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[post_title] => You're Invited: Our 4th Annual Voices for Kids Breakfast [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => youre-invited-our-4th-annual-voices-for-kids-breakfast [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-04-25 15:35:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-04-25 19:35:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1412 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [26] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1407 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-02-28 13:37:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-02-28 18:37:59 [post_content] => We missed #feelgoodfriday last week, but this store is so great we believe it will make up for it. "K" is currently in a foster home but also receiving Home-Based Services from CHOICES. K lived through years of abuse and neglect, there were failed placements with relatives and visits to multiple foster homes.  K needed trauma therapy and a nurturing foster home that could commit to her long-term.  Five months ago she moved into a new CHOICES home that her home-based therapist and foster care worker thought would be a better placement match for her. Since then, K has been nurtured by her foster mother and made tremendous progress in the home, school, and in her therapy sessions. K has brought her grades up and traveled to Washington D.C. on a school trip. Her IEP services have been significantly reduced. K has stopped engaging in risky behaviors and signed up to do ROTC at her High School next year. Her foster mom has committed to being her long term foster home until she emancipates from care. Just last week the girls in the home got into an argument and K was feeling angry and upset. She used therapy techniques she has learned to journal her feelings and not have outbursts, and has encouraged her foster sisters to do the same because she says, "It helps." In therapy, K has told her trauma story and re-framed her experiences to move forward with the future.  She has embraced mindfulness techniques and talks about experiencing her emotions so they don't become so overwhelming. K smiles and laughs and recently agreed that it is so easy to just fly off the handle and respond negatively, but that it takes strength to recognize your feelings, control you behavior and respond appropriately. We are proud of her progress and future plans, and thank the team of people who have helped to lift her up and give her a stable home and appropriate therapy techniques. [post_title] => Feel Good Friday: Foster Youth Emotionally Moves Forward [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => feel-good-friday-foster-youth-emotionally-moves-forward [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-02-28 13:39:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-02-28 18:39:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1407 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [27] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1398 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-02-14 13:41:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-02-14 18:41:29 [post_content] => Leron We would like to congratulate Leron for successfully completing our Independent Living program.  Leron was in our program for two years, and like many of our kids....there were ups and downs. However, with the right guidance and his own determination he finished the program. The low points were great learning experiences, fostered personal growth, and helped Leron develop more mature behaviors. Leron always had a lot to offer to any gathering of our IL young people, whether it was at life skills classes or Thanksgiving.  He has displayed leadership in the program and was chosen to attend the Daniel Memorial Conference in Orlando, Florida this past August.  On this trip he further learned the skills needed to get him where he is today, on his own. We are proud to tell you that Leron was able to sign his OWN lease on an apartment near UC, he is working good hours as a server at a local restaurant. Leron loves to interact with others, and does very well at his job. Prior to Leron completing the IL program he was able to have lunch with his caseworker, Brad and our IL manager, Robert.  Both Brad and Robert really enjoyed the conversation, reminiscing about the DMI trip and other IL events.  Most of all they were able to share with Leron how well he has done and how he has grown into a mature young man who is taking care of himself. We look forward to Leron's updates in the future. We want you to know that your support of our program through furniture donations, monetary donations, and positive thoughts about our kids helps them push through difficult times and successfully complete the program. [post_title] => Success Story: Leron Successfully Completes Independent Living [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => success-story-leron-successfully-completes-independent-living [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-02-14 13:51:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-02-14 18:51:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1398 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [28] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1388 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-01-27 15:36:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-01-27 20:36:55 [post_content] => Today we are going to give you a peek inside our Independent Living (IL) program, share a BIG NEED we have for our kids in this program, and ways you can help! Our IL program helps young people 17-21 transition away from foster care towards becoming independent young adults. When they are referred to us they go through an interview process to determine if they are a good fit for the program. If all goes well (and it usually does) they will be placed in our IL program. When a youth is placed with us we provide them an affordable FULLY FURNISHED apartment in a chosen location. The location part is important, they will need to be close to a bus line to get to school and/or work.  Most of the time we can furnish the apartment with quality gently used furniture donations we receive from the community. We always buy a new mattress and supply them with appropriate household items and cleaning supplies. (the 12 days of Christmas baskets made a huge difference in our cleaning supply costs) We have a lot of referrals and interviews lined up and believe we will be placing a lot of young people in this program over the next few months.  We need your help to collect more donations, so when a youth comes to us they will find a welcoming apartment. Furniture1 Here is how you can help, call us if you have these items to donate:  (We will arrange pick up!) To arrange a pick up please contact Robert Bruce at (937) 264-0884 ext. 125 or rbruce@choicesfostercare.com Please consider sharing with your friends, and your church. We have found that if we can share this need during a service, in a church newsletter or on a community board we usually get a lot of calls.  We accept these donations year round, and they help us keep our cost down and allow for us to invest our money in other aspects of the program. [post_title] => We NEED Furniture Donations for Independent Living [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => we-need-furniture-donations-for-independent-living [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-01-27 15:40:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-01-27 20:40:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1388 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [29] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1367 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-01-24 09:57:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-01-24 14:57:20 [post_content] => We believe in providing the normal High School experience to our kids in care, but often resources and circumstances prevent this from happening.  Moving homes and school districts can cause disruption in education and opportunities, and we could always use donations to provide all of the things that make up the junior and senior year fun.   Kids look forward to prom, senior pictures, class rings, yearbooks, varsity jackets and more...but often our resources are limited. Our partnership with One Simple Wish will help to fulfill more of these opportunities for our young people, and we are happy to share our first one.  JaWaan has always had a love for football, and many times during this past season he had expressed an interest to his caseworker that he would like a varsity jacket much like his friends.  JaWaan has always been involved in sports growing up, and proudly wore #7 for his team this year. He maintains a part time job and currently studies heating and air conditioning at a joint vocational school. He hopes to attend Wright State University upon graduation or perhaps enlist in the Air Force.  His caseworker, Angela, was happy to supply all the details for his wish.... ...within a day or two of submitting his wish it was granted by a wonderful donor of OSW.  We love the personalized messages they often share upon granting this wish, this one said, "Best wishes for a warm and cozy winter from someone who was born and raised in Dayton." We send a big thank you do the donor, and to OSW for working with us to speed up the granting process in order to have his coat finished by Christmas. J.Coat JaWaan was very thankful for his coat, it means a lot that someone was able to make this happen. Additionally, Angela really enjoyed sharing the story with our staff...because we know that our kids often do not receive things like the coat and it was nothing short of amazing to see this wish come true. If you are interested to help fund the needs of our kids mentioned in the post you can easily donate online, or contact Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicefostercare.com.  Because we serve a large number of teenagers in foster care, there is almost always a need for school activity support. [post_title] => The High School Experience: JaWaan gets a Varsity Jacket from One Simple Wish [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => the-high-school-experience-jawaan-gets-a-varsity-jacket-from-one-simple-wish [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-01-28 07:48:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-01-28 12:48:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1367 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [30] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1347 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-01-08 15:13:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-01-08 20:13:09 [post_content] => In 2013 we set out to provide something to all of our young people in Independent Living (IL) as the cold weather approached and the Holidays came near; a new winter coat and hat and gloves for our kids who really need them.  Nearly all of our IL kids rely on public transportation to get from their apartment to school, work, appointments and the grocery store.  We didn't know exactly how we were going to do it, but we were going to make it happen. It may have been luck, it may have been fate... but in the summer we discovered One Simple Wish via the wonders of social media.  They are also a non-profit operating out New Jersey who has the wishes and needs of foster kids in mind.  They work with many non profits (575 to be exact), just like CHOICES, across the United States to grant the wishes of kids in foster care.  Pretty awesome? Yes, it is because their founder Danielle Gletow was chosen as one of CNN Top 10 Heroes of 2013.  Congrats to her, and to One Simple Wish because that meant they were getting a lot of traffic to their website to grant wishes for foster kids all over the country. OSW Coats 15 of our IL kids were provided coats because of One Simple Wish and amazing people...who we will probably never know... across the US that were able to fulfill a need for our kids.  We were also able to partner with local individuals and businesses to provide the other coats for our kids, because we know we have great donors too! Thank you! Because of you we were able to reach our goal and provide winter attire for all of our kids right before the polar vortex hit  Ohio.  The kids were so very grateful for your kindness, support and caring.  Thank you for making this a success and we are going to plan on doing it again next year! One Simple Wish supporters have granted many wishes for our kids, we will have another exciting story coming soon. When we post more wishes to their website we will let you know on facebook. [post_title] => New Coats for IL Youth: A Wish Comes True [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => new-coats-for-il-youth-a-wish-comes-true [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-01-09 08:35:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-01-09 13:35:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1347 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [31] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1338 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-11-26 11:49:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-11-26 16:49:51 [post_content] => This week we are all busy prepping for Thanksgiving, and getting ready to get into the Christmas spirit. The Christmas spirit started months ago here at CHOICES, and we are VERY THANKFUL for all of your who are supporting our annual Christmas drive to make the season brighter for our kids and families. We have close to 20 community partners that are making this year THE BEST CHRISTMAS YET. We will have Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and then our most favorite of all #givingtuesday We are asking you to get involved (if you aren't already or have extra to give) in supporting our kids and programs. You all meet needs year round, but we know this time of year everyone is feeling extra cheerful to help others.  Here is how you can get involved and support #givingtuesday

