Everyone reacts differently to changes. To some, change is a welcome and exciting part of life. To others, there is nothing more dreaded than change. In the case of children, it is the latter more than the former. Today we will be talking about how children react to changes and how it can affect them in the foster care system.
When someone says ‘foster care’ what do you think of? Many people think of foster care in the sense of different kinds of media we see such as books, television shows, and movies. When we say ‘foster care’ it’s likely that people’s first thought is of group homes and don’t know about the different types of foster care. May is Foster Care Awareness Month, which is why we want to help teach more about foster care – such as the different types of foster care there is.\
According to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, approximately 13,000 Michigan children are currently in foster care. This means that 13,000 children had to leave unsafe situations in their homes to seek help and care in order to gain a chance for a better life. However, there is a severe shortage of foster care homes available in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services officials has stated that some children have been sent several miles away from their homes in order to find a licensed foster care home that is available, which can be detrimental to a child if they are taken away from their community. State officials are always looking for families willing to open up their home to vulnerable children in need of foster care.
May is a very special month here at Holy Cross Children’s Services. That’s because May is Foster Care Awareness Month. Throughout May, we will be taking initiatives to raise awareness toward foster care through stories, experiences and how you can be a part of helping a child in their time of need. Remember – you can be a part of the solution. Play a part in enhancing the lives of youth in foster care.
Now that spring is here, and the warm weather has finally arrived many of you are probably trying to find activities to partake in. After staying holed up during our long and cold Michigan winters, it’s time to get outside to enjoy spring activities! That’s why we here at Holy Cross Services have compiled a list of spring activities that the whole family can enjoy!
Addiction is something that can’t be fully understood unless you yourself have gone through it. By the time someone realizes they have an addiction, it’s often times past the point where they can easily give it up. However, there is hope. You can overcome addiction. It’s not an easy process – but it’s a process that will ultimately better your life.
What do you think of when you hear the word anxiety? You probably think of situations in the past that caused you to feel anxious, as well as related words such as discomfort, restlessness and nervousness. Anxiety isn’t enjoyable, but luckily most of us only have to experience it in certain situations. (more…)
Adults play a large role in children’s lives. However, being an influence on how children live their lives isn’t exclusive to the parents – every adult who is around a child plays a significant role in how children live their lives. That’s why it’s important to know the importance of adult influence in children’s lives, and how greatly your actions can affect the children around you.
Alcohol addiction ruins lives. Many people enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or a nice cold beer on a hot summer day. However, some people enjoy alcoholic beverages a little too much and form a dependency. Alcoholism is no laughing matter, and can badly damage a person both mentally and physically. However, many people don’t know the signs of alcoholism until it is a little too late. (more…)
Mental health issues can affect anyone at anytime. However, there are ways you can try to ease the pain. Holy Cross wants to give you tips on how to improve your mental health easily and effectively.