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Category: Foster Care & Adoption

Staff Spotlight - Mockia “Nikki” Shelton

Staff Spotlight - Mockia “Nikki” Shelton

Mockia “Nikki” Shelton is one of our family resource development specialists in St. Louis. A self-described “extrovert”, Nikki loves social gatherings and speaking about her passion of working with children and families. We asked her a few questions about the work that she does and the reasons she does it.

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5 Ways YOU Can Support Foster Families

5 Ways YOU Can Support Foster Families

Being a foster parent is important, difficult work. Those who open their homes and hearts to children in state custody are not superhuman and need a network of support alongside them. Even if you’re not yet a foster parent, you can support those on the front lines of foster care.

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Local University Becomes Strong Advocate

Local University Becomes Strong Advocate

When we opened our doors in Maryville, Mo., our focus was finding foster care homes for children in the area. During this time, our relationship with Northwest Missouri State University blossomed and they have since become one of our strongest advocates in the area.

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A Portrait of Generosity

A Portrait of Generosity

When Jack turned 9, he and his family took part in a "9 acts of kindness" challenge. As one of his acts, Jack spent some of his birthday money to buy birthday gifts for our youth in foster care. This simple act of kindness garnered media attention as Jack continued to share what he had with others.

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Screening for Success: Developing a New Tool to Address Trauma

Screening for Success: Developing a New Tool to Address Trauma

Every youth who enters foster care shares one common thread - the trauma of being removed from their homes and separated from their families. In 2018, Washington University conducted a needs assessment for our treatment foster care program. Based on their assessment, we are now collaborating with them to develop a screening tool to be used before placing a child in a treatment foster care home.

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