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4213 Dolly Ridge Rd. Vestavia Hills, AL 35243

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elcome to the third annual installment of Birmingham Parent’s THE GUIDE. This issue replaces our regular January issue of Birmingham Parent and will be available as a companion to our monthly issues all year long. It’s become increasingly popular in the two years since we started it – so much so that others are copying our idea! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery… right?” There may be others, but we think you will find Birmingham Parent’s THE GUIDE to be the most comprehensive book of lists for the parent in Central Alabama that you can keep and use all year long. You’ll find this a useful resource when you need a phone number, need to know what time your library closes, how to locate the local driver’s license office (did I mention this is great for newcomers?) and much more, all here at your fingertips. Be sure to thank the sponsors and advertisers who make this issue possible by doing business with them, and telling them you read about them in THE GUIDE. Please let us know, too, what you want to see in in the next issue of THE GUIDE 2016!

Have a great 2015! Carol Muse Evans, Publisher/Editor carol@birminghamparent.com

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editorial We’ve worked hard to double check times, addresses, phone numbers and websites. Many thanks to office assistant Bethany Adams for her tireless and thorough work to do so. But please know that things do change in a year, so double check times, addresses, and phone numbers, etc. when you can. And this is just the beginning of a 12th great year of Birmingham Parent! We’ll have our camp issue in February, and our long-running Camp Expo 2015 on Feb. 14, 2015, back at Colonial Brookwood Village. Then the special needs issue in March, along with the Special Needs Expo on March 14, 2015, at United Cerebral Palsy’s LINCPoint. And there’s so much more going forward, from Family Favorites Awards to our birthday party Issue, College & Career Planning Guide and The Baby Book. Thanks for continuing to read our publication. Many thanks to our sponsors and advertisers who make it all possible. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for our great Monday giveways, fun facts and much more, and be sure to check out our website at www.birminghamparent.com.

Publishers David & Carol Evans Editor Carol Muse Evans Associate Editor Lori Chandler Pruitt Calendar & Business David Evans Contributors Lori Pruitt, Paige Townley, Charles Ghigna Office Assistant Bethany Adams

sales Account Executives Kayla Fricks, Rona Shedd Webmaster Digital Doo-wop

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Alabama Poison Control www.alapoisoncenter.org

800-222-1222 Alabama Emergency Management Agency disaster, bad weather, etc. www.ema.alabama.gov

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SERVING THE COUNTIES OF CENTRAL ALABAMA Crisis / Suicide Line 24 hours / 7 days www.crisiscenterbham.com/ 205-323-7777 Teen Link Call about anything 3 -10 pm during the school year 1 a.m. – 10 p.m. in the summer www.crisiscenterbham.com/ teen-link.php 205-328-LINK (5465) Kids Help Line Call about anything friends, school, family, feelings 3-10 p.m. www.crisiscenterbham.com/ kids-help-line.php 205-328-5465 Senior Talk Line Free, confidential telephone reassurance service for senior citizens, caregivers, retirees, widowed persons, grandparents and others www.crisiscenterbham.com/senior-help-line.php 205-328-TALK (8255)

Rape Response 205-323-7323 www.crisiscenterbham.com/ rape-response.php Highway Emergencies Using Cellular Phones *HP (*47) The program is operational in most areas of the state, and other providers are expected to participate in the future. If your cellular phone company is not a part of this valuable service, please ask the company to call 334242-4445, DPS Headquarters, Montgomery.

Creating happy, healthy smiles one child at a time Now Accepting New Patients! DR. ANDREW RICHARDSON 205-490-6850 4213 Dolly Ridge Rd. Vestavia Hills, AL 35243 www.facebook.com/CahabaPedo www.chpedo.com

SCHOOL hooverchristianschool.com Call 205-987-3376 to arrange a personal visit. You’ll discover a school where Christ-inspired creativity & compassion lead to academic success.

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FRONT COVER SPONSORS MOBILITY CENTRAL Mobility Central is a local, familyowned medical equipment provider offering state-of-the-art equipment and therapies to improve the quality of life for both children and adults with special needs. We are dedicated to helping each patient regain and secure freedom and independence for daily living; as well as fostering development in our younger patients. Mobility Central employs a team of caring professionals who are thoroughly trained

and highly skilled in the services they provide. The staff works with medical personnel, the patient, the family and the caregiver to evaluate the home environment, assess equipment needs, and customize solutions that support the patient’s functional needs and therapeutic goals while addressing activities of daily living. At Mobility Central, we strive to build relationships with our customers by adhering to a “customer-centered, needs

based” philosophy that ensures a perfect equipment fit every time and exceptional customer service for the life of the equipment. Mobility Central was founded in Birmingham, Alabama in 2004 to serve the people of Alabama with medical equipment needs while demonstrating the utmost care and professionalism. When the simple act of living becomes really complex, trust Mobility Central to help you every step of the way!

400 Old Towne Road Vestavia, Alabama 35216 205-942-2534 www.mobilitycentalinc.com

CLARK HOLMES Clark Holmes Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Mark Clark, D.M.D., M.D., Jon D. Holmes, D.M.D., M.D., F.A.C.S., George W. Matthews Jr., D.M.D. and Lisa L. Miller, D.M.D., M.D., practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from removal of third molars (wisdom teeth) to corrective jaw surgery. The doctors at Clark Holmes are also experts in

the replacement of missing teeth with dental implants, including those requiring advanced reconstructive techniques. Their expertise is sought out by patients and referring doctors throughout the southeast. They have three convenient locations: Southside, Trussville and Inverness. To learn more about Clark Holmes, please visit our website at www. clarkholmes.com

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Southside 205-933-2773 Trussville 205-655-9002 Inverness 205-933-2710 www.clarkholmes.com

COVENANT CLASSICAL SCHOOLS & DAYCARE ®

Covenant Classical Schools is passionate about four things: Christianity, Children, Character, and Classical Education. These passions are the pillars upon which CCS has been built; they are the foundation for our vision and mission as well as our philosophy and methodology. Christ: We are a Christ-centered non-denominational school. This is reflected in the daily Bible lessons which are taught by each

campus Director. Children: At CCS we strive to enhance the early years of wonder and amazement by purposefully creating an environment where each child is built up emotionally, challenged academically, poured into spiritually, encouraged developmentally, and most of all, loved daily. Character: As Christian parents and teachers, we realize that instilling good (biblical) character

traits in our children while they are young is vital in preparing them for life. Classical Education: At CCS, our desire is to maximize this eagerness to learn by providing structured classrooms and using a curriculum that paves the way for a lifetime of learning. We recognize the importance of the first six years of every child’s life and strive to unlock the remarkable potential in every child

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WOMEN'S HEALTH SPECIALISTS OF BIRMINGHAM T​ he team at Women’s Health Specialists​of Birmingham knows that quality, evidence- based care belongs in an​environment that values and empowers women to live fulfilling, multi-faceted​lives. When a woman sees her physician, she deserves care that is calm,​respectful, supportive, and meets the highest standards of medical science.​Our practice creates this environment. ​​We believe that our patients​ should be at the heart of everything we do. Our patient-centered​approach will be apparent from the moment

you step into our newly​designed office and throughout​ ​your visit as our knowledgeable and​friendly staff responds to your needs. ​​From our reception area, where​ refreshments will be waiting for you, to our patient rooms, where your comfort​ and privacy are our top priorities, we focus on creating an environment​that promotes your physical and emotional health. After all, visiting your​doctor should make you feel better! Dr. Alison Heaton, Dr. William​ Hudson, D ​ r. Bethany Campbell and Dr. Katie Petro McKinney are​our physi-

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cians​.​They share a deep commitment to the​well-being of our patients. Together,​they bring more than twenty years of​experience in women’s healthcare, gynecological surgery, and obstetrical​and postpartum services to Women’s Health Specialists of Birmingham.​They are joined by a wonderful staff who shares their belief that a woman​is greater than the sum of her parts. ​​We hope that you will join our family​by choosing us for your healthcare needs. You are wonderfully made!

Women’s Health Specialists of Birmingham www.whsbham.com 205-536-7676


MCCALLA ORTHODONTICS & PEDIATRIC DENTSITRY At McCalla Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Olga Sanchez Hernandez and staff, provide dental care for patients from the ages of 1 to 18 years of age, and handicapped patients. Our services include preventive, restorative, and emergency treatment. Dr. Sanchez Hernandez also provides orthodontic treatment for children and adults. We combine pediatric

dentistry and orthodontics to allow for all the dental needs of our patients to be met under one roof. The dental services needed are provided, while at the same time the development of an adequate occlusion is monitored closely. This allows for orthodontic treatment to be provided in a timely manner increasing the quality of service. Our staff operates as a team and is committed to high qual-

ity service with emphasis on individual needs in a comfortable environment. Our hygienists are especially qualified to deal with children and adolescent specific needs. All of our personnel are kept abreast of the latest developments through continuing education courses. Come visit our website at www. mccallasmiles.com and take a virtual tour of our office.

specifically designed to introduce each age grouping to language, reading, math, science and more, so that your child will possess a strong foundation for Kindergarten and beyond. Additionally, we guarantee teachers with four-year education degrees in all preschool classrooms and offer exceptional child-to-teacher ratios. At our schools, you can watch your child’s entire day in live, streaming, HD video over the Internet, through an individual, secure connec-

tion linked directly to your child’s classroom. We want our parents to know what happens during their child’s day, and Odyssey is the only Over-the-Mountain daycare to offer this service. Our team works tirelessly to earn its reputation as the best childcare option for Birmingham parents, and we invite you to visit today to witness for yourself what so many other families have known since 1995! Visit www.odysseyearlyschool.com for more information.

dent, Dr. Gatrey also completed her residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. During residency Dr. Gatrey completed training with special needs persons and medically compromised children at the Sparks Dental Clinic. Visiting the dentist at pediatric smiles is a fun adventure.  We like dental visits to

be a positive experience for future visits that last through adulthood. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Dr Olga Sanchez Hernandez (205) 477-8004 www.mccallasmiles.com

ODYSSEY EARLY SCHOOLS Odyssey was created by educators who dreamed of opening an early learning center where children could be nurtured and taught by a highly trained and loving staff. That dream was realized when our Inverness school opened in 1995, and then again in 2001, with the opening of our second school in Trace Crossings. Odyssey’s goal is to create a life-long love of learning. We have developed our own age-appropriate curriculum,

INVERNESS CAMPUS 205-991-0039 TRACE CROSSINGS CAMPUS 205-988-8829 www.odysseyearlyschool.com

PEDIATRIC SMILES Dr. Tabitha J. Gatrey, a native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is a board certified Pediatric dentist.  She is a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  She went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry with Research Honors.  While serving as Chief Resi-

5751 Pocahontas Road Suite B Bessemer, AL 35022 205-230-9000 TabGat@psmilesal.com 205-230-9000 TabGat@psmilesal.com

EASTER SEALS OF THE BIRMINGHAM AREA The mission of Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area is to create solutions that change the lives of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs and their families. Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area will be the one nonprofit organization: • Recognized throughout the Birmingham Area for the quality of its services by all people touched by the organization. • With the most committed, ca-

pable and giving volunteers and staff of any charitable organization in Birmingham. • Known for its unified sense of purpose and its seamless network of services for children and adults with disabilities or other special needs, their families and their communities. • Strengthening the public’s belief, commitment and financial support of its mission. • There is no pediatric facility in Shelby County that provides

individualized care like Easter Seals Pediatric Therapy offering physical, occupational and speech therapy services with an interdisciplinary approach (including co-treatments) to meet each family’s needs. The therapist is one on one with the child in an outpatient setting. We provide a variety of distinctive services. Learn more about us at www. eastersealsbham.org.

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GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH TOURISM Hit the road for an educational adventure to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The sugar-white sand beaches, turquoise water, and family-friendly feel of this coastal community make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the perfect place to combine quality family time with experiential learning your children will always remember. Coastal Alabama offers a host of interactive learning experiences that are sure to spark

ah-ha moments for children of every age. When you enter a region bursting with history, culture, and natural wonders, vague concepts leap off the page into vibrant sensory experiences. Step back in time and ask questions of a historian wearing the uniform of a Civil War soldier, or ponder marine life in a hands-on setting and feel the smooth gray skin of a southern stingray. Dive into oceanography at scuba camp, witness the

coastal ecosystem aboard a relaxing dolphin cruise, or step into the shoes of a World War II sailor aboard the USS Alabama Battleship. Whether planning a weekend fieldtrip or month-long learning spree on the coast, you will find plenty of experiences, attractions, and accommodation options to choose from. Visit www.gulfshores.com today to plan your trip and enter a whole different state of discovery.

www.gulfshores.com

ENT FOR KIDS ALABAMA Dr. W. Peyton Shirley brings to his new practice, ENT for KIDS Alabama , over 11 years of experience in exclusively caring for the pediatric ENT patient. Whether the problem is straightforward or complex, Dr. Shirley has the experience, surgical skill, and desire to spend the time necessary to help your family make an informed decision of treatment that is best for your child.  Our staff is professional, friendly, and child-focused to help with

your child's experience. Our modern office environment provides a comfortable, pleasant and efficient office visit, as well as gives easy ways to communicate and interact with the practice.   Dr. Beth Norris, our nationally certified and state licensed pediatric Audiologist, is committed to providing quality services to children from all ages, from infants to young adults.  Using the latest diagnostic tools to evaluate hearing in infants and

children, Dr. Norris has extensive experience and is specially trained to evaluate hearing in difficult to test children or patients who may have other disabilities. Equipped with sophisticated technology to help aid in your child's diagnosis and medical decision making, ENT for KIDS Alabama aims to provide exceptional care in an atmosphere that is comfortable and family centered.

lasting first impressions. We believe that you deserve the best; that is why our commitment to the highest quality sets us apart. At our office, you’re more than a number – you’re part of our dental family. We create personalized, individual treatment plans for each patient so that we deliver only the best results. We offer flexible payment solutions to help keep the cost of

braces within your budget! We offer a full range of braces to meet your individual needs and desires, including metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign® clear braces. We offer free initial consultations, no down payment options, and payments starting at $129. We make braces easy and affordable! Call us today at 205-9799480 to schedule an appointment or visit our website at www.PTortho.com.

Dr. W. Peyton Shirley 2807 Greystone Commercial Blvd, Suite 42, Birmingham 35242 205- 874-9436 www.entforkidsalabama.com

PT ORTHODONTICS At PT Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves a beautiful smile! We have been providing affordable, state-of-the-art orthodontic care since 1990. We have eight convenient location in Hoover, Mountain Brook, Greystone/Oak Mountain, Leeds, Pell City, Hueytown, Gardendale, and Jasper. Our doctors work together to help you achieve a beautiful, confident smile that will make

www.ptortho.com

ANGELICA ROHNER PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Dr​. Angelica Rohner ​​is a specialist in the field of Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry. What’s so special? Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry, dedicated to the oral health of children, ranging from infants to teens. Dr.​Rohner and​her highly trained staff work hard to make each child’s dental visit fun and exciting, resulting in a great attitude toward dentistry and,

ultimately, oral health. On a daily basis we hear our patients say, “I love the dentist!” We take pride in great clinical and conversational experiences with our patients. We realize that taking care of our patient's guardian is equally important. Our office works with you to schedule appointments that work best for your child and their schedule. Our convenient location makes a trip to the

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dentist easy. We also supply text, email and/or phone confirmations and communication pathways. It is an honor for our patient’s parents to trust us with the well being of their children. This is never taken lightly and is evident in the time that the doctor takes to speak with each parent at every dental visit. Let Dr. Rohner ​and her dental team take care of you​and your child.

205-870-0892 www.drrohner.com


HOOVER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Students at Hoover Christian School benefit from a low teacher-student ratio, a tradition of academic success, excellent teachers, a safe environment, and an emphasis on eternal values. Jesus Christ, the Great Teacher, is honored as the source of wisdom and the motivation for excellence. Fully accredited, HCS offers a pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade curriculum. We are a participating school under the

Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund program. A vegetarian lunch option, before and after school care, and adaptations for many special needs are available. Tuition is kept low thanks to community and church support that covers nearly two-thirds of the cost. Students may apply for enrollment prior to any quarter or semester break. Parents are encouraged to take the virtual tour of the school on the web

site and check out the school's handbook, philosophy, and fee schedule there prior to making appointments to visit the school in person.

SCHOOL 2113 Old Rocky Ridge Road Hoover, AL 35244 205-987-3376 hooverchristianschool.com

SHELBY PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY At Shelby Pediatric Dentistry, our goal is to provide exceptional, individualized oral healthcare for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special needs in a fun and compassionate environment. We partner with parents and focus on prevention and early detection of dental diseases in order to help our patients establish a lifetime of healthy habits. We believe every child is a blessing, and it is our privilege to serve them.

Dr. Richard Baxter knows that some children are scared of the dentist and dental equipment, so he always strives to make your child feel safe and comfortable. Parents are invited to accompany their children into the treatment rooms. Dr. Baxter attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate degree and UAB School of Dentistry for his dental degree. He was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national

dental honor society. Deciding to pursue a specialty certification in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Baxter attended the residency program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where he received extensive training in preventive and restorative care, dental emergencies and trauma, orthodontics, dental sedation and general anesthesia, and care for children with special needs. We would be honored to care for your children!

205-419-7744 205-419-7444

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PEDIATRIC & ADOLESCENT DENTISTRY At Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry, Drs. Thomas and Johnson are committed to making your child’s first dental visit a pleasant and comfortable one. We understand the importance of establishing a good oral hygiene regimen early in a child’s life, and we provide children with the necessary knowledge and treatment to maintain a healthy smile. We recommend seeing your child for the first time around his/ her first birthday. With two loca-

tions, in Hoover and Mountain Brook, we have plenty of room for all of our friends! Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry strives to make this new journey for your child a fun and rewarding experience by providing multiple gaming systems including a Wii and overhead TV’s with Disney movies for your enjoyment. There is no doubt... your child’s path to optimum dental health starts here!

www.alpediatricdentistry.com 205-982-0112 Hoover 205-879-6150 Mountain Brook

OXMOOR VALLEY ORTHODONTICS, PC Dr. Deborah Sema and her team at Oxmoor Valley Orthodontics specialize in helping patients of all ages have beautiful, healthy, confident smiles. Celebrating over 11 years in the historic train depot office, Dr. Sema has been practicing orthodontics for nearly 17 years. She also sees patients at McCalla Dental in Bessemer and is practicing with Dr. Chris Vlachos in central Homewood. While the American Association of Orthodontists recommends an

orthodontic screening by age 7, it is never too late to have a beautiful, healthy smile. Dr. Sema and her team offer treatment for children, adolescents and adults. They can discuss your treatment options such as traditional braces, Damon self ligating braces, clear braces, Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, and treatment for TMJ disorders. At your initial appointment, they will provide you a detailed estimate of cost, different payment options, and help file your insurance.

Dr. Sema and her staff are committed to providing high quality orthodontic care in a unique setting that is fun, warm, and comfortable. They take pride in the courteous service they deliver to each person who walks through their doors. They recognize that every patient has different needs, and whether you’re an adult, adolescent or child, Dr. Sema and her caring and knowledgeable staff are committed to helping you achieve the wonderful smile you deserve!

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CAHABA HEIGHTS DENTISTRY Serving Vestavia Hills and surrounding communities, Cahaba Heights Pediatric Dentistry will change the way kids feel about going to the dentist. Dr. Andrew Richardson and his staff are committed to providing your child with the best possible visit every time. ​Dr. Richardson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University and received his doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham

in 2012. After graduating, he entered into a pediatric specialty program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Batson Children’s Hospital and was selected to be the Chief Resident in 2013. Dr. Richardson is well-trained in all aspects of pediatric care from infant oral care to managing special needs children and adults. He is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support and trained in oral

sedation procedures. Whether it’s preventative or restorative dental care, we go the extra mile to ensure that infants, children, and adolescents have a friendly, upbeat dental visit in an environment that’s fun. Regardless of how complex your child’s dental needs may be, we can help. This is a place where kids come first and smiles are always the most important part of every day!

4213 Dolly Ridge Rd. Vestavia Hills, AL 35243 205-490-6850

LINCPoint, we’re an important partner in successfully living that life. Every week, every day here is a story of challenge and success. And setbacks, too. Not every step is a forward step. But that doesn't seem to diminish the hope and comfort children, adults and their families find here, through their relationships with teachers, therapists, job coaches and others. We believe in a life not defined by disability, but characterized by opportunity.

205-944-3901 www.ucpbham.com

UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF GREATER BIRMINGHAM United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham provides services and programs for children and adults with all types of disabilities. Our programs include Hand In Hand’s early intervention and early learning programs, Life Without Limits Clinic, a physical medicine & rehabilitation program that offers family-centered medical care and related therapies and outpatient therapy, which includes speech, occupational and physical therapy for children. Our

adult program, LINCPoint, offers a variety of services for adults with significant physical and/ or intellectual disabilities. And Gone For Good employs over 100 adults with disabilities in its secure document destruction and conversion business while our Employment Services program helps people be successfully employed in our community. At Hand In Hand, we help prepare children and families to live a life without limits. And through

DR. ANGELICA R. ROHNER Specializing in Children and Adolescents Starting First Visits at 1 Year Dental Insurance providers for: BCBS of Alabama, Southland, MetLife, Delta Dental, Guardian, Cigna, and United Concordia.

www.drrohner.com (205)870-0892

Tots ‘N’ Teens Pediatrics is located in the Trussville area and our mission is to provide the highest quality, professional pediatric care by focusing on the needs and health of each individual patient. Our practice includes five physicians, who are all board certified and follow patients from birth through 18 years of age. Steven D. Barron, M.D. | Delinda A. Davis, M.D. | Allison J. Holt, M.D. Elizabeth M. Law, M.D. | Leslie L. Townsend, M.D.

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We are a Pediatric Dental Practice who strives to make our patients happy. We know we have success when we hear them say, “I love the Dentist!”


area hospitals CHILDREN’S OF ALABAMA/ BENJAMIN RUSSELL HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN 1600 Seventh Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-996-7 850 www.childrensal.org ST. VINCENT’S ST. CLAIR 7063 Veterans Pkwy. Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-3301 www.stvhs.com/stclair/ CHILDREN’S SOUTH PEDIATRIC OUTPATIENT CENTER 1940 Elmer J. Bissell Road Birmingham, AL 35243 205-638-4800 www.childrensal.org UAB HOSPITAL 1802 Sixth Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-934-4011 www.uabmedicine.org UAB WOMEN & INFANTS CENTER 1700 Sixth Ave.S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-934-3411 www.uabmedicine.org/women UAB MEDICAL WEST 995 Ninth Ave. SW Bessemer, AL 35022 205-481-7000 www.medicalwesthospital.org

ST. VINCENT’S BIRMINGHAM 810 St. Vincent’s Drive Birmingham, AL 35205 205-939-7000 www.stvhs.com ST. VINCENT’S EAST 50 Medical Park East Dr. Birmingham, AL 35235 205-838-3000 www.stvhs.com ST. VINCENT’S BLOUNT 150 Gilbreath Dr. Oneonta, AL 35121 205-274-3000 www.stvhs.com BROOKWOOD MEDICAL CENTER 2010 Brookwood Medical Center Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209 205-877-1000 www.bwmc.com BIRMINGHAM VA MEDICAL CENTER 700 19th St. S Birmingham, AL 35233 205-933-8101 www.birmingham.va.gov TUSCALOOSA VA MEDICAL CENTER 3701 Loop Rd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 205-554-2000 www.tuscaloosa.va.gov

UAB HIGHLANDS 1201 11th Ave. S Birmingham, AL 35205 205-934-3411 www.uabmedicine.org

COOPER GREEN MERCY HEALTH SERVICES 1515 Sixth Ave. S Birmingham, AL 35233 205-930-3200 www.coopergreenmercy.org

UAB CALLAHAN EYE HOSPITAL 1720 University Boulevard Birmingham, AL 35233 205-325-8100 www.uabmedicine.org/

TRINITY MEDICAL CENTER 800 Montclair Road Birmingham, AL 35213 205-592-1000 www.trinitymedicalonline.com

SHELBY BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER 1000 1st St. N Alabaster, AL 35007 205-620-8100 www.bhsala.com

CULLMAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER 1912 Alabama 157 Cullman, AL 35058 256-737-2000 www.crmchospital.com

PRINCETON BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER 701 Princeton Ave. SW Birmingham, AL 35211 205-783-3000 www.bhsala.com

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MEET OUR BACK COVER SPONSORS CHILDREN'S DANCE FOUNDATION Gazing through Children’s Dance Foundation’s two-way studio mirrors as children twirl and sing, parents witness the appreciation for the arts that develops in the dance studio. CDF also has extensive outreach programs that go far beyond their studios in Downtown Homewood. CDF’s Community Partnership Program has served children at dozens of social service agencies, child care

centers and schools throughout Birmingham since 1975. The curriculum designed by CDF helps the children to explore their imagination, improve balance and strength, and enhance coordination through music, dance, stories, games and tactile objects. CDF’s School Touring Program presents the academically-linked dance performances, “Math in Motion” and “The Magic Circle” at schools all over the

state. Using a curious collection of props and diverse music, four professional dancers present math concepts through dance and include audience participation throughout the show. CDF provides opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to learn through the power of dance and the arts. Discover how you want to be involved and take a virtual tour of CDF’s studios and theatre at www.childrensdancefoundation.org.

Center had intended to do when he developed the system. We offer Free Diagnostic Assessments and a variety of programs that fit all students’ needs. We help struggling children as well as advanced children in math, reading, writing, Algebra I and II, Geometry, AP math, enrichment and study skills, and SAT/ACT prep courses. At The Tutoring Center, we offer tutoring sessions MondayThursday 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM.

We conduct Diagnostic Assessments on Fridays. Our results are guaranteed or we tutor at no charge (call for details). You can visit our national website www.tutorincenter.com to know more about us. You can also find us on Google search to read customers’ reviews. We are located in Hoover on Hwy 150 near Academy Sports. Call us at (205) 987-9577 to schedule a Free Diagnostic Assessment today.

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THE TUTORING CENTER At The Tutoring Center, an individualized direct one-toone instruction combined with the Rotational Approach To Learning (RATL) is used very successfully. Children move through different stations during their tutoring sessions working on different tasks at each station. Children with ADD or ADHD benefit greatly from this system, which is what Dr. Thalheimer, a child psychologist and founder of the tutoring

Empowering Children to Reach their Potential

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2804 John Hawkins Pkwy, Suite 100 Hoover, Alabama, 35244 (near Academy Sports) (205) 987-9577

ELIZABETH PERRY RUSHTON CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER The Elizabeth Perry Rushton Child Development Center was founded in 1995 by First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham as a mission to the community and to support families working in the downtown area. Today, the Rushton Center is a separate nonprofit organization that serves children ages six weeks through four years. The goal of the Rushton Center is to provide quality childcare in a loving, nurturing environment for children

whose parents work in or near downtown Birmingham. At the core of the Rushton Center’s philosophy is the belief that children learn by experiencing their environment and the things and people in it. We feel that experiences are best accomplished through play or “learning by doing.” The teacher’s role is to provide a challenging and stimulating environment in which children can freely explore their surroundings so that the

total development of each child is enhanced. Children grow and develop physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Our state-of-the-art facility, active learning approach to curriculum and qualified staff create the type of environment that will give children developmentally appropriate choices and critical thinking skills while promoting growth in each of these areas. 2118 4th Ave N. Birmingham, Al 35203

205-322-8310 www.eprcdc.com

CHILD'SPLAY THERAPY CENTER Child’sPlay Therapy Center provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy services, along with academic tutoring, music therapy, and psychological testing and counseling. Our experienced staff uses play and “kid approved” activities to help children reach their goals. We can help your child succeed in the areas of speech/language development, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, sensory processing, attention/concen-

tration, feeding concerns, and academic delays. Last spring, we introduced our highly successful intensive treatment program for ADD/ADHD, Focal Point. Our brightly colored, beautiful facility consists of 8000 square feet of state of the art space designed just for kids! It includes 2 sensory motor gyms, kid-friendly and adult waiting areas, feeding therapy room, multi-purpose toddler/preschool room, numerous private therapy rooms, and a

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space just for teens and preteens. Parents are welcome to participate in therapy. However, they are also able to view and listen to their child’s session from the waiting areas on special tablets via webcam technology. Our special programming includes Orton Gillingham reading therapy, the “SOS” approach to feeding therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Metronome, and Integrated Listening.

www.childsplaytherapycenter.com 205-978-9939


APPLAUSE DANCEWEAR Applause Dancewear, a retail dancewear store has just celebrated its 34th year in business, located in the same place it opened in 1981, and still family owned and operated since the first day. They carry everything a dancer could possibly want for any kind of dancing. Applause also carries liturgical wear for church groups, amazing gymnastics leotards for every age, and batons, boots and rhinestones for dancelines and majorettes.

The store was originally opened by Buddy and Cindy Wade when Cindy was the choreographer of The Star Spangled Girls at Homewood High School. After managing the store while receiving her marketing degree at UAB, their daughter Katie set her sights on owning Applause and building the business. With her parents’ permission, Katie took over the store in 1992. She has continued to staff the store with dancers, knowing that

having employees who have practical application in the items they are selling and the experience to back the products will always make a customer more comfortable and secure when purchasing specialty items. She knows as a mom, how overwhelming it can be to purchase items for your children that you may not have had your own experience with. 1629 Oxmoor Road Homewood, AL 35209 www.applausedancewear.net

205-871-STEP www.applausedancewear.net

ALABAMA PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Welcome to Alabama Pediatric Dentistry! At Alabama Pediatric Dentistry, your child isn’t just a patient. They’re family. And just like you, we won’t settle for anything but the best for them. That’s why we partner with you from the toddler stage into early adulthood to help your child develop healthy dental habits, a positive attitude towards dentistry and a beautiful smile. Our practice, conveniently located in Homewood, is one

of the most technologically advanced pediatric dental practices. From the cutting edge digital x-rays and state-of-theart sterilization center to ceiling mounted TVs above each dental chair, our office is completely designed with your child in mind. Dr. Michelle Bajjalieh, a board certified pediatric dentist, and her team provide individualized care appropriate to your child’s age and maturity level. We know there’s more to your child

than just their teeth. We care about them and delight in talking with them during each visit. Every time your child flashes his or her winning smile, you’ll know there’s great oral health and love behind those pearly whites. We know you have options when choosing a dentist, and we invite you to join our family and make Alabama Pediatric Dentistry your child’s dental home.

3500 Independence Dr. Homewood, AL 35209 205-802-7277 alabamapediatricdentistry.com

BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN COLLEGE The Birmingham-Southern College Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts celebrated its 115th anniversary in 2010. The Conservatory has a long tradition of excellence and makes available to students of all ages the same opportunities in the arts that are available to college students at Birmingham-Southern. Lessons are available in piano, voice, violin, guitar and band instruments. Preschool classes available for 18 months-five years.

With several different satellite locations throughout the Birmingham area, the Conservatory is able to provide quality instruction to students in their own communities. In addition to on-campus instruction, lessons are also available in Cahaba Heights, Hoover, Mt. Olive, Trussville and Cullman. If you or your child is not already a student at the Conservatory, we invite you to join us this year. You can become a

part of the proud tradition at the Birmingham-Southern College Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts.

able to take control of their schoolwork and the learning process. As the only learning center of its kind in America, GradePower knows that learning is not a standardized process that can be approached passively; it’s a dynamic process that is best fulfilled when students are able to actively engage their entire cognitive potential. With two convenient locations in the Greater Birmingham area, we serve families in Jefferson, Shelby and St.Clair counties who are

discovering that GradePower is way beyond tutoring. At GradePower, we approach learning differently. We focus on cognitive development, build strong academic skills in all subjects, improve reading proficiency, and encourage lifelong learning. In one-on-one and group programs, we teach students to concentrate, plan, listen, organize, understand, and remember.  GradePower gives your student the long-term benefit of knowing how to learn.

Contact: Lucy Victory, Director, 205-226-4960 lvictory@bsc.edu www.bsc.edu/academics/music/ conservatory.cfm 900 Arkadelphia Road Birmingham, AL 35254 800-523-5793

900 Arkadelphia Road Birmingham, AL 35254 800-523-.5793

GRADEPOWER LEARNING GradePower Learning is a leader in supplemental education, offering academic support for students from pre-school through college. Our approach is backed by over 30 years of academic research and proven teaching methods that produce active learners.  GradePower uniquely combines a cognitive development approach with core academic programs to provide students with skills and strategies that they can use for a lifetime. Our students become confident and

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MICHAEL S. ANGLIN, D.D.S., P.C. Your child deserves a bright, healthy smile that will last for the rest of their life. Dr. Michael Anglin has provided high quality pediatric dentistry to the Hoover and surrounding communities since 1993. We have a reputation for excellent care in a familyoriented, welcoming environment. By providing individual care to our patients, we design treatments around your child’s unique needs. We offer state-of-the-art dentistry

in order to cut down on treatment time and cost to you, including digital X-rays, Lumineers®, fillings, teeth cleaning, space maintainers, and hospital dentistry. Dr. Anglin’s experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stressfree, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice. Dr. Anglin is a multiple winner of Birmingham Parent’s Family

Favorites for favorite dentist. In 2012 Dr. Erin Nelson, who specializes in Family Dentistry, joined our team and offers parents the opportunity of one convenient location for the entire family’s dental needs. Dr. Anglin and Dr. Nelson look forward to welcoming children, adolescents and adults to our dental family and we cannot wait to help create a beautiful, healthy smile for everyone in your family!

michael s. anglin, d.d.s pediatric & adolescent dentistry

205-988-9800 www.BirminghamKidsdentist.com

PEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGY OF ALABAMA The doctors and staff of Pediatric Nephrology of Alabama seek to provide the best care available in the most compassionate and efficient way possible. When children have kidney disease it is sometimes scary and stressful. We provide you and your child with prompt care and a consistent team of providers who know you, your child and their illness. We will spend whatever time necessary to help you understand their kidney problems and treatment.

Our highest priority is to provide care in a compassionate, personalized, family oriented way that is convenient for your child, family, and referring physicians with offices in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Montgomery. Dr. Benfield worked at UAB/ Children’s Hospital for 20 years eventually becoming the Director of Pediatric Nephrology. Under his direction the division developed programs in dialysis, transplantation, chronic kidney

disease and general nephrology that garnered national recognition being named as one of the top 25 programs in the country. In 2010 he opened Pediatric Nephrology of Alabama. He brought the same energy and pursuit of excellence to the private practice and has received national and local recognition being named to Best Doctors in America, Birmingham Best Doctors, Birmingham Super Doctors, and Parents’ Choice Award.

www.pednephal.com (205) 558-3200

Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder —you can play tunes with your feet on the Giant Piano, learn about gravity with a daring ride on the High Cycle or pet the sharks and stingrays in the Shark & Ray Touch Tank – there is a new discovery around every corner. The adventure intensifies in the IMAX® Dome Theater, where wide-eyed visitors experience the sights and sounds of breathtaking films on

a 5-story-tall screen surrounded by 3 tons of high-intensity speakers. For 16 years, McWane Science Center has stayed true to its mission – to change lives through science and wonder. As a cornerstone of the downtown community, McWane opens its doors to young and old alike for laughter, learning and an experience like no other.

205-714-8300 www.mcwane.org

high-performing students attend intensive weekly 1.5 hour classes for grades 1-8 and 2 hour class for grades 9-10. Students are engaged in math education through Spirit of Math's proprietary and innovative curriculum which includes a sequential, non-spiral approach to learning, and the Four Elements (drills, core, problem solving and cooperative group work). Students with an average of B+ or higher are considered for acceptance.

Spirit of Math is an educationbased company that has developed a training system for teachers and administrators in mathematics. Spirit of Math also publishes the "Release the Genius" series of drill and problem solving books, including digital applications. Private schools and public school districts, are now using Spirit of Math books to supplement their curriculums. For more information, call Jennifer Dodd at 866-767-6284, ext. 180

www.SpiritOfMath.com

pediatric Nephrology of Alabama

(205) 558-3200

MCWANE SCIENCE CENTER Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX® Dome Theater. This state-of-the-art museum is located in the heart of Birmingham’s downtown revitalization district. McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors— from ages 1 to 100 — year-round to see, to hear, to touch, and to experience the wonder of science in one of the South’s most unique venues.

SPIRIT OF MATH Spirit of Math is an after-school math program for high-performing students designed to challenge and excite them. Rather than only memorizing procedures, our students learn the number theories and critical thinking skills required to truly understand and solve math problems. They learn a different way of thinking that carries over to other subjects and to life. Spirit of Math is not a tutoring or remedial program, but a proprietary program in which

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MEDCENTER HOOVER Getting sick or injured is never fun for anyone. It can be unsettling and stressful at times, but it doesn’t have to be. At MedCenter Hoover, we understand that when you’re in need of immediate medical attention, you don’t want to worry about whether you’ll fit into a doctor’s schedule. At our clinic, you’ll find doctors that will care and listen at hours that are convenient for you!

MedCenter Hoover is an urgent care center serving patients in Hoover and the surrounding area. Our physicians are all board-certified in emergency medicine and family medicine and have more than 30 years of professional medical experience. We offer care and treatment for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. Most visits are reimbursable by insurance and we don’t

require an appointment. When you are in need of immediate medical attention, come to the right place. At MedCenter Hoover, you will not have to wait for hours to be seen by a doctor. Call us at (205) 209-4382 today for more information about our emergency medical services. MedCenter Hoover: Urgent care - family medicine - walk-ins welcome.

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1575 Montgomery Highway Hoover, AL 35216 (205) 822-1150 Open Seven Days a Week No Appointments Necessary

JOSEPH BRUNO MONTESSORI SCHOOL Our educational practices are built around the belief that children are born with the strong need to discover and learn. We treat their curiosity and creativity with great care, allowing them to explore their interests from an early age. We provide lessons, even the most challenging ones, that make learning exciting and stimulate the desire to know more. Lessons are given to small groups and individually, so that they can understand the concepts

presented. Our students are our first priority, and we take time to listen and help them find answers. Older students learn through seminars, laboratory experiments, and hands-on projects. Reading, research, and discussion are important parts of our curriculum. At Bruno Montessori Academy, students are encouraged to develop independence, responsibility, resourcefulness, and organizational skills. In the Lower Elementary, students use

individual work plans listing their goals for the week. Visitors will see our students working individually and cooperatively to get their work done, enjoying the total learning experience. The enthusiasm must be seen to be believed. Children learn the importance of respect for one another and for their classroom environment. We have high expectations for our students, and they learn to set higher and higher standards for themselves.

JOSEPH BRUNO MONTESSORI ACADEMY www.jbma.org

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VOTE NOW in the 2015 Birmingham Parent’s Family Favorites Awards! Visit www.birminghamparent.com to vote online for your favorite party place,

kids meal, toy store, radio station & more.

YOU CAN ALSO BE ENTERED IN A RANDOM DRAWING FOR A GREAT WILDERNESS AT THE SMOKIES PRIZE PACKAGE! Must vote in at least 20 categories for your survey to be counted and also put into the random drawing for a two-night stay for 4 people at Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, TN. This vacation will include a dinner show at Lumberjack Feud.

