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People Places Foster Parents Attend 32nd Annual FFTA Conference

Written by: Kindall Stevenson, Marketing, Advertising & Recruitment Specialist People Places’ foster parents, Megan and Rock Watson recently traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the 32nd Annual FFTA Conference. The Family Focused Treatment Association hosts this event, each year, and organizes several talks circling on the latest news and topics in foster…...

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Shawn Winfrey: Foster Care to College and Beyond

Written by: Kindall Stevenson, Marketing, Advertising & Recruitment Specialist Shawn Winfrey is a former foster child who entered care in 1994 and again in 2000 due to neglect. For him, kinship care was not considered or offered.   “My first stint in care was not pleasant or safe; my brothers and I…...

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When Is It Time for A Time-out? – Part One

Time-outs are a common “discipline” practice used to address negative behavior, with many parents believing it is the best option available to them. But what do time-outs teach a child, and do they help achieve the goals of discipline?...

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Colleen’s Journey through Foster Care

Colleen entered foster care at age 8 and was referred to People Places at age 11. Today, she is articulate, successful, and a loving mother to two boys of her own. She recounts her time in the system; “I know DSS like the back of my hand. When you’ve been…...

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One Size Does Not Fit All

Written by: Richard Doyle, MSW – Family Services Coordinator, Supervisee in Social Work   In my last blog post I introduced the book No Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel and Tina Bryson. Central to their approach to discipline is the phrase connect and redirect. They also stress taking an approach…...

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Is It Superhero or Social Work Appreciation Month?

  Written by: Brad Wentz, LCSW – Charlottesville Regional Program Director Thanks to Social Media, there is an explosion of “Appreciation Months” and “Appreciation Days”.  With themes like “National Popcorn Day”, and “Bring Your Dog to Work Day”, it’s hard to keep track of them all.  However, as long as…...

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‘Why I Love Being a Mentor’

Written by People Places’ mentor, Irv Kempf While growing up I was blessed with certain teachers, neighbors, coaches, and employers who found time to take a kindly interest in me as a unique individual. They encouraged, guided, and inspired me to believe in myself and accept more of my true…...

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A Fresh Start

Is the following scenario familiar? You come downstairs in the morning and two of your children are bickering. A bowl of cereal spills on the table and the dog jumps in to “help” clean it up. Another child is half-dressed, half-awake, and about to miss his bus for the third…...

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Ride with Pride- Community Partnership

People Places and Ride with Pride have partnered for many years to provide therapeutic experiences for foster children. Kelsey Lasher, the Program Director at Cedar Creek Stables, is passionate about the work she does....

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Gifts of Fostering

In the midst of this holiday season, have you ever stopped to think about the gifts you RECEIVE as a foster parent? It’s easy to recognize the many gifts foster parents give to children placed in their homes,  but what about the gifts the experience brings foster parents? The greatest gift is…...

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