Specific Wishes:

Foster Care:

 Austin, Male age 16, $25 hot topic gift card or Visa Gift Card Joe H., Male age 14, $25 Visa Gift Card Daniel M., Male age 2, LOVES Mickey Mouse Jason M., Male age 11, Xbox sports game

Home-Based:

Michael, Male age 16, $25 Dayton Mall Gift Card Family Need: dishes, crock pot, nice pot and pan set Family Need: pot and pan set, towels, pillow cases, blankets Samantha, Female age 17, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing Suzanne, Female age 15, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing Family Need: Towels, hand towels, cleaning supplies, dishes Family Need: Vacuum cleaner Damarion, Male Age 14, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing Avant, Male Age 12, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing Akashi, Male age 11, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing Tyshawn, Male age 10, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing Kaesha, Female age 14, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing Family Need: Cleaning supplies, towels, blankets, kitchen utensils Family Need: Laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, towels, gas card     This is perfect for a weekend of deal shopping!
If interested in granting a specific wish or sponsoring a Christmas Meal please contact Ashley via email aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or phone (937) 264-0084 ext. 122.  She can also answer any questions.
 
Remember we are a 501(c)(3) all donations are tax deductible, we are a BBB accredited charity, and your support directly benefits local kids and families! [post_title] => Christmas Wishes for Local Children & Families #givingtuesday [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => christmas-wishes-for-local-children-families-givingtuesday [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-12-02 14:06:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-12-02 19:06:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1338 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [32] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1334 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-11-19 15:32:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-11-19 20:32:51 [post_content] => From time to time we have an urgent need with one of our kids, and we do our best to fulfill a void in the lives of our young people. We only do this with your support, and we have an important request today. Elizabeth is in our Independent Living program and came to us with old and very worn clothes. Since then she has out grown the clothes, but did receive some support from her county to purchase new ones. Since Elizabeth needed all the basics and everyday clothes it didn't get her much. She currently has one small laundry basket of clothes and is in need of some more. One of the requirements for our IL program is that our youth find and maintain a job, and not having the appropriate clothing is hindering her opportunities.  Elizabeth could really use $150 gift card to Wal-mart for her caseworker to take her shopping and get appropriate clothing. Having new clothing would also be a confidence boost for this young lady as she struggles with the transition and finding employment. This is where we need your help, whether it is one generous person or many that come together we want to help Elizabeth out in this time of need.  It's simple... if six people could donate $25 we could make sure this young lady is prepared. You can easily donate online via our website here.  Any donations that come in over the next couple days we will make sure go to helping Elizabeth get clothing. You can also mail checks or Wal-mart gift cards to our office:  1785 Big Hill Rd  Dayton, Ohio 45439 Contact Ashley Schiffer with any questions aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937)264-0084 ext. 122. [post_title] => Urgent Need | Independent Living Youth needs Clothes [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => urgent-need-independent-living-youth-needs-clothes [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-11-19 15:32:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-11-19 20:32:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1334 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [33] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1329 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-11-19 10:45:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-11-19 15:45:15 [post_content] => One thing we all recognize here at CHOICES is that there many people and organizations that make a difference in the lives of our kids.  We recognize that we can't do it all alone, and when our kid has a specific need we are blessed to be connected to other organizations in the area who can help.  Our staff is often sharing community resources with one another for our foster kids and our home-based families. Robert B. is in our independent living program, and like many foster youth does not have a driver's license. He has used a bike to get to and from work, an important component to our IL program.  Unfortunately, Robert's bike was vandalized and then later stolen making getting to work more difficult for him. Robert's caseworker, Todd, suggested that they should contact the Life Enrichment Center to see if they could help.  The LEC is located in Dayton, and has a special bike shoppe and program to help those receiving help from the LEC earn a bike.   Robert wrote a letter explaining his situation to the LEC and asked if they would be able to help him. The LEC called Robert back within a week, they needed to know how tall he was and how much he weighed to custom make a bike for him.  They gave an approximate time that the bike would be finished.  Todd took Robert to pick up the bike, and reports that Robert was absolutely beaming with excitement when he saw the specially made bicycle.  They were even kind enough to give him a sturdy lock to make sure it wasn't stolen again. We truly thank the LEC for helping Robert and many of our kids and families, from the clothing room, to allowing us to use space for one on one sessions you have been a great partner in service. [post_title] => Partnerships Make A Difference | IL Youth Gets A Bike From the LEC [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => partnerships-make-a-difference-il-youth-gets-a-bike-from-the-lec [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-11-19 10:50:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-11-19 15:50:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1329 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [34] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1322 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-11-15 10:42:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-11-15 15:42:08 [post_content] => 10250013 For over a year we have been partnering with the SOAR ministry at Salem Church of God.  SOAR is dedicated to helping our young people in independent living, they provide each and every one of them a birthday cake and so much more! Last night they hosted the 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Meal for our IL kids at their location. The team really made our kids feel special with a decorated room and meaningful conversation.  They sat mixed in with our kids and shared a very delicious meal complete pumpkin, apple or pecan pie! We went around the room and each person had to share two things they were thankful for, the room was filled with hope and joy.  Many of our kids were thankful for the CHOICES program, second chances and for not being alone when they turned 18 like so many other foster kids. Our staff and the SOAR volunteers were thankful for the kid's smiling faces, for the conversation, and to be blessed to be a part of their journey. Phyllis, from the sewing ministry, was also there and she asked each child to take a handmade winter hat for themselves and one to give to a friend or someone in need. She shared that a member of the church who is 98 made the hats, isn't that just amazing? Our kids were so appreciative, and there were many pictures with their new colorful hats.  The sewing ministry has also provided hand embroidered stockings for each of our kids! Michelle and her group provided goodie bags for the kids, and cake pops which have become a birthday favorite.  The evening ended with pictures of the kids we will be able to share with them, which was especially wonderful for our Mom's with babies.  Our kids were able to take boxes of leftover food and pie home with them too! We are very blessed to have SOAR be such a big part of our CHOICES family, we all had the best time last night and we are so thankful and grateful for your continued support, personalization and thoughtfulness  you consistently provide for kids in our IL program. [post_title] => Thanksgiving Feast for IL | Thank You SOAR [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => thanksgiving-feast-for-il-thank-you-soar [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-11-15 10:42:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-11-15 15:42:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1322 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [35] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1318 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-10-23 14:41:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-10-23 18:41:24 [post_content] => It is the time of year that kids are discussing their Halloween costumes on the way to school, excited to be their favorite super hero or that Mom is going to make them a special costume.  