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Disney’s Documentary: Chimpanzee

On Earth day April 22, 2012 Disney released the nature documentary entitled Chimpanzee.  The film follows a young common chimpanzee named Oscar who finds himself alone in the African forests when his mother is killed.  Oscar is in his toddler years when he is orphaned.  He is a part of a close-knit tribe of Chimpanzees, but no other female chimpanzee can afford to take him into her fold.  Oscar is too young to care for ...

How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken For ADHD

This article was published by The Atlantic on July 7, 2014 by Rebecca Ruiz Dr. Nicole Brown’s quest to understand her misbehaving pediatric patients began with a hunch. Brown was completing her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, when she realized that many of her low-income patients had been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These children lived in households and neighborhoods where violence and relentless stress prevailed. Their parents found them hard to ...

Do Something

When we see the need around us, all around us, we must ask ourselves the question, “What are we going to do about it?” “Several years ago, when singer/songwriter Matthew West invited people to share their stories to serve as inspiration for an upcoming album, he had no idea it would be the start of an amazing journey that would forever change his music, ministry and life. Armed with more than 10,000 stories from fans ...

Our A Taste of Home Event

A Family For Every Child’s summer event A Taste of Home was this past Saturday at Sweet Cheeks Winery.  It was a beautiful evening full of good food, excellent music and spectacular views.  Once again, AFFEC was blessed by our community of supporters and we were reminded that this job could not be done without every single one of you.  The support each person brings whether through volunteer hours, financial support, positive feedback or encouragement, ...

It’s Easy… (I promise)

We need your help!  But take a deep breath because this is super easy. You know the rewards cards that every store on the planet is requesting you sign up for… Well this is totally different. You know every time you purchase a new appliance and you have to send the warranty card in and verification of your purchase… Again this is nothing like that process. Or how about when you go in to see ...

The Rewards of Being a Mentor

One of the many successful programs administered by A Family For Every Child is the mentor program.  Its purpose is to place foster children with a loving, supportive and fun mentor.  The rewards are numerous and the children are not the only one’s blessed by the experience.  Here is a story written by a mentor: In 2009, my boys were grown up and gone, and I was feeling like I had missed out not having ...

From Mom to Not in Seven Minutes: Inside Family Court

City Limits spent months observing Family Court and found an overburdened system where delays were endemic, legal help was scarce and the approach to solving family problems was divided. This is the first chapter in our report.   The lives of the city's most vulnerable citizens—tens of thousands of its neediest children—are irrevocably shaped by the decisions handed down in Family Court, yet the children themselves are rarely present. A woman in a white puffy ...

The Importance of a Life Book

Below is a story describing the importance of a Life Book, one of our many programs at A Family For Every Child: "18-year-old set to graduate next month after 16 years in Arizona's CPS foster system" By Mary K. Reinhart The Arizona Republic Yvette Winsor is just about to graduate from high school after 16 years in the foster care system and at least 18 different placements.  Her main source of self-history and foster history ...

Freedom

Tomorrow is a day we celebrate our nation’s independence from Great Britain.  It is the day set aside to honor our freedom.  It will be filled with parades, barbeques, fireworks and family. We will celebrate the fact that we live in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” Our hope and prayer here at A Family For Every Child is that tomorrow as we gather to celebrate let us not forget ...

Marco Polo

I grew up in Norwalk, California which is a city located 17 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.  In the early 1900’s Norwalk was home to some of the largest sugar beet farms in Southern California, but during my childhood in the late 70’s and 80’s any trace of the prior farmland was long gone.  I lived on Tina Street, which sat directly across from the largest mental hospital in the state.  The street was ...