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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.

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. 

May Flower Project

by
Sarah Davenport, FCNI Director

The Mountain Air is a local business who have found unique supportive ways to help our mission. They not only have held generous fundraising events to benefit FCNI, but they recently invited our youth to participate in designing and executing a community art project, enabling her to express herself in a safe and encouraging environment. Read more about Josh and Lindsey Haring of The Mountain Air to learn more about why they support us and why they chose our youth for this very special art project. 

Undocumented to Degreed: One Youth’s Journey

Special Contribution from Rosa Granados, TAY-FAP Youth
by
Sarah Davenport, FCNI Director

Rosa entered college undocumented and transitioning from foster care. These two life experiences meant that she faced more obstacles than almost all of her freshmen peers. The only thing that was for certain for Rosa, was that nothing was certain. She had dreams--big dreams--but she wasn’t fully sure if they would be attainable. All she really knew was that she had the drive and the determination to do her part to achieve her goals; all she needed was a little support to go the full distance. 

Reflections on the Past Year

by
Jim Roberts, Founder/CEO
June, 2, 2021 -

Over this past Memorial Day weekend, I spent time ruminating about a trip my wife and I took two years ago to France, and our visit to Omaha Beach during the 75th year celebration of D-Day. We spent a good part of a day walking through the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial–it was sobering to say the least. It is a stark reminder about the cost of freedom; about commitment and sacrifice for a greater good.

Thank You, Foster Parents!

by
Jim Roberts, CEO/Founder
May, 26, 2021 -

For the better part of five decades, I have worked with Foster Parents. This group of extraordinary, unique individuals have certainly left an indelible, positive imprint on my life. I am not sure I have the skills to craft an appropriate expression of gratitude I have for those who have turned their homes and lives into sanctuaries, hospitals, safe havens, classrooms and sometimes even battlefields for our children and youth (and not without costs)... but here I go.

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