Foster Kinship http://www.fosterkinship.org Help Keep Home in the Family Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:15:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.8 Kinship Orientation Sessions http://www.fosterkinship.org/kinship-orientation-sessions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kinship-orientation-sessions http://www.fosterkinship.org/kinship-orientation-sessions/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:30:18 +0000 http://www.fosterkinship.org/?p=2038   Foster Kinship has partnered with the Clark County Department of Family Services to offer free kinship orientation sessions to all new relative and fictive kin caregivers who are caring for a child in the child welfare system. While the orientations are geared towards new caregivers, those who are caring…

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Foster Kinship & Clark County Department of Family Services LogosFoster Kinship has partnered with the Clark County Department of Family Services to offer free kinship orientation sessions to all new relative and fictive kin caregivers who are caring for a child in the child welfare system. While the orientations are geared towards new caregivers, those who are caring for a child in foster care who want more information on resources available may also find the sessions useful. The first session will be August 17th, 2015.

Orientation Topics: 

  • The Kinship Care Road Map- a helpful overview of options in the child welfare system (Download a free copy here: 2015-07-21 – DFS Kinship Roadmap Brochure)
  • Understanding the difference between being a licensed and unlicensed caregiver
  • The financial benefits available to licensed and unlicensed caregivers
  • Partnering with the Department of Family Services
  • Local and national kinship supports and resources
  • Opportunity to sign up for free Child-Only TANF enrollment sessions

Sessions will be facilitated by Alison Caliendo, MA. Alison is the founder and director of Foster Kinship, a 501c3 providing support, advocacy and case management to kinship families in Clark County, NV.

Session Date/Time/Location Information: 

  • The 1st Saturday of each month at 2:30 PM in the Red Rock Room at 701K N Pecos, 89101 (Child Haven Campus). The first date will be September 5th. 
  • The 3rd Monday of each month at 6 PM in the Carson City Room at 121 MLK Blvd, 89106 (Central Campus). The first session will be this month- August 17th. 
  • The Kinship Orientation Session is also available to watch online anytime
These sessions are free and RSVP is not required. For questions, call (702) 546-9988.

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Foster Talk with Dr. John http://www.fosterkinship.org/foster-talk-with-dr-john/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=foster-talk-with-dr-john http://www.fosterkinship.org/foster-talk-with-dr-john/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 02:32:37 +0000 http://www.fosterkinship.org/?p=1965 Foster Kinship’s Executive Director, Ali Caliendo, was interviewed on the “Foster Talk with Dr. John” podcast as part of a discussion about the book to which she contributed, “The Kinship Parenting Toolbox”. Listen to the podcast HERE. Listen to the podcast HERE.

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Foster Kinship’s Executive Director, Ali Caliendo, was interviewed on the “Foster Talk with Dr. John” podcast as part of a discussion about the book to which she contributed, “The Kinship Parenting Toolbox”. Listen to the podcast HERE.

The Kinship Parenting ToolboxFoster Talk with Dr. John

Listen to the podcast HERE.

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Civil Engagement Interview http://www.fosterkinship.org/civil-engagement-interview/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=civil-engagement-interview http://www.fosterkinship.org/civil-engagement-interview/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:52:26 +0000 http://www.fosterkinship.org/?p=1955 Foster Kinship’s Executive Director, Ali Caliendo, was interviewed on UNLV’s Civil Engagement Radio Show with Ken Lange. Listen to learn more about kinship care issues in Las Vegas.

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Foster Kinship’s Executive Director, Ali Caliendo, was interviewed on UNLV’s Civil Engagement Radio Show with Ken Lange. Listen to learn more about kinship care issues in Las Vegas.

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“Train Your Brain” Behavior Modification Tool http://www.fosterkinship.org/train-brain-behavior-modification-tool/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=train-brain-behavior-modification-tool http://www.fosterkinship.org/train-brain-behavior-modification-tool/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:39:23 +0000 http://www.fosterkinship.org/?p=1923 At our free kinship educational group on Tuesday evening, we heard from a  Compass Behavioral Health counselor about a trick to help with difficult behavior. The group found it so useful, I asked her to allow me to share it with you all here! When working with children who are…

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At our free kinship educational group on Tuesday evening, we heard from a  Compass Behavioral Health counselor about a trick to help with difficult behavior. The group found it so useful, I asked her to allow me to share it with you all here!

When working with children who are displaying difficult behaviors, a trick called “train your brain” may help. Many children in kinship and foster care have had their brain “programmed” with negative behaviors, choices, and body reactions, hurt and sadness. Some of this “programming” can even happen in utero (drug exposure, exposure to domestic violence). Many of these kids have not been taught to handle anger and sadness so they could make positive behavior choices. Some children don’t even know how to explain and define the emotions they are feeling! Nobody knew how to “train their brain” with positive/good emotions, reactions and behaviors.

hThe goal of “train your brain” is to help children change negative behavior into positive behavior through emotional identification, body awareness and calming techniques.  The phrase “train your brain” gives kids a very simple clue to behavior you want them to change. Use the phrase “train your brain to…” and complete the sentence with whatever behavior you want to work on. For example, you can say to a child that is always leaning back dangerously in their chair, “I need you to train your brain to keep you chair on the ground.” Be consistent and say it every time you see the behavior. The phrase “train your brain” will become a cue for the child to stop and think about their next choice and reaction. When you see the child keeping the chair on the ground, reinforce their good work by saying, “WOW! I love how you trained your brain to keep the chair on the ground!” When you begin this with a child, it is best to start with just one simple behavior. When the child starts learning better choices, the wrong behaviors become less and less and more of your brain becomes strong with positive behaviors.