But some kids don't know if they will have a costume and are afraid they will miss out on the fun. In our Home-Based program Barb has been working with a single mom of three boys. Mom is doing her best to provide for all three boys, and knew they were excited to attend a local Halloween party this week.  Barb went to visit, and Mom had plans of trying to make the boys robot costumes out of paper bags so they could attend the event.  However, time was running out and she didn't know if she could quite get it done. Following the visit with the family Barb ran home to grab past year's costumes from her boys to give to the family.  She had 5 or 6 costumes her kids didn't have use for and she dropped them off to Mom. Later that night Barb received a call from three delighted little boys, so happy they had Halloween costumes like their friends - they were nearly in tears that someone did something so nice. We have exceptional caseworkers, and we are sure this isn't the first time this has happened. CHOICES wants to ensure that all kids receiving services from us are able to experience special childhood moments....like trick or treating with siblings and friends.  Your support helps fulfill timely needs of our kids and we thank you.  (staff or donor) As you are out and about after Halloween browsing sales and clearance,  or putting more costumes into a bin, please remember we accept donations of gently used costumes.  You can drop off at our office anytime and we will save for our children next year - or provide to those in need during the upcoming week. Dayton Office: 1785 Big Hill Rd  Dayton, Ohio  45439 -   Open Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm Questions: Contact Ashley at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 [post_title] => A Halloween Surprise | Costumes for Three Boys [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => a-halloween-surprise-costumes-for-three-boys [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-10-23 14:41:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-10-23 18:41:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1318 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [36] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1311 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-10-08 11:32:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-10-08 15:32:32 [post_content] => We are getting very excited to kick off the Holiday season for our kids! It is only because of your support that we can continue to provide incredible memories for our kids in foster care, those aging out and for the last few years families in need. You make their wishes come true by sponsoring the parties, and providing individual gifts (approximately $25) to every child in foster care.  This year we want to spread the word and get others involved - please help us make this The Best Christmas Yet! Below we have included general information about our giving tree and Christmas parties. We are looking for individuals, businesses, organizations and others who are interested in helping local children in the Dayton and Cincinnati region! To be matched with an individual child, find out more about specific needs or if you have any questions contact: Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com   [post_title] => Here's How YOU Can Help Foster Kids and Families | Christmas 2013, The Best Yet [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => heres-how-you-can-help-foster-kids-and-families-christmas-2013-the-best-yet [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-10-08 11:34:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-10-08 15:34:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1311 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [37] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1306 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-10-03 10:46:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-10-03 14:46:47 [post_content] => From time to time we get an urgent need from our Home-Based Program. Do you know about this program? Our staff works with families during times of crisis to keep the family together. Lezley is a 16 year old mom to 1 year old Serenity, and they need your help. Lezley is a very good and attentive mother but needs help with clothing for the fall and winter. As well as age appropriate toys for Serenity. We know it is that time of year when everyone starts to get ready for a visit from Santa - Mom and Dad usually sort through toys to make room for new. Children have outgrown clothes from last year and will need new sizes.  Your help is needed to help connect these people to us to help Lezley and Serenity. Here is what they need:   If you can help please contact Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com ; donations can also be dropped off at our Dayton Office - 1785 Big Hill Rd Dayton, Ohio 45439 - Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm [post_title] => We Can Do This | Help a Teen Mom with Most Needed Items [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => we-can-do-this-help-a-teen-mom-with-most-needed-items [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-10-03 10:47:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-10-03 14:47:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1306 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [38] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1303 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-09-26 13:14:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-09-26 17:14:51 [post_content] => We have another great story to share with you about the special bond formed between a foster youth and foster parent. Felicia has been fostering with CHOICES for almost 5 years. She is dedicated to working with teenage boys,  holds them accountable for their decisions, and provides a caring home for them.  A couple weeks ago she received a special surprise for her birthday. Ras, is 14 and was placed with Felicia for over a year, he had recently reunited with his Grandmother. But, Ras did not forget Miss Felicia's birthday and wanted to give her a special surprise. The evening of her birthday there was a knock on her door late at night...Felicia really didn't know who would be coming to her house this late at night... ....when she opened the door she was delighted to see Ras, his Grandmother and family standing there with a cake, balloons and greeting her with birthday wishes. This young man had remembered her birthday months after leaving her home, and expressed to his family he wanted to do something special for Miss Felicia, as she was a big part of his life and Ras thought Felicia should know that. Our kids have really big hearts, and our whole staff was delighted to that Felicia shared this story with us. [post_title] => Thankful Thursday | A Surprise for a Foster Parent [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => thankful-thursday-a-surprise-for-a-foster-parent [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-09-26 13:14:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-09-26 17:14:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1303 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [39] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1298 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-09-16 14:34:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-09-16 18:34:09 [post_content] => Do you remember the first concert you attended...and how you couldn't sleep the night before because you were going to see your favorite artist or band?  That is a pretty special memory, and if you hear one of their songs now you probably go back to that time in your childhood. Today we are asking for your help to create this memory for Krystal, she is 13 years old and has been in foster care with CHOICES for almost one year.  Krystal is very introverted and has been working closely with her CHOICES caseworker, Jessica, and counselor to come out of her shell.  At the advice of her counselor, Krystal made a short list of things she would like to do that would make her happy. Krystal's list was short but at the very top she had listed attending a Black Veil Bride's concert, she even knew they would be in Columbus in October.  Together the team discussed the list, but it always went back to the concert and how exciting it would be to see her favorite band...this was really the first time the counselor and Jessica saw enthusiasm from Krystal.  We need your support to help make this wish come true for Krystal, it would be fantastic to grant this wish to a 13 year old foster youth. It is even better, because this may help her express herself, connect to those around her, and build self confidence. Any donations we receive online this week we will put towards Krystal's concert trip. We estimate it will cost about $125 to provide her with 2 tickets to the show, and we already have county approval for her to go.   Additional questions can be directed to Ashley Schiffer, Development Director at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com As a group we are confident we can provide this opportunity for Krystal, and update you following the October 15th concert about her experience and progress!     Donations can also be mailed to: CHOICES Inc. 1785 Big Hill Rd Dayton, OH 45439 [post_title] => Help Fulfill a Wish for Krystal [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => help-fulfill-a-wish-for-krystal [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-09-16 14:37:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-09-16 18:37:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1298 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [40] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1294 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-09-10 10:32:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-09-10 14:32:21 [post_content] =>

