It seems so easy to fall into the trap of writing about activities or stories that are negative. Today I want to focus on the positive! This is a blog that is from me, my own opinion.
I believe we have a great team at Connections and they do great work. Whether a Parent Ed class, a supervised visit, a PCAP advocate in the field with a client or a forensic interview, they can always be counted on to be professional, resourceful and caring. Their work is important to them and they work hard to provide quality care for their clients. I am proud to be associated with such a group.
A Center for Healthy Families is more than a tagline to Connections staff. Each staff member understands how what they do is directly beneficial to a family or family member. In some cases, the work is seen as family preservation work as they help a family cope or heal with the goal of staying together. At times it ends up being more like helping a family deal with separation. And, yes, at times the end result is a child or children being removed from an abusive situation…an unhealthy family home. The pieces of this work remain the same. Treat people with dignity, kindness and respect. Ensure the safety of the children. Teach, model or suggest pathways towards good outcomes. Serve the community’s needs.
Snippets of stories from staff help create that vision of moving towards positive results. We have our Parent Education therapists who talk about the hunger for learning in their classes and how hard the parents work to create the healthy family they desire. Our PCAP advocates relate stories of how some case management helps a young mother get into school and receive additional help towards a better life. Sometimes it’s a visual, such as watching a little one’s eyes light up when they see Mom or Dad there for a supervised visit and watch them run into their arms. And it can be finding a positive within a tragedy as a victim of abuse finds the courage to tell their story and escape the abuse.
Connections is an agency our community should be proud of…a place where we can all say, “THIS is how we take care of our kids and our families.” Because these are our kids, if only because they are in our community, and if only because we should all take care of whatever kids are within our community. And these are our families, if only because they are our neighbors, coworkers, or attend our church or their kids go to the same schools as our own. It is together that we build a place where we want to live, pulling together to help each other. Together we cultivate healthy families and safeguard the children.
Thank you for your support!