Report points to power of positive experiences to overcome childhood adversity

A new report from Casey Family Programs explores emerging research that links positive experiences in childhood with healthy outcomes for children and families and their ability to mitigate the effects of early adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The report points to actions that lessen the adversity common in so many families by promoting positive experiences for children and families. Resource parents

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Three reasons why mindfulness benefits parents

by Barbara Ley • We hear a lot about mindfulness these days. At its core, mindfulness refers to the ability to bring conscious attention and awareness to one’s present experience with non-judgment, acceptance, and compassion. A growing body of research demonstrates its numerous physical, emotional, and mental benefits, and mindfulness practitioners have developed countless programs and resources around the world

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Building resiliencies in teens
Reflections from a foster care alumna

by Angela Quijada • Resilience, to me, is the ability to constantly and quickly bounce back in any situation that exerts physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual stress. All of us are born with some resilience. Some people build most of theirs as they grow. They have both a genetic connection to resilience and life experiences that give them an opportunity

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SaySo Update

Mark Your Calendar for SaySo Saturday 2018! SaySo, Inc. is preparing to celebrate its 20th birthday on Saturday, March 3, 2018! Location is yet to be determined. Follow us on Facebook @saysoinc for updated information. This yearly event known as “SaySo Saturday.” It is our largest conference every year and it’s FREE to youth, young adults who are or have

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A new learning site for North Carolina’s foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers

The NC Division of Social Services launched, a learning site for our state’s resource parents. This site features: On-Demand Courses. Available any time, these short, free courses include a certificate of completion learners can share with their supervising agencies. Foster parents are encouraged to talk in advance to their supervising agency about obtaining training credit through Webinars. Recorded

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New legislation will improve North Carolina’s child welfare system
Overview of the Family and Child Protection and Accountability Act

Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill 630 into legislation (S.L. 2017-41) on June 21, 2017, strengthening North Carolina’s social service system. Known as Rylan’s Law, the Family and Child Protection and Accountability Act will serve as the foundation for changes in how the North Carolina Division of Social Services (NC DSS) and the 100 county department of social services offices

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