A Summer of Art

A truly wonderful summer with our KIFS kids! We received several donations in the form of yarn and painting supplies, all of which we put to good use. Our kids dove right into weaving, painting, and drawing - showing up for our sessions with open minds and hearts. We are infinitely grateful for them.

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Nicolette Meade
Tapping into the Creative

Weaving, painting, and drawing alongside the KIFS kids over the past few weeks has been absolutely amazing and incredibly inspiring. Exploring with colors and textures, using one’s hands in simple ways to move and build something interesting, beautiful, thoughtful. Creating is a way to reflect, to be still in a way that can feel safe and soothes the mind.

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Nicolette Meade
Volunteer Love! Theresa Boehmer

Theresa Boehmer contacted KIFS recently to see if our foster kids could benefit from handmade, warm fleece blankets and of course we said yes! She showed up at our Fort Thomas office with large bags full of handmade blankets with a variety of patterns from mermaids to trucks to flowers. We asked her a little about her motivations and can’t wait for her next special delivery!

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Nicolette Meade
Working Through Trauma with Mindfulness: Project Yoga, Mint Yoga Studio & KIFS

KIFS recently recieved a grant to develop a yoga and mindfullness for trauma program for our foster children. Studies have shown promising results for people who have experienced trauma. “Initial study results revealed that participation in trauma-informed gentle yoga leads to a significant reduction (over 30 percent) in symptoms of post-traumatic stress, including fewer intrusive thoughts and less dissociation from the body. By the end of the study (after only 10 weeks of yoga) several women in the yoga group no longer met diagnostic criteria for PTSD.” - Read more of this article from Yoga International

KIFS reached out to Mint Yoga Studio in Fort Thomas, KY to see if they would be willing to work something out with us. Tiffany Brennan, owner and yoga instructor at Mint, didn’t hesitate to partner with us. She immediately wrote back that Mint would love to host the program with the assistance of Project Yoga Cincinnati.

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Nicolette Meade
What's Your Super Power? Weekly Group Therapy Inspires

Our foster children meet up every week during the summer for group therapy. They work with our wonderful staff of case managers and therapists to develop coping skills and work through trauma. The basis of our mission at KIFS is supporting and placing children in homes that can support them on a successful journey to being able to live a full, healthy and normal life.

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Nicolette Meade
Foster Children Experience PTSD

June is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month. PTSD occurs after a person has experienced trauma, a shocking, disturbing, dangerous event wherein the person feels their life is in danger. Our knowledge of the effects of PTSD have been studied in veterans of wars and there is new research on the long term effects of trauma on former foster children from Harvard University, University of Michigan, and Casey Family Programs.

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Nicolette Meade
Understanding Trauma in Children & Youth

Would you be able to recognize the symptoms of traumatic stress in children and teenagers? Do you understand the impact of trauma exposure on the developing brain and the effects on social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning? Do you know when and how to refer children and youth for trauma interventions in the community?

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Nicolette Meade
Need Help Now? Crisis Text Line

The Crisis Text Line uses the power of technology to help people connect with a supportive, trained volunteer as fast as possible. KIFS is not affiliated with Crisis Text Line but wanted to share the information in hopes that it may be of help.

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Fay Blevins
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of mental health and behavior disorders. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life.

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Nicolette Meade
KIFS Is Growing

A little more than a year ago, KIFS moved to its current location in Fort Thomas, Kentucky; a lovely historic storefront. The new office offered more space, but it has become clear more space is needed! KIFS has now taken over the upstairs office space and hopes to expand into the second half of the historic storefront.

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Nicolette Meade
Equine Therapy aka Horse Back Riding Therapy

According to The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International, Therapeutic Riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with special needs.

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Nicolette Meade
KIFS Director Jessica Schneider on Cincinnati Edition

The ongoing opioid crisis has caused a dramatic increase in the number of children being removed from their homes due to one or both parents being addicted to drugs. And local agencies are struggling to find individuals and families willing to foster or adopt these children and provide them with the love, safety and stability they need.

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Nicolette Meade
Adoption & Elevating Youth Voices

Thousands of older teens in foster care are waiting for adoption across the United States. Their experience in foster care reflects great diversity, and their paths to adulthood are varied. Some find permanency through adoption or guardianship, while others age out of the system.

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Nicolette Meade