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Category: Foster Care & Adoption

An Inside Look at IEPs with Training Specialist Katie Ramel

An Inside Look at IEPs with Training Specialist Katie Ramel

What is an IEP, and how do you qualify for one? Who can advocate for an IEP? Are there any special considerations for families with children in foster care? In this brief conversation, Katie Ramel shares her expertise with teachers, parents, case managers, foster parents, and anyone who wants to learn how better to serve the needs of our youngest community members.

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Preparing Youth in Foster Care for College: Unlocking Their Potential for a Bright Future

Preparing Youth in Foster Care for College: Unlocking Their Potential for a Bright Future

For young people in foster care, the path to higher education can be challenging. They may have faced instability and adversity, which could impact their academic journey. They may lack the funds, resources, and support systems to navigate scholarship applications and the entire admissions process. With the right support and guidance, young people can overcome obstacles and unlock their full potential. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of preparing youth in foster care for college and offer some valuable tips to help them move closer to achieving their dreams.

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Foster Care Isn’t Perfect: Retired Doctor Shares the Joys and Challenges of Fostering Adolescent Boys

Foster Care Isn’t Perfect: Retired Doctor Shares the Joys and Challenges of Fostering Adolescent Boys

When Timothy Murphy, MD, decided to become a foster parent, he knew that he wanted to provide a home for adolescent boys. It wasn’t just because teenagers, especially teenage boys, are disproportionately represented in the U.S. foster care system, and he wanted to fill a need. Tim chose to foster adolescent boys because he had experience working with this population as a doctor and knew this was where he could make the greatest impact.

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Team Member Profile: Is there anything Lea Loudon can’t do?

Team Member Profile: Is there anything Lea Loudon can’t do?

A mom of four, a City Council Member for the city of Mission, Kansas, and the new Community Engagement Manager for Cornerstones of Care, Lea Loudon has made serving others an essential part of her professional life.

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Expressive Therapy Uses Art to Overcome Trauma

Expressive Therapy Uses Art to Overcome Trauma

Expressive therapy combines principles of psychology and the benefits of the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing. The expressive therapists at the Ozanam Campus Day Treatment School provide at least one session each week to the 42 youth on campus as a supplement to their other school curriculum and activities. It is creative, but it’s more than just play. As with any other therapy, it is a way to provide trauma-informed care.

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