Things You Should & Shouldn’t Say To A Foster Youth

Extended family, friends and neighbors, teachers, children, even foster parents can sometimes find it difficult to know what to say to a foster child in some situations. It’s important to realize your approach can impact how a child thinks and feels. These hints and tips are designed to give guidance on things you should and shouldn’t say to foster children, based on feedback from kids who [...]

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Brighter Walls For Brighter Futures: Seasoned Foster Mom Gives Life To Uhrichsville Office Using Her Own Artistic Expression

Melinda Stutler does not consider herself an artist, but she couldn’t resist the urge to let her inner artist out when she walked into a room at The Village Network’s Uhrichsville office used for meetings and programming that involved foster children. The room was kind of drab, and she wanted something better for the kids.

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Equipping Foster Parents With Tools Of The Trade

A goal on The Village Network’s 2016-2018 Strategic plan was to create a Trauma-Informed Foster Parent Certification Training Program. The Uhrichsville and Mansfield locations were the first to pilot the program, and right away, foster parents began to have a different perspective about the foster children in their homes. Staff noticed that not only did the foster parents seem to have more [...]

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The Village Network’s Sweet Jubilation fundraiser takes on sports theme to tackle mental health issues

WOOSTER — The Village Network is hoping to score big with this year’s sports-themed Sweet Jubilation fundraiser scheduled to kick off 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Greystone Event Center, 50 Riffel Road. Sweet Jubilation is the premier fundraiser for The Village Network, an experienced, multi-discipline behavioral health organization helping youth and families become resilient, […]

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Mental Health Minute: 10 Warning Signs Your Child May Have A Mental Illness

Children can develop all of the same mental health conditions as adults, but because they’re still learning how to identify and talk about thoughts and emotions, they typically express them differently than adults. For example, depressed children will often show more irritability than depressed adults, who more typically show sadness. Children suffering from anxiety will […]

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