Marty Sinnott, Child & Family President and CEO, believes the organization's new “Bridge to Success Independent Living Program” funded by Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation will help area youth who age out of foster care to continue to have the best chance of success.
Today was the annual staff retreat day at Sandpipers. The agenda was full. The trainers were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The staff were engaged. The learning continues to inspire our teachers in the work they do daily with our youngest children and their families.
Today Sandpipers Early Learning Center was closed to families so staff could participate in a day long professional development opportunity. Thank you to the leadership team at Child and Family for supporting this day and to the families who’s children attend our school and understand the value of it, too.
When Noel Anaya was just a year old, he and his five brothers and sisters were placed in the California foster care system. He has spent nearly all of his life in that system and has just turned 21. In California, that's the age when people in foster care "age out" of the system and lose the benefits the system provides. That process becomes official at a final court hearing. Anaya, along with Youth Radio, got rare permission to record the proceeding, where he read a letter he wrote about his experience in the foster care system.
Child & Family Foster Care This is why we advocate for Rhode Island to return the age back to 21 for youth in care in the Hope State.
Our friends at Day One recently reached out with this information:
"Over the past few months the Director of DCYF, Trista Piccola and Child Advocate, JeJennifer Griffith have been reaching out to communities across RI talking about child maltreatment. Last week they presented the numbers for Newport (attached) Their presentation was shocking, especially the 35 children removed from their homes in 2017 (this is just Newport ) The Director and Child Advocate are looking for suggestions and ideas from communities on how to prevent maltreatment, increase foster homes and identify additional resources to support families."
You can join this Community Conversation at The Edward King House Senior Center on March 5th
"We are long overdue for a national awareness campaign — similar to public health initiatives on how seat belts save lives, smoking causes cancer, and hand wash...ing prevents flu — to educate physicians and families on how childhood trauma begets adult illness. Only then can we help those who feel paralyzed by their pasts to achieve the healthy lives they deserve."
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Today our Director of Sandpipers Early Learning Center, Patty Carbone, represents the Rhode Island Child Care Directors Association and Child and Family as folks continue important work developing recommendations for DHS on ways to strengthen Rhode Island’s QRIS so that it is more effective at supporting the continuous quality improvement of child care programs.
Nearly half of all children nationally and in most states have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience.
We couldn’t be more proud of our dedicated team! Nothing shows dedication like stepping up and practicing what you preach! We are so proud of our Child & Family... Foster Care Recruiter, Angela and the steps she and her family have taken to make an impact in their community!
Follow in her family’s brave footsteps!
Contact us today for more information, we would love to see you at the retreat!
In honor of Eating Disorders Awareness Month, Child & Family will host a training later this month on “Treating Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders“