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HEART TIMES www.aasknd.org

AASK - ADULTS ADOPTING SPECIAL KIDS

March 2013

Please Meet

TESA I would like to introduce you to Tesa. She is a charming ten year old young lady. She loves animals, especially horses and house pets, and living in the country. Tesa is participating in Taekwondo and likes to keep active. Tesa came into care due to poor living conditions, medical and educational neglect. Although she has had a number of foster care placements,Tesa is doing exceptionally well in her current foster placement. Tesa is in the fourth grade and is utilizing some academic supports. She responds well to a highly structured setting with firm boundaries. She is an active participant in class and thrives on positive feedback. Like all of us, Tesa likes to know she is doing well. She does have difficulty staying focused and keeping herself organized. Tesa is legally freed for adoption. She has an older sister, Kelly, who is 17 and could be adopted with Tesa. Tesa AASK is a collaborative program of Catholic Charities North Dakota and PATH

would like an adoptive home similar to her current foster home with parents in their late 40’s, who have grown children. They also have a 16 years old son still at home. Tesa would do best in a family where she is the youngest or only child, as she is still working on social skills and boundaries. Tesa likes living in the country, but will need to be in an area where she can still access services. She has occupational therapy, counseling therapy and Taekwondo once a week. Tesa has a number of older siblings, but only has contact with her sister Kelly, who is also in foster care at this time. Kelly is thinking of joining the National Guard next summer. If you are interested in adopting Tesa, or would like more information please contact Kathy Watson at 701-2246840. OUR MISSION AASK commits to building permancy for children from foster care through adoption by stable and nurturing families. 1


AASK Staff Contact Information Fargo

Catholic Charities North Dakota 5201 Bishops Boulevard – Suite B Fargo, North Dakota 58104 Phone: 701-235-4457 Toll Free: 877-551-6054 Fax: 701-356-7993 Chris Martin AASK Director 701-356-7986 cmartin@catholiccharitiesnd.org Sonja McLean AASK Program Supervisor 701-356-7987 smclean@catholiccharitiesnd.org Nancy Germain AASK Worker 701-356-8023 ngermain@catholiccharitiesnd.org AASK Worker/WWK Recruiter 701-356-7985 @catholiccharitiesnd.org Dani Thompson AASK Worker 701-356-8039 dthompson@catholiccharitiesnd.org

Grand Forks

Catholic Charities North Dakota 311 South 4th Street – Suite 105 Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201 Trich Heck AASK Worker 701-775-4196 theck@catholiccharitiesnd.org Andrea Olson AASK Worker 701-775-4196 aolson@catholiccharitiesnd.org

Minot

PATH ND, Inc. 1425 21st Ave NW Minot, North Dakota 58703 Phone: 701-839-8887 Fax: 701-839-8990

Nichole Fearing AASK Worker 701-839-8887 nfearing @catholiccharitiesnd.org Chantell Bergsrud AASK Worker 701-839-8887 cbergsrud@catholiccharitiesnd.org

PATH ND, Inc. 1820 East Walnut Street – Suite 5 Devils Lake, North Dakota 58301 Phone: 701-662-4913 Fax: 701-662-4963 Deanne Johnson AASK Worker 701-662-4913 djohnson@pathinc.org

Bismarck

PATH ND, Inc. 418 East Broadway - Suite 25 Bismarck, North Dakota 58501 Phone: 701-224-9611 Toll Free: 800-766-9279 Fax: 701-224-9747 Joan Allen AASK Program Supervisor 701-224-9611 jallen@catholiccharitiesnd.org Kathy Watson AASK Worker 701-224-9611 kathy@catholiccharitiesnd.org

Dickinson

PATH ND, Inc. 135 Sims Street – Suite204 Dickinson, North Dakota 58601 Phone: 701-225-3310 Toll Free: 800-766-935

Danae Moran AASK Worker 701-356-7981 dmoran@catholiccharitiesnd.org AASK Worker 701-356-8027 @catholiccharitiesnd.org

AASK Worker 701-225-3310 @catholiccharitiesnd.org

Director’s Corner Hello to All. Many of you I know already. Many of you I do not know yet but I look forward to meeting you. I started in this position on December 17th. Since that day I have learned a lot; there is much yet to learn. My husband and I adopted two of our daughters through AASK and so on a personal basis I feel very connected to the program. My perspective has changed now but my appreciation for the quality of work provided by the AASK workers continues to grow. Their commitment to the kids and families is shown in the many ways they go above and beyond

Devils Lake

in order to provide a quality service. Feedback from adoptive parents and community partners is outstanding and speaks to this standard of excellence. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for the heart and soul they put into their work, and to say publicly what a privilege it is to join them. My previous employment was with PATH ND, Inc. Here, too, the standard of excellence is evident on a daily basis. The kids and families in our foster and adopt community are fortunate to have these skilled and compassionate teams operating on their behalf.

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by Chris Martin In the AASK program, we have many more changes coming up and I know we will continue to grow and be enriched by them. We appreciate your patience and welcome your feedback as we weather these transitions. Working with vulnerable kids is the only work I can imagine doing, and to be part of such a caring community is a privilege I feel thankful for every day.

Chris Martin


Waiting Children

ALVIN

Alvin is a very likeable twelve year old boy who is fun to interact with. He pulls at the heart strings of those that get to know him well. Alvin has a lot of artistic ability and he likes to draw. He is in good physical shape and is active in sports. He is currently participating in the school’s wrestling team. He interacts well with adults although he is quiet and speaks softly. Alvin is cooperative in completing chores and is normally respectful. Alvin is a good eater and a light sleeper. Alvin is in the 6th grade this year and started in a new school this fall. Alvin is Native American and a member of a North Dakota tribe. The ICWA order of preference will need to be considered in placement decisions. Alvin wants to continue to learn about his Native American heritage and be involved in cultural activities but he is open to a family of any race or nationality. To learn more about this exceptional and caring individual, please refer to www.aasknd.org

To learn more about some of these Waiting Children, please visit the at www.ndheartgalley.org Austin looks forward to having a family that will claim him as their own. He has a kind, gentle soul and cares for the people around him. Austin is close to his to his current foster family and hopes that they could continue to be part of his life after he is placed with his adoptive family. In 7th grade, Austin continues to do well with the assistance of an Individual Education Plan. An adoptive family must be willing to work with their school system to ensure his educational needs are being met. An adoptive family should encourage Austin to be engaged in family activities, as he tends to prefer to do things on his own. Austin has no preference about the composition of his adoptive family and would do well in any family setting (single or two parent; only child or other children).

Austin

To learn more about this exceptional and caring individual, please refer to www.aasknd.org

Meet Daniel, a sensitive young man with dimples and a smile that will melt your heart. Despite experiencing many losses and a lot of heartache in his life he is very resilient. Daniel likes reading magazines, video games and music. Daniel is in the 7th grade and does well in school. He is proud of the progress he is making in his academics. Daniel is in good overall health and there are no medical or physical concerns. Daniel is fearful of not being wanted but he very much desires a family that will love him no matter what. He highly values honesty and openness and has indicated that he wants a family who is active and family oriented. He very much needs to feel wanted and loved by a forever family.

Daniel

To learn more about this exceptional and caring individual, please refer to www.aasknd.org

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More Waiting Children

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Garret is an intelligent 16 year old waiting for a forever family! He LOVES to read, play cards, and play board games! He enjoys school and likes all of his subjects. He is usually very motivated to work ahead on his homework. Garret has talked a lot about going to college for Business Administration and needs a forever family to help him achieve his goals! It would be best if Garret’s forever family lived in an area where they may access therapeutic services so he can continue to process his past trauma. Garret would do best in a home with few or no other children so he can receive the one-on-one attention he needs and deserves! Ultimately, Garret needs a strong, supportive, and loving family!

To learn more about this exceptional and caring individual, please refer to www.aasknd.org

James states that although he would like to be adopted, he is in “no rush” to move forward because he feels his foster family is taking good care of him. James’ foster parents will be a positive support and resource for his forever family as he transitions to their home. Seventh grade is going well for James. He has the support of an Individualized Education Plan, which provides him the opportunity for smaller class sizes and structure so he can be successful in concentrating on his work. Although James says that he will be happy with any family that is a good fit, he would prefer a two parent home with a mother and father who he can trust. It is recommended that James’ adoptive family assist him in continuing contact with his younger brother.

James

To learn more about this exceptional and caring individual, please refer to www.aasknd.org

Jamison is part of sibling group. His brother’s name is John and both boys are waiting to find their forever family! Jamison is a fun young man with a great sense of humor! He is in the 8th grade. He enjoys Science but struggles with Math and English. He does well in school with encouragement from his foster family and teachers.

Jamison

Jamison enjoys playing basketball, riding bike, swimming, camping, and running. Like any other young man, he also enjoys playing video games! Jamison is very protective of John and they both care deeply for their other siblings. Jamison identifies himself as Native American and would like to continue learning about the culture through different events. Jamison is making great strides in learning life skills. Jamison hopes for an adoptive family that will help him with these skills and continue to love and support him as he learns.

To learn more about this exceptional and caring individual, please refer to www.aasknd.org

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More Waiting Children John is the other half of the sibling group of Jamison and John. And both are wondering who their forever family will be. John is a sensitive, kind young man with a love for animals. He especially loves horses and hopes to live on a farm so he can ride horses and help out of with chores. He enjoys basketball and is part of his school’s basketball team. John is currently in the 5th grade. John does well when given choices and needs a family who will be consistent and patient. John enjoys country music and playing Pac Man. He gets along well with others but likes to have time to himself as well. He has a collection of marbles that he really enjoys playing with.

John

John will do best as the youngest child in a home. He needs a dedicated adoptive family that will be patient with him and encourage him to do his best! He enjoys all of his subjects in school and can’t decide on his favorite. John needs patience and consistency, and does well when given choices. To learn more about this exceptional and caring individual, please refer to www.aasknd.org

Holly is a bubbly teenager with a smile that will light up a room. She has a special place in her heart for babies and enjoys rocking and playing with them. Holly likes to color and her favorite movie is “Warhorse”. Her caregivers have found that offering incentives is a successful way to encourage Holly to complete her tasks. Holly desires a family who will claim and accept her as their own. She has no preferences regarding the composition of her adoptive family, although Holly’s team feels she would do best in a home where she is the youngest or only child. Holly needs a strong family that will commit to her and support her through times of happiness and times of struggle.

Holly

Holly says, “I am a 14 year old teenage girl anxiously waiting for my forever family. I am fond of animals and wouldn’t mind if my adoptive family had pets in their home. My favorite colors are hot pink and lime green.”

To learn more about this exceptional and caring individual, please refer to www.aasknd.org

Meet this energetic, fun-loving sibling group of three! They hope their adoptive family will enjoy being “on the go” and want to do fun things with them, like play outside, do art projects, and go on vacations as a family. Violet, 8, enjoys talking to her friends and going to gymnastics. Violet does very well in school with consistency from her teachers and caregivers.

Priscilla, Violet &

James

James, 6, is a bright young man. He is tender hearted and yearns for approval from adults. In, Kindergarten, James is working on his listening skills and staying on task. Before bed each night, it is important that the adoptive family set aside “cuddle time” for James. Priscilla, 4 is a happy-go-lucky little girl. She tends to be very optimistic and can easily point out positives in any situation. Priscilla enjoys showing others her gymnastic skills and likes an audience! To learn more about these exceptional and caring individuals, please refer to www.aasknd.org

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More Waiting Children Travis is a fun-loving teenager. Although he likes to do activies within the community, he also enjoys spending quiet time in his room - especially if he can watch movies or play video games. Travis is simply a jokester! He will lift your spirits by making you laugh. His foster family says that he is a positive part of their family and feel that his future adoptive family would say the same!

Travis

Travis is doing well in school with support. He has close friends that he looks forward to seeing every day. Travis continues to work 2 days per week at the cafeteria at the local community college and does well following directions and managing his tasks. Travis does not care about the composition of his adoptive family. He will need a family that will support and encourage him as he reaches adulthood.

To learn more about this exceptional and caring individual, please refer to www.aasknd.org

by Charley Joyce

Mothers as Anger Targets

Foster and adoptive mothers often experience an exaggerated degree of anger displaced on them by foster and/or adoptive children. Often the anger is expressed in a sneaky manner, meaning that when other adults are present, specifically foster and/or adoptive dads, the youth is pleasant, cooperative and a delight. But when the mother and child are alone, watch-out, it’s time to provoke, challenge and disrespect. This can activate a terribly difficult situation for the targeted mother. Instead of being able to gain support from her friends, family and partner, she can often be questioned about why she is the only one to see the child in this seemingly unfair light. For moms, this can create a sense of being discounted and alienated from her adult support systems. Sadly, this dynamic can create interfamily tensions and, I believe, can cause placement disruptions and decisions to not continue as a foster parent. SO WHY ARE FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE MOMS OFTEN ANGER TARGETS? Here are some probable reasons: 1. Early Disruptive Attachments: Research on attachment indicates at birth, a newborn is almost instantly able to identify his or her mother. A child in foster care or adoptive status often experience care giver inconsistency or failure. A child-parent relationship that lacks connectedness is often marked with hostility-especially toward the mother. This “failure hostility” does not go away with a healthy foster or adoptive mother. 2. Re-enactment of Previous Child-Parent Relationships: Unfortunately many foster-adoptive youth have had to go to extremes to accomplish emotional engagement. This is often accomplished through negative behavior. The child has learned to “invite” maternal attention negatively. 3. Disqualifying a Competent Maternal Figure: The majority of youth in foster and adoptive care grieve the loss of their own family. So they may often push away a competent and nurturing mother out of loyalty to the birth family. 4. Foster and Adoptive Care is Often Lead by Mothers: Although there are exceptions, many foster and adoptive families become involved in providing care primarily through the mom. 5. Because the Child was the Parent: Children that parented their parents, or siblings, generally do not welcome a shift in their role. 6. Why Might Dads Get a Free Pass: Children cared for in foster or adoptive care have often had absent male parents and all too often have experienced abuse at the hands of adult males. Or, because of adult male absence, the child might crave the dad’s attention. 6

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by Charile Joyce

Mothers as Anger Targets cont.

SO WHAT CAN BE DONE TO POSITIVELY IMPACT THE ANGER THAT GETS TARGETED TOWARD FOSTER OR ADOPTIVE MOTHERS? 1. Believe the Experience of the Foster or Adoptive Mother: Understand that the relationship the mother has with the foster or adoptive youth can be different. 2. Look for Clues in the Child’s History: Study the child’s history to uncover clues as to why he or she is targeting the foster or adoptive mother with rage. 3. Find a Therapist that Understands the Dynamics of Foster and Adoptive Care: A therapist that understands the dynamics of foster and adoptive care can be helpful. 4. Move Slowly with Children That Have Parented: Remember that children who have parented siblings have taken on this role out of necessity. Respect this relationship and join with the “parent sibling” in the caring of their sibling. Allow them to see and hear you care for their siblings in order for them to gain trust in your ability to be a safe parent. 5. Parent as a Team: Respond to behavioral/emotional challenges as a team. Have the father speak to the behavior consequences and have the dad verbally support the mother in the child’s presence. For single foster parents, use your caseworker or another team member in a similar capacity. 6. Back Away From Unreasonable Conflict: Learn what provokes you as a parent. Develop ways you can maintain control when the foster or adoptive child is working hard to fight with you. 7. Develop Safety Plans: Gather all the knowledge you have on how, why and when the foster or adoptive child reacts to the mother with displaced anger and develop a plan on how you as a parent will respond. 8. Always Look for Ways to Reinforce Pro-Attachment Behavior: Establish rituals that reinforce the connection foster and adoptive parents have with their foster or adopted child. These rituals show love and connectedness in a healthy way. Examples can include: bed time rituals or keeping mutual journals. Always remember that nothing can heal the wounds of a child’s abuse, neglect and loss as much as a caring family. Author is Charley Joyce, LICSW. To learn more, visit www.charleyjoyce.com.

