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Category: Mental & Behavioral Health

BIST Program Brings Principles of Grace and Accountability Into the Home

BIST Program Brings Principles of Grace and Accountability Into the Home

Most people will recognize BIST as a school-based program that supports teachers, administrators, and other school staff as they partner with students to address behavioral issues. First introduced to schools in 1989, the BIST program has grown to include more than 330 schools in nine states. BIST is now in its third year of offering in-home services and has seen overwhelmingly positive results. Join us as we learn about the Saunders family and their year-long journey with Lead BIST Consultant, Linda Hosman to bring more grace and accountability into the home.

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Balancing Traditions and Transitions: Navigating the Holidays in Foster Care

Balancing Traditions and Transitions: Navigating the Holidays in Foster Care

The holidays can be a difficult time for foster and adoptive families due to the grief and loss of family separation. In this latest blog post, hear from Brittany and team member Shannon Garber about how caretakers can prepare for the holidays – unexpected tantrums, calls and visits with biological family members, and more. You’ll also hear from two foster families about how they navigate this time of year and the resources that have been helpful to them.

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From Foster Care to Finish Line: One Family’s Journey to Adoption

From Foster Care to Finish Line: One Family’s Journey to Adoption

On March 8, 2023, Malachi O’Brien broke a Guinness World Record by running 153 marathons in a row – all to raise awareness for foster care and adoption. The 40-year-old pastor from Peculiar, Mo., holds a doctoral degree in social media and marketing and knows that to get people to pay attention to something, you must be willing to do something a little bit crazy.

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Team Member Profile: Nicole Newton Has Three Reasons to Celebrate National Adoption Month

Team Member Profile: Nicole Newton Has Three Reasons to Celebrate National Adoption Month

Nicole Newton is the Director of Resource Family Development at Cornerstones of Care, but her work in foster care and adoption isn't just part of her job -- it's part of her life. Over the years, Nicole has fostered 24 children and is the proud adoptive mother of three now adult children.

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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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