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By Donna on 2/8/2017 4:22 PM

Varda Epstein (http://foster-adoptive-kinship-family-services-nj.org/ten-ways-show-foster-child-love/)


If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you’re serving as a foster parent because you’ve got love and warmth to spare. You have something to give. It’s why you’ve opened your home and your heart to a child not your own—a child who has suffered rejection, fear, and loss; a child who feels helpless and abandoned and unprotected. You want, more than anything else, to help this child experience what every child should experience by right: unconditional love, a feeling of belonging, acceptance, hope, and stability. A feeling that he or she is one-of-a-kind in the best possible way.
By Donna on 1/13/2017 4:18 PM

Parents may make resolutions to save more money, stop smoking or lose weight in the New Year, but what commitments can children make to improve themselves, too? Turns out, there are plenty of age-appropriate targets kids can set to build skills and habits that’ll serve them well into adulthood. Here are some suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

By Donna on 12/9/2016 3:46 PM

 

By The Center for LiteracyEnrichment at Pace (Open Post)

The holidays are a very busy time for everyone, which makes everyday routines difficult to keep up with. This includes spending time with your child on homework and reading. Focus tends to be shifted from books to bags of presents, and it’s not always easy to bring your child back to reality.

By Donna on 11/1/2016 3:27 PM

By: Kathleen Berchelmann M.D., FAAP (courtesy of healthychildren.org)


Tired of bickering, jealousy, and selfishness? Kids are naturally materialistic and self-serving– but the good news is that gratitude can be taught. And from gratitude flows joy.
By Donna on 7/22/2016 11:54 AM

In a world that seems to be filled with news of tragedy and acts of terrorism, it is imperative now more than ever that children and youth are intentionally taught how to receive and give love.   Parents are the primary providers of love to their children and with that hold a delicate responsibility in their hands.  Effective parental teachings of love are diligent lessons that coincide with wholehearted actions.  In the world of foster care, foster parents carry an even more precious responsibility of not only teaching but also being careful in how they show love to the children and youth who are welcomed into their homes.  This responsibility taken on by foster parents is not easy, but with tenderness and grace, showing love and teaching children to love effectively can contribute to a lifelong relationship that could change a child or youth forever. 

By Donna on 5/27/2016 2:23 PM
Upon beginning my position as Social Media and Marketing Coordinator of the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program, I was immediately motivated by the powerful presence of passion and positivity that illuminated the halls of the SCYAP office in Columbia which houses the Midlands Region, Community-Based Services, and State Office.The infectious energy of the office was validated through some truly inspiring and insightful meetings I was able to arrange with employees in the Midlands Region for Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC).
By Donna on 3/7/2016 11:54 AM

For most of us, our introduction to books was one filled with awe and wonder. As a child, we could escape to a world where anything was possible. A world filled with princesses, talking animals, heroes and anything else our minds could imagine. As we grew older, reading may have lost some of its amazing wonder and changed from a fun activity into a stressful chore. We then had to read books as class assignments, and reading became a means to memorize material to pass an upcoming test. The joy of reading for pleasure remained strong for some, but faded in others. To resurrect your joy of reading, here are five ways in which reading can benefit your life.


By Donna on 1/11/2016 3:32 PM


At SCYAP, we want to ensure our applicants know exactly what it means to become a part of our Community-Based Services team! Below are several questions that we receive when individuals are applying to join our Community-Based Services team as Child Service Professionals, Therapists, and/or Transporters...

By Donna on 1/8/2016 9:32 AM


Wide Awake with a Thankful Heart

By Jasmine Jackson, By SCYAP's Newest Admin Assistant

Looking up at this beautiful glass building with a spacious entrance decorated with holiday cheer, a smile came across my face as I felt very accomplished being here.  I walked into the see-through elevator and looked around me as I rose to the third floor. I entered the admissions office where I would be working and found my cubicle fully equipped with any office accessory I could need and my name already programmed on the phone and computer. An envelope with my name on it was sitting on my desk and was revealed to be one of many Christmas cards I would receive in the next few weeks. I felt very welcomed and appreciated...

By Donna on 11/18/2015 1:01 PM


The Kelly Krew

By Monica Kelly, Myrtle Beach Regional Director

A few years ago on my Facebook page, I started a saying to describe funny events that happened to us only because we are a large, adoptive family.  You might be a large, adoptive family if…. The other thing that I have done is name our family The Kelly Krew. The following blog entry is a glimpse into the life of The Kelly Krew: