November 21, 2018

Giving Thanks


Happy Thanksgiving! It is a meaningful time to gather with your family and friends. Many people see it as a time to reflect on, and to give thanks for, life's bountiful gifts. Along with empathy, understanding the importance of expressing gratitude is something that you can actually teach children, and Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to start.


Here are some tips to help you foster gratitude in children.


Be what you want to see - Make a point to express gratitude in the presence of children. Let them hear you say "Thank you!"


Talk about it - Choose a neutral space and allow children to have the opportunity to discuss specific events or concerns. This is also a good time to express gratitude; ending the meeting by acknowledging something or someone to be thankful for helps everyone leave on a positive note, and also helps to further instill a sense of gratitude in children.


Help your child find deeper values and goals - Help children think about the world around them and ask them from time to time what they think is truly important in life. Encourage them  to help others, even in the smallest of ways, and to find value in non-materialistic items.

Recently Added Resources:



2018 Annual Performance Report





Looking for school options for your child - help is here! Not all students learn the same way. That’s why Step Up For Students exists. Step Up For Students is a nonprofit scholarship funding organization that helps administer four programs for Florida school children.


Please take a moment to review the most recent Just in Time Web Show with Lora Diaz featuring Stephanie Love discussing the Step Up for Students program.


Upcoming Events

National Webinar: Synthetic Marijuana: What Is It, Why Is It Dangerous, and How Can We Prevent Youth from Using It?,
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Synthetic cannabinoids, misleadingly called “synthetic marijuana” are human-made mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices.


In this webinar, Krista Osterthaler of the American Association of Poison Control Centers will provide an overview of synthetic cannabinoids and the scope of the problem among youth. Dr. Seth Ammerman of Stanford University will share his experience in working with patients who use “synthetic marijuana” and discuss his approach as part of general screening for substance use.


Click HERE for more information and to register.


Live Webinar hosted by The Center: Creating Boundaries,
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Eastern)


This webinar will provide an informative overview of the topic, Boundaries! Creating boundaries keeps us emotionally safe from toxic people.


The training will be interactive; using visual aids and chat discussions to assist with teaching how to identify healthy connections with family and friends as well as the purpose of modeling how to maintain them. Setting clear boundaries has been identified as a necessary skill in all areas, yet specifically in child welfare as a result of the unique responsibility to interact with diverse populations and professions.


Those in attendance will be provided with tips and techniques to engage in mutually beneficial relationships and eliminate the guilt associated with disconnecting from unhealthy and dysfunctional people despite their roles.


Click HERE to register.


Sponsorship opportunity for the Sarasota YMCA/Safe Children Coalition's 9th Annual Conference.


The deadline for sponsorship registration and payment is December 3, 2018 in order to be included in the conference materials.


Many opportunities are available for sponsorship and each sponsorship level offers a variety of benefits and visibility. By sponsoring the 2019 annual conference you are providing training and networking opportunities to more than 250 child welfare professionals including: case managers, child advocates, child protective investigators, Child Protection Team staff, attorneys, court staff, DCF staff, relative and non-relative caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, Guardians ad Litem, law enforcement, and service providers. A limited number of booths are available for 2019.


Click HERE to access the Sponsorship Registration form and secure your exhibit space.




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