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health departments & clinics HEALTH DEPARTMENTS ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The RSA Tower
201 Monroe St.
Montgomery, AL 36104 General Information 334-206-5300 (8am-5pm)
 800-252-1818 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION 866-264-4073 Hours of Operation Central Office: Weekdays 8am5pm
County Health Departments: weekdays
8am-5pm in most locations
 ADPH HOTLINES AND TOLL-FREE NUMBERS General Information 800-252-1818 www.adph.org ALL Kids 888-373-5437

NATIONAL STD HOTLINE 800-227-8922

ALABAMA BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER EARLY DETECTION PROGRAM 877-252-3324

OFFICE OF RADIATION CONTROL 800-582-1866

ALABAMA TOBACCO QUITLINE 800-784-8669 BUREAU OF HOME AND COMMUNITY SERVICES 800-225-9770 ELDER CARE HOTLINE 800-356-9596 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION 866-264-4073 EPIDEMIOLOGY 800-338-8374 FAMILY PLANNING 800-545-1098 HEALTHY BEGINNINGS HELP LINE 800-654-1385 HEPATITIS INFORMATION 800-338-8374 HIV/AIDS HOTLINE 800-228-0469 IMMUNIZATION 800-469-4599 INDOOR LEAD 800-819-7644 INFO CONNECTION HELP LINE 800-545-1098 MINORITY HEALTH 800-255-1992

PLAN FIRST 888-737-2083 SUICIDE PREVENTION 800-784-2433 SUICIDE PREVENTION 800-273-8255 TOBACCO PREVENTION AND CONTROL 800-252-1818 WIC 888-942-4673 OTHER SERVICES
 (child healthcare service providers, transportation assistance) 800-654-1385 CHILTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
 301 Health Center Dr.
Clanton, AL 35046 205-755-1287
 www.adph.org/chilton CULLMAN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT 601 Logan Ave. S.W.
Cullman, AL 35055 Monday-Friday: 7-5pm www.adph.org/cullman Main Office: 256-734-1030
EnvironMental Office: 256-734-0243
Home Health Office: 256-734-0258
 Immunization Clinic Hours Monday:  7-11am and 1-3:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 7-8am

JEFFERSON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
 1400 Sixth Ave. S.
Birmingham, AL 35233
205-933-9110 24-hour emergency
reporting 205-933-9110 www.jcdh.org

HEALTH CENTER LOCATIONS In February 2015, the Jefferson County Department of Health will open a brand-new clinic off of the Bessemer Superhighway in Midfield. As a result, the department will close its clinics in Ensley, West End and Bessemer, in order to provide services for western Jefferson County residents in a central location For more information, call 205-933-9110. BESSEMER HEALTH CENTER 2201 Arlington Ave. Bessemer, AL 35020 205-497-9300 CENTRAL HEALTH CENTER 1400 Sixth Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-933-9110 EASTERN HEALTH CENTER 601 West Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35206 205-591-5180 MORRIS HEALTH CENTER 590 Morris Majestic Road Morris, AL 35116 205-933-4242

WEST END HEALTH CENTER 1308 Tuscaloosa Ave. S.W. Birmingham, AL 35211 205-715-6121 WESTERN HEALTH CENTER 1700 Ave. E. Ensley, AL 35218 205-788-3321 SHELBY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT 2000 County Services Dr.
 P.O. Box 846
Pelham, AL 35124 Clinic Phone: 205-664-2470
 Environmental Phone: 205-620-1650
 Home Health Phone: 800-463-7968 or 256-547-5012 Clinic Hours: 7:30am-5pm, Monday through Friday
Home Health Hours: 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday ST. CLAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
 1175 23rd St. N.
Pell City, AL 35125 http://adph.org/stclair Clinic Phone: 205-338-3357
 Environmental Phone: 205-338-3357
 Home Health Phone: 256-547-5012 or 800-463-7968
 ST. CLAIR HEALTH DEPARTMENT SATELLITE CLINIC Satellite clinic open on Thursdays for WIC services.
31675 U.S. Highway 411
Box 249
Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-4919
 TUSCALOOSA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
 2350 Hargrove Road E.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 Office: 205-562-6900 Clinic hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm www.adph.org/tuscaloosa

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favorite kids' docs of 2014 There’s nothing better than a personal recommendation when it comes to a doctor for you or your child. Imagine a big notebook full of those for all types of local doctors from friends who have “been there, done that.” Now you have it. This is the idea behind Birmingham Parent’s Favorite Kids’ Docs campaign – the opportunity to have this special list and give honor and credit to the faithful, caring and professional doctors and medical professionals who serve our children every day in our community. The process is totally reader driven – we call for nominations, and moms and dads, uncles, grandparents and other caregivers go online and nominate a favorite kid’s doctor and tell us why. There’s no prize reward for nominating – just the opportunity to tell people why you love your child’s doctor. Now in its fourth year, we honor those special pediatricians, specialists, optometrists, dentist and other health professionals and offer you the reader a little parent-toparent advice. And know when you see our little logo in the doctor’s office; your doctor is a “Birmingham Parent Favorite Kids’ Doc!”

Watch for another chance to nominate your favorites in 2015!

PEDIATRICIANS Greenvale Pediatrics - Hoover Children’s Of Alabama   ​Dr. John Cortopassi Dr. Jeff Stone Dr. Toren Anderson Dr. Daniel Carter Dr. Brian Dudgeon Greenvale Pediatrics –Alabaster Children’s of Alabama Dr. Joseph Jolly Dr. Clayton Buie Dr. Annette Cosgrove Vestavia Pediatrics Children’s of Alabama Dr. Richard Stone Dr. Joseph Hamm Dr. Elizabeth Crum Over the Mountain Pediatrics Children’s of Alabama Dr. Courtney Baxley Dr. Melisa Wilson Dr. Elizabeth Hodges Pediatrics East - (Trussville) Children’s of Alabama Dr. Angela Redmond ​ ediatrics East (Deerfoot) P Children’s of Alabama Dr. Phillip Harmon Dr. Mark Lytle Mayfair Medical Group Children’s of Alabama ​Dr. Stacey Gilbert ​Dr. Elizabeth Peters Dr. Greta Russell

Simon-Williamson Clinic, Princeton Dr. Natalie Tibbetts Dr. Nancy Zumstein Dr. Kenneth Elmer Acton Road Pediatrics Dr. Sheridyn Breedlove North Jefferson Pediatrics Dr. Fadell Savany

Tots N Teens Pediatrics Dr. Allison Jones Holt Dr. Delinda A. Davis Dr. Steve Barron Children’s Medical Group Monica Chadwick, CPNP, Nurse Practitioner Dr. Tracy Tindle

PLASTIC SURGERY

Growing Up Pediatrics Dr. Hope Weeks

Children’s of Alabama Dr. Peter Ray

Metro Pediatrics Dr. Suzanne Matthews

RHEUMATOLOGY

Alabaster Pediatrics Dr. Paula Johnson Dr. April Irons

Children’s of Alabama Dr. Matthew Stoll

GASTROENTEROLOGY

Baptist Health Centers, Calera Dr. John Shugrue Magnolia Pediatrics Dr. Jacqueline Stewart

Alabama Pediatric Gastroenterology Dr. Steven King

Babi Pediatrics 459 Dr. Bassam Babi

Pediatric Dentist Dr. Michael Anglin

Birmingham Pediatrics Dr. Teresa Goldsmith Dr. Max Hale Dr. Patrick Farr Dr. William Johnston Dr. James Womack

Powell Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Austin Powell

Southtrace Pediatrics Dr. Alice Hardy Dr. Jeff Malone

DENTISTS

OPTOMETRISTS Vision First Dr. Rebecca Doss Dudley Eye Care Dr. Parisa Dudley

Redmont Pediatrics Dr. Ryan Walley Dr. Stephen Blair

Alabaster Eye Care Dr. Graham Rowland

Children's of Alabama Dr. Pierre Fequiere

Healthy Kids of Gardendale Dr. Patricia Harris

Alabama Pediatrics Dr. Robert Levin Dr. Keith Stansell Dr. Amy Albert

Baptist Health Centers, Pinson Dr. Tammy Mason Dr. Ann-Katrin Wilson

Southlake Pediatrics Dr. Andrew McCown Dr. Anne Byars

Children's of Alabama Dr. Scott Anderson Dr. Snehal Khatri

​ ediatrics West P Children’s of Alabama Dr. Tracy Bookings Dr. Janet Harris​

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libraries - locations, hours, phone numbers Jefferson County Libraries

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ADAMSVILLE 4825 Main St., Adamsville, AL 35005, 205-674-3399

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AVONDALE (BPL) 509 S 40th St., Birmingham, AL 35222, 205-226-4000

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BESSEMER 400 N 19th St., Bessemer, AL 35020, 205-428-7882

9-8:00

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BOTANICAL Gardens 2612 Lane Park Rd., Birmingham, AL 35223, 205-414-3920

9-4:00

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CENTRAL (BPL) 2100 Park Pl., Birmingham, AL 35203, 205-226-3600

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CLAY 7257 Old Springville Rd., Clay, AL 35126, 205-680-3812

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Closed

1-5:00

EAST ENSLEY (BPL) 900 14th St., Ensley, Birmingham, AL, 35218, 205-787-1928

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-1:00 2-6:00

Closed

EAST LAKE (BPL) #5 Oporto-Madrid Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35206, 205-836-3341

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-1:00 2-6:00

Closed

EASTWOOD (BPL) 4500 Montevallo Rd., Birmingham, AL 35210, 205-591-4944

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-1:00 2-6:00

Closed

Winter Hours (Labor Day to Memorial Day)

9-9:00

9-9:00

9-6:00

9-9:00

9-5:00

9-5:00

1-5:00

Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

9-6:00

9-9:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-5:00

9-5:00

Closed

ENSLEY (BPL) 1201 25th St., Ensley, Birmingham, AL, 35218, 205-785-2625

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

Closed

Closed

FIVE POINTS WEST (BPL) 4812 Ave. W, Birmingham, AL 35208, 205-226-4013

9-8:00

9-8:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

2-6:00

FULTONDALE 500 Byrd Ln., Fultondale, AL 35068, 205-849-6335

8-8:00

8-8:00

8-5:00

8-8:00

8-5:00

9-5:00

1-5:00

GARDENDALE 995 Mount Olive Rd., Gardendale, AL 35071, 205-631-6639

9-8:00

9-8:00

9-5:00

9-8:00

9-5:00

9-2:00

Closed

GRAYSVILLE 315 S Main St., Graysville, AL 35073, 205-674-3040

8-5:00

8-5:00

9-5:00

8-5:00

8-5:00

Closed

Closed

HOMEWOOD 1721 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood, AL, 35209, 205-332-6600

9-9:00

9-9:00

9-6:00

9-9:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

2-6:00

HOOVER 200 Municipal Dr., Hoover, AL 35216, 205-444-7800

9-9:00

9-9:00

9-9:00

9-9:00

9-6:00

10-6:00

2-6:00

HUEYTOWN 1372 Hueytown Rd., Hueytown, AL, 35023, 205-491-1443

10-6:00

10-6:00

10-6:00

10-6:00

10-6:00

9-1:00

Closed

INGLENOOK (BPL) Temporarily located in Inglenook Recreation Center 4016 37th Ave. N, Birmingham, AL, 35217, 205-849-8739

1-5:00

1-5:00

1-5:00

1-5:00

1-5:00

Closed

Closed

IRONDALE 105 20th St. S, Irondale, AL 35210, 205-951-1415

9:307:00

9:307:00

9:306:00

9:307:00

9-1:00

11-3:00

2-5:00

LEEDS 8104 Pkwy. Dr. SE, Leeds, AL 35094, 205-699-5962

9:307:00

9:305:30

9:305:30

9:307:00

9:305:30

9:301:30

Closed

MIDFIELD 400 Breland Dr. Midfield, AL 35228, 205-923-1027

10-6:00

10-6:00

10-6:00

10-6:00

10-6:00

11-3:00

Closed

NORTH AVONDALE (BPL) 501 43rd St. N, Birmingham, AL 35222, 205-592-2082

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

Closed

Closed

NORTH BIRMINGHAM (BPL) 2501 31st Ave. N, Birmingham, AL, 35207, 205-226-4025

9-8:00

9-8:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

2-6:00

(Birmingham Public Libraries indicated as BPL) www.jclc.org

EMMET O’NEAL 50 Oak St., Mountain Brook, AL 35213, 205-445-1101

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libraries

PINSON 4410 Main St., Pinson, AL 35126, 205-680-9298

9-7:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-7:00

9-6:00

10-2:00

Closed

PLEASANT GROVE 501 Park Rd., Pleasant Grove, AL 35127, 205-744-1731

8-5:30

8-5:30

8-5:30

8-5:30

8-12:00

8-12:00

Closed

POWDERLY (BPL) 3301 Jefferson Ave. SW, Birmingham, AL 35221, 205-925-6178

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

Closed

Closed

PRATT CITY (BPL) 509 Dugan Ave., Pratt City, Birmingham, AL 35214, 205-791-4997

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-1:00 2-6:00

Closed

SMITHFIELD (BPL) #1 8th Ave. W, Birmingham, AL 35204, 205-324-8428

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-1:00 2-6:00

Closed

SOUTHSIDE (BPL) 1814 11th Ave. S, Birmingham, AL 35205, 205-933-7776

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-1:00 2-6:00

Closed

SPRINGVILLE ROAD (BPL) 1224 Springville Rd., Birmingham, AL 35215, 205-226-4081

9-8:00

9-8:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

2-6:00

TARRANT 1143 Ford Ave., Tarrant, AL 35217, 205-841-0575

8-5:00

8-5:00

8-5:00

8-5:00

8-5:00

Closed

Closed

TITUSVILLE (BPL) #2 6th Ave. SW, Birmingham, AL 35211, 205-322-1140

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-1:00 2-6:00

Closed

TRUSSVILLE 201 Parkway Dr., Trussville, AL 35173, 205-655-2022

9-8:00

9-8:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

10-4:00

1-5:00

VESTAVIA HILLS 1221 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia Hills, AL 35216, 205-978-0155

9-8:00

9-8:00

9-8:00

9-8:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

1-5:00

WALTER J. HANNA 4615 Gary Ave., Fairfield, AL 35064, 205-783-6007

Closed for rennovation.

WARRIOR 10 1St.St. E, Warrior, AL 35180, 205-647-3006

9-5:00

9-8:00

9-5:00

9-8:00

9-5:00

9-12:00

Closed

WEST END (BPL) 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. SW, Birmingham, AL 35211, 205-226-4089

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-6:00

9-1:00 2-6:00

Closed

WOODLAWN (BPL) 5709 1st Ave. N, Birmingham, AL 35212, 205-595-2001

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

Closed

Closed

WYLAM (BPL) 4300 7th Ave., Wylam,, AL 35224, 205-785-0349

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

Closed

Closed

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Shelby County Libraries: www.shelbycounty-al.org

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

MILDRED B. HARRISON LIBRARY 50 Lester St., Columbiana, AL, 35051, 205-669-3910

8-5:00

8-5:00

8-5:00

8-5:00

ALBERT L. SCOTT LIBRARY 100 9th St. NW, Alabaster, AL, 35007, 205-664-6822

9-7:50

9-7:50

10 5:50

ROY DOWNS MEMORIAL LIBRARY 9700 Hwy. 25, Calera, AL, 35040 , 205-668-3514

8-7:00

8-7:00

CHELSEA PUBLIC LIBRARY 41 Weldon Dr., Chelsea, AL, 35043, 205-678-8455

9-5:00

COLUMBIANA PUBLIC LIBRARY 50 Lester St., Columbiana, AL, 35051, 205-669-5812

Sat

Sun

8-5:00

Closed

Closed

9-7:50

9-5:50

10-4:50

1-4:50

8-6:00

8-7:00

8-6:00

9-2:00

Closed

9-7:00

9-5:00

9-5:00

9-5:00

9-2:00

Closed

9-4:50

9-7:50

9-4:50

9-7:50

9-4:50

9-12:50

Closed

HARPERSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 39397 Hwy. 25, Harpersville, AL, 35078, 205-672-8336

2-6:00

12-8:00

10-5:00

9-5:00

Closed

Closed

Closed

JANE B. HOLMES LIBRARY 230 Tucker Rd., Helena, AL, 35080, 205-664-8308

10-7:00

10-6:00

10-6:00

10-7:00

10-5:00

10-2:00

Closed

MT. LAUREL LIBRARY 33 Olmsted St., Birmingham, AL, 35242, 205-991-1660

10-7:00

10-6:00

10-6:00

10-7:00

10-7:00

10-2:00

Closed

NORTH SHELBY LIBRARY 5521 Cahaba Valley Rd, Birmingham, AL, 35242, 205-439-5500

10-8:00

10-6:00

10-6:00

10-8:00

10-6:00

10-4:00

1-5:00

PARNELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY 277 Park Dr., Montevallo, AL, 35115, 205-665-9207

10-5:00

10-8:00

10-5:00

10-8:00

10-5:00

10-1:00

Closed

PELHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY 3160 Pelham Pkwy., Pelham, AL, 35124, 205-620-6418

9-8:00

9-8:00

9-8:00

9-8:00

9-5:00

10-5:00

Closed

VINCENT MCGRAW PUBLIC LIBRARY 42860 Hwy. 25, Vincent, AL, 35178, 205-672-2749

10-5:00

10-5:00

10-5:00

10-5:00

Closed

Closed

Closed

WESTOVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 3312 Westover Rd., Westover, AL, 35147, 205-678-3375

10-1:00

Closed

10-1:00

Closed

Closed

9-12:00

Closed

VERNICE STOUDENMIRE PUBLIC LIBRARY 9905 N. Main St., Wilsonville, AL, 35186, 205-669-6180

2:304:30

10-6:00

9-4:30

10-6:00

3-4:30

10-1:00

Closed

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libraries Alabama Virtual Library: www.avl.lib.al.us Selected libraries from surrounding areas:

Mon

Tues

Wed

Wed

Fri

Sat

Sun

CULLMAN LIBRARY 200 Clark St. NE, Cullman, AL, 35055, 256-734-1068

9-6:00

9-8:00

9-6:00

9-8:00

9-6:00

9-1:00

Closed

GARDEN CITY LIBRARY 501 First Avenue S, Garden City, AL ,35070, 256-352-4552

1-5:00

1-5:00

1-5:00

1-5:00

1-5:00

Closed

Closed

HANCEVILLE LIBRARY 201 Commercial Street, Hanceville, AL, 35077, 256-352-0685

Closed

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

8-12:00 1-5:00

9-1:00

Closed

TOM BEVILL LIBRARY - COLONY 151 Byars Road, Hanceville, AL, 35077, 256-287-1573

Closed

8-12:00

8-12:00

8-12:00

8-12:00

Closed

Closed

GUY HUNT LIBRARY - HOLLY POND 60 Lions Park Road, Holly Pond, AL, 35083, 256-796-5226

Closed

1-6:00

1-6:00

1-6:00

1-6:00

Closed

Closed

ST. CLAIR COUNTY LIBRARY 139 5th Ave., Ashville, AL, 35953, 205-594-3694

9-5:00

9-5:00

9-5:00

9-5:00

9-5:00

Closed

Closed

TUSCALOOSA PUBLIC LIBRARY - MAIN LIBRARY 1801 Jack Warner Pkwy., Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401, 205-345-5820

9-9:00

9-9:00

9-9:00

9-9:00

12-5:00

9-5:00

2-6:00

TUSCALOOSA PUBLIC LIBRARY - BROWN BRANCH LIBRARY 300 Bobby Miller Pkwy., Tuscaloosa, AL, 35405, 205-391-9989

10-6:00

1-8:00

10-6:00

10-6:00

1-5:00

Closed

Closed

TUSCALOOSA PUBLIC LIBRARY - WEAVER BOLDEN BRANCH LIBRARY 2522 Lanier Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401, 205-758-8291

9-7:00

9-7:00

9-7:00

9-7:00

1-5:00

Closed

Closed

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area attractions MCWANE SCIENCE CENTER

BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART

Hours vary from season to season and are subject to change. Admission prices are also subject to change. Therefore, we have not listed hours of operation nor ticket prices. Please check with individual attractions for hours, pricing and more. ALDRIDGE BOTANICAL GARDENS 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover. 205-682-8019, www.aldridgegardens.com

BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham. 205-254-2565, www.artsbma.org

ALABAMA JAZZ HALL OF FAME 1631 Fourth Ave. N., Birmingham. 205-327-9424, www.jazzhall.com

BIRMINGHAM ZOO 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham. 205-879-0409, www.birminghamzoo.com

ALABAMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME 2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham. 205-323-6665, www.ashof.org ALABAMA WILDLIFE CENTER 100 Terrace Drive, Pelham. 205-663-7930. www.awrc.org AMERICAN VILLAGE CITIZENSHIP TRUST 3727 Alabama 119, Montevallo. 205-665-3535, www.americanvillage.org BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK 6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Leeds. 205-699-7275, www.barbermotorsports.com BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham. 205-414-3950, www.bbgardens.org BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN’S THEATRE 2130 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham. 205-458-8181, www.BCT123.org. BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE 520 16th St. N., Birmingham. 205-328-9696, www.bcri.org

HEART OF DIXIE RAILROAD MUSEUM 1919 Ninth St., Calera. 205-668-3435, www.hodrrm.org MCWANE SCIENCE CENTER 200 19th St. N., Birmingham. 205-714-8300, www.mcwane.org. MOSS ROCK PRESERVE 617 Preserve Parkway, Hoover. 205-739-7141, www.hooveral.org

BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS

OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham. 205-620-2524, www.alapark.com RUFFNER MOUNTAIN NATURE PRESERVE 1214 81st St. S., Birmingham. 205-833-8264, www.ruffnermountain.org SOUTHERN MUSEUM OF FLIGHT 4343 73rd St. N., Birmingham. 205-833-8226, www.southernmuseumofflight.org TANNEHILL IRONWORKS HISTORICAL STATE PARK 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla. 205-477-5711, www.tannehill.org VULCAN PARK 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham. 205-933-1409, www.visitvulcan.com

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area school systems JEFFERSON COUNTY JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION 2100 18th St. S Birmingham, AL 35209 205-379-2000 www.jefcoed.com BESSEMER CITY SCHOOLS 1200 23rd St. N Bessemer, AL 35020 205-432-3100 www.bessk12.org BIRMINGHAM CITY SCHOOLS 2015 Park Place N. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-231-4600 www.bhamcityschools.org FAIRFIELD CITY SCHOOLS 6405 Avenue D Fairfield, AL 35064 205-783-6850 www.fairfield.k12.al.us HOMEWOOD CITY SCHOOLS 7 Hollywood Blvd. Homewood, AL 35209 205-870-4203 www.homewood.k12.al.us HOOVER CITY SCHOOLS Farr Administration Building 2810 Metropolitan Way Hoover, AL 35243 205-439-1000 www.hoovercityschools.net LEEDS CITY SCHOOLS 1404 Eighth St. Leeds, AL 35094 205-699-5437 www.leedsk12.org MOUNTAIN BROOK CITY SCHOOLS 32 Vine St. Mountain Brook, AL 35213 205-871-4608 www.mtnbrook.k12.al.us TARRANT CITY SCHOOLS 1318 Alabama St. Tarrant, AL 35217 205-849-3700 www.tarrant.k12.al.us TRUSSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS 113 North Chalkville Rd. Trussville, AL 35173 205-228-3018 www.trussvillecityschools.com VESTAVIA HILLS CITY SCHOOLS 1204 Montgomery Hwy. Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 (205) 402-5100 www.vestavia.k12.al.us

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SHELBY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION P.O. Box 1910 410 East College St. Columbiana, AL 35051 205-682-7000 www.shelbyed.k12.al.us

CHILTON COUNTY SCHOOLS 1705 Lay Dam Road Clanton, AL 35045-2032 205-280-3000 www.chilton.k12.al.us

ST. CLAIR COUNTY SCHOOLS 410 Roy Dr., Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-5693 www.stclaircountyschools.net

CULLMAN COUNTY

ALABASTER CITY SCHOOLS 1915 Municipal Way Suite 200 Alabaster, AL 35007 205-663-8408 www.alabasterschools.org

CULLMAN CITY SCHOOLS 301 First St. NE Cullman, AL 35055-3542 256-734-2233 www.cullmancats.net

PELHAM CITY SCHOOLS 3162 Pelham Parkway Pelham, AL 35124 205-624-3700 www.pelhamcityschools.org

CULLMAN COUNTY SCHOOLS P.O. Box 1590 Cullman, AL 35056 256-734-2933 www.ccboe.org

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PELL CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM 1000 Bruce Etheredge Pkwy. Suite 201, Pell City, AL 35128 205-844-4440 www.pellcityschools.net

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY TUSCALOOSA CITY SCHOOLS 1210 21st Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35403 205-759-3700 www.tusc.k12.al.us TUSCALOOSA COUNTY SCHOOLS 2314 Ninth St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 205-758-0411, www.tcss.net


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Bessemer Courthouse 1801 Third Ave. N. Room 308 Bessemer, AL 35021 Hours: 8am-5pm Lunch Hour: Noon-1pm 205-426-7958

Cullman County Courthouse 500 Second Ave. Cullman, AL 35055 8am-4:30pm Lunch Hour: 11:30am-12:30pm 256-775-4822

Birmingham Public Safety Building 908 Bankhead Hwy W. Birmingham, AL 35201 Hours: 7am-5pm 205-252-7445

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Pelham 1022 County Service Dr. Pelham, AL 35125 Hours: 8am-4:30pm 205-620-5891 Shelby County Courthouse Annex 104 Depot St. Columbiana, AL 35051 Hours: 8am-4:30pm Lunch Hour: Noon-1:30pm 205-669-2614

CHILTON COUNTY Chilton County Courthouse 500 Second Ave. N. Clanton, AL 35045 Hours: 9am-4pm (closed Friday) Lunch Hour: Noon-1pm 205-280-7207

ST. CLAIR COUNTY St. Clair County Courthouse 1815 Cropwell Ave. Pell City, AL 36867 Hours: 8am-5pm Lunch Hour: Noon-1pm 205-338-0526 Ashville 48 Court St. Ashville, AL 35953 Hours: 8am-4pm (Tuesdays only) Lunch Hour: Noon-12:30pm 205-594-2442

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ST. VINCENT’S BIRMINGHAM Monogram Maternity at St. Vincent’s offers a wide range of services, from your very own Birth Designer (a specially trained nurse), to our Blessed Beginnings Boutique, educational classes, to discounts on spa services. In addition, St. Vincent’s Women’s and Children’s Center offers spacious birth suites that allow for single-room maternity care. Our suites also include a fold-out sofa. The center also includes triage rooms for monitoring women who think they may be in labor, operating and recovery rooms for Cesarean sections, and a Lactation Center. Plenty of convenient parking is located just beneath the building for easy access to all services.

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Many choices in the Birmingham area BROOKWOOD MEDICAL CENTER As Alabama’s first women’s hospital, Brookwood Medical Center’s commitment has always gone much further than the status quo. With a focus on one-to-one care and hotel-like hospital suites, it’s more than you expect from a hospital – but it’s everything you deserve. No matter what birth plan you’ve chosen, our labor and delivery suites are fully equipped to ensure comfort, safety and repose for mom and baby. You have a dedicated personal nurse through the whole process and an additional nurse in delivery just for your baby. DCH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER/ WOMEN’S CENTER At the Women’s Center, mothers remain in their own labor, delivery, and recovery room (LDR). After birth, the mother moves to a homelike, private room or suite on a unit that specializes in the care of new mothers and infants. Each comfortable 34 | birminghamparent | the guide 2015

and attractive room features a sleeper for a guest. Along with all-private rooms, there are suites, each with a sofa bed and separate sitting room. With our rooming-in option, mothers can keep their baby with them in the room.

NORTHPORT MEDICAL CENTER/ WOMEN’S PAVILION Comfort and privacy are provided through family-centered, single-room maternity care, allowing the mother, father and newborn to remain in the same room throughout the labor, delivery and postpartum stages. The Women’s Pavilion features spacious private rooms, beautifully furnished and decorated. PRINCETON BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER Princeton Baptist Medical Center’s Women’s Center features six labor and delivery suites delivering a hotel-like experience, featuring flat-screen televisions,

SHELBY BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER Shelby Baptist Medical Center’s patients enjoy a dedicated maternity entrance with emergency labor parking, a spacious family and children’s waiting area, and state of the art services fueled by compassionate faithbased care. Fourteen dedicated birthing suites and a Level III NICU bring peace of mind. And our team of doctors and staff are specially trained to support your unique birthing plan. ST. VINCENT’S EAST Monogram Maternity at St. Vincent’s East offers a wide range of services to fully support you throughout your pregnancy, including your very own Birth Designer (a specially trained nurse), our Blessed Beginnings Boutique, and discounts on spa services. St. Vincent’s renovated and redesigned birth suites are designed with the entire family in mind and includes a full-size sleeper, private bathroom, glider, heated toilet, flat screen TV and refrigerator. The décor is soothing and attractive; there is a comfortable bed and seating, and flooring with the look of hardwood. We also offer a 24-hour staffed nursery, a Lactation Center, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and a variety of perinatal and education classes.


Birthing Classes TRINITY MEDICAL CENTER The Women’s Center at Trinity Medical Center offers expectant parents individualized nursing care from a team of experienced, caring and compassionate medical professionals. The hospital has a designated parking area with a private entrance to labor and delivery, hotel-like rooms that include a fold-down couch, and rooming-in availability. Also, the Women’s Center has a Certified Lactation Consultant on staff that is available to mothers while in the hospital and 24 hours a day, 7 days a week after discharge through a call back number. Trinity also has a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care unit, an infant security system and restricted access to the floor for safety and peace of mind. UAB UAB is home to one of the nation’s largest all-private room special care nursery consisting of the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

(RNICU) and the Continuing Care Nursery (CCN). In conjunction with The Children’s Hospital of Alabama, the RNICU provides comprehensive neonatal services while the CCN provides extended step-down care for preterm and term babies with medical conditions. It has all private suites on its Mother Baby unit that encourages family bonding. Valet parking, room service, and a celebration meal for mom and her support person are available.

UAB MEDICAL WEST At Medical West, mothers-to-be receive a swaddle gown to encourage safe sleep. They also enjoy a special celebration steak dinner and sparkling juice. Friends and family are invited to log on to our 365 Web Nursery to view pictures of the newborn and a 24/7 Newborn Channel on your in-room television offers infant care instruction on 30 topics including breastfeeding, bathing, immunizations, adjusting to fatherhood and car seat safety.

Many facilities offer birthing classes for the parents-to-be. Here are some of the more common ones found in Birminghamarea hospitals. Birthing Class: Explains to new parents what they can expect on delivery day. Breastfeeding Class: Educates and prepares mothers in the basic techniques of breastfeeding. Grandparents Class: Teaches grandparents what’s changed since they raised children. Sibling Class: Teaches big brother or sister about their new responsibilities. Infant CPR: How to help revive a child in an emergency situation.

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Hospital/Facility

Number of LDR Suites

Number of OBs on Staff

NICU Level

C-section Rate

Nursery

In-rooming

Midwives

Nurse-Patient Ratio

Brookwood Medical Center

19

30

III

25% primary

24/7

yes

none

1:1 during labor

DCH Regional Medical Center

8

31

III

32%

24/7

yes

none

perinatal guidelines for nurse

UAB Medical West

8

4

n/a

43%

24/7

yes

none

1:06

none

1:1 during labor; 1:3-4 couples post partum

none

1:1 during labor and delivery; 1:1 or 1:2 NICU depending on acuity; 1:4 postpartum

none

Varies depending on the status of the patient.

none

Varies depending on the status of the patient.

none

Per ACOG and AWHONN guidelines

Northport Medical Center/ Women’s Pavilion

21

6 LDR; 2 C-section Rooms

Princeton Baptist

St. Vincent’s Birmingham

St. Vincent’s East

60

10

23

III

4

III

29

III

8

6

35%

rate not given

23%

III

19%

III

rate not given

24/7

24/7

24/7

24/7

24/7

yes

yes

yes

yes

Shelby Baptist

14

yes

Trinity Medical Center

4 LDR; 2 C-section rms, 6 triage

12

III

23%

24/7

yes

none

Follow AWHONN guidelines, 1:1 ratio for labor patients.

UAB

17

28

IV

28%

24/7

yes

none

1:1 during labor

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special needs services & providers Your One-Stop Source for Birmingham’s Kids with Special Needs Following is an abbreviated list of resources and services, both local and national, made available to Alabama residents who have children with special needs. There are a number of services offered throughout the state for parents with children with disabilities, from inclusive school care programs to music and sports teams and classes classes. If you know of an organization or service that should be included in the next special needs directory in our SEPTEMBER 2015 issue, or in The Guide 2016, please e-mail editor@birminghamparent.com or fax to 205-987-7600 for updating in the next directory.  

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ALABAMA ASSOCIATION FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS www.aapvi.org 205-422-5826 Provides educational, social and recreational opportunities for families with children who are blind or have low vision, including children with multiple disabilities. ALABAMA COUNCIL FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES www.acdd.org 334-242-3973 or 800-232-2158 Provides educational resources for individuals with special needs and their families. ALABAMA DISABILITIES ADVOCACY PROGRAM (ADAP) www.adap.net 800-826-1675 205-348-4928 Provides free legal services for disabled individuals who qualify. AUTISM SOCIETY OF ALABAMA www.autism-alabama.org 877-428-8476 or 205-951-1364 The Autism Society of Alabama strives to empower individuals impacted by autism and their families through advocacy and support. BIRMINGHAM COLLAT JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES www.cjfsbham.org 205-879-3438

Confidential counseling and social service support for individuals and families experiencing challenges in coping with some aspect or situation in their life. DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES (JEFFERSON, SHELBY, ST. CLAIR, WALKER AND BLOUNT COUNTIES) www.drradvocates.org 205-251-2223 Empower individuals with disabilities to fully participate in the community.

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PARENT CONNECTION NETWORK OF ALABAMA www.rehab.alabama.gov/crs 800-441-7607 or 334-293-7500 A statewide network of families who have children with special health care needs or disabilities and who are willing to share their experiences with other families. SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE www.specialknowledge.org Connects parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs to service providers who are skilled, compassionate and dedicated.

TALK ABOUT CURING AUTISM (TACA) www.tacanow.org/alabama National organization dedicated to education, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. Local chapter in Alabama. UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALABAMA - INFORMATION AND REFERRAL CENTER www.uwca.org 205-251-5131 A community resource directory of services in Shelby, Jefferson, Walker, Blount and St. Clair counties.


CHILDCARE/DAYCARE CHILDCARE RESOURCES, BIRMINGHAM www.ccr-bhm.org 205-945-0018 or 800-822-2734 Assists parents with children with special needs in locating childcare and information. UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF GREATER BIRMINGHAM HAND IN HAND EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM www.ucpbham.com/our-programs/ hand-in-hand . 205-944-3901 A learning program for children 6 weeks through age 4 for children with and without disabilities to maximize each child’s intellectual, physical and emotional health. SHADES MOUNTAIN BAPTIST CHURCH HAND IN HAND MINISTRY www.shades.org/connect/ministries/special-needs A ministry providing assistance to special needs children, adults and the elderly.

EDUCATION ALABAMA INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND www.aidb.org . 205-328-3989

THE LITERACY COUNCIL www.literacy-council.org 205-326-1925 COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPECIAL EDUCATION PTA www.cosepta.org The Community Outreach Special Education Parent Teacher Association is a member of the Birmingham Council of PTAs. GRACE NOTES MUSIC THERAPY www.gracenotesmusictherapy.com 205-520-3952 Grace Notes Music Therapy offers individual and group music therapy sessions for people of all ages and abilities.     THE HORIZONS SCHOOL www.horizonsschool.org 800-822-6242   PARENT ADVOCATES DOWN SYNDROME www.downsyndromealabama.org 205-988-0810 THE SENSORYBUS™ 205-884-7621 www.thesensorybus.com The SensoryBus™ is a mobile sensory experience to help children and adults with special needs.

SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL www.springvalleyschool.org 205-423-8660 SOUTHEASTERN DIABETES EDUCATION SERVICES 205-402-0415 www.southeasterndiabetes.org   SUPER DUPER® PUBLICATIONS www.superduperinc.com 800-277-8737 Super Duper Publications creates enjoyable, engaging educational materials for children with special needs and communication or language delays.   VSA ARTS OF ALABAMA www.vsaalabama.org 205-307-6300 A statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities in the arts for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

FINANCIAL/ INSURANCE ALABAMA CHILD CARING FOUNDATION http://jeffersoncountychildren.org/ resourceDirectory/?companyID=4 205-222-5929

special needs services & providers ALLKIDS www.adph.org/allkids 800-252-1818 Provides insurance for eligible children younger than 19. EASTER SEALS - MEDICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT www.eastersealsbham.org 205-942-6277 Assists in paying for medical requirements of children and adults who have disabilities, and those unable to provide for their own needs. MEDICAID OF ALABAMA www.medicaid.alabama.gov 800-362-1504   STRAUSS FINANCIAL GROUP www.straussfinancial.com 205-967-9595 Financial consulting for families of children with special needs. continued on next page >>

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special needs services & providers HEALTH AND REHABILITATION 4 PAWS FOR ABILITY www.4pawsforability.org 937-374-0385 Service dogs (including seizure dogs, autism dogs, hearing dogs, and others) are made available to help increase community acceptance and participation of people with disabilities. AIDS ALABAMA www.mh.alabama.gov/ 205-324-9822   ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION SERVICES CHILDREN’S REHABILITATION SERVICE www.rehab.alabama.gov 800-441-7607 Statewide organization of doctors, therapists, etc. serving children to age 21 with varying disabilities.   ALABAMA HEAD INJURY FOUNDATION WWW.AHIF.ORG 205-328-3505   ALABAMA RELAY CENTER www.alabamarelay.com 800-676-3777 Communication systems for the visually impaired and hearing impaired   ARC www.thearcofalabama.com 866-243-9557 The Arc of Alabama, Inc. is a statewide volunteer membership organization which advocates for people with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. THE ARC OF JEFFERSON COUNTY www.arcofjeff.com 205-323-6383   THE ARC OF SHELBY COUNTY WWW.THEARCOFSHELBY.ORG 205-664-9313 THE BELL CENTER FOR EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS www.thebellcenter.org 205-879-3417 The Bell Center is dedicated to maximizing the potential of children at risk for developmental delay.  

BIRMINGHAM LIMB & BRACE www.bhamlimbandbrace.com 800-762-9850 205-595-0632 A healthcare facility providing services of orthotic and prosthetic devices. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF ALABAMA www.childrensal.org 205-638-9100 Alabama’s premier hospital for children. Provides advocacy, resources and medical services including specialty clinics for children with disabilities.   CHILD-ADOLESCENT PARTNERS, LLC 205-451-6496 www.childadolescentpartners.com Provides evidence-based professional counseling services to children, adolescents and adults throughout central Alabama. CHILD’S PLAY THERAPY CENTER LLC Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services www.childsplaytherapycenter.com 205-978-9939 Occupational, physical, speech and music therapy, along with academic tutoring. Experienced loving staff and facility just for kids.  

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DISABILITY DETERMINATION SERVICES http://ssa.gov 205-989-2100 EASTER SEALS PEDIATRIC THERAPY www.eastersealsbham.org 205-621-6503 Provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy to children with special needs ages birth to 21 regardless of ability to pay for services. FRIENDS OF DISABLED ADULTS AND CHILDREN, TOO! www.fodac.org 770-491-9014 or 866-977-1204 FODAC, in Georgia but also serving Alabama, offers free durable medical equipment (including wheelchairs), installation, ramps in homes, disposable medical equipment.  FULL LIFE AHEAD www.fulllifeahead.org 205-439-6534, 866-700-2026 Empowers the person with a disability to live as independently as possible. GLENWOOD, INC. www.glenwood.org 205-969-2880 or 877-295-8425 Glenwood was created for the purpose of educating and treating individuals diagnosed with autism, emotional disturbances and mental illnesses.

HANDS, LLC 205-733-0976 Services include one-on-one behavior based therapy for children 2 to 18, social skills groups, workshops and support groups. HANGER PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS www.hanger.com 877-442-6437 Patient care services to maximize the ability of each patient to successfully perform activities of daily living.   JEFFERSON COUNTY WIC www.jcdh.org/cs/wic 205-933-9110 LAKESHORE FOUNDATION www.lakeshore.org 205-313-7400   MITCHELL’S PLACE www.mitchells-place.com 205-957-0294 Comprehensive treatment center for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). MOBILITY CENTRAL www.mobilitycentralinc.com 205-916-0670 Mobility Central employs a team of caring professionals who are thoroughly trained and highly skilled in the services they provide.


PEDIATRIC THERAPY ASSOCIATES, INC. www.pediatricptot.com 205-823-1215 Programs focus on specialized individual physical and occupational therapy services. PUZZLE PIECE www.puzzlepiecealabama.com 205-969-8080 Providing evidence-based DIR/ floor time play therapy for families touched by autism. In home, familyfocused, low cost, relation-based intervention. SARVER ORTHODONTICS www.sarverortho.com 205-979-7072 THRIVE BEHAVIORAL SERVICES www.thrivebehavioralservices.com 205-222-0965 Behavioral services for children diagnosed with autism and/or other developmental disabilities.   UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM - CIVITAN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER, SPARKS CLINICS www.circ.uab.edu 205-934-8900 or 800-822-2472 Provides an extensive range of

interdisciplinary clinics offering comprehensive diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of the needs of children and adults. UNIVERSITY OF MONTEVALLO - SPEECH AND HEARING CENTER 205-665-6720 Assists children with communicative problems in obtaining diagnostic and therapeutic services; training of students majoring in speech language pathology.   VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES www.rehab.alabama.gov 334-293-7500 or 800-441-7607

RECREATION ADAPTIVE AQUATICS www.adaptiveaquatics.org 205-807-7519 Provides opportunities for people to learn to water ski, no matter what their limitations. CAMP ASCCA/EASTER SEALS 800-843-2267 www.campascca.org CAMP SMILE-A-MILE www.campsam.org 205-323-8427

CHILDREN’S DANCE FOUNDATION www.childrensdancefoundation.org 205-870-0073 Movement to Music for school-age children with special needs is creative, includes a variety of colorful props and features live music. CAMP OUR TIME www.ourtimestutter.org 212-414-9696 Iroquois Springs, Rock Hill, NY A sleep-away arts camp for young people ages 8-18 who stutter and their siblings.   CAMP ASCCA - EASTER SEALS - ALABAMA’S SPECIAL CAMP FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS www.campascca.org 256-825-9226 Easter Seals Camp for children and adults with special needs.   THE EXCEPTIONAL FOUNDATION 205-870-0776 www.exceptionalfoundation.org A non-profit organization located in Homewood that strives to meet the social and recreational activities of the mentally challenged population through an array of daily programs. Also offered is an eight-week summer camp.

special needs services & providers LAKESHORE FOUNDATION www.lakeshore.org 205-313-7400 Promotes independence for adults and children with physically disabling conditions and opportunities to pursue active healthy lifestyles. MOODY MIRACLE LEAGUE www.moodymiracleleague.org 205-225-9444 A full handicapped accessible baseball field for any special need player. More than 250 players range from 4-75. OAK MOUNTAIN YOUTH BASEBALL/SOFTBALL CHALLENGER LEAGUE www.omybs.com 205-223-6461 Provides boys and girls with disabilities the opportunity to experience the emotional development and the fun of playing Youth League Baseball. continued on next page >>

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SPACE CAMP & AVIATION CHALLENGE www.spacecamp.com 800-637-7223 Space Camp and Aviation Challenge use space and aviation as a platform to excite and educate children ages 9 through 18 in math, science and technology. SPECIAL EQUESTRIANS www.specialequest.org 205-987-9462 Therapeutic horseback riding for those with disabilities.   THE MCWANE SCIENCE CENTER www.mcwane.org 205-714-8300 Special needs groups can explore the world of science and wonder every day of the year.