Another key part of this work is helping the child relax, breathe and notice their body in moments of calm. When children act out or throw tantrums we often tell them to “calm down, take deep breaths.” However, the child can not “calm down” in moments of stress if they don’t understand in their body what calm feels like or what deep breathing means. Breathing exercises, yoga stretching, and silly relaxation done regularly while the child is calm will help build those neural pathways and help them recognize when their body feels relaxed. This, combined with teaching emotion words and how it feels in the body,  is the first step to helping children recognize a body reaction when it begins so they may understand the emotion that comes with that reaction.

Thanks to Compass for this great tool to try! Tell us in the comments- what behavior modification techniques have worked for you? How do you “train your own brain” to stay calm during stressful moments with your kids? What relaxation techniques do you rely on? I know I could use a few extra tips!

TIP: Make sure to join our MeetUp Group and come to upcoming educational groups with your kids for more information and support on raising kids with challenging behaviors! Bonus- the kids will have a workshop of their own and be led through relaxation exercises like the ones described above!

Be Well!

Ali, Foster Kinship Founder/Director

 

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You Made it Possible! 2014 Foster Kinship Annual Report http://www.fosterkinship.org/made-possible-2014-foster-kinship-annual-report/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=made-possible-2014-foster-kinship-annual-report http://www.fosterkinship.org/made-possible-2014-foster-kinship-annual-report/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:54:04 +0000 http://www.fosterkinship.org/?p=1881 We are proud of all we accomplished in 2014, and of all we have done since we opened our doors in 2012! But reflecting on the past year, what has been most valuable is all we have learned from kinship families and how much their strength inspires us to do…

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We are proud of all we accomplished in 2014, and of all we have done since we opened our doors in 2012! But reflecting on the past year, what has been most valuable is all we have learned from kinship families and how much their strength inspires us to do more each and every day. In 2015, we will continue our core programs and are thrilled about an expanded partnership with the Department of Family Services that will allow us to reach many more kinship families with support and information needed to make the best decisions for their families.

Thanks to all who have been part of our work. We are so blessed by each supporter and kinship family. What an honor to be able to “help keep home in the family” for another year.

With Gratitude,

Alison Caliendo, Founder and Director of Foster Kinship

Read our 2014 Annual Report here or download a copy: 2014 Foster Kinship Annual Report

2014 Foster Kinship Annual Report

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3rd Annual Fall Festival http://www.fosterkinship.org/3rd-annual-fall-festival/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=3rd-annual-fall-festival http://www.fosterkinship.org/3rd-annual-fall-festival/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:58:33 +0000 http://www.fosterkinship.org/?p=1806 Foster Kinship presents our 3rd Annual Fall Festival! Come join us for an afternoon of family fun, games, prizes, treats and food!  The event is free for all Kinship families working with Foster Kinship. Foster Kinship 3rd Annual Fall Festival Saturday, November 22nd – 1-4pm Las Vegas Center For Spiritual…

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Foster Kinship presents our 3rd Annual Fall Festival!

Come join us for an afternoon of family fun, games, prizes, treats and food!  The event is free for all Kinship families working with Foster Kinship.

Map of location for Foster Kinship 3rd Annual Fall FestivalFoster Kinship 3rd Annual Fall Festival
Saturday, November 22nd – 1-4pm
Las Vegas Center For Spiritual Living
4325 N. Rancho Blvd. Suites 110&120
FAMILY, FOOD, FUN!!!!

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!!
Must RSVP by November 15th to (702) 546-9988

Click here for directions

Foster Kinship 2014 3rd Annual Family Festival Flier

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Announcing: New Office Location and Expanded Helpline Hours http://www.fosterkinship.org/announcing-new-office-location-expanded-helpline-hours/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=announcing-new-office-location-expanded-helpline-hours http://www.fosterkinship.org/announcing-new-office-location-expanded-helpline-hours/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:33:43 +0000 http://www.fosterkinship.org/?p=1790 New Office Location We are thrilled to announce that Foster Kinship has moved! Our new address is 317 S 6th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101. For those of you familiar with our first office location on Paradise, we are no longer in Airport Center, so make sure to find us…

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New Office Location

We are thrilled to announce that Foster Kinship has moved! Our new address is 317 S 6th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101. For those of you familiar with our first office location on Paradise, we are no longer in Airport Center, so make sure to find us at our new address!

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 4.28.20 PMWe are located in the downtown Las Vegas area in the Work in Progress Building located across from Las Vegas Academy. Cross Streets are 6th and Bridger.