Today we want to share a success story from our Home-Based Services program. Our caseworkers work primarily with the youth but there is also a focus on helping the family through crisis or conflict.

 Lezley who is 16, was referred to us to help improve her family life. She is a mother to a 1 year old baby; she wasn’t happy with her current living situation and hadn’t spoken to her Dad in quite some time.  Initially she did not want to receive services, but eventually came around.

 Lezley received family counseling for three months, and after that time her worker was able to successfully close her case. Communication has improved within the family as a whole, Lezley has started to repair the relationship with her Father. She is also currently doing better with her living situation with Grandpa and her baby.

 We are glad she reconsidered our services and was able to improve things for her family.

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macb school supplies

Thank you for making our First Annual School Supply drive a complete success!  We thought we would provide large sibling group foster families, Home-Based families in need and our independent living kids with the essentials and because of YOU we did so much more.

A special thank you to Dayton Primary & Urgent Care, MacB, VAP Inc., SOAR and our private individual donors – your support means so much to our foster families, staff and the CHOICES family.

We had boxes filled with notebooks, paper, crayons, glue sticks. Bookbags filled with folders, pens and pencils and $10 Walmart gift cards. 100 individually packed grab and go boxes – 30 for our independent living kids. Messenger bags for the trip to and from school. Isn’t that amazing??? You made sure our kids were confident and ready to go back.

That isn’t all, we also had the private donations and $300 Staples gift card that provided 8 graphing calculators and 3 scientific calculators.

The supplies are still going out as needed or as we get new kids placed, so far 83 kids have received supplies. 54 in foster care, 24 in Home-Based and5 in IL.

For months to come new placements will receive the school necessities, and that is important in helping to ease going to a new school and being in a new home. You are an important part in showing our kids that the community cares…from the very start.

 VAP1 Dayton Primary & Urgent Care

 If you are interested in helping our kids in 2014 it is never to early to start planning. Contact Ashley Schiffer for more info: (937) 254-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

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We are sending congratulations to Kaitlyn and her foster mom Julie - Katie had her adoption hearing today and has officially joined Julie's family.  Katie has been in foster care with CHOICES for three years and Julie's home was her first placement and now her forever family. 

Julie has been fostering for 13 years and has an older adopted son as well. When Julie started to foster with us she had no plans of adopting... we hear this time and time again from our parents but things can quickly change when unbreakable bonds are formed.

At the adoption hearing the Judge asked Katie why she wanted to be adopted by Julie and she responded with a big smile, "Julie has been more of a mother to me in the last 3 years than my biological mom was the first 10 years of my life." At this time Julie grabbed Katie's hand and there was not a dry eye in the room, many happy tears for Julie and Katie.

Julie and fam

In tradition the Judge allowed for Katie to make a rule for the day using the gavel and the order of the day became: Julie had to do anything Katie wanted for the remainder of the afternoon.