RESPITE & SUPPORT ALABAMA LIFESPAN RESPITE RESOURCE NETWORK www.alabamarespite.org 256-859-4900 866-737-8252 Helps caregivers of children with disabilities find respite providers. SAINT MARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH RESPITE www.saintmarkumc.org/#/our-ministries/respite-care 205-822-1312 SOCKS 4 SURGERY www.socks4surgery.com Dedicated to providing a keepsake of a pair of socks, a reminder of overcoming the adversity of surgery.

BATH FITTER www.bathfitter.com 205-876-1760 or 1-888-252-5548 HANGER PROSTHETIC & ORTHOTICS www.hanger.com 205-322-0384 or 877-442-6137 MOBILITY WORKS www.mobilityworks.com 877-275-4907

TRANSPORTATION CLASTRAN www.clastran.com 205-325-8787 Transports persons who are elderly (60-plus), disabled or traveling to or from a rural area in Jefferson or Shelby counties. KID ONE www.kidone.org 800-543-7143, 205-978-1000 Kid One Transport provides transportation for any child in need of reaching care that will better them medically, mentally or physically when they are without means of transportation.

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES THE BADDOUR CENTER 888-422-3368 www.baddour.org Provides a model residential community in Mississippi for adults with mild and moderate intellectual disability.

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Resource Guide 2015 Private Schools Hoover Christian School 2113 Old Rocky Ridge Rd. Hoover, AL 35126 205-987-3376 hooverchristianschool@gmail.com www.hooverchristianschool.com Solid academics, personal attention, safe environment – Hoover Christian School offers an affordable private school option with a Christ-inspired approach. Fully accredited. Fantastic test scores. Indian Springs School 190 Woodward Drive Indian Springs, AL 35124 205-988-3350 admission@indiansprings.org ExperienceSprings.org  Inspired by the motto “Learning through Living,” Indian Springs School helps students reach their full potential by encouraging them to challenge themselves and to engage in their community and world.  Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy 5509 Timber Hill Rd.  Birmingham, AL 35242 205-995-8709 205-995-0517(fax) www.jbma.org For 30 years JBMA has equipped children with the essential skills and knowledge they need to thrive as a successful adult. Enrolling toddlers - 8th grade.  Spring Valley School P.O. Box 131431 Birmingham, AL 35226 205-423-8660 tyoung@springvalleyschool.org www.springvalleyschool.org Spring Valley School’s mission is educating students with learning differences, such as dyslexia and ADHD. We serve students from all areas of Jefferson and Shelby counties.  The Altamont School 4801 Altamont Rd. S. Birmingham, AL  35222 205-879-2006 tgoldsmith@altamontschool.org www.altamontschool.org The Mission of the Altamont School is to improve the fabric of society by graduating compassionate, well-educated students capable of independent thinking and innovative ideas

Preschools & Daycare Covenant Classical School and Daycare Three locations• 25 Southlake Lane, Hoover, AL 35244 • 5390 Magnolia Trace, Hoover, AL 35255 • 450 Huntley Pkwy, Pelham, AL 35124 • Homewood – coming soon! info@cslion.com www.ccslion.com 205-444-5437 205-620-2626 Prep school with enrollment from infants-kindergarten. We maximize each child’s early school experience to develop well-rounded individuals equipped to succeed at the next level. Elizabeth Perry Rushton Child Development Center 2118 Fourth Ave. N. Birmingham, AL 35203 admin@eprcdc.com www.eprcdc.com 205-322-8310 The Elizabeth Perry Rushton Child Development Center, established in 1995, serves children ages 6 weeks through 4 years, and is accredited by NAEYC. Odyssey Early Sch​ools • Inverness Campus 104 Heatherbrooke Park Dr. Birmingham, AL 35242 205-991-0039 • Trace Crossings Campus 401 Emery Dr. Hoover, AL 35244 205-988-8829 www.odysseyearlyschool.com Created by educators featuring ​ state-of-the-art facilities​, nurturing teachers ​with Education degrees, and comprehensive curriculum ​ that provides your child with age appropriate exploration into the world of learning. 

Dentists, Orthodontists & Oral Surgeons Alabama Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Michelle Bajjalieh 3500 Independence Drive Homewood, AL 35209 205-802-7277 alabamapediatricdentistry.com Dr. Bajjalieh strives to make this new journey for your child a fun & rewarding experience. Beautiful new office environment, convenient location. Accepting new patients. Angelica Rohner Pediatric Dentistry            2045 Brookwood Medical Center Dr., Suite 21 Birmingham, AL  35209

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205-870-0892 mfranklin@drrohner.com www.drrohner.com Dr. Rohner is a specialist of pediatric and adolescent dentistry. Our doctor and her professional staff strive to make each dental visit fun and exciting! Cahaba Heights Pediatric Dentistry ​Dr. Andrew Richardson 4213 Dolly Ridge Rd. Vestavia Hills, AL 35243 205-490-6850 ​www.chpedo.com ​Preventative & ​ restorative dental care​for infants, children, and adolescents ​in a friendly, upbeat​​ environment​. Where kids come first and smiles are always the most important part of every day! Clark Holmes Oral Facial Surgery Three locations• Inverness 2206 Cahaba Valley Drive Birmingham, AL 35242  205-933-2710 • Trussville 151 North Chalkville Rd. Trussville AL 35173 205-655-9002 • Southside 1500 19th St. S. Birmingham AL 35205 205-933-2773 info@clarkholmes.com www.clarkholmes.com A leading oral surgeon practice that offers many procedures such as wisdom teeth removal, single tooth extractions, jaw surgery, dental implants and much more! McCalla Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry 4814 Bell Hill Rd. Bessemer, AL 35022 205-477-8004 mccalla.orthodontics@yahoo.com www.mccallasmiles.com Dentistry for children, adolescents and patients with disabilities. Orthodontics for children and adults. We offer traditional metal brackets as well as the clear Invisalign option. Dr. Michael Anglin Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Erin Nelson Family dentistry 3825 Lorna Road, Suite 206 Hoover, AL 35244 205-988-9800 Birmingham, AL 35242 205-991-6820 www.BirminghamKidsdentist.com Dr. Michael Anglin has provided quality pediatric dentistry to the Hoover and surrounding communities since 1993. With Dr. Nelson, they offer excellent care for children, adolescents & adults.

Oxmoor Valley Orthodontics, PC Deborah A. Sema, D.M.D., M.S. Three Locations• 415 West Oxmoor Rd. Birmingham, AL 35209 • 5751 Pocahontas Rd. Bessemer, AL 35022 • 3045 Independence Dr. Homewood, AL 35209 205-942-2270 www.ovortho.com Dr. Deborah Sema specializes in orthodontics for children and adults. She offers Damon selfligating braces, clear braces, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry Dr. Clark Thomas & Dr. Lauten Johnson www.alpediatricdentistry.com • Hoover Location 1015 Brocks Gap Pkwy. Hoover, AL 35244 205-982-0112 hoover.info@alpediatricdentistry.com • Birmingham Location 3918 Montclair Rd. Suite 206 Birmingham, AL 35213 205-879-6150 info@alpediatricdentistry.com Your child’s path to optimum dental health starts here with our kid-friendly staff. Options for in-office sedation or general anesthesia at Children’s Hospital. Pediatric Smiles, LLC 5751 Pocahontas Rd., Suite B Bessemer, AL 35022 205-230-9000 tabgat@psmilesal.com www.psmilesal.com Dr. Tabitha Gatrey provides dental care for children of all ages, including those with special needs. Now accepting new patients. Most insurance accepted. PT Orthodontics 2034 Patton Chapel Rd. Hoover, AL 35216 205-979-9480 info@ptortho.com www.PTortho.com Making braces easy and affordable with 8 locations (Hoover, Mountain Brook, Greystone, Leeds, Pell City, Hueytown, Gardendale and Jasper). No down payment options, payments starting at $129. Shelby Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Richard Baxter 2490 Pelham Pkwy Pelham, AL 35124 205-419-7444 www.shelbypediatricdentistry.com Our goal is to provide exceptional oral healthcare for infants, children, adolescents, and


patients with special needs in a fun & compassionate environment. Now accepting new patients!

Health & Wellness Brookwood Care Network 205-877-8800 BrookwoodCareNetwork.com The Brookwood Care Network is an extension of the Brookwood physician family, caring for patients in locations all over town – and backed by the resources of Brookwood Medical Center. Let our Family Care for Yours. Children’s of Alabama 1600 Seventh Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-638-9100 www.childrensal.org Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient, outpatient, and primary care services throughout Alabama. ENT for Kids Alabama Dr. W. Peyton Shirley 2807 Greystone Commercial Blvd., Suite 42, Birmingham 35242 205- 874-9436 www.entforkidsalabama.com Our new child​-​friendly office incorporates the latest in medical software, diagnostic equipment, and imaging technologies for individualized expert care of your child’s Ear, Nose and Throat needs. Juice Plus + 205-332-5255 vickihejp@bellsouth.net http://vickieverett.juiceplus.com Farm fresh produce to capsule…whole food nutrition… supported by published clinical research…recommended by leading health professionals … confirmed b 200,000 families in children’s health study. Med Center Hoover Urgent Care-Family Medicine 1575 Montgomery Hwy. Hoover, AL 35216 205-822-1150 www.medcenterurgentcare.com Serving patients in Hoover and surrounding area, our physicians are board-certified in emergency medicine & family medicine, offering care & treatment for non-life threatening illnesses & injuries - no appt. necessary.

Pediatric Nephrology of Alabama, P.C. Dr. Mark Benfield 1425 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S. Suite 206 Birmingham, AL 35205 205-558-3200 www.pednephal.com With over 20 years’ experience in caring for children with kidney disease, Dr. Mark Benfield established Pediatric Nephrology of Alabama in 2010. Accepting new patients. Tots ‘N’ Teens Pediatrics Steven D. Barron, M.D. Delinda A. Davis, M.D. Allison J. Holt, M.D. Elizabeth M. Law, M.D. Leslie L. Townsend, M.D. Heather N. Precise, CRNP 3729 Mary Taylor Road Birmingham, AL 35235 205-856-4440 205-856-4445 (fax) totsnteenspediatrics.com  Providing the highest quality, professional pediatric care by focusing on the needs and health of each patient. Five board certified physicians follow patients from birth through 18 years old. UAB Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic: Intensive Occupational Therapy 1720 Second Ave. South CH 19 307 Birmingham, AL 35294-2041 205-975-0466 or 800-UAB-CIRC, Option 8 ksl@uab.edu www.usab/edu/civitansparks/ pediatric-neuromotor Experience in-home constraint induced movement therapy or intensive therapy for children with neuromotor disorders aged 14 months to 18 years of age. Call for availability. Women’s Health Specialists of Birmingham Dr. Alison Heaton, Dr. William Hudson, Dr. Bethany Campbell, and Dr. Katie Petro McKinney OB/GYN Services at St. Vincent’s 806 St. Vincent’s Drive, Suite 450 Birmingham, AL 35205 205-536-7676 info@whsbham.com www.whsbham.com Our doctors share a deep commitment to the well-being of our patients. Together, they offer more than 20 years of experience in women’s healthcare, gynecological surgery, obstetrical and postpartum services.

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Resource Guide 2015 Special Needs Autism Society of Alabama 4217 Dolly Ridge Road Birmingham, AL 35243 1-877-4AUTISM or 205-951-1364 fax  205-967-8244 info@autism-alabama.org www.autism-alabama.org The Autism Society of Alabama is a 501c3 nonprofit with the mission to improve services for persons with ASD and their families through education and advocacy.  Child’sPlay Therapy 3057 Lorna Rd., Suite 220 Birmingham, AL 35216 205-978-9939 kerri@childsplaytherapycenter.com www.childsplaytherapy.com Occupational, physical speech and music therapy, along with academic tutoring. Beautiful facility designed just for kids. Our experienced, loving staff will exceed your expectations! Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area 240 Commerce Parkway Pelham, Alabama 205- 314-2165 www.eastersealsbham.org Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area’s mission is the create solutions that change the lives of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs and their families. Focal Point at Child’sPlay Therapy Center 3057 Lorna Rd., Suite 220 Birmingham, AL 35216 205-978-9939 info@childsplaytherapycenter.com wws.focus-md.com We are a medical clinic staff by board certified physicians, which utilizes FDA cleared, cuttingedge computerized testing in the diagnosis and individualized treatment of ADHA. Lakeshore Foundation 4000 Ridgeway Dr. Homewood, AL  35209 205-313-7400 www.lakeshore.org Adaptive recreation, aquatics, sports & fitness programs for youth and adults with physical disability. UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative links Lakeshore’s extraordinary programs with UAB’s research expertise.  

