Associated Press Published 1:14 PM EDT May 7, 2019 Detroit – Advocates for children in foster care are raising awareness by observing a special day in Michigan, including by turning buildings, bridges and other public places purple. Tuesday is Foster Care Awareness Day, as declared in a resolution passed by the state Senate. Advocates are bringing attention to the need for foster parents. They say the number of children in foster care nationwide has grown since hitting a low in 2012. Samaritas, a nonprofit with foster care offices in Michigan, says experts partially attribute the increase to birth parents dying from opioid overdoses. Michigan has 13,500 children in foster care due to abuse or neglect. May is Foster Care Awareness Month. Communities are using lawn flags to represent the number of children in foster care and the number of foster homes. … [Read more...] about Advocates mark foster care awareness with special day May 7
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On Jan. 7, 2017, a 3-month-old baby girl was hospitalized with serious brain injuries after her father allegedly dropped her down the stairs by accident while she was strapped into her car seat, according to a county report on her injuries.An investigation by San Diego County child welfare services determined that it was likely the baby’s father had abused and neglected her, according to the heavily-redacted report.The father, who allegedly struggled with alcohol abuse, was already under watch by child welfare officials.He had an existing “voluntary services” agreement with social workers, which allowed two of his older children to live with him while the county provided services designed to keep them safe. That agreement came after social workers substantiated a 2016 allegation that he had left the two children home alone, the report said. The report redacted names and ages and other identifying information. Voluntary services agreements are a tool child welfare … [Read more...] about Report: County should improve alternative to foster care for at-risk children
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Stacy Castle, right, chats with Kevelyn Duarte, 17, a former foster child, while meeting for coffee in downtown Mountain View, California, on Friday, October 12, 2018. Castle is a trained volunteer with the nonprofit organization Child Advocates of Silicon Valley and is appointed by the Juvenile Court, to a build a relationship with a foster child and advocate for the child's best interests in court. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group) Kevelyn Duarte, 17, refreshes the salad bar where she works at Chuck E. Cheese's in Cupertino, California, on Saturday, October 13, 2018. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Kevelyn Duarte, 17, smiles as she socializes with Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Stacy Castle, in downtown Mountain View, California, on Friday, October 12, 2018. Castle is a trained volunteer with the nonprofit organization Child Advocates of Silicon Valley and is appointed by the … [Read more...] about Wish Book 2018: Foster child filled with anger gets special attention from CASA volunteer
The Vale federation of schools are looking for someone to take care of their wonderful community dogs, who help the pupils at the Schools. Their School Dogs work part-time at The Vale Federation of Special Schools, Stocklake Park School and Booker Park School.The school dog project sees specially trained community dogs working in our schools to support students, with a range of learning difficulties, with their education and development.School Dog Holders are required in the Aylesbury area.We need help from local volunteers who can look after these life changing dogs and commit to transporting them to and from school.Claire Lush, who looks after Patience the Dog at Stocklake School, said: "We need 'foster families' to take care of our wonderful dogs in their down time from their working hours. "We want people to take them for nice walks before they come in to school, to keep them clean and happy at home. Dogs for good and the Vale Federation will cover the all veterinary bills, food, … [Read more...] about Can you provide a long-term home, caring for a working School Dog?
By Chuck Barney | | PUBLISHED: November 21, 2018 at 3:36 pm | UPDATED: November 23, 2018 at 5:40 pm Deck the halls and rev up your DVR. The blizzard of holiday-themed TV fare is about to begin. As usual, programmers are making merry with a lineup full of specials, gooey movies and animated treats that mark the so-called most wonderful time of the year. To help you keep up, we’ve made a list — and checked it twice — of the notable shows airing after Thanksgiving and through New Year’s Eve. Be aware that many programs re-air multiple times. With a few exceptions, we have listed only the initial telecasts. MORE: Here are the 13 best Christmas episodes from TV series available for streaming If you don’t spot a favorite here, consult your listings. Our roundup starts with fresh programming and is followed by a list of air dates for the perennials. Music, comedy and good cheer These are parades, celebrations, countdowns and tune-filled variety … [Read more...] about Here’s when all the best TV Christmas specials and movies will air in 2018