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Category: Foster Care & Adoption

Staff Spotlight — Justin Springer

Staff Spotlight — Justin Springer

Justin Springer is one of our amazing foster care case managers. When he’s not at work, Justin is a year-round griller (according to him “there is no grilling season”) and he grills some mean ribs. He’s also busy wrangling his own three children at home along with his wife, Anna.

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Staff Spotlight - Darcy Maher

Staff Spotlight - Darcy Maher

As a treatment foster care therapist, Darcy Maher helps others process and understand their trauma. Because of this, she knows firsthand the benefits of self-care and can help the youth and families in our care with this as well. We asked Darcy a few questions about the work that she does and the reasons she does it.

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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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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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