Judge gavel

We are curious what Julie had to do for Katie the rest of the day...we are guessing a fun adoption celebration and maybe a few silly things too. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful family by sharing their story with someone else today!

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Sarah Adoptive Hearing

We have a really big reason to celebrate here at CHOICES! Sarah who is 15 has been with us in foster care for 2 years and was adopted last week by her foster parents, Anna and Vernon Sloan. Any adoption from foster care is a BIG deal, but there are many teens out there looking for forever families and we are happy Sarah has found her match. Dave Thomas Foundation estimates there are over 100,000 kids in foster care waiting to be adopted - over 2,500 in Ohio. Much like many of our other adoptive foster parents Anna and Vernon didn't plan on adopting when they started to foster. They couldn't imagine not knowing what Sarah was doing or where she was...and it was at that moment they knew they wanted her to be a part of their family.  Anna and Vernon's biological daughter, Joan, is also foster parent with us.  Joan was also very excited and told us, "I've always wanted a little sister."  Joan put together surprise adoption party for Sarah this past Saturday to officially welcome her to the family.

Joan & Sarah - Adoption party

Sarah is excited to be a part of the Sloan family and looks forward to Grandpa Vernon teaching her how to drive. Vernon said she can start practicing with the lawn mower! Sarah will be a freshman next year and has been active in choir, she loves to sing. Sarah wants to learn guitar and the  support you provided at Christmas provided Sarah with a guitar and she has been teaching herself. Sarah would love to take guitar lessons. We asked Sarah what she looks forward to the most and she told us, "Staying the night at my friend's house."  One of the many things foster youth miss out on. While CHOICES does not provide adoption services, our staff is able to work with our foster parents and an adoption agency allowing for a smooth transition. Many of our foster parents do end up adopting and our staff plays a big supporting role. Sarah's caseworker made her a knot bracelet to present to her on adoption day. We love the family charm and the lady bug is a symbol for good luck. [caption id="attachment_1259" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Adoption Day Gift “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.”
~ An ancient Chinese belief[/caption]

We wish Sarah and Grandma and Grandpa Sloan and Big Sis Joan the best, as she enjoys many

family activities and finishes high school. 

[post_title] => Success Story | 15 Year Old Foster Youth Adopted [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => success-story-15-year-old-foster-youth-adopted [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-08-12 11:59:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-12 15:59:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1255 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [45] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1248 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-07-23 09:58:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-07-23 13:58:07 [post_content] => It is a rare opportunity former CHOICES kids contact us to give us updates, much less gets involved in helping current kids in foster care and our other programs. Two things are certain 1) We love when people want to help kids in care 2) We LOVE it when former kids follow up with someone on staff A couple weeks ago a young lady who had completed our Independent Living program years ago contacted Robert Bruce with a donation inquiry. She works for a local retailer that donates out of season items that have cycled off the clearance shelf, and this young lady thought of CHOICES. Since she was a former youth she knew the kinds of things the kids in our program NEED but also the the kind of things they WANT that would brighten their spirits. She spoke with her manager and got the ball rolling to get us a box of donations. We received a lot of useful things: pillows, holiday decor, phone chargers, craft stuff for the kids and so much more! The manager inquired about other needs we have and the possibility of helping us out with our annual Christmas donations.  We think it is wonderful this young lady was inspired to help our organization. The concept is nothing new to us, we are often blessed with new donors because you share with your friends, family and neighbors about CHOICES and helping kids in foster care.  When you share a post on facebook, retweet us, or direct someone to our website it helps raise awareness and gets the ball rolling for someone new to help kids in foster care.   [post_title] => Former IL Youth Helps Kids in Care Today [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => former-il-youth-helps-kids-in-care-today [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-07-23 09:58:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-07-23 13:58:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1248 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [46] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1241 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-07-01 09:49:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-07-01 13:49:36 [post_content] => Made possible by you   Below is our second thank you letter from a foster youth who attended Camp Joy because of your support.  Our kids enjoy the activities you help provide year round - they learn new things, meet new people and have lots of fun! Dear CHOICES,

At camp, before we went I was really nervous and upset that I had to go. But once I got there I had fun. My most favorite thing about Camp Joy was mountain bike riding. My least favorite thing was the ropes course, mainly because I was too scared to do it because I don't like being high up in the sky. But camp was a lot of fun. I had no problems with anyone there!

Love,

Breuana T.

  [post_title] => Thank You Donors from a Foster Kid (Part 2 of 2) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => thank-you-donors-from-a-foster-kid-part-2-of-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-07-01 09:49:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-07-01 13:49:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1241 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [47] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1232 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-06-25 15:45:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-06-25 19:45:09 [post_content] => Check out our quarterly newsletter to see all the great ways the Southwest Ohio region is supporting CHOICES and our kids. You can view our online pdf version, but if you would like for us to mail you a print version please contact Ashley Schiffer at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937)264-0084 ext. 122. We hope you enjoy the stories about Camp Joy, graduation and a showcase of one of our superstar foster families! [post_title] => You Helped Create these Stories | Summer 2013 Newsletter [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => you-helped-create-these-stories-summer-2013-newsletter [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-06-25 15:45:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-06-25 19:45:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1232 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [48] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1228 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-06-24 13:59:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-06-24 17:59:12 [post_content] => Made possible by you We have something great to share with all of you! If you didn't know 78% of the cost for 15 kids to attend Camp Joy was paid by donor support. That is pretty fantastic! Here is a special follow up, with more to come...two of our foster kids wrote you all a thank you note. You can see their heartfelt words above, but to be sure you get to read it all we have it typed out below. To Whom it May Concern: I would like to really thank you for letting me participate in Camp Joy's program. I had lots and lots of fun and at first I really didn't want to go, but when I went I enjoyed it so much. It would be a pleasure to go again next summer, but it was an amazing experience and I want to thank you a lot because I did have lots of fun and I really miss Camp Joy. I learned a lot of new things and I met a lot of new friends. I think that being able to go to a camp with lots of other kids that understand your situation is an amazing thing. I am so thankful because a lot of other kids probably wish they could go to camp and I am thankful you let me have an opportunity to go. The counselors were awesome and fun and everyone liked me for who I am. Everyone was very nice and welcoming. Thank you sooooo much and I hope I get to go next summer. Thank you a lot and you gave me a life changing experience. You made my summer a great summer.

