Family Reflections
A publication of Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
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Dancing for Little Stars is back this April!
Award Honors for Parent Connection Staff
"Better Together" with Aurora Health
PATH Program Improves Access to Care
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January 2016


Dancing for Little Stars - Save the Date!
Join in the fun... Dancing for Little Stars is back for another year!

You are invited to join us on Friday, April 8th at the 9th annual Dancing for Little Stars competition to support child abuse prevention in the Oshkosh area!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction. Guests can cheer on and vote for their favorite 'local celebrity' dancers and take part in the fun of the "Afterglow".

We are still looking for dancers for this event! No experience required - professional dance instructors are provided. To learn more, contact Patricia Heeg at 920-436-4360 ext. 1242.

Tickets for the event will be available on our web site beginning February 1st. Dance team announcements and other exciting updates will be posted in the coming weeks. Visit for all the latest.
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Kopish Receives Outstanding Home Visitor Award 
Outstanding Home Visitor award
Meaghan Kopish (seated) with Audrey Laszewski, Project Director, The Early Years Home Visitation Outcomes Project of Wisconsin, and Lisa Stribl, Early Childhood Development Program Manager with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Family Services is pleased to announce that Meaghan Kopish, a Family Support Specialist with our Parent Connection program in Menasha, has received the 2015 Outstanding Home Visitor award from the Early Years Home Visitation Outcomes Project of Wisconsin.

The award was presented on Thursday, December 17, recognizing Kopish for her leadership and dedication to the home visiting profession and celebrating the program's success in supporting local families to create a stronger community. She was selected among nominees throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Congratulations to Meaghan and thank you to the Parent Connection team for the important work you do in our communities.

Parent Connection is a parent education and early learning program that Encourages, Strengthens and Supports families throughout the Fox Cities and Oshkosh. Services include home visitation for first time parents, family wellness workshops, teen parent programs, dads programs, and more.
"Better Together" with Aurora Health - Sexual Assault Center Services Expanded  
Kimberly's story Family Services is a proud and grateful recipient of a grant from Aurora Health Care's Better Together Fund, helping us expand our services to victims of sexual assault in Brown County. Client videos and an ongoing advertising campaign with Gannett in association with this grant have helped to highlight the importance of our Sexual Assault Center services on the long-term well being of our clients.

These funds are truly "making a difference - not just for today, but also for generations to come." Thank you to Aurora Health for supporting this important community initiative.

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PATH program increases access to care for Fox Valley youth 
PATH program Family Services is a proud participant of the United Way Fox Cities PATH program, removing barriers to accessing mental health therapy for area youth. The following article is reprinted from Insight Magazine's 2015 Insight Innovation Award Winners:

When the Fox Cities Life Study found in 2006 that 1/4 of local 10th-graders had experienced depression, 14% had attempted suicide in the past year, and one school district experienced an alarming cluster of suicides, United Way volunteers mobilized. They studied and identified the many causes for this disturbing trend and took action.

Two years later, United Way Fox Cities launched PATH, a school-based program designed to increase access to therapy for youth who experience barriers to mental health care.

PATH, which stands for Providing Access to Healing, today collaborates with three mental health agencies (Family Services, Catalpa Health and Lutheran Social Services) and 10 school districts. It has served nearly 1,000 students and achieved measurable success. More than 3/4 of participating students have reported improved relationships with family and friends, reduced symptoms and increased functioning and generally "feeling better about life".
Finding a Better Way
Silvercrest Group Home Marcus is a 15 year old boy with a troubled family history. He has spent most of his childhood in foster care, in and out of a number of homes over the years.

As he has grown older, he's become more and more prone to angry outbursts. He often gets so angry that he completely loses control. He has had weekly police contact due to these outbursts and several charges filed against him. When he was no longer able to stay at his foster home for fear of the family's safety, he was referred to Silvercrest, a group home for delinquent teenage boys in Winnebago County.

Our staff took into consideration his multitude of needs, stemming back to his early childhood, and developed individualized services to address those needs. We provided one-on-one therapy and continued to work both with Marcus and his foster family to process his frequent anger issues. Over time, our staff were able to identify warning signs and could catch him in the early stages of anger, allowing him to redirect his focus so his anger didn't escalate. We worked with him on developing quality anger management tools that he could use to stay in control.

While Marcus still struggles with anger issues, he is once again able to successfully reside in his foster home. He is doing well in their care and learning to find healthier ways of dealing with his anger and emotions.

Silvercrest Group Home provides education and counseling services to stabilize delinquent behaviors and improve family relationships.
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