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5 Things Foster Care Has Taught Me

5 Things Foster Care Has Taught Me (re-posted from original post on KidHero earlier this month) by Jill Ng Foster care is hard. If you’ve ever thought about becoming a foster parent, it is important that you understand it will not be a simple journey. But my […]

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Trauma Informed Care: What Every Child Welfare Professional Needs to Know

The Up Center: Helping to Protect Virginia’s Children On May 14, 2014, The Up Center’s Kellie Evans, LCSW, CSOTP, provided Virginia child welfare professionals in-depth information on trauma-informed practices and care. Understanding the impacts of trauma will help them provide the critical support foster children and families […]

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I Could Never Do That

I Could Never Do That (Saying Goodbye to a Foster Child) (re-posted from original post in Tidewater Parent, April, 2014) By Autumn Schacht I was speaking to a fellow foster mom recently who was in the process of having one of her little ones return home to […]

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Fostering Love

More than 1,000 children in Hampton Roads are in the foster care system. They are in need of a safe, loving home just like yours, and the benefits of fostering can lead to a lifetime of happiness for you and the child. Many people who want to […]

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President Obama Proclaims May National Foster Care Month

Presidential Proclamation – National Foster Care Month 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Every child deserves to grow, learn, and dream in a supportive and loving environment. During National Foster Care Month, we recognize the almost 400,000 young people in foster […]

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each year, more than three million children are the victims of child abuse. Last year in Hampton Roads alone, over 14,000 calls were made to report child abuse or neglect. As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, The Up Center, Hampton Roads’ oldest and largest […]

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Tips & Tricks for Busy Parents

Weekly Mini Seminars The Up Center will sponsor weekly parent workshops about age appropriate positive discipline strategies. The free seminars will be held at the Portsmouth (1805 Airline Blvd.) and Ghent (222 W. 19th Street, Norfolk) office locations 11:30-1:30 each Thursday throughout April. Words of Praise and Positive […]

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Presidential Proclamation — National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2014

NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH, 2014 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In the United States of America, every child should have every chance in life, every chance at happiness, and every chance at success. […]

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Up Center Books: The Power of Second Chances

Everyone deserves a second chance, and yet sometimes those second chances aren’t easy to come by. Realizing he needed to care for his two young children, Darfeis Williams wanted to make a change, but his criminal background proved an obstacle he just couldn’t overcome on his own. “I ended […]

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The Up Center Receives Darden Foundation Community Grant

The Up Center has been selected to receive a $3,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, which operates over 21,000 restaurants. The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant […]

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