Intern’s Point of View

I have always been interested in child welfare, and this is what drove me to be a social worker. Although I get a lot of support from my family, they have at times have asked me if this is what I really want to do. My aunt is a social worker so they know that this is not an easy field to go into. I have had many conversations with her over the years about some challenges I may face. But I am confident that with support I am able to overcome these challenges, and help those who need it. My name is Jessica and I am interning at Catholic Charities ND with the Adults Adopting Special Kids (AASK) program for spring 2013. Coming into the program I did not know much about the adoption process. For my internship I wanted something within child welfare, and the AASK program seemed a perfect fit. Over the first few weeks I experienced just how much behind the scenes goes on through the course of an adoption. My first day here was getting to know everyone that worked within the AASK program. Over the course of my first week I

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Submitted Jessica Kempenich, AASK Intern

learned how to collect information to make subsidy packets, which is child specific information that is given the county and the state in which the child resides. I was also was able to accompany my field instructor to Cass County Social Services for a team meeting discussing important matters that pertained to a child. The beginning of my second week allowed me to go and meet a foster child to talk with him and his foster family. I was also instructed on how to fill out a Child Adoption Assessment. This allows families to learn more about the children they inquire on. The week wrapped up with a monthly AASK staff meeting that I was able to attend. The duration of my internship has allowed me a glimpse into the AASK adoption procedure and what that means to be an adoption social worker. I am very excited to continue learning about all that AASK has to offer and the adoption process.

Jessica


Nurtured Heart Approach Thought of the Month Parenting isn’t always a rose garden. We set expectations for our children based upon the expectations our parents set for us. When a child begins to push boundaries and challenge their parents, appropriate discipline is going to set the tone in moving forward. We do not want to shame a child, but to set them up for success by making each situation a teachable moment and praising the child for the things they did RIGHT in the situation. Let’s say your children were bickering off and on throughout the day. When your spouse comes home, you say “they argued ALL DAY LONG!”, when the reality is that they argued for a total of 46 minutes. If your children are awake for 12 hours per day, that means they have NOT been arguing for 11 hours and 14 minutes. As we address discipline and consequences, let’s think of video games. In video games, we know that

Kid’s Corner

by Sonja McLean, LSW

the rules are clear. What happens after you break a rule of the game, crash the car, or fail the mission? The game places you at the beginning again. You get constant restarts to the scenario. Discipline should be short and sweet. Consequences should be straightforward and clear. Allowing your child to “restart” or “reset” after breaking a rule or not following directions may be all they need to move forward. Consider the discipline methods you use in your home. Are your rules easy to understand? Are they consistent? Most importantly, do they work? Glasser states rules that start with the word “no” are clear. They leave no room for interpretation, triangulation, or persuasion. It’s also important to note that family rules cannot change depending on your mood. For example, let’s say that “no jumping on the bed” is a rule in your home. You are having a really good day and you catch your child jumping on the bed. It may be

easier to let it slip by or be more passive in your redirection because you’re in a good mood. The next day, you have an awful day at work and you come home to your child jumping on the bed. Your reaction may be quite different than it was the day before. This inconsistency will be confusing to your child and this rule will quickly lose its weight. The intentions of the Nurtured Heart Approach are to help kids feel great about who they are, create successes that would not otherwise exist, and to become adept at identifying what is right with the picture. Although these things can happen every moment of the day, it is during challenging times that it may be most important. If you would like to learn more about the Nurtured Heart Approach, be sure to check out their website: www.childrenssuccessfoundation.com

Pretend Night Vision Goggles

For ages 6 and up with adult help. Approximate Time Required to Complete Project: 15 minutes depending up how you want to decorate it Materials Needed: Empty Nestle Nesquick chocolate milk container with clear lid, markers, .75 drill bit and your dad or mom to help you drill holes, construction paper, glue, yarn or shoe laces, 1/8-inch drill bit for making holes for the neck strap.

