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The Science of Giving

by
Jim Roberts, CEO/Founder
December, 1, 2021 -

I assume many of you were raised as I was with the precept “it is better to give than to receive.” But now there is compelling evidence to prove that the urge to do something generous is a foundational part of our humanity; there is a science behind the power of giving – we are wired to do good! The happiness we feel after a particular event or activity diminishes each time we experience that event, a phenomenon known as hedonic adaptation. But according to research in Psychological Science, giving to others is the exception to this rule.

A Tribute to Carol Allen

by
Jim Roberts, Founder/CEO
November, 24, 2021 -

"This is the time of year to be thankful. And I am thankful and honored that I not only knew, but had the opportunity to work with Carol Allen, retired Juvenile and Family Court Commissioner. Carol went to be with the Lord a few weeks ago as a result of complications from Covid-19. She was a remarkable woman who made a profound difference to the lives of children, youth and families here in San Luis Obispo County, and as a Board member of the Family Care Network. She was much loved and will be missed much as well." - CEO Jim Roberts

 

This week's blog is dedicated to one of our incredible past board members, Carol Allen, who recently passed away. Carol was a crucial member of the FCNI Team for years and we will miss her dearly. Read our CEO Jim Roberts' dedication to her in this week's blog to learn more about her impact at FCNI and how she helped shape the lives of children, youth, and families in our community.

Another Perspective

by
Jim Roberts, Founder/CEO
November, 4, 2021 -

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month; November is National Adoptions Month. Both are a reflection of serious social injustices and problems. Domestic Violence in America is pervasive, negatively impacting individuals and children at an alarming rate. Additionally, too many children are in need of adopting because of these issues--domestic violence, family dishevel, substance abuse, and the list goes on. CEO Jim Roberts shares his own personal experience with domestic violence and the need to fervently stride forward and forge new successes in prevention to bring about more Social Justice, ending inequality and cycles of abuse and poverty.

34 Years

by
Jim Roberts, CEO/Founder
October, 28, 2021 -

We launched into the 34th year--2020/2021--of the Family Care Network in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we ended it with the explosion of the “Delta” variant of the virus. The impact of this pandemic on our organization has been, shall we say, extraordinary! Never could I have imagined the pervasive, damaging, and exhaustive experience of living through such an event; and it’s still not over.

Domestic Violence Awareness

A Social Justice Perspective
by
Jim Roberts, CEO/Founder
October, 6, 2021 -

CEO Jim Roberts carries on his conversation surrounding social justice into a broader social context–Domestic Violence and the substantial impact it has across all segments of our society. Many of the children, youth, and adults we serve are victims of Domestic Violence and the lingering trauma it produces. There is a critical need to develop localized Community Strategies to end domestic violence, utilizing the the seven CDC Prevention Guidelines to teach safe relationship skills and disrupt developmental pathways towards domestic violence early on. 

The Practice of Caring - Part 7

A Discussion on Social Justice
by
Jim Roberts, CEO/Founder
September, 29, 2021 -

The conclusion to our discussion on Social Justice manifested through the Family Care Network’s Practice of Caring, CEO/Founder Jim Roberts will focus on one of the most important roles he play as the Leader of this organization; but one we all must embrace–Advocating for individuals whose lives have been negatively impacted by Social Injustice!

The Practice of Caring

A Discussion on Social Justice
by
Jim Roberts
September, 1, 2021 -

All of us at the Family Care Network are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to provide for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of our most vulnerable populations: victims of neglect, abuse, and social injustice through our Practice of Caring–Social Justice at work. Working hand-in-hand with direct treatment services, delivered through multiple programs, is our passion and commitment to Prevention Services. Effective Social Justice is the prevention of neglect, abuse and injustice.  Read the 6th edition of "The Practice of Caring" to learn more about how we work to break the "cycle of trauma". 

The Practice of Caring–Part 5

A Discussion on Social Justice
by
Jim Roberts, CEO/Founder
August, 25, 2021 -

Homelessness has become a major social problem in every major US city, but also in many smaller, even rural areas; even here on the Central Coast. The youth we serve are the most at-risk of becoming homeless and FCNI works hard to provide housing accommodations to children, families, and youth in our care. CEO Jim Roberts, continues his discussion on Social Justice through the Family Care Network’s Practice of Caring as he breaks down the the treatment and skills necessary for the children, youth and families in our care to overcome all obstacles that might prevent them from living healthy, safe and productive lives. 

The Practice of Caring – Part 4

A Discussion on Social Justice
by
Jim Roberts
August, 4, 2021 -

To no fault of their own, youth exiting the Foster Care System are more susceptible to homelessness, depression, and unemployment. Without support, they are often unable to access basic care or life needs, and the implications of that can be devastating. At Family Care Network, we believe all Foster Youth deserve to be treated with respect and be provided every opportunity for success as any other youth in society. The Family Care Network is in the business of providing Social Justice, i.e., what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance and protection of our most vulnerable populations; victims of neglect, abuse and social injustice. Read Part 4 in our series, The Practice of Caring, by our CEO/Founder Jim Roberts to hear a brief history of foster care, the Independent Living Program, and how we support Transitional Aged Youth establish pathways to self-sufficiency and mental wellbeing. 

The Practice of Caring: a Discussion on Social Justice Part 3

A Discussion on Social Justice
by
Jim Roberts, CEO/Founder
July, 28, 2021 -

The Family Care Network's primary constellation of activities designed for one significant purpose–Treatment and Healing. FCNI is in the business to provide what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance and protection of our most vulnerable populations--victims of neglect, abuse and social injustice. Therefore, Social Injustice is a very present and devastating force within our culture.The foundation of all of our activities is rooted in the Social Justice principles that all people are entitled to equal rights, opportunities and treatment. In the third installment of The Practice of Caring, our CEO Jim Roberts takes a deeper look at Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), and a summary of some of the treatment modalities we use to address childhood trauma to promote healing and Social Justice to build a strong, resilient community. 

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