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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Training for Huckleberry House

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ACTION Ohio was honored to present a workshop for Huckleberry House on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, from 10:30 am - noon. 
This invitation came from Kyra Crockett Hodge, who chairs the Cultural Competency Committee. Huckleberry House workers do have some working knowledge of the foster care population – but they want to be as helpful as possible in advocating for this population.

After a discussion of Culture of Foster Care, each participant received copies of the following:

OAC rule
Life Skills Assessment  
Youth developed discharge plan
Permanency Pact  
5. Central Ohio resource list, based on 
resource knowledge that Ohio teens and young adults in and from foster care have mentioned as being vital to their success

We were incredibly grateful that Chynna Kelley could be there to help talk participants through the complexities of the Bridges program. Her insights were invaluable.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2018 Central Ohio Thanksgiving Dinner

Central Ohio Thanksgiving in Columbus:
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
eStem Academy, 8579 Summit Road, Reynoldsburg OH 43068
*Lots of free parking on-site. Look for the balloons to find the right entrance.
Event Flyer

Sponsors included: Reynoldsburg City Schools, including the Leo Club, National Council of Jewish Women: Columbus Section, Congregation Beth Tikvah Sisterhood, Junior League of Columbus, Kay’s Catering, Half Price Books, Dave Thomas Foundation, My Very Own Blanket, Cece Norwood, Kristin Gilbert and Dora Sterling.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

2018 SW Thanksgiving Dinner

SW Ohio Thanksgiving in Cincinnati:Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Junior League of Cincinnati’s Columbia Center
3500 Columbia Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45226
*There is a parking lot and street parking
Event Flyer

Sponsors included: Junior League of Cincinnati, The Peoples Church, Opportunities Knocking TLP, Easley Blessed Photography, My Very Own Blanket, University of Cincinnati's HEMI initiative, Montgomery County JFS, Kroger, and Safe Pastures Transitional Living.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

2018 SE Thanksgiving Dinner

SE Ohio Thanksgiving in Athens:
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ohio University, Grover Center
*There are parking meters and a large parking lot nearby
Event Flyer 

Sponsors included: Kiser’s BBQ, Ohio University, Athens County CASA, Athens County Foster Parent Association, Athens County Children Services, Fairfield County Children Services, and My Very Own Blanket.

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2018 NE Thanksgiving Dinner

NE Ohio Thanksgiving in Cleveland:
Saturday Nov. 3, 2018, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saint Ignatius High School, 1911 West 30th St., Cleveland OH 44113
*Parking was available next to the Breen Center on Lorain Ave.
Event Flyer

Sponsors included: St. Ignatius High School, Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services, Junior League of Greater Cleveland, National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section, Adoption Network Cleveland, Fill This House, Open Table, The Purple Project and My Very Own Blanket.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

OHIO Youth Advisory Board receives CCAI Angels in Adoption Award

The Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board (OHIO YAB) was honored to be nominated by Senator Rob Portman as his 2018 Angels in Adoption® Honoree.

The Angels in Adoption® Program is the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s signature public awareness program to honor the work of adoption and foster care advocates. This program has existed for 20 years. Over 100 Members of Congress participate, making it the year’s single most significant Congressional event pertaining to child welfare in the United States.

During their time in DC, Ohio foster care youth and alumni partnered with Eshawn Ali Peterson from Onward Hope in Arizona, to advocate for the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act.

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