Mobility Central 400 Olde Towne Rd Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-916-0670 www.mobilitycentralinc.com Mobility Central employs a team of highly trained and caring medical equipment professionals dedicated to the wellbeing of our patients. Muscular Dystrophy Association 700 Century Park South Suite 225 Birmingham, AL 35226 205-823-8191 swrightwiggins@mdausa.org www.mda.org MDA is a non-profit health organization offering services and specialized healthcare clinics to those diagnosed with one of the 43 neuromuscular diseases that we cover. Pediatric Therapy Associates Inc. 700 Century Park S., Suite 128 Birmingham, AL 35226 205-823-1215 www.pediatricptat.com Locally owned, familyfriendly practice. Physical and Occupational therapy for kids, birth to 21 years. Specializing in early intervention, special needs, sports injuries, scoliosis, torticollis. United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham 101 Oslo Circle Birmingham, AL 35211 205-944-3901 www.ucpbham.com Provides quality programs and services for more than 3,000 infants, children and adults with disabilities in Birmingham and surrounding counties.

Museums & Attractions Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35203 205.254.2565 www.artsbma.org Bart’s ArtVenture combines high tech art-making tools with hands-on creation stations to let kids and families develop their art education in a creative, communal environment. McWane Science Center 200 19th St. N. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-714-8414 info@mcwane.org www.mcwane.org Fun and learning never end

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at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum with aquarium and IMAX® Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder. Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena 500 Amphitheater Road Pelham, AL 35124 205.620.6448 www.pelhamciviccomplex.com Shelby County’s finest entertainment, conference and banquet facility. Two NHL-sized ice arenas, a skating school, birthday party rooms, and 7,000 sq.ft. of elegant banquet & conference space.

Day Trips & Travel Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism P.O. Drawer 457 Gulf Shores, AL 36542 877-341-2400 info@gulfshores.com www.gulfshores.com Find your memorable family vacation with time to relax, explore and enjoy our 32 miles of uncrowded whitesand beaches, variety of attractions/ accommodations and great seafood.

Camps Deer Run Camps & Retreats 3845 Perkins Rd. Thompson’s Station, TN 37179 888-794-2918 615-794-2918 contact@deerrunretreat.org camps.deerrunretreat.org Overnight (grades 3-12) and Family (ages 5 & up) camps. Builds character, confidence, relationships. Horseback riding, lake activities, climbing tower, paintball, nightly speaker, worship, more. Highlands School Camp 4901 Old Leeds Road Birmingham, AL 35213 205-956-9731 gmccool@highlandsschool.org www.highlandsschool.org Offering a variety of choices for summer fun! We have something for everyone from fishing and chess to arts and sports. How about a Frozen camp? We’ve got it! Ages K-8th grade.

Dance & Performance Arts ASFA Ballet Preparatory Academy 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-252-9241

jkilgore@asfa.k12.al.us www.asfa.k12.al.us Disciplines instruction in classical ballet. Commitment to excellence in training & etiquette. Prepares students to audition for ASFA Dance Department. American Ballet Theatre curriculum. Alabama Ballet 2726 First Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205.322.4300 information@alabamaballet.org www.alabamaballet.org Our mission is to change lives through dance by promoting and fostering the development of classical and contemporary ballet through high-quality performances, dance education, and community outreach. Alys Stephens Center’s ArtPlay 1006 19th Street South Birmingham, AL 35205 www.artplayasc.org kkirklin@uab.edu 205-975-4769 ArtPlay is the education & outreach department of UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Classes for all ages plus educational events for families. Check out our classes, workshops & performances, and start creating today!  Birmingham-Southern College’s Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts 900 Arkadelphia Rd., Box A-33 Birmingham, AL 35204 www.bsc.edu 205-226-4960 Lessons in piano, voice, violin, band and much more. Preschool classes also available. Children’s Dance Foundation 1715 27th Court S. Homewood, AL 35209 205-870-0073 www.childrensdancefoundation.org CDF dances with students of all ages and abilities at our Community Arts Center in Homewood and at more than 20 locations throughout Birmingham. The Academy of the Arts at Samford University South Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35229 205-726-4049 205-726-2810 chmacon@samford.edu www.samford.edu/academy-ofthe-arts Music for children & adults at Samford University in Homewood. Preschool piano; Kindermusik; private & group piano, voice, and strings lessons.


Children’s Apparel Applause Dancewear 1629 Oxmoor Rd. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-871-STEP www.appausedancewear.net Largest selection of dancewear in the Southeast. Clothing, shoes and accessories for all types of dance to fit toddler to plus size, teams and individuals. The Korduroy Krocodile Consignment 2912 Linden Ave. Homewood, AL 35209 205-879-0030 info@kordoroykrocodile.com www.kordoroykrocodile.com For 33 years, Korduroy Krocodile has provided friendly, personalized service in Downtown Homewood. Upscale and affordable kids’ consignment clothing. Open Tues. -Sat. 10am to 4pm.

Tutors & Testing GradePower Learning Two locations• 349 Huntley Pkwy Pelham, AL 35124 205-620-2373 pelhamAL@gradepowerlearning. com

• The Village at Lee Branch 1401 Doug Baker Blvd., #105 Birmingham, AL 35242 205-980-5745 hwy280AL@gradepowerlearning.com GradePower finds the root cause of a child’s learning strengths and opportunities. It’s the only learning center of its kind in America that develops both cognitive and academic skills. The Tutoring Center 2804 John Hawkins Pkwy Suite 100 Hoover, AL 35244 (near Academy Sports) 205- 987-9577 isaaczeiden@tutoringcenter.com www.hoover.tutorcenter.com One-to-one tutoring designed to help your child develop stronger academic skills, earn better grades, score higher on standardized tests, while gaining confidence, motivation and focus.

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1380 Montgomery Hwy. Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-460-3907 kdortch@spiritofmath.com www.spiritofmath.com Grades 1 to 8. Exciting, fastpaced after school math classes for high-performing students. Children with above average grades are considered for acceptance. Classes filling quickly, register now!

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Parties & Entertainment BirthdaysinBirmingham.com Since 1997, Birthdays in Birmingham has been Birmingham’s local birthday party resource. It is a collection of businesses who provide a birthday party service for children’s parties. Face Painting Fairy 205-527-2134 thefacepaintingfairy@yahoo.com www.facebook.com/ thefacepaintingfairy Spreading joy one face at a time. Magic City Face & Body Art 205-613-0443 www.magiccityfaceart.com Face painting at its finest!

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NOT ONE MORE: Raising Awareness about Suicide E

very 13.3 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies by suicide, according to the most recent report by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans, and for young people, the numbers are even more startling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that suicide is actually the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24 and results in approximately 4,600 young lives lost each year. A nationwide CDC survey of youth in grades 9 through 12 showed that 16 percent of students reported seriously considering suicide, with 13 percent of those creating a plan and 8 percent trying to take their own life. In the small, tight-knit community of Mountain Brook, this topic hits a little too close to home. The city experienced a wave of more than a dozen suicides by youth in the last two years – including four suicides since Thanksgiving 2013 – prompting many in the community to action. “My son had lost three good friends over the span of about a year and a half,” says Sandy Lanter. “We knew we had to do something. I can’t imagine the grief the families have faced but fully know the sadness and stress we have faced. It’s time to wake up and help each other. Silence is no longer golden in our town. People are dying.” After discussion with another Mountain Brook mother, Lanter created a Facebook Group called Aware. The goal is to raise awareness within the community about mental illness, substance abuse, depression and suicide. Within two months, the group had nearly 1,000 members. “Aware is our way to de-stigmatize these topics and educate people so that we don’t lose one more person,” says Kat Lawson, a Mountain Brook resident who is on the group’s planning committee. “No one needs to suffer alone, and the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse and suicide is a lot of times why people suffer alone because they don’t want people to know they are hurting. We must try to encourage people to hurt out loud so they can get the help they need. There is help.”

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Aware’s planning committee, comprised of a variety of Mountain Brook residents, has been working to organize and host various community outreach events called Aware Town Talks. Each Town Talk focuses on a variety of topics related to suicide prevention and brings in speakers who have been touched by the topic as well as professionals who can provide educational information. “Parents need to know what to look for and what to do,” says Julie White, another planning committee member. “We must start the conversation to reduce the stigma and get this out in the open so people can talk about it.” Many members of the group’s planning committee have stories of their own to share that they believe can help others. Lawson has faced mental illness and attempted suicide. “I had some issues going on, plus I had lost my sister and I was in pain,” Lawson says. “I was so afraid to tell anyone how bad it was. “Luckily, my attempt didn’t work and I was able to get the help I needed. It has been 11 years since my attempt and I’m so glad I’m still alive. I have a wonderful life and I know I don’t want to die. That realization really brought out the drive in me to fight for my own mental health. Sometimes people just need to be encouraged to fight.” Lulu Null, another committee member, also knows too well the reality of depression and suicide. “What helped me was finally realizing how important my life was to my family,” Null says. “And that’s a hard bridge to cross when you’re in a dark place. Getting better takes baby steps. You can’t do it all overnight. You have to do it one step at a time, one day at a time, one hour at a time and some days even one minute at a time. And that’s okay.” The group’s planning committee is hoping that stories of survival like this, along with other speakers and educational tools, will not only encourage someone struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide to speak up but also let parents know what to look for with their children. “Having conversations and having people present their own experiences and letting people ask questions will hopefully help others who have never been there

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understand how alienating and isolating depression can be,” says Sue Martin, a suicide survivor and committee member. “Families need to have honest and open conversations. We must remove the taboo and the shame and start talking about it. If young people can sit around the dinner table with their parents and have conversations about a myriad of other medical conditions, then this can be discussed,” Martin says. “When that happens, I think young people and all of us really can begin to understand that it might happen. It might happen in this family. It might happen to someone sitting around that dinner table. As long as there is life, there is hope. But you have to stay alive and ask for help.” Paige Townley is a local freelance writer.

The following are some potential risk factors for suicide, according to the CDC: History of previous suicide attempts Family history of suicide History of depression or other mental illness Alcohol or drug abuse Stressful life event or loss Easy access to lethal methods Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others Incarceration


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Finding a Forever Home

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oster parents Karen and Timothy Pridgen of Enterprise have opened their home to many children since 2010. All along, though, they watched the Heart Gallery Alabama website for photos and videos of children who were eligible for adoption . “We were open to adopt a child of any age,” Karen says. “Then some foster teens came to our home to live with us for a while, and we enjoyed it. We already knew that by the time a foster child is 11 to 12 years old, they are taught to stop hoping for adoption.” They kept coming back to the videos of two sisters, in foster care for at least seven years, who wanted to stay together. After going through the adoption process, in September 2013 they became mom and dad to Kimberly, 16, and Brittany, 15.

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“The Heart Gallery is great because you can watch the videos and see photos of the children who are eligible for adoption, and get to know them,” Karen says. “They become real kids. So many people are scared to adopt older children because they think they are more broken. But no, kids are kids and they need rules, a home and a family. We found it was easier to adopt older children because they’ve been through the system, they’ve had counseling and they have worked through the issues that got them here. They are ready for a family.” About 5,000 children are currently in foster care in Alabama, and about a fourth of them will not be able to return to their biological families, nor be adopted by their foster families. According to Heart Gallery Alabama (HGA), more than 500 children statewide are legally available for adoption, and the organization’s job is to help as many of them find their “forever family” as possible. Since 2005, the non-profit HGA has photographed close to 900 children, and 70 percent of those children have been placed in permanent, loving families. HGA recruits professional photographers to take meaningful portraits that capture the unique spirit of each child, along with a video interview. These portraits are shown on the website and in gallery exhibits across the state where prospective adoptive parents can learn more about them. “The kids we feature have to be willing to put themselves out there, and all they want is a safe, loving family,” says Michelle Bearman-Wolnek, executive director. “They’re not looking for palaces; they’re looking for a stable, quiet home and not have to move again. Many of these children are age 8 and up, and as they get older, it is harder for them to be adopted.” The website is full of fresh-faced, smiling children in photographs, with descriptions and videos that give prospective parents a peek into their personality. “Our goal is that families who are interested in adoption can get all the support they need in the adoption process and they won’t feel rushed,” says Joycelyn Haywood , HGA communications and marketing manager. “The videos and photos help them get a better idea of the best match.” A family who is interested in adoption first goes through training and home studies. HGA partners with other agencies in the adoption process, Haywood says. All families, foster or adoptive, go through 30 hours of training that prepares them for bringing a child into their home. Home studies also are conducted that are free to families who are interested in adopting a child eight or older. “The home studies make sure the child will have a permanent space in the home, that it’s safe and provides a good environment,” Haywood says. “We also do background and health checks on parents. We’re not looking for perfect people, but we do want to make sure that there is a good situation and that someone will be able to take care of the child.” During the studies, the families also are asked what age child would best fit their needs. After the family has completed all classes and studies, they can then consider the children who are available for adoption.


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“There’s a right child out there for the right family,” Haywood says. “And for many families, they realize they are going to make a difference in the life of a child.” After a child is placed in the home, there is a three- to sixmonth waiting period to ensure that the child and family is a good match. Children who are not adopted “age out” of the foster care system at the age of 21, and without the support of a family, their outlook is grim. Nearly 3,000 Alabama children age out of the foster care system each year. According to HGA, a fourth will not receive a high school diploma or GED; fewer than 3 percent will earn a college degree, although 70 percent want to attend college; one in four will be incarcerated within the first two years after leaving the system and one in five will become homeless.

“I just ask that people who want to adopt consider an older child. These kids need a family who will love them and give them a future.” As for the Pridgens, who are still foster parents to other children, their daughters are doing well in school, active in church, have friends and enjoy their new home. “Kids are in foster care through no fault of their own,” Karen says. “I just ask that people who want to adopt consider an older child. These kids need a family who will love them and give them a future.” Bearman-Wolnek agrees. “The need for a home doesn’t go away.” For more information or to find a Heart Gallery of Alabama exhibit, go to www.HeartGalleryAlabama.com.

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