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Cornerstones of Care Blog

Building Relationships to Reduce Child Runaways in Missouri

Building Relationships to Reduce Child Runaways in Missouri

As part of National Runaway Prevention Month, this story features Justin Springer, a Cornerstones of Care Response Team Coordinator, and his efforts to reduce child runaways in Missouri.

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Cornerstones of Care Restructures Its Executive Leadership Team

Cornerstones of Care Restructures Its Executive Leadership Team

In the past two months, the Cornerstones of Care Executive Leadership Team (ELT) added two new members, and three people have been elevated to new positions.

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Love Them For Who They Are

Love Them For Who They Are

On a cruise in 2020, Joshua and Matt discussed what type of family they wanted. Their conversation included fostering, adopting, or having children through a surrogate. The couple, married in 2018, knew they wanted a family; they just weren't sure what form it would take. They made their decision in 2020 when a friend, who is a foster care case manager, mentioned a teenager who identified as LGBTQ+ and had asked to be placed with a same-gender couple. Joshua and Matt were motivated to become foster parents, even though they wouldn't be licensed in time to foster the teen who made the request.

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Horticulture Programs Help Good Things Grow

Horticulture Programs Help Good Things Grow

Cultivating plants is so much more than digging in the dirt. Three of our programs help participants get their hands dirty—and gain knowledge and confidence in the process. And all of these programs are possible thanks in part to our annual plant sale.

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Teens Need Caring Homes Too

Teens Need Caring Homes Too

November is National Adoption Month, and the need to find caring homes for teens is critical, especially among older children. In 2020, 3,638 children over the age of nine were in Kansas foster care. In Missouri, that number was 8,825. Over the years, we've had foster parents who were convinced they only wanted to work with "the littles" find fostering teens is a rewarding experience. To help interested foster parents consider fostering teens, let's bust a few myths.

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