ACEs…Great in Poker not in Childhood

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are classified into three categories of events: abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction.  The experiences are measured from an individual's childhood until the age of 18 into the ACEs questionnaire, which is 10 questions, to determine their exposure to harmful experiences to determine an overall score.  The higher the ACEs score (or number of adverse experiences), the more… Continue reading ACEs…Great in Poker not in Childhood

What’s that Podcast About?

There is now a podcast for almost any topic out there from politics, philosophy, crime investigation, and yes, even foster care!  The now infamous series Serial, with over 80 million downloads, brought the podcast to its now current status of the "go to" on demand listen while engaging in our day to day tasks.  Well, truth be told, I am… Continue reading What’s that Podcast About?

ReMoved: Understanding the Lived Foster Care Experience

"My past defines me.  This is who I am.  I am unseen, unheard, unwanted.  That is what I am.  If I am even anything."  ReMoved ReMoved is a poignant short film that portrays the lived foster care experience. The film was written and produced by Nathanael and Christina Matanick to raise awareness of the pain and hopelessness felt by children in the… Continue reading ReMoved: Understanding the Lived Foster Care Experience

What About My Education?

Going to school just seems like a run of the mill normal expectation for children.  A child turns 5 and he starts his formal schooling experience.  While most children may probably say they would rather not go to school, they appear to succeed in interacting with teachers, learning new lessons, as well as being exposed to social experiences in developing friendships… Continue reading What About My Education?