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Family Matters Blog

Seeking Help Is a Sign of Strength

The process of seeking help can start with small steps like researching what options are available and making phone calls to find a provider with the appropriate expertise, schedule, and payment options.

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The Importance of Mentoring

Being a mentor is one of the most important roles we may fulfill. We benefit from mentoring relationships throughout our lives. This is especially true for kids. Kids need mentors. They need positive role models from whom they can trust and learn. By “Big Brother” Jon Vanderhoof

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Tips for a Meaningful Parent-Teacher Conference

Parent-Teacher conferences are an exciting and important opportunity for teachers and caregivers to discuss a child’s growth and development. This meeting can also trigger feelings of vulnerability, especially when the feedback isn’t what was anticipated. 

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Caregiver Stress? You’re Not Alone

It may be hard to keep a positive outlook when there is little hope of the older person’s physical and mental condition improving. Over time, the demands and stress of caregiving can take their toll. Since taking care of a loved one can become life consuming,  it is important to maintain your mental and physical health. Here are some tips.

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Seniors Can Be Victims of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Awareness Month occurs every October across our nation. Every year since 1987, communities around the country join together to spread awareness of domestic violence and to honor those affected by violence. Frequently overlooked as victims of domestic violence, seniors are especially vulnerable to domestic abuse as they are often dependent on family members and others for their care.  By DeAnn Rosenberry, Senior Services Program Manager

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S.O.S. For Our Youth

Suicide is a difficult thing to discuss. The darkest of moments brought on by depression, pain, hopelessness, or considering oneself a burden—are hard to think about, let alone talk about.But it’s a conversation we must have. Article by Lisa Brabo, Executive Director, Family Service Agency

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Transitioning to Kindergarten

Beginning kindergarten is a fun and exciting milestone in a child’s life, so why do we (parents and children) feel so anxious about it? And how can we alleviate some of this worry?

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Family Service Agency Elects New Board Co-Presidents

“We are pleased to welcome Katya Armistead and Terri Zuniga as our new co-presidents,” said Executive Director Lisa Brabo. “They bring a wealth of countywide experience and expertise in education and community service and will be tremendous assets to our agency as we further our mission of strengthening and advocating for families and individuals of all ages and diversities.”

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