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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Special 2010 PCSAO Volunteer Recognitions

  Left to right: Lisa Dickson and Paula Kyle, both foster care alumni

Over the years, Lisa Dickson has been such a wonderful and fresh force in the world of child welfare. Her tireless energy and willingness to promote the cause of better policy, practice and supports for our foster children an youth has been unparalleled. Lisa has particularly invested in supporting our youth in their higher educational pursuits, facilitating the Ohio Reach activities.

In her role as FCAA-OH Communications Chair, Lisa actively spreads the word that there are other foster alums, and welcomes participation by all – in fact she is coordinating three Thanksgiving Dinners this year, to be held regionally so more youth and adults can attend and enjoy. And of course Lisa has provided much insight to professionals about the trauma of foster care, and how to tap into the resiliency and potential of our youth.

Finally, many youth have felt personal value, worth and confidence due to Lisa’s personal interaction with them, and it has allowed them to do things they might not have had the courage to do without your support.

Paula Kyle first contacted PCSAO to review a manuscript she was in the process of getting published – sounded like Hollywood activities. On the Edge of Unthinkable is an engrossing page turner about the author’s experience in foster care.

And the perspective was a surprise – it was not a heartbreaker over the tragedy of the child welfare experience, but an inspiration through the light shown on those child welfare professionals and a loving foster family who made the difference in this person’s life.

Many of you will remember Judith Goodhand, who started as a child welfare worker in Knox County, spent time at Lucas Children Services, was later the Director at the Cuyahoga County agency, before serving as a national consultant with the Annie E. Casey Foundation – she is featured fondly in this story.

Thanks to Paula Kyle, many child welfare professionals realize the value of their work, and the importance of excellence and dedication to see that every child and youth we touch has permanent and sustaining connections. Paula has since become a speaker in great demand, her book has had multiple printings, and it has been drafted as a screenplay. I guess it may be Hollywood time after all!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

2010 FCAA Ohio Thanksgiving(s)

Every year, Foster Care Alumni of America's Ohio chapter holds a Thanksgiving event for foster care youth, alumni, adult supporters and ally organizations.

This November, we are holding THREE Thanksgiving events:
  • To overcome transportation barriers, so that more foster care youth/alumni can attend
  • To continue building up regional networks to Connect & Transform
  • To truly hold a statewide celebration that reaches as many foster care youth and alumni as possible

The Southwest Ohio Thanksgiving will take place in Cincinnati:
  • Sunday, November 14, 2010, from noon - 3 pm
  • The Phoenix, 812 Race Street, Cincinnati OH 45202
Lead Facilitator: Amy Roberts
Sponsors include: Cincinnati Works, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Bob Mecum of Lighthouse Youth Services and Richter & Phillips Jewelers


The Northeast Ohio Thanksgiving will take place in Cleveland:
  • Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, from 1-3 pm
  • Antioch Baptist Church, 8869 Cedar Ave., Cleveland OH 44016
Lead Facilitator: Zelma Brown
Sponsors include: Cuyahoga County Children Services, Village Network


The Central/Southeast Ohio Thanksgiving will take place in Columbus:
  • Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, from 1-5:30 pm
  • Schneider Multi-purpose Room, 1 College & Main, Capital University, Bexley OH
Lead Facilitator: Gabriel Koshinsky
Sponsors include: Capital University ROTC: Crusader Battalion, Kappa Sigma Upsilon, Village Network, Starr Commonwealth and Franklin County Children Services.

Please stay tuned for additional details....

2010 FCAA Thanksgiving Sponsors

The Ohio chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America greatly appreciates the many sponsors who have stepped forward this fall to make ALL THREE Thanksgiving events happen!

  • Ohio CASA provided decorations for all three Thanksgiving events.

  • Stay tuned for additional information about our fabulous sponsors....

Cleveland Foster Care Alumni and Allies

Seanine Cook, an Independent Living caseworker with Cuyahoga County Child and Family Services, was recently awarded 2010 Ohio Child Protection Worker of the Year by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio.

Along with two Cuyahoga County foster care alumni, Tone Frierson and Romero Smith, Seanine recently participated in the following radio interview:

Kuhlman, Mary. Entering Adulthood a Lonely Road for Hundreds of Ohio Youth. Public News Service: Ohio, October 11, 2010.