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June is African American Music Appreciation Month

June is African American Music Appreciation Month

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.

How One Foster Parent Took a Child From Near-Death to Thriving

How One Foster Parent Took a Child From Near-Death to Thriving

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. 

Aging Forward: How to Handle Change As a Young Adult

Aging Forward: How to Handle Change As a Young Adult

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.

Self-Care is a Must for Social Work Professionals

Self-Care is a Must for Social Work Professionals

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? 

Mothers Are Irreplaceable

Mothers Are Irreplaceable

A Mother's Day Poem By Intisar Seraaj In the beginning of our time together, The bond between mothers and their children are so physical.   Air kisses for their boo boo Forehead kisses when they boo-hoo Cheek kisses because they’re a part of you   Hugs when...

Using horticulture as a method of healing from trauma

Using horticulture as a method of healing from trauma

Non-traditional therapy is a term used to describe methods of mental health therapy that have limited evidence-based research. Although there may be a lack of scientific data about these non-traditional therapy techniques, there are plenty of testimonies about their positive effects. There is growing support for these techniques as viable resources for mental health and wellness. Horticulture therapy is one of those becoming more popular.

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