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Trauma Informed Teaching Part 2

Posted by Haley Hisle on June 15, 2017  /   Posted in Jubilee Academy

By: Kristi Thompson Children who have experienced trauma at the hands of their caregivers especially need calm and caring teachers, but they are also the ones most likely to mistrust adults and push those teachers away. “The children who need love the most will ask for it in the most unloving ways,” Russel Barkley, educational

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Trauma Informed Teaching Part 1

Posted by Haley Hisle on June 14, 2017  /   Posted in Jubilee Academy

By: Kristi Thompson Children from hard places, that is, children who have experienced early life traumas such as abuse, neglect, abandonment, orphanage care, chronic illness, or a stressful gestation, walk into the classroom carrying additional burdens. While they may look like their peers, they often have what is known as a “hidden disability.” The way

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Love Thy Neighborhood- Announcing Orphan Care Track

Posted by Haley Hisle on June 03, 2017  /   Posted in Love Thy Neighborhood, Uncategorized, Volunteer Opportunities

Often when we think of orphans we only think of children far away in poverty- stricken third world countries. They seem distant- only accessible by hand- written letters and monthly sponsorship programs. What some may not realize is that there are hundreds of thousands of orphans in our own neighborhoods right here in the U.S. 

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OCA Connect-Crestwood

Posted by Haley Hisle on May 23, 2017  /   Posted in Adoption Support, Family Support, Parenting

One final reminder message about our next OCA Connect meeting tonight.  Our topic will be “How to talk with your child about adoption,” and we are blessed to have 2 presenters to lead our discussion.  Renee Witkowski will share on the topic from a professional and person standpoint, since she works in the field and

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Foster Parent Spotlight- Jason & Nikole Skaggs

Posted by Haley Hisle on May 11, 2017  /   Posted in Adoption, Advocacy, Foster Care

By: Haley Hisle, OCA Marketing Coordinator According to ABCNews, approximately 800,000 children every year come in contact with the foster care system. On average, children stay in the foster care system for nearly three years before being reunited with their families or being adopted. Imagine, 3 years of a child’s life without having consistent support

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Foster Parent Spotlight – Michael & Jacinda Hall

Posted by Haley Hisle on May 04, 2017  /   Posted in Adoption, Foster Care

This month OCA will spotlight foster families in our network to bring awareness of Foster Care. Michael and Jacinda Hall foster in Jefferson County. According to the Department of Community Based Services: 70% of children who come into the State’s care are reunited with a biological family member 80% of children adopted through foster care

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