Welcome to 2021. After the unforgettable, excruciating events of last year, most people are crawling to the door of change, desperate for fresh air and fresh hope! I’m just not so sure that there will be a bright line of distinction between 2020 and 2021. Truth is, plan on stumbling through the fog and traversing the quagmire produced by this pandemic along with our broken political system. But, as I have stated before, this season will pass. Now is the time for Tough Decisions and Hard Work!
Category: Voice of our CEO
On June 30th, 2020, the Family Care Network completed its 33rd year as a Public Benefit corporation serving the Central Coast. We started the year with great plans, were moving forward right on schedule, making remarkable progress, excited about the future, and then boom – everything seemed to explode! This is life, it happens to all of us, the Family Care Network is no exception. The operative question – what is our capacity to rise to the occasion and meet the day-to-day challenges head-on, undaunted, and without complaint? In essence, can we persevere? Welcome to FY 2019/2020, FCNI Year 33!
November is National Adoption Month. In today’s culture, Adoption is a very common, valued and esteemed activity. That has not always been the case. Here is a brief history of adoption in our country to provide a greater appreciation of our current social experience.
November 3rd marks the culmination of the 2020 election cycle – without a doubt the most significant election in the past century. This election clearly presents us with a bright line of choice between Democracy or demagoguery, choosing a government “of the people, by the people and for the people,” or authoritarian rule. It is a choice for decency, the rule of law and respect of all Americans, or continued desecration of the Office of the President, the corruption of American values and loss of our respect on the world stage.
October is “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”; but I really take issue with the whole premise of this focus. Being “aware” of Domestic Violence produces nothing! We are in the middle of a pandemic. Being aware of Covid-19 won’t protect you unless you do something about it. We hear it said multiple times every day–wash your hands regularly, wear a mask, social distance, avoid crowds, etc. Why? To prevent the spread of the virus! PREVENTION--not Awareness--is our goal!
As we come to the end of September, National Recovery Month, I would like to share a few thoughts on how the Family Care Network views and approaches the Recovery process. Historically, recovery Month was associated with substance use disorder (SUD) – addiction recovery. Over time though, “Recovery” has grown to encompass a much broader arena. Recovery is synonymous with healing, well beyond addiction. Our organization works with all kinds of individuals and families in “Recovery.” Recovering from trauma, addiction, physical health issues, and broken relationships.
I am very excited about the prospects of radically transforming our Child Welfare/Child Protective Services Systems. For three-plus decades, Family Care Network has worked with traumatized children, youth and families after they have gone over the falls, crashed on the rocks, and have been severely broken and damaged in the process. How wonderful--and smart--it will be to provide our very successful programs and services way upstream, to prevent system involvement. The prospects are exciting!
Here we are, in the 21st century, and yet, we are still operating our Child Welfare Services (CWS) system on outdated, residual principles and practices from the 19th century! Seriously. Consequently, we have done little to mitigate child abuse and neglect (now called “maltreatment”), or enhance the wellbeing of children and families across culture. It is time for a change.
Let me cut to the chase – Family Care Network needs the help and support from our Community now more than ever. The unprecedented, negative impact of the Covid-19 virus is affecting all of our lives, but especially the most vulnerable and fragile members of our community. For some, the pandemic is a matter of inconvenience, but for many, it is a matter of survival, securing the basic necessities of life, or even life-and-death.