There is plenty of metered street parking. Parking for up to 2 hours will be reimbursed.

Bus Stop info: There are many stops located within .25 miles of the office. Please visit http://rtcws.rtcsnv.com/transit/stoplocator/stoplocator.cfm to find your route.

Feel free to stop by and say “hi” if you are in the area! Director Ali Caliendo will be at that location Monday afternoons and Wednesdays.

Get Directions

Just a reminder, support groups are still held at the regular location 4325 N Rancho, Suite 120.

Expanded Helpline Hours

We are also thrilled to be bringing on additional staff to expand our helpline hours. Please call (702) 546-9988 each THURSDAY between 10 AM-3 PM to speak to our client specialist.

 

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Support for Kinship Caregivers http://www.fosterkinship.org/support-kinship-caregivers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=support-kinship-caregivers http://www.fosterkinship.org/support-kinship-caregivers/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:41:08 +0000 http://www.fosterkinship.org/?p=1748 First published in the Clark County Caregiver Courier (May 2014). Alison Caliendo, founder and director of Foster Kinship, has had the privilege of working with individuals who are raising their relative’s children for over four years. New kinship caregivers often tell her they didn’t think twice about assuming responsibility for…

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First published in the Clark County Caregiver Courier (May 2014).

Alison Caliendo, founder and director of Foster Kinship, has had the privilege of working with individuals who are raising their relative’s children for over four years. New kinship caregivers often tell her they didn’t think twice about assuming responsibility for their relative’s children. When time came to take a relative’s child or children into their care they opened their hearts and homes. However, amidst all the changes they soon discover it was extremely difficult to navigate the systems around them in order to support the children they welcomed into their homes.

While similar to foster parenting, raising your relative comes with additional challenges and opportunities that require specialized support. Relatives often face bureaucratic, financial, and emotional struggles. A great-grandmother was in tears as she talked about being unable to get a social security card for her great-granddaughter. A grandfather broke down, disheartened after his application for welfare assistance for his four grandchildren was wrongly rejected. A young aunt talked about how alone she felt raising her nephews while protecting them from their mother- her sister- who is an addict and a prostitute. While these are all individual and difficult situations, these caregivers are not alone, and have all found strength, help and support through Foster Kinship, a local program founded to specifically address the needs of kinship families.

If you are raising a relative, you are not alone, and support is available. Foster Kinship is a 501c3 nonprofit with the exclusive mission to provide support, advocacy and resources to kinship families in Clark County.

Foster Kinship programs and services include a weekly telephone helpline, the Kinship Center, monthly support groups (dinner and childcare included), monthly educational meetings, quarterly family events and limited case management.

As you begin to seek resources to parent your relative’s child most effectively, Foster Kinship is here to explain some of the issues you may encounter and suggest strategies to overcome them effectively. All of Foster Kinship services are completely free to anyone raising a relative’s child in Clark County, NV. You are encouraged to learn more by visiting www.FosterKinshp.org, calling (702) KIN-9988 or sending an email to info@fosterkinship.org.

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Help “Keep Home in the Family” During the NV Big Give! http://www.fosterkinship.org/givebig/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=givebig http://www.fosterkinship.org/givebig/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:21:18 +0000 http://www.fosterkinship.org/?p=1603 Why give to Foster Kinship during the Nevada’s Big Give donation drive? Check our our new PSA featuring kinship families and director Ali Caliendo explaining why “keeping home in the family” is important to over 19,000 kids in Nevada! Let us know your thoughts, and if you can, donate today:…

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Why give to Foster Kinship during the Nevada’s Big Give donation drive?

Check our our new PSA featuring kinship families and director Ali Caliendo explaining why “keeping home in the family” is important to over 19,000 kids in Nevada! Let us know your thoughts, and if you can, donate today: www.fosterkinship.org/biggive!

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RSVP Now for Spring Celebration April 12, 2014 http://www.fosterkinship.org/rsvp-now-spring-celebration-april-12-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rsvp-now-spring-celebration-april-12-2014 http://www.fosterkinship.org/rsvp-now-spring-celebration-april-12-2014/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:01:44 +0000 http://www.fosterkinship.org/?p=1584 Date: Saturday, April 12th Time: 11-2 PM Location: Children’s Memorial Park Picnic Shelter B (6601 W Gowan Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89108) Activities: Egg Hunt Bingo, Pictures with the Easter Bunny, BBQ, Kids games/activities and kinship resources for adults. Cost: Free to kinship families. This event is only open to…

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Kinship Family Easter Egg Hunt Las Vegas
Date: Saturday, April 12th
Time: 11-2 PM
Location: Children’s Memorial Park Picnic Shelter B (6601 W Gowan Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89108)
Activities: Egg Hunt Bingo, Pictures with the Easter Bunny, BBQ, Kids games/activities and kinship resources for adults.
Cost: Free to kinship families. This event is only open to people raising a relative’s child and their whole family.
RSVP to 546-9988 or Ali@fosterkinship.org with name, phone number, email, number of adults and number of children.

More info: http://www.meetup.com/Kinship-Caregivers-Support-Group/events/168228822/

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