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March 2021

Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Program Annual Grantee Meeting [mendocinocasa.org]

The purpose of the 2021 Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Grantee Meeting is to provide opportunities to gain information on Federal updates that impact programming, to hear about best practices and procedures, to receive guidance on existing program requirements and, most importantly, to learn from your peers. Dates: May 17, 2021 from 1:30pm - 5:00pm; Meet and Greet from 5:00pm - 6:00pm May 18, 2021 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm In order to receive the packet PRIOR to the meeting,...

Youth Detention Facility finds culture of kindness more effective than punishment

A corner of the Multi-Sensory De-escalation Room, All MSDR photos courtesy of Valerie Clark When a young person enters the de-escalation room in the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility , they’ll find dimmed lights, bottles of lavender, orange and other essential oils, an audio menu featuring the rush of ocean waves and other calming sounds, along with squeeze balls, TheraPutty, jigsaw puzzles, and an exercise ball to bounce on. TheraPutty, squeeze balls and more Sometimes, with a...

Seeking Children's Mental Health Policy Specialist/Advocate

United Parents is seeking a Children's Mental Health Policy Specialist/Advocate who resides in or in close proximity to Sacramento (travel to meetings will be required). We are looking for candidates who have a strong background in California Mental Health Policy and also has experience working with parents/caregivers who have children with mental health needs. Please check out our job description here: https://www.unitedparents.org/...h-policy-specialist/ or on the attached document. Send...

A San Francisco Experiment Will Give Some Pregnant Women $1,000 a Month. Could Other Cities Be Next? [time.com]

By Abigail Abrams and Abby Vesoulis, Time, March 18, 2021 When Maile Chand reminisces about her 2016 pregnancy, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t how she prepared her daughter’s nursery or vetted baby names. Instead, she remembers constantly struggling to find enough money for food and rent in San Francisco. Chand was just 20 years old at the time, living in the nation’s most expensive city, and working a low-paying retail job while attending community college. Navigating San...

Is it time to decolonize the housing market? [hcn.org]

By Jessica Douglas, High Country News, January 27, 2021 In mid-December, a federal survey found that more than 1.5 million Californians were behind on rent, while more than 2.5 million had little to no confidence that they’d be able to make their rent in January. The Biden administration extended a federal eviction moratorium through March, but tenants across the West are bracing for eviction when that moratorium ends. According to Jackie Fielder (Two Kettle Lakota and Hidatsa), who is...

REGISTER NOW! An Integrated Approach: Investing in Whole Person Approaches to Child and Family Well-being [go.auntbertha.com]

Thursday, April 8, 2021 11 AM – 12:30 PM, Central Standard Time Children do best when maintained safely with family in their own homes. Supporting the holistic needs of children and families is a community effort, requiring strong partnerships among many stakeholders. Most children in the foster care system are enrolled in Medicaid, leading to clear opportunities for cross-sector collaboration. The 2018 Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) represents the most significant child...

Join April 13 peer learning forum on prioritizing community wellbeing in disaster recovery [preventioninstitute.org]

Prioritizing equity and community wellbeing in the wake of catastrophic events April 13, 2021, 9:30 am to 11:00 am Pacific Time / 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Eastern Time Whether dealing with COVID-19, wildfires, storms, or other disasters, life as we know it has been disrupted in many ways over the past year. With recovery efforts underway, including $4 billion recently allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act to address mental health challenges, suicide, and substance misuse, states and...

Register for the Family Experiences During COVID-19 Pandemic Data Webinar

The California Department of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (CDPH/IVPB) and the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (CDSS/OCAP)’s, Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative invites your participation in the “Family Experiences During COVID-19 Pandemic Data Webinar” on Thursday, April 29 , 2021 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. The purpose of this webinar is to share findings from wave 1 of the Family Experiences During COVID-19 Pandemic...

ACEs Aware is Now Hiring [acesaware.org]

Now Hiring! ACEs Aware is seeking two candidates to serve as Science/Clinical Advisor s to the ACEs Aware initiative. The advisors will provide and facilitate scientific and clinical expertise, input, and review of initiative activities and work products. This full-time role involves working closely with California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, and requires robust knowledge on ACEs and toxic stress science and research, including the impact of toxic stress on neuro, immune,...

New website- Strong Families Yolo

We all want Yolo children and youth to be safe, but it’s sometimes hard to know how to prevent child abuse and neglect. Strong Families Yolo is a new website that encourages everyone to play a part in caring for Yolo children and strengthening Yolo families. Whatever our role in the community – friend, educator, business owner, parent, person of faith – there are ways we can support children and families in Yolo County. The website also has resources for parents and youth. There are...

COVID-19 Highlighted the Poverty-Mental Health Link. Can California Experiments Break It? [chcf.org]

By Heather Tirado Gilligan, California Health Care Foundation, March 29, 2021 Rosario Correa, a mother of three in Sacramento, works the night shift at a fast-food restaurant. She gets home at 2 a.m. and wakes up five and a half hours later to get her kids ready for online school. Much of her income goes to the childcare she needs when she’s working. Correa told Sacramento Bee reporter Kim Bojórquez, “ I hardly sleep. It’s been very difficult. ” Women and people of color like Correa have...

ROBERT PRICE: The woman once known as W76337 is on a mission [bakersfield.com]

By Robert Price, Bakersfield.com, March 27, 2021 You might say Shawanna Vaughn got off to a bad start. Born in a California state women’s rehabilitation prison to a drug-addicted mother and assigned to the state foster care system as a toddler, her destiny must have seemed preordained. Books with first chapters like hers usually don’t end well. For a time, the arc of her young life had a hopeful trajectory. Her foster care experience in Bakersfield was fulfilling and positive, thanks mostly...

Special Web Event for CA Students "How I Can Turn My Pain Into Power"

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be really good at dealing with challenges and then others will struggle and shut down with the same challenge? What is the difference between them? It's RESILIENCE ! So is that something that you are just born with or do you think we can learn to be resilient? Come listen to Christian Moore, best selling author of The Resilience Breakthrough, a world famous expert on FEAR and FAILURE, as he answers this question and shares his secret to how you...

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