Instructions: Get the Nesquick container, turn it upside down, mark one line length wise to split container in half to find center for drilling eye holes. Measure in 1.5-inches on boths side and mark with a marker to make your eye holes, drill holes with .75 inch drill bit. Take lid off container draw center line length wise and then draw two or more lines to match up with your eye holes so basically you making cross-hairs. Put lid back on container, take brown construction paper to wrap around container, cut to fit and glue on. Take green construction paper and cut out different shapes to make your camo design if desired, and glue to brown paper. Measure for shoulder or neck straps which ever you want, drill holes on both sides of the container and feed the shoe lace threw the holes. Ties knots at ends so they will not pull threw. Now your project is read to play with ENJOY!

Tips and Tricks Use glue sticks on the construction paper, it is cleaner. Shoe laces are stronger than yarn. When drawing your cross-hairs, it’s easier if you put the lid back on so you can match it up with eye holes. 8


Spotlight on Staff

Dani Thompson

I was born in Spokane, Washington on December 26, 1986 on Fairchild Air Force Base. I moved around a lot when I was a kid, two of my favorite places I’ve lived are Alaska and South Carolina, but call North Dakota my home! I graduated from Larimore High School in May of 2005. I then went to MSUM and graduated in 2009 with my Bachelors in Social Work. After graduation I spent my time working with children and adolescents who struggled with behavioral and mental health issues. I worked at places like Solutions, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch and Prairie St. Johns. I have always had a passion when it came to working with children and youth, especially those in need, and being very family oriented myself, that when the position of an adoption worker came along with AASK, I thought that it would be an amazing opportunity. I have two sisters, one older and one younger. Both of them will be getting married next year, so I have been VERY busy with helping them plan! In my spare time I love to be with friends and family. My family is full of avid hunters, fishers, campers and just love to be outdoors! I also like movie nights and relaxing along with exercising. I have a niece who just turned five and reminds me often that she is a big girl now! She will be a big sister come June and we are all very excited about it. I have been so blessed and grateful to have this opportunity to work with such wonderful co-workers, kids and families. So far it has been the most challenging and wonderful learning experience of my career as a Social Worker.

(We are pleased to welcome Dani, as a Social Worker, in the Fargo Office.)

Meet our Featured Family ....................... The Hayes Kurt and Jennifer feel they had a great experience meeting and getting to know one another through an on-line dating site. Although Jennifer lived in Canada at the time; she was a native of Fargo and was open to moving back to the States when Kurt proposed. They initially resided in ND where there they were both educators; Kurt as the high school principal and Jennifer as a special education teacher. Kurt accepted a similar position in the state and they were on the move again. Jennifer secured a job in her field of Special Education in a nearby town. urt and Jennifer feel they got to know each other well through their correspondence and found they had similar interests and goals for life. They feel their marriage is made stronger by their ability to communicate well with one another. They are able to discuss anything and everything sharing their views and opinions on a range of topics. Although Kurt was previously married and has four daughters, they wanted to start a family of their own. After some personal losses, they found hope in the little girl who was placed in their care. K

Kurt and Jen were approached by a County Social Services department regarding the placement of a relative’s child, into their home. They became foster care licensed in order to be foster parents to that little girl. When parental rights were terminated, they knew the little girl was meant to be their daughter. The adoption of that the little girl was finalized later in the year. Shortly before the adoption finalized Kurt and Jennifer were asked by another state to take placement of another relatives’ little girl. They accepted another little girl into their lives without hesitation and her adoption by Kurt and Jennifer will soon be finalized. These are both wonderful examples of custodians working to identify family members as placements for children entering the foster care system. Kurt and Jennifer have willingly taken part in the required PRIDE training and they are very committed to learning more about the special needs of children who have had a difficult start to life. Jennifer and Kurt are kind, patient and family oriented. They are very committed to providing their children with a safe, structured and nurturing environment in which to grow and develop. Please help us wish this wonderful couple and their family a lifetime of peace, joy and happiness. 9


CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to these families who recently celelbrated the legal finalization of their adoption through the end of January 2013! Aaron with Ken and Becky Alexis with Angela Andre with Jason and Lisa Annie with Zach and Shelley Ariana with Daniel and Jennifer Brandon with Gary and Desaree Caleigh with Robert and Sadie Carmine with Ken and Elizabeth Cody with Paul and Carla Daddin with Ronald and Cindy Zachary with Brad and Sheryl Draven and Damon with Cassandra Emerald, Sonny and Exavier with Linda Gwen and Kerisa with Troy and Kristen Holly with Craig and Catherine Jameson and Brook with Byron Kayden with Sara Krimson and Khloe with William and Kelly Levi with Christopher and Brenda Madalyn and Stevie with Pat and Michelle Mah’to with Scott and Elaine Miah and Misty with Robert and Lori Michael with Dustin and Sara Mila with Cory and Elisha Kheyan with Don and Tonja Olivia and Jackson with Todd and Shari Tiffany and Sunny with John and Julie Zane with Jamison and Jessica 10


SAVE THE DATE    

  The 25th annual North Dakota Family Based Association Conference entitled

“Moving Forward, Looking Back” will be held at the Fargo Holiday Inn on April 3-5, 2013 with a pre-conference seminar on father engagement to be held Tuesday, April 2nd.

 

The event is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Human Services: Division of Children & Family Services and Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse.

Conference sessions include: 

Working with high-risk youth Youth suicide Domestic violence Stress management & living life with more joy Food security affecting all income and social classes The Village’s programs of Family Group Decision Making and Family Team Decision Making Diversity Working with traumatized youth Autism Spectrum Disorder Generational differences in the workplace Ethics    

What’s Cooking!

Please visit the North Dakota Family Based Service Association’s websitewww.ndfbsa.org for more information and to register.  We hope to see you there!

Submitted

by Julie Hoffman, State Adoption Administrator

Note: We make these delicious sugar cookies for many holidays, decorated in the shapes, colors and candy sprinkles of the season! They are lovely as hearts for Valentine’s, shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day and egg shaped in pastel colors for Easter, as well as the many Christmas shapes and colors!

Aunt Dottie’s Rolled Sugar Cookies Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter 1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup sugar 2 1/2 cup flour

2 eggs 1/2 tsp. salt

2 T. cream 1/2 tsp. soda

Cream butter and sugar till light colored and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and beat. Add cream and vanilla and beat. Mix dry ingredients together and stir into the wet mixture. Chill for at least 4 hours. Roll out on heavily floured board about 1/4 inch thick and cut into the desired shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-11 minutes or just until starting to turn golden on the edges. Cool completely before icing.

Buttercream Icing 2 cups powdered sugar

4 T. butter

2 - 2 1/2 T. milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond flavoring

Beat the powdered sugar and butter with a mixer. Add and beat in milk and flavoring until spreading consistency. Add coloring if you’d like. Spread on cookies and put sprinkles on immediately so that they stick. Let set to dry icing before storing between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container. 11


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Save the Date Sanford Health Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center is sponsoring a Children Conference April 4, 2013

Bismarck Civic Center, 315 S. 5th St., Bismarck, ND

The Sanford Health Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center is a program that is committed to improving the response to child abuse. They are a community partnership that utilizes a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach to investigating child abuse. Kristina Korobov, J.D. will be presenting. She is the Director of Prosecutor Education at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office in Indianapolis, Ind. She prosecutes child abuse homicides as well as selected domestic violence and sex crime cases. Registration is required. Information about how to register for this conference can visit the following website: www.bismarck.sanfordhealth.org/dcac/

Did you know individuals can also support the program? Online donations can be made on our website at www. aasknd.org. Donations can also be mailed to CCND/AASK at 5201 Bishops Boulevard - Suite B - Fargo, ND 58104. Donations can be made in memory of a loved one who has passed or to honor a special occasion such as a birthday, graduation, wedding or birth of a child. What a great way to give tribute to someone who has impacted your life while making a difference for a child in the AASK program. Thank you for your support! It helps the program provide that “special touch” for the children and families we serve! www.aasknd.org


March 2013 AASK Newsletter  

A newsletter for the Adults Adopting Special Kids Program

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