ISSUE 10                                                                          SPRING 2019

  State association meetings will be held at:
Future Ready
1907 Leonard Avenue, Suite 150 
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Executive Committee Meetings will continue to be held at:  
2760 Airport Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43219  
If a meeting location changes, you will be notified. 
When many people in our communities think of Family & Children First, they think of Wraparound. Over the years, I've had the pleasure of hearing and meeting many of the leaders in the field...Pat Miles, Neil Brown, Mary Jo Meyers, John Franz, but my all-time favorite person to hear speak about Wraparound is John VanDenBerg. If you are not familiar with Dr. VanDenBerg, in the early 1990's he was charged with bringing all the youth Alaska had placed in residential facilities around the county back to Alaska. What did he do? He met with all the youth, asked them what they needed to have a better life, developed plans with them and brought them back to Alaska. The overall success of the Alaska Youth Initiative (AYI) was ambivalent due to the challenges that we still see...it can be difficult to provide appropriate levels of care in very rural parts of the state, providers can be reluctant to serve youth/families with high needs, it can be difficult to maintain qualified staff, and training isn't always available. However, one thing that was successful was the unconditional care that was provided to the youth and families. AYI stuck with the youth/family through it all. Wraparound provides unconditional care - we work with youth/families to identify their strengths and needs and help the team develop a plan that the youth/family feels will meet their needs. We try out the plan, make tweeks to the plan and totally rewrite the plan in some cases, but we never give up. The work may be challenging at times, but remember that we are changing lives "One Kid at a Time."

Please enjoy Dr. VanDenBerg's Tedx Talk
Children Must Live With Families | John VanDenBerg | TEDxPaonia
Children Must Live With Families | John VanDenBerg | TEDxPaonia

Burchard, J. D.; Burchard, S. N.; Sewell, R.; & VanDenBerg, J. (1993). One Kid at a Time: Evaluative Case Studies and Description of the Alaska Youth Initiative Demonstration Project.



When it comes to helping youth, Holmes County finds strength in partnerships between agencies, foundations, businesses, and individuals who desire to impact children.  One of those powerful relationships is a unique collaboration between the mental health systems and Holmes Center for the Arts (HCA), a non-profit organization founded in 2015.

HCA believes participation in performing and visual arts has life-changing impact on individuals and can be a tool in both behavioral health prevention and treatment efforts. Collaborations with the Holmes County Health Department, the Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes County, the Holmes County Family and Children First Council, and local schools have resulted in camps and after-school classes in the arts over the last few years designed to give at-risk youth confidence building experiences to bring about positive changes in their lives. As Holmes County does not have any type of community center, there are limited opportunities to provide programming with a focus on engaging youth, at-risk or not. When the Community Resiliency Project application, administered by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addition Services*, was released, HCA already had a history of building resiliency through art.

Receiving this grant will allow for the construction of a new building.  A new building for the HCA will not only provide a home for artists to grow but will allow for an expansion of after-school programming for children in a safe, welcoming environment.   For the first time in Holmes County, there will be a place outside of school where children and teens can be tutored on their schoolwork, taught to express themselves through the arts, engage in social activities, and have access to counseling and mentoring services.  With adequate and flexible space in a new building, HCA will be able to not only increase collaborations with the above listed organizations but will also establish a new partnership with Anazao Community Partners (a local full-service behavioral health organization) in providing support for at-risk and in-risk youth, ages 12 - 18.  Anazao will have office space in the new HCA building to provide the services directly to the youth in partnership with HCA.  Like HCA, Anazao is in need of space to adequately serve current clients as well as the increasing number of youth being referred by families and schools.  Anazao's unique youth programming focuses on prosocial development and asset building, and requires trained instructors to teach extracurricular, therapeutic activities such as music and art.  The new HCA building will create a space for easy collaboration between HCA and Anazao, providing a stronger web of support and treatment for these youths while building confidence and community through the arts.   

For additional information, contact Pam Semenyna (Holmes County FCFC)

*The objective of that grant was to:

Invest $20 million in state capital funding to support the establishment, expansion and/or renovation of safe and healthy programming spaces for middle- and high-school age youth to access prosocial activities in the community. While the space will be available for the entire community, the programming emphasis will focus on engaging a broad spectrum of at-risk youth.