- Thank you again with lots of love,

Karina P, age 13

[post_title] => Thank You Donors from a Foster Kid (Part 1 of 2) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => thank-you-donors-from-a-foster-kid-part-1-of-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-06-24 13:59:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-06-24 17:59:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1228 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [49] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1221 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-06-13 12:15:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-06-13 16:15:52 [post_content] => Last night we had 8 youth attend Hamilton County's Celebration of Dreams graduation ceremony.  We want to take this time to recognize their hard work in completing their High School education - especially since only 50% of foster children will graduate High School.  We are very proud of the independent living kids but also our foster kids who graduated in the last month. The event was held at 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati and four of staff members accompanied the kids to the event. It truly was a high class celebration, our staff did some fantastic networking and represented our CHOICES family well. Robert Bruce, our independent living manager, said overall the night was one of the best celebrations since starting in this field 18 years ago. We had a record number of kids graduate, our staff was all over the room networking with all the other county and private agencies also in attendance. Everyone heard the inspiring story of country music artist, Jimmy Wayne, who captivated not only our kids but the whole room. Jimmy travels the country and helps bring awareness to kids aging out of foster care with little support. Jimmy was also a foster youth and shared his story and preformed a couple of his songs for the graduates. Robert said that the kids were hanging on his every word, a country music artist from Nashville, Tennessee made a huge impact on 50 kids who grew up in the inner city of Cincinnati. It was just amazing, they shared something in common and Jimmy Wayne, a living, breathing, example as to the importance of mentors and a support team for kids in foster care. We see the importance of these connections on a weekly basis, our kids succeed because of your support and encouragement. Congrats to our graduates of 2013, we hope with continued dedication you become the future leaders of our community. Check out the picture of the room last night, the kids really have something to be proud of, GREAT JOB! 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Their dedication allows for a smooth transition when the child reunifies and many times the support both worker and foster parent provide continues after reunification. Recently Angela, a foster care social worker, was asked to do CPST (Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment) with a youth in care and involve the bio Mother. Angela was a bit apprehensive but was able to seek guidance from Lisa Helm, who regularly works with the Home-Based Services program. The bio Mother was also very dedicated to the services for her child and after the first three sessions everyone saw great improvement. Visitations with mom increased and the goal to reunify mom and child was moved up to August. This was possible because of the dedication of the CHOICES staff in providing support to one another but also the child and biological family. Mom really just needed someone to listen to her, and hear what she was saying. The staff at CHOICES has recognized the importance of providing stability and solutions to the family as a whole; we thank everyone who plays a part in making this happen.  We wish this family the best as they continue treatment sessions and reunify. [post_title] => Working with Biological Families [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => working-with-biological-families [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-06-11 11:35:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-06-11 15:35:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1218 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [51] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1182 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-04-24 12:52:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-04-24 16:52:47 [post_content] =>

You’re Invited

to the

3rd Annual Voices for Kids Breakfast

May 2nd, 2013

At The Presidential Banquet Center

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Doors open at 7:30 am

  Join us to learn more about how your support makes a difference in the lives of local youth, expanding their opportunities to succeed! Last year over 600 youth received help from CHOICES through three different programs.   You will hear personal stories from former youth and current foster parents, learning how you can be a voice for our children. Their success is not impossible, but it happens with a team of people and we would like for you to join our team. This free breakfast will outline the different ways you can get involved.   Please respond to your table captain by April 29, 2013 or directly to CHOICES:   Ashley Schiffer (513) 659-8202 or rsvp@choicesfostercare.com  

May is National Foster Care Month, the perfect time for you to join us and learn more!

