Tag: Prevention

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.

FCNI Impact: Sacha's Story

by
Sarah Davenport, FCNI Director

Meet Sacha one of the incredibly strong youth in our Wraparound program. After her mother lost her job and they were evicted from their home, Sacha, her mom and two younger sisters had no choice but to move in with her uncle to avoid homelessness. But life in his house was horrific. Unbeknownst to Sacha’s mom, her uncle was a violent man with unpredictable moods. Sacha and her sisters were subjected to his verbal and physical abuse daily, always when their mother was out of the house. When Sacha’s uncle broke her arm in a violent outrage, Sacha’s mom quickly learned the truth and immediately called the police on her brother.

Faced with fear and instability, the family was referred to FCNI's Wraparound Program so each family member could be partnered with the individual support they needed to heal and develop stronger life skills. Sacha's trauma manifested in her behaviors; she was unpredictable and, sometimes violent, especially towards her mom whom she no longer trusted and misguidedly blamed for the abuse. Sacha’s mom expressed to their team how much she was struggling with shame about her choices and that she felt that as a parent she wasn’t able to meet her girls’ needs. Sacha was paired with an Rehabilitation Specialist (RS) to help her identify and process her emotions better, so that she could utilize healthier coping and communication skills to resolve conflicts; and her mother was matched with a Parent Partner so that she could get help navigating her “new normal” within the system--therapy sessions, parenting classes and other requirements of the program.

To help focus their energy and attention on their healing, their Wraparound team collaborated with other partnering agencies to set up a weekly schedule of support, including team meetings, individual and family therapy sessions, Rehabilitation Specialists (RS) contacts, tutoring, school, and life-skills development. Each step in this process required time and patience, the team working slowly to help the family build on their strengths--their love for and commitment to each other--so that they had the skills and confidence to achieve a goal in order to move on to the next. Read Sacha's full story today and find out how you can support families recovering from domestic violence and abuse.

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. 

Prevention–is it Possible?

by
Jim Roberts, Founder/CEO
October, 7, 2020 -

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!

Transforming Child Welfare Services, Part I

by
Jim Roberts, Founder/CEO
August, 27, 2020 -

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.

Don’t Call Me Broken: A Personal Reflection on Trauma and Words

by
Tanya Winje, FCNI Supervisor
December, 18, 2019

I get irritated when I hear the word "broken" used to describe kids and families who are struggling. Although I hear it less often than I once did--hopefully this indicates that people are becoming more informed--I still hear it used to describe individuals in our world who have behavioral challenges, difficulty coping, poor family dynamics, troubles in their relationships with others, and/or are just suffering with their overall life functions.

Celebrating National Recovery month

Recovery Begins with Prevention
by
Jim Roberts, CEO
September, 7, 2016 -

My teen years were spent in the 1960's – you know hippies, long hair, rock-n-roll, changing norms, social unrest and drugs. I had the good fortune to be raised with a strong moral compass which helped me navigate the tumultuous times and come out unscathed. However, this wasn’t true for many of my friends and acquaintances. Too many had their lives destroyed by mind and body altering substances; their amazing potential and futures altered forever. Some died, while others died mentally but remained physically alive.

Oh sure, like many in my generation, I did some stupid things. But in reality, the “hippie years” were just a very small parenthesis along my time line. In fact, those years profoundly set into motion what I was to become and how I have spent the past five decades. I count myself fortunate, but also haunted by the devastation and destruction substance abuse causes. I don’t know of anyone who has not experienced the destructiveness of substance abuse in some way, either personally or in relation to a family member, relative or friend.

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