For Veterans Day, we want to honor and thank all who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces. One of the many service members is Navy Lt. Louis Sanchez, a true hometown hero serving his country, he is a 1989 Miami Killian Senior High School graduate and for the past 5 years, has served as a clinical social worker in the Navy. He is deployed right now on the USS Bataan, the flagship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, increase theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. As the only clinical social worker serving in the BATARG, Sanchez supports more than 4,200 Sailors and Marines.
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To fully understand why the Independent Living programs were created, and ensure that they are implemented to best fulfill their purpose, it is necessary to think about how children are normally raised by their own families. Parents are responsible for ensuring their children are trained in the family’s values and receive discipline to inculcate those values. Parents also help with their children’s formal education. We don’t often think about the day-to-day, common-sense information that parents also impart to their children. And until the “Road to Independence Act” was passed in Florida, children’s advocates did not focus much, if at all, on ensuring that foster children somehow learned this day-to-day information. Clearly, ensuring that foster children receive an appropriate formal education and health care services, and that they live in an appropriate foster home, can itself be a full-time endeavor.
The statistics, however, indicate just how important it is that foster children also learn all those things that parents typically impart to their children on an informal, daily basis. These things include: budgeting and money management, including how to write a check, and how using credit cards can increase the cost of purchases; menu planning, shopping and cooking; completing forms and applications; knowledge about paying taxes and timely filing tax returns; dressing appropriately for job interviews; and on and on. Those children fortunate enough to live in a family foster home, and to be stable in that foster home, can learn these things. But foster children who are moved frequently, or who live in group homes where these tasks are not modeled, simply do not learn these things. And when these foster children graduate from the system at age 18, they usually lose the adult supports they had; they are frequently unable to successfully perform the activities of adult daily living. Past studies have shown that approximately 50% of adults who aged out of the foster care system experienced homelessness and/or joblessness, were welfare recipients, or engaged in criminal activities for which they were imprisoned. This painted a grim portrait of life after foster care.
At Branches, the Achieve family of programs provides a continuum of financial services that equips and enables families to achieve increased financial stability and long-term success in life. Achieve programs create opportunity, stimulate productivity and ultimately lead to stability.Financial freedom cannot come through knowledge alone but necessitates an opportunity to exercise that knowledge. Branches opens up new opportunities for clients to improve their situations and lives. The coaching process reorients the expectations of a client to overcome self-imposed barriers while also navigating external barriers through access to uniquely targeted tools and services.
Urgent Inc. is a youth and community development organization with a mission of empowering young minds to transform their communities. This non-profit organization is currently searching for a Youth Development Intern. A successful intern will assist Counselors and Program Managers during their Youth Empowerment Summer Camp located here on UM’s campus! To learn more or to apply for this amazing opportunity, search for Job ID 40274 on HireACane.
Pam Ford, a peer services manager at South Florida Behavioral Health Network, spoke about her experiences struggling with a mental illness, specifically bipolar mental illness. As one who lives with a serious mental illness, Pam, a leader now in the peer movement, is able to provide the best advice to others struggling with similar situations. She shares information on how to get help, what it is like to live with a serious mental illness, and where to find the resources necessary for recovery and rehabilitation.
Waterlust was founded in December 2011 as a side project. The original goal was to use film/photography to creatively capture how people interact with water in Marine science, ocean sports, and art. At the time, Patrick Rynne, a second year as a PhD student in Applied Marine Physics at RSMAS (UM Marine Science School) had no background in film/photography. Fiona Graham and Jennah Caster (both fellow marine science graduate students) joined the team a couple months later, focusing on making fun and dynamic online videos that showed unique stories.
Waterlust started publishing videos on YouTube and Vimeo, with over 30 videos that have earned nearly 1.5 million views online.The foundation of this project is based on the basic concept that you cannot force people to care about environmental issues by simply telling them to care. Even if you show them the “doom and gloom” including scientific facts, it won’t necessarily lead to change. Patrick and his team feel that change is an extremely specific process that is different for everybody. The goal of Waterlust is to kickstart that process by getting people around the world to think about water and what it means to them on a daily basis.
Through their six core programs, Agape brings assistance to literally hundreds of underserved individuals caught in the expensive and non-rehabilitating hospitals, jails, and institutions. Agape’s success stems from a one-of-a-kind integration of services to meet clients’ Psychological, Social, Physical and Spiritual needs. Claudio Perez, President and CEO of AGAPE Network, talks about the importance of having healthy women in our community and how that translates into our society.
Adoption is the legal transfer of the parental rights and responsibilities from a child’s birth parents to the adoptive parents. But adoption is not the only way to help children in crisis, you may be interested in becoming a foster parent or a Guardian Ad Litem. Two foster parents, Trudy and Lisa, discuss the various challenges in the foster care system. For a prospective adoptive parent, fostering to adopt makes the adoption process easier to navigate. For Trudy and Lisa, parenting through adopting can be one of the most life-changing and yet rewarding experiences, but it is important to understand the adoption process and the different adoption opportunities available. Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe can provide you with additional information and referral services, support groups, adoption-related libraries, case management and training.
Kadie Black and Issa Hosein explain in broad terms the foster care system and how Our Kids, as the administrative agency, plays into the scheme of things. Among the topics discussed during the show are the misconceptions surrounding foster care/adoption and the children in the system, who are the children in the foster care system and most importantly, how the community can get involved. The Florida Department of Children and Families has awarded Our Kids a Community Based Care (CBC) Lead Agency Status. It is through dedicated and devoted workers that Our Kids is able to oversee and lead a coordinated system of care delivering excellence to abused, abandoned and neglected children and their families in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.