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Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents

Mentors can make a big difference to any child, but especially a child whose parent is not around. Children of incarcerated parents are at a greater risk of financial instability, emotional distress, and problems at school. It is important for these children to maintain a healthy, positive relationship with their incarcerated parent to reduce these risks. There are many mentor programs geared toward helping children of incarcerated parents by providing them with an adult role model. Contact Pathway to Services at 301-354-4908 for more information about programs for children of incarcerated parents in Montgomery County. FYI

“White House, OJJDP Hold Listening Session on Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents”: A session was held to discuss mentoring strategies and honor 12 “Champions of Change” for their work with children of incarcerated parents.

Community Bridges Girls Program encourages at-risk girls to work with mentors to develop confidence, healthy relationships, and leadership skills. Call 301-585-7155 to learn more or to get involved.

Raising a Child with ADHD

Being a parent is difficult, and being a parent of a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) presents additional challenges. Children with ADHD struggle to contain their feelings and emotions and are often impulsive, hyperactive, and inattentive. This can affect their performance in school because they may be overstimulated and overwhelmed by the pressure of the classroom. It is important to remember that children with ADHD are not acting out, but have a condition that they cannot necessarily control. For more information about ADHD, visit helpguide.org. FYI

“10 Things I Never Want to Forget About Raising An ADHD Child” A Foster Mother details the difficulties and joys of raising a child with ADHD.

Lead4Life’s Mentoring Program offers mentors to youth with behavioral or mental health needs. Mentors work with county youth in their schools and in their homes.

 

Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder

Although some amount of anxiety is normal, when it begins to interfere with everyday life it should be addressed and treated by a doctor. Anxiety disorder is caused by a feeling of constant, overwhelming anxiety. Panic attacks are a symptom of debilitating anxiety, and can lead to panic disorder if untreated.  Children with anxiety and panic often suffer more than adults, because they are still learning how to control their emotions. Children with anxiety or panic may struggle in school due to constant feelings of worry, apprehension, distraction, or irritability. These children may have lower grades and make fewer friends. It is important that children with such needs are given the help they need by a medical professional so that they can continue their education and experience less anxiety and panic.

Helpguide.org  provides this webpage with useful information on the various types of anxiety disorders and their symptoms, and what you can do to get relief.ety 

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“‘It’s Not a Phase’ and 4 Other Things to Know about My Son’s Anxiety and Panic”  The mother of a 10 year old boy explains the challenges that accompany parenting a child with Anxiety and Panic disorders. 

Visit www.helpguide.org to learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of anxiety disorders and panic disorders

Choosing an Alcohol Treatment Program

Recovering from an alcohol addiction can be difficult, but remission is possible with the right treatment program. Choosing the best program to suit your needs is critical to a full recovery. There are many different alcohol treatment programs offered in Montgomery County. Helpguide.org publishes this webpage that describes  the types of alcohol treatment programs and how to find an alcohol treatment program in the U.S.

The Department of Health and Human Services Screening and Assessment Services for Children and Adolescents (SASCA) Service assesses individual needs and provides information about potential treatment options.

Adventist Health Care Behavioral Health and Wellness Services offers both an Adult and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency. These programs offer specialized treatment based around a 12-step program to recovery. Individual sessions are included in the program to increase motivation and provide for each participants specific needs.

Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center offers both outpatient and inpatient programs for those recovering from alcohol abuse and addiction.

Choosing a Drug Treatment Program

The process of overcoming a substance addiction is difficult, but not impossible. Each person requires a slightly different treatment plan in order to fully recover and get back to living a healthy life. There are many resources available to find the best drug treatment program for your needs or the needs of your loved one  Helpguide.org publishes this webpage with useful information on they types of programs available, and tips on how to choose an appropriate program.

The Department of Health and Human Services Screening and Assessment Services for Children and Adolescents (SASCA) Service assesses individual needs and provides information about potential treatment options.

Adventist Health Care Behavioral Health and Wellness Services offers both an Adult and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency. These programs offer specialized treatment based around a 12-step program to recovery. Individual sessions are included in the program to increase motivation and provide for each participants specific needs.

Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center offers both outpatient and inpatient programs for those recovering from substance abuse and addiction.

NCEA’s “Mistreatment of African American Elders”

The National Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA) provides this Research to Practice Brief  summarizes recent research findings related to the mistreatment of African American elders, particularly involving financial exploitation and psychological abuse. General cultural beliefs, views, and norms within the African American community offer both risk and protective factors that influence elder abuse in this population. Although all elderly adults are more vulnerable to crime to begin with, socioeconomic variables, such as poverty, institutionalized racism, and structural segregation place African American elders at an even higher risk.

According to the brief, these are 3 takeaways

  • There is limited research on elder abuse and neglect for the African American population.
  • Elder abuse in the African American community is influenced by risk factors and protective factors that span from the individual level to the community level.
  • Compared to their non-African American counterparts, African Americans are disproportionately impacted by financial exploitation and psychological mistreatment.

Adult Protective Services investigates instances of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and provides professional aid to victims. Call 240-777-3000 for help or more information.

Announcing 2016 Community Food Rescue mini-grant recipients

Community Food Rescue is  excited to share this year’s recipients of the CFR mini-grants, awarded to non-profit organizations to build their capacity to distribute recovered food to their clients. Thanks to the generous funding of Montgomery County’s DHHS, The Mead Family Foundation, and Burness, the review committee awarded $60,000 to eleven agencies. You can read this blog post   http://bit.ly/2016CFRminigrants for all the details. 

Maryland Passes New Immigration Protection Law

This new law is a major victory for the immigrant rights movement, as it explicitly criminalizing threats to expose an undocumented Marylander’s immigration status by other individuals, such as unethical employers, as a manner of stealing wages, labor, and other items of value. The law will protect immigrants in Maryland from these harmful acts, and in certain cases may qualify an immigrant for a U visa, which conveys a lawful immigration status to victims of a set of qualifying crimes.  Maryland joins California, Colorado, and Virginia as the only other states with similar laws to protect undocumented immigrants. More information about the new law can be found here

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws

Know your rights: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the comprehensive, wide-ranging civil rights law enacted in 1990, protects people with disabilities from discrimination in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. The ADA defines someone with a disability as a person with a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more life activities, a person with a history of such impairments, or a person that is perceived by others to have such an impairment. A full guide to the ADA and other Disability Rights Laws is available here.

The Abilities Network provides customized services to children, adults, and families with differing abilities. Contact 1.800.492.2523 for more information about their programs and services.

Maryland Early Childhood Career Guide

The Maryland Early Childhood Career Guide is now available.  This guide, developed by the Maryland Department of Education,  provides an overview of careers in early childhood education in Maryland, including jobs available, job responsibilities, educational requirements and recommendations, and potential job settings. Information about financial assistance is also provided. There are a number of different paths that can be taken to a career in early childhood education; visit the guide for more information. 

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