[post_title] => Join Us for our 3rd Annual Voices for Kids Breakfast [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => join-us-for-our-3rd-annual-voices-for-kids-breakfast [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-04-24 12:52:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-04-24 16:52:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1182 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [52] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1178 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-04-18 12:12:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-04-18 16:12:41 [post_content] => Each summer we provide a schedule of activities for our kids - it is a chance for them to step out of their comfort zone and learn new things, have fun and something to look forward to each month. This year we will be sending 15 kids to Camp Joy and we need your support.  Camp is a lifelong memory that our youth will treasure for years to come, they will overcome fears and self doubt. You will help them learn that it is okay to be unsure and try something new- being outside your comfort zone is okay. Imagine the smile of a young  boy, hands clinching the line and feet dangling as he finishes the high ropes course with a trip down the zip line. $150 provides this and a week full of other activities. There is no such thing of a meaningless or small gift- $25 will provide a duffel bag for a camper, so he doesn't have to take his things in a trash bag. (It's so simple but it happens...all to often) Today you can join us in supporting just one of the 15 foster kids that will attend Camp Joy. The fun doesn't stop there, all of our independent living youth will enjoy a more advanced adventure at Camp Kern! We make it easy to give online by clinking this link.  If you prefer to write a check please make them payable to CHOICES and mail to us at: 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439 One of these special kids needs for you to help their adventure happen today!   Questions? Contact our Development Director, Ashley Schiffer at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (513)659-8202.   [post_title] => We Need Your Support to Send a Kid to Summer Camp [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => we-need-your-support-to-send-a-kid-to-summer-camp [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-04-18 12:12:41 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-04-18 16:12:41 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1178 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [53] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1166 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-03-15 11:09:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-03-15 15:09:03 [post_content] => Foster youth express creativity through painting In February Mrs. Drown took her 3 foster youth and 2 biological children to participate in a painting activity through Project Jericho.  According to their website, Project Jericho is a nationally recognized collaboration between Clark State Performing Arts Center and Job and Family Services of Clark County, changes lives through positive in-depth arts experiences for at-risk youth and families. The foster youth, ages 7, 9 and 12, had a wonderful time creating the artwork over a span of 4 days. The younger kids did their own personal project and the adults and older youth completed dot paintings that will hang in the Clark County Works Plus office. Mrs. Drown reported that the kids had a great time and took extreme pride in the work that they did! The 12 year old girl stated "We had a great time, not only did I get to work on the big dot paintings, but I also got to make a painting I was able to bring home. It was a lot of fun!" Project Jericho offered dinner and snacks nightly to all who participated, and they also received a t-shirt. Foster youth enjoy making art and other activities at project jericho [post_title] => Friday Fun: Dot Painting [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => friday-fun-dot-painting [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-03-15 11:09:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-03-15 15:09:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1166 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [54] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1151 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-02-11 13:23:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-02-11 18:23:56 [post_content] => Keisha is in our independent living program and has a daughter Mikilah who is 18 months old. Mikilah keeps her busy and enjoys making a mess all around herself in her highchair while eating. Keeping up with Mikilah can be tiring but Keisha is motivated to succeed. Keisha just began her first semester at Sinclair in the early childhood concentration. She was excited to receive a backpack full of school supplies from our Christmas donations to begin her new journey.  While Mom is at school or work Mikilah is at her new daycare, which she loves. Saving money is difficult, but Keisha is determined to save enough to buy her first car and it may be in the near future when she receives her tax refund. Both Keisha and Mikilah are happy and healthy and well on their way. You can help support kids like Keisha by making a donation to our Independent Living Program here. [post_title] => Success Story | Making the Best Life for Mikilah [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => success-story-making-the-best-life-for-mikilah [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-02-11 13:24:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-02-11 18:24:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1151 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [55] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1147 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-02-11 12:32:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-02-11 17:32:08 [post_content] => Check out our quarterly newsletter to see all the great ways the Southwest Ohio region is supporting CHOICES and our kids. You can view our online pdf version, but if you would like for us to mail you a print version please contact Ashley Schiffer at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937)264-0084 ext. 122. We hope you enjoy the success stories of our kids, thank you for all your support in 2012!
Winter Newsletter 2013 from CHOICESIncOhio
[post_title] => You Helped Create these Stories | Winter Newsletter 2013 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => you-helped-create-these-stores-winter-newsletter-2013 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-03-15 11:11:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-03-15 15:11:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1147 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [56] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1140 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-01-28 09:25:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-01-28 14:25:25 [post_content] => Robert Bruce, our independent living manager, was shopping a local goodwill store picking up some furniture for a new youth. His description of his job and how the furniture would be used caught the ear of Michelle Conklin of New Family Tree. This wasn’t a chance meeting; it was the beginning of something that was meant to be. New Family Tree shares the same mission as our independent living program: to help kids who are about to age out of foster care transition into adulthood. New Family tree is passionate, dedicated and has already impacted our kids in a positive way. There was a catered meal, decorated tables, mini pumpkins, turkey cake pops, handmade scarves and hats…impeccable detail to create a warm friendly environment for the independent living kids to celebrate Thanksgiving. New Family Tree and volunteers from Salem Church of God interacted with the kids, they sat with them during the meal and asked about their lives and asked how they could help. The moments shared that evening led to handmade stockings embroidered with each teen’s name for Christmas, made personally by the sewing group at Salem Church of God. Each one packed with care, full of items they would need or enjoy for Christmas. We are very excited for our new partnership, and that our two organizations crossed path that day. In 2013 New Family Tree will provide cooking classes for life skills class and birthday cakes for each youth on their special day. Our partners, donors and supporters consistently go above and beyond, making each interaction special and each donation personal. You create the memories that our kids will look back upon years from now, knowing that someone cared. [post_title] => You Create the Special Moments: New Family Tree Partnership [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => you-create-the-special-moments-new-family-tree-partnership [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-01-28 09:25:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-01-28 14:25:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1140 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [57] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1135 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2013-01-18 09:01:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-01-18 14:01:53 [post_content] => Today Jacob will move from his foster home to his Grandparent's with his other siblings. Jacob is 14 years old and was able to have input into his plan to transition to the temporary custody of relatives. He had to choose between moving with his siblings to his Grandparent’s home prior to Christmas or finishing out his first semester of High School and staying with his foster mom in Springfield. We are so proud that Jacob made a very mature and adult decision to stay in Springfield to finish out the semester. He told his worker that he felt it was best for his grades to stay and complete the semester in Springfield. Jacob was very nervous about taking exams for the first time and felt it was best to take them at a school he was familiar with. His siblings moved to his Grandparent’s while he stayed in Springfield for an extra 3 or 4 weeks. He was able to spend Christmas with his family and has been visiting every week Friday-Sunday. Jacob will reunite with his family today and we wish him all the best with his transition.     [post_title] => Success Story: Giving our Kids a Choice [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => success-story-giving-our-kids-a-choice [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-01-18 09:02:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-01-18 14:02:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1135 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [58] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1123 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-12-12 09:53:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-12-12 14:53:16 [post_content] => With your help we did it at Thanksgiving and we are excited to do it again for Christmas. Your donations for Thanksgiving helped provide meals to 23 families,and over 70 kids were able to gather around the table for a turkey dinner. We need your help to ensure that 20 families also receive a meal to prepare for Christmas. Our generous donor will be donating 10 hams and 10 turkeys this time. A $25 monetary donation will cover the side items, and we'll do the shopping! OR you can drop off a package of side items to our office on 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, Oh 45439 by December 19. A package includes: Contact Ashley Schiffer with any questions: (513) 659-8202 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com   [post_title] => Help provide 20 families with a Christmas Dinner [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => help-provide-20-families-with-a-christmas-dinner [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-12-12 09:53:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-12-12 14:53:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1123 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [59] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1118 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-12-11 10:49:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-12-11 15:49:19 [post_content] => One of our foster youth had a last minute chance to attend a school trip to Washington D.C. Sarah went with other Graham Middle School 8th grade students on a 5 day trip to Gettysburg and Washington D.C. Another student wasn’t able to go and the Principal allowed for her to turn in our permission slip last minute and go at no cost. Both of Sarah’s Clark County caseworkers worked really hard to get the trip approved by the county on a VERY short notice, especially since it was the week of Thanksgiving. Sarah had a wonderful time and most of all enjoyed visiting all of the monuments. She told her worker about visiting the Holocaust museum and said it was really sad. The trip was a great opportunity for Sarah to learn more about American History and she enjoyed time with her friends, especially at the dance. Sarah’s foster mom reports that she hasn’t stopped talking about the trip since she got back! A big thank you to the school for making this opportunity possible on short notice and Clark County getting all of their paperwork in order as well.   [post_title] => Sarah visits Washington D.C. for the First Time [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => sarah-visits-washington-d-c-for-the-first-time [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-12-11 10:49:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-12-11 15:49:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1118 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [60] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1104 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-11-13 21:20:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-11-14 02:20:06 [post_content] =>   We have an amazing donor who is going to donate TWENTY turkeys for our families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Twenty local families will be able to gather around the table and enjoy a meal together next week with your help. Helping local families is a huge reward, especially during the holiday season. But we are going to make an offer you can't refuse! Anyone who provides us with the following list (or equivalent cash donation approximately $20) will be entered to a $25 Visa gift card! We will draw the winner on 11/21. Here is a list of what we need to complete the meal: Want to go above and beyond? Sweet potatoes, mac and cheese,  and whipped cream would be great too! Please drop off all donations at our Dayton office by Tuesday 11/20: 1785 Big Hill Rd Dayton, Ohio 45439  Contact Ashley Schiffer with any questions: (513) 659-8202 [post_title] => Your Help Is Needed to Provide Families with a Thanksgiving Meal [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => your-help-is-needed-to-provide-families-with-a-thanksgiving-meal [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-11-14 15:15:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-11-14 20:15:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1104 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [61] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1095 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-10-23 10:27:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-10-23 14:27:29 [post_content] => We have an incredible story to share with you this morning about a foster youth. Devon has set his goals high and is on the pathway to success; the CHOICES family couldn't be happier for him! Devon is a Junior at CTC in Springfield, studying to become a Medical Assistant. He recently was elected President of the Junior Medical Assistant class. It is clear that Devon has excellent leadership skills, he is 18 and chose to stay in care; knowing that he would have a better support system to graduate high school. He would like to become a surgeon and is looking into The Ohio State University or Wright State University when he graduates. Focusing on school can be challenging for many teens, especially foster youth, and we congratulate Devon for going above and beyond. He also will start his first job today, serving tables at a local restaurant. Devon is a great example to all foster youth, with enough drive and dedication you can achieve so much in a short time!   [post_title] => Success Story | Two Big Accomplishments in Foster Care [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => success-story-two-big-accomplishments-in-foster-care [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-10-23 10:27:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-10-23 14:27:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1095 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [62] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1088 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-10-16 15:09:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-10-16 19:09:30 [post_content] => Each year with the help of kind and generous supporters like you, CHOICES holds a special Christmas Party for our foster youth. We provide dinner, carnival activities, presents and no party would be complete without a vist from Santa.  This year's party will be held on Friday, December 14th.

 

We need your support to give our kids a Christmas to remember!

 

 Here is how you can join the Santa's Helper Team:

 

Donate gift certificates cards ♦ Sponsor the Holiday Party ♦ Wish List - Buy gifts for kids

  If you or your organization or business would like to help make foster children's Christmas wishes come true, please contact: Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com   The pdf below includes general wishes and needs for our children, but we can also match you with a specific child or family.    
[post_title] => Make a Child's Christmas Wish Come True [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => make-a-childs-christmas-wish-come-true [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-10-29 10:23:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-10-29 14:23:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1088 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [63] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1081 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-10-04 08:43:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-10-04 12:43:36 [post_content] => Our quarterly newsletter has just been improved and mailed to our supporters. You can view our online pdf version, but if you would like for us to mail you a print version please contact Ashley Schiffer at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937)264-0084 ext. 122. We hope you enjoy the success stories of our kids, thank you for all your support this year.
Fall 2012 newsletter from CHOICESIncOhio
[post_title] => You Helped Create these Stories | Fall Newsletter 2012 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => you-helped-create-these-stories-fall-newsletter-2012 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-10-04 08:50:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-10-04 12:50:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1081 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [64] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1063 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-09-26 13:46:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-09-26 17:46:31 [post_content] => Miguel is a 14 year old boy in one of our foster homes who has struggled in school due to his behaviors.  He has had many challenges in a regular school setting. This year Miguel has started the South Community YPH Program, where he is rated each day according to his behavior, participation and other measures.  At the beginning of September, Miguel received a perfect score in both therapeautic and academic portions of his school day. This is a huge accomplishment for Miguel. His foster mom says that when she picks him up he is interacting with his peers, and his teachers report a steady improvement in all areas. Change has to start somewhere, and we are glad to see that Miguel is improving with each passing day. [post_title] => Success Story | Improving Behavior, One Action at a Time [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => success-story-improving-behavior-one-action-at-a-time [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-09-26 13:49:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-09-26 17:49:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1063 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [65] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1050 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-09-12 13:49:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-09-12 17:49:05 [post_content] => Each year, with the support of individuals and businesses within the community, we are able to provide gifts to the kids in care. In an effort to raise more funds for our Annual Christmas Party we will be having a fundraising event at City BBQ in Beavercreek.

When: September 21, 2012 ALL DAY (dine in or carry out)

Where: City BBQ Beavercreek

Why: To support CHOICES annual Christmas Party

What else: Just download and print the City BBQ flyer  and present it at the time of your purchase

We thank you for your continued support of kids in our community by creating a magical Christmas event for them. [post_title] => Support CHOICES | Dine at City BBQ on 9-21 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => support-choices-dine-at-city-bbq-on-9-21 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-09-12 13:50:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-09-12 17:50:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1050 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [66] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1046 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-09-12 11:20:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-09-12 15:20:25 [post_content] => Together, as a team we are there to encourage our kids to be the best the can be, physically and mentally. Samantha is a 14 year old girl in foster care, who has taken it upon herself to make some serious lifestyle changes. She has struggled with her weight and has health concerns due to her previous unhealthy lifestyle. This past summer Samantha has embraced a healthier diet and started walking with her Foster Mom for exercise. Since school began, she took it upon herself to join the 8th grade volleyball team and she even walks to practice each day! We are happy to report she is doing well in the "server" position and is making friends on the team. Her worker went to support her at a recent game and said it was wonderful to see her in action. We are so proud of Samantha for making a change to benefit herself, this goes to show that one small change can turn into a bigger change. Because of her dedication she had made new friends and started a new sport that will continue to motivate her to keep a healthy lifestyle. [post_title] => Success Story | Self Improvement [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => success-story-self-improvement [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-09-12 11:20:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-09-12 15:20:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1046 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [67] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1039 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-08-23 09:08:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-08-23 13:08:17 [post_content] => Our Independent Living program helps youth ages 17-21 transition out of foster care to living on their own, the program is designed to address the life skills these youth will need to succeed. Their worker helps them search for an apartment while teaching them how to review leases and set up utilities for the apartment. Additionally, the worker is able to help them with getting enrolled in college and aid them in finding a