I found a great list of resources for parents and providers working with children on the autism spectrum.   
(I did not  provide active links to each resource but the website addresses are included below.  If you want, you can go to the resource list directly by hitting the link below.)
Ten Autism Websites Recommended by Parents  
By Maureen Higgins, Eden II Marketing Intern
Searching for autism information on the web can be overwhelming. The word "autism" alone results in over 64 million hits on Google. So, where do you turn to for the most relevant information and resources when there are so many different options? We polled parents of Eden II participants, asking them this question, and these were the top 10 results:
1.  www.autismspeaks.org -One of the leading autism science and advocacy organizations. Autism Speaks provides a comprehensive resource guide for all states. The site also boasts an impressive list of apps that parents may find useful, including games that focus on communication and social skills.
2.  www.autism-society.org -Another great site that includes helpful resources for those with autism,  family members, as well as professionals. Autism Society also gives updates on the latest autism news and press releases.
3.  www.disabilityscoop.com - Sign up for Disability Scoop's e-mail news to receive the most current updates on developmental disabilities. Disability Scoop's experts have been cited by multiple online news sites, including USA Today and People.com.
4.  www.autismnj.org -Run by a network of professionals and parents, Autism New Jersey strives to provide New Jersey residents affected by autism with the most up to date information, including info on Health Care and insurance mandates in New Jersey.
5.  www.autism.com- The Autism Research Institute focuses on researching the causes of autism, as well as developing safe and effective treatments for those currently affected by the disorder.
6.  www.autismweb.com - Managed by parents, AutismWeb includes great insights on different autism teaching methods. The site also provides a forum where parents can go to share their stories, give updates on their children's progress, and share recipes that may be useful for picky eaters.
7.  www.ahany.org - The Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association website offers some great resources for those with higher functioning autism. Ahany also provides a great list  of summer programs and day camps in New York, as well as useful questions to ask when choosing a camp or summer program for your special needs child.
8.  www.autismhwy.com -Started by a woman whose son was diagnosed with autism, Autism Highway is both informative and fun. Easy to navigate, Autism Highway provides an extensive list of Autism related events and specialists. In addition, Autism Highway includes many fun games that children are sure to enjoy!
9.  www.autismbeacon.com - Also started by the parent of a child with autism, Autism Beacon strives to supply the best resources for autism treatments. Autism Beacon presents a lengthy range of articles on autism, including sensitive topics such as bullying and sexuality.
10.  www.autism.healingthresholds.com - Healing Thresholds includes information on many different therapy treatments for children with autism. The site focuses on the top 12 used by parents, but also includes useful information on nearly 100 additional therapies.
11.  Potty Training a Child with Autism using ABA - Potty training an Autistic child can be daunting for parents and caregivers because of the unique challenges the child faces. For this reason, traditional approaches to toilet training may not always be effective. This is where applied behavioral analysis (ABA) comes into your potty training program.

Ashley Agee (Crawford)
Jennifer Ruetz (Fulton)
Margaret Demko (Hocking & Vinton)
Crystal Michel (Huron)  
Colette Hart (Knox) 
Veronica Brady (Logan)  
Jordan Hodges (Miami) 
Bonnie Wilson (Trumbull)
Deb Stefanelli (Williams)
Amy Billa (Crawford)
Becky Schermond (Fulton)
Melissa Byer-Smith (Huron) 
Nancy Omahan (Knox) 
Debbie Holycross (Logan)
Beth Adkins (Miami) 
Margie Alexander (Trumbull)
Vicki Blair (Williams)

What is your favorite thing to do when Spring arrives that you cannot do in Winter?
Clean! (Veronica Brady-Logan)
My favorite thing to do in the spring that I can't do in the winter is to take long walks with my dog out in nature! (Amy Banaga-Ashland)
See new life budding on the flowering trees! (Kanda Benner-Morrow)
Watch my kids play tennis! (Maggie Henry-Clinton)
In response to your questions, my favorite thing to do when Spring arrives in go on bike rides! (Ashley Agee-Crawford)
Kayak!! (Ester Hawkins-Wayne)
My favorite thing to do when spring arrives is... being outside on my grandpa's farm/and sitting in the field under the sunshine. (Sydney Slagle-Carroll)
I like to plant flowers :) (Brooke Pauley-Meigs)
Opening the windows letting fresh air in the house while Spring cleaning. (Kendra Warthman- Perry County)  
My favorite thing to do is to sit outside even if I need a sweater.  Enjoy the fresh air and maybe read a magazine. (Thasia Schilling-Muskingum)
Walk in the grass in my bare feet! (Peggy Grandbois-Hancock)
Walk outside; open windows; enjoy the fresh air!!
Lori Colian-Columbiana) 


 FCSS Reimbursement Form

 SFY19 Projected Expenditure Form

 SFY2020 OCBF Grant Application SFY2019

 FCSS Reimbursement Form

 FCSS Reimbursement Form

End of State Fiscal Year and
Last Day to Provide FY19 FCSS Services & Supports
Association Meetings-
April 26, 2019
June 28, 2019
Executive Committee Meeting-
May 17, 2019 
May 17, 2019
May 29, 2019
May 23, 2019
May 13, 2019
May 20, 2019 

ALWAYS CHECK IF IN DOUBT! Things change and typos occur so always check with the  sponsoring group if in doubt about any due date or meeting/training date.      


Sue Giga, OFCFCA

May was designated National Bike Month in 1956!   A few of us might have been around back then...but not too many. Safe biking has many benefits for both kids and adults and it is one of the activities that can help fight obesity and contribute to healthy family activity.  Ohio, as many of you know, has great bike trails.  If you are interested in doing something special in May, the League of American Bicyclists have a a great resource, National Bike Month Guide.  This 32-page guide explains why we celebrate bike month and has a lot of ideas to get you started.  There are ideas and strategies.  In addition, there are examples of what other communities have done and links to connect you to local resources.  As always, support what others in your county are planning.  You might want to check with your local law enforcement and health providers.