We love to bring our readers and followers as many perspectives on various topics as possible. Last week, we shared what available research and a few parents said about youth attending a traditional brick-and-mortar school this upcoming fall semester versus the option of attending a virtual program. So, we’d like to share more insight into the concerns of continuing traditional school during the COVID-19 pandemic from a licensed professional counselor, specifically about children with functional challenges and certain special needs. We asked our therapist, Lisa Williams, PhD to weigh in on the topic.
Here are 10 Netflix selections we’re recommending that explore foster care, mental health, people with special needs, and more.
Making the decision to homeschool or return your children back to their traditional school is a difficult choice with very limited research-based facts. We’re here to walk you through some of the variables to consider.
On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, The Loving Luggage Project donated its first batch of luggage to Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. The Loving Luggage Project is a new not-for-profit organization aiming to provide youth in foster care with new luggage, necessities, and other goodies. They hope that no kid in foster care will go without a suitcase and can avoid using trash bags.
Besides the fact that a lot of newly released music is representative of what’s happening around the world, especially in America, it’s been largely released during June, which is African American Music Appreciation Month. Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. has been sharing a song from Black artists every day that speaks to the current times. Check out our African American Music Appreciation Month playlist.
Traditional talk therapy is not the only way to engage children in promoting mental wellness. Using playing as a form of therapy provides kids with outlets for emotional, mental, and physical development.
With more than two decades of experience with fostering children, some with multi-layered needs, Geraldine Jackson says she had never seen a 9-month-old baby look like a newborn until she met her foster son “OJ.” She describes how she could tell that he was close to death from the shape he was in when she met him at the hospital at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama (UAB). Four years later, he’s come a long way and is more than just surviving. He’s thriving and hitting major developmental milestones.
There are many valuable lessons we can pull from the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. One important lesson is that change is inevitable. We all can pull some very valuable warnings and preparation techniques from the events that have taken place so far in 2020, but these lessons are especially imperative examples for youth in foster care, especially if they’re aging forward.
Social workers, case managers, and family support workers are caregivers. They’re constantly putting their clients and work before themselves, which pushes their needs to the back burner unintentionally. This leads to burnout. Now, sprinkle the stressful effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on top of the conditions that already cause burnout. How do people combat burnout, especially during quarantine when getting massages and having spa days aren’t the safest choices for practicing self-care?
A case manager for Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. did a Q&A to discuss how he’s using technology at the agency to stay connected with his clients during the coronavirus quarantine and how the company is above the technology curve compared to other social service agencies.