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
KIFS Training Fun at the Park

At regular intervals foster parents take ongoing training. The training provides useful tools and information to help them provide the best care and support for children who have experienced traumatic life experiences. At KIFS, while the parents are in class, the kids PLAY!

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Nicolette Meade
KIFS Staff Expands Toolkit with EMDR

At KIFS, we’re always looking for new skills and tools that we can use to provide the best care and outcomes for the children and families we serve. From September 19th-21st, 2018 Jessica Schneider and Case Manager & Therapist Nick Sansone attended a training to gain a new tool— Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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Nicolette Meade