found our stride with fostering older kids. 2017-05-08T10:29:00-05:0063711de2-c964-437a-9b73-465fca268ebb the Signs of Human TraffickingHuman trafficking is a growing epidemic. In the United States, reports of human trafficking jumped 35% from 2015 to 2016. Child sex trafficking is one of the most common types of commercial sexual exploitation, and it’s happening right here in our community. But do you know how to recognize the signs? 2017-05-02T09:41:00-05:00d4fcf923-93e3-4e1c-a886-dea9f51229b5 All Started with Chinese Chess ...Wen Hsin began volunteering with us in August 2016 and has since become a weekly staple at the Cornerstones of Care - Spofford Campus. Wen, who was born in Taiwan, brings unique and educational experiences for the children - teaching them Chinese culture and language, including origami. 2017-04-24T11:54:00-05:00f81c6cc6-37b8-45b2-8685-d81bc4b70f00 I was a Kid ... I Didn't Know I was Being AbusedColby, now 23, didn’t understand what abuse was as a child. His family didn’t know the long-lasting effects of child abuse. Now, he’s speaking out against child abuse so that more families know and understand what abuse is, and how to prevent it. 2017-04-03T14:26:00-05:0082b65761-14a7-44cf-9e9f-cc0400ad79ec Overwhelmed? Create a Safety Plan. Have you ever felt so overwhelmed or anxious that you’ve let your emotions get the best of you, and have said or done something that you regret? We’ve all been in situations like this. Every day, we regulate our emotions by developing internal safety plans without even knowing it. A safety plan is a defined list of activities or actions that you can choose when you begin to feel overwhelmed. 2017-03-02T16:48:00-06:004974fc4f-c110-4e83-997d-7efb1318c739 Smith Honored for Work with Foster YouthKansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and his wife Elizabeth are dedicated to helping foster care youth achieve their academic dreams. Together, they have been a life-changing partner for many young people in our YES (Youth Educational Success) Program. We are so pleased to be honoring Alex and Elizabeth for all they have done at our Spirit Awards on April 22 at the Kansas City Convention Center.2017-02-27T09:13:00-06:00d8455f28-eb2e-4d64-9e3c-a1d28783c387 Ways You Can Make an Impact Every day we positively impact the lives of children, youth and families throughout our communities. However, we certainly can’t do this without your help. Our volunteers, supporters, and all of you who invest in our work are just as much a part of our mission as our case workers, nurses, educators and therapists. Here are six ways you can make an even bigger impact in 2017... 2017-01-18T08:57:00-06:008d1ee0d8-7e78-4d10-86af-45e5c7ab8ab1 Things to Know About Our Recent MergerSafe children and strong families create healthy communities. When it comes to achieving this goal, we are better together. That is why our founding agencies (Gillis, Healthy Families, Marillac, Ozanam, and Spofford) partnered together nearly 20 years ago. That, plus the desire to do even more, is why we fully merged on January 1 into one organization — Cornerstones of Care. 2017-01-03T14:37:00-06:00