Seize the Awkward is a national campaign aimed at starting conversations about mental health and suicide. The campaign encourages people to “Seize the Awkward” by using awkward silences to start a conversation. The website has videos and tips including signs to look out for, conversation starters, what to say to a friend, stories from others on how talking can make a difference, and other tips. … Continue reading Seize the Awkward
We are constantly warned about many things that contribute to poor health – bad diet, smoking, a lack of exercise. However, most don’t know about something else that dramatically impacts health and effects nearly two in three adults – exposure to childhood trauma. Adverse Childhood Experiences, referred to as ACEs, are traumatic events that can profoundly impact a child’s developing brain and overwhelm their ability … Continue reading From Trauma to Hope in Foster Care
Dear Friends, I am pleased to share with you that the Board of Directors has offered the position of CFS Executive Director (previously titled CEO) to Gina Aranki, and that she has accepted the position. We hope that this comes as good news to you, as the board is very excited and confident in this decision. We are excited about the work that Gina and the … Continue reading Longtime Friend to CFS Becomes New Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fifth-Third Bank, Local Financial Institutions, and Others Saved Safe Haven from Closing In September 2016, Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan was notified that the federal funding that sustained its Safe Haven program for 11 of the last 12 years would not be renewed. This placed the program in danger of closing its doors to the hundreds of families that relied … Continue reading Fifth-Third, Local Financial Institutions, and Others Saved Safe Haven from Closing
An article from Bridge Magazine, March 14, 2017 When the fidgety, anxious, 5-year-old boy from northern Michigan came in about a year ago to see pediatrician Tina Hahn, it was soon apparent to her this was a case medication alone would not solve. “He was trying to hide under the chair. He looked panicked and overwhelmed. He was in that fight or flight … Continue reading Abused as a small boy. Now what?
We are pleased to announce a new administrative partnership with Samaritas, a nonprofit human services organization serving lower Michigan for nearly a century. Samaritas brings long-held compassion and expertise in serving families and individuals. More about Samaritas at www.samaritas.org. The goal of this innovative partnership is to reevaluate the processes, programs, and priorities within CFS and position our organization to serve our communities for our next 80 … Continue reading New Strategic Partnership for CFS