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By Donna on 9/13/2018 3:04 PM

While it is not an easy topic to address, suicide is a topic that must be addressed and awareness must be spread in order to help increase prevention. Sadly, suicide rates have become the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults in the age range of 5 to 24 years old. In addition, suicide rates have increased significantly over the last twenty years for people of all ages. These disheartening facts make it imperative that as a society we continue to educate ourselves about suicidal ideation and early suicidal warning signs, not just during this Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, but all year long. Read on for detailed information from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) specific for foster parents and child welfare professionals on how to detect suicidal warning signs for foster children and youth. 

By Donna on 7/20/2018 12:31 PM

Summer is in full force! School is out and the sun is blaring which means now is a better time than ever for you to connect and make memories with your foster child. Do you know the best part of making summer memories that last a lifetime? You don’t have to spend truckloads of money to do so! SCYAP has you covered on a list of ideas we researched and prepared specifically for you. These memory-making ideas are not only inexpensive or even free (yes, FREE) but they will also help you make the most of every long summer day with your foster child. Check out our full blog for ten tips to make your summer world go round!

By Donna on 3/14/2018 2:19 PM

Did you know it's National Social Work Month? The 2018 theme for National Social Work Month is "Leaders. Advocates. Champions." Let's focus on the word "Advocates." What exactly does it mean to be an advocate? Advocate, as defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary is one who pleads the cause of another. The definition alone is powerful, but when a person puts advocacy into action, especially for children and youth, that's when lives are impacted and the world can be changed for the better. Check out the full blog for a better understanding of the duties of child advocates and how their work ultimately helps to positively change the course of the future, because children are the future after all. 

By Donna on 11/6/2017 11:42 AM



There is never a wrong time to teach children and youth about gratitude, but with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, now seems an appropriate time to place more emphasis on one of the greatest life lessons.  For five extremely helpful, simple, and FREE tips read the full version of SCYAP's latest blog.  The tips come from Dr. Monisha Vasa who is a well-respected psychiatrist and a dedicated mother.  Oh, and did we mention these tips are free? 

By Donna on 8/18/2017 12:20 PM

Is it possible that summer is nearly over? It seems to be that way as much as we fight against it. With the days of pool visits and lighter schedules fading away it is now time to start thinking about how to slowly, but surely regain the mindset needed to prep and even be happy about the new school year. Below are a few tips to help in this daunting process.

By Donna on 7/19/2017 1:34 PM



Now that summer is in full force, and the thermostats are full proof of that, check out our latest blog for a list of fun indoor activities.  Keep the kiddos entertained even when going outside isn't the coolest option.

By Donna on 4/11/2017 3:11 PM

Some observances are ones you wish you did not have to mark. With some 686,000 children victimized annually by physical, mental, or sexual abuse, National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April is one of those observances.  If there is good news here, it is that reports of child abuse have been declining slightly over recent years.

Article retrieved from www.childtrends.org.

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 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 10/9/2015 3:45 PM
This Director's Note written by Josh Caughman was featured in our latest Community-Based Services newsletter. Although, this letter was directed at our Advocates, we felt like his words would resonate with the rest of the SCYAP Family.

Dear Advocates,

Our wonderful state of South Carolina has seen disaster this week that is unprecedented for us. Many of our homes and communities will never be the same.The loss is difficult to even comprehend at times. Please know that all those affected by this disaster are in our thoughts and prayers. While we are grieving significant loss, we also have seen an unbelievable response of love,sacrifice, and courage...

By Donna on 4/30/2015 3:16 PM


The month of May is a time to recognize the hard work and heart work of foster parents, child service professionals, volunteers, policymakers, and other members of the community who make a difference in the lives of children in foster care. During National Foster Care Month, we encourage all community members to participate in efforts to raise awareness about Therapeutic Foster Care and celebrate all those who serve these children throughout the year.

There are several ways to help raise awareness for National Foster Care Month and begin that first step of change in a child’s life. Use our free tools...

By Donna on 4/1/2015 12:20 PM


Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

At SCYAP, we believe a home should be a safe and nurturing environment where each child can grow to his or her fullest potential. Unfortunately, however, many children in our state and nation have experienced or at risk of experiencing abuse and/or neglect. Latest figures from the South Carolina Department of Social Services show that in 2013 there were almost 30,000 reports of child abuse and/or neglect made. Even 1 report is 1 too many!

Join the 7.3 million people committed to...

By Donna on 3/4/2015 4:23 PM

But, It Was All a Dream


I knew I was just a dumb girl.

I thought I wasn't a dumb mistake.

But, I am.


By Donna on 1/30/2015 2:10 PM
Many young people in the foster care system are lesbian,gay, bisexual, transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI). Chances are if you are a foster parent, caseworker, advocate, or agency staff member,you have either worked directly with a LGBT youth or know someone who has.These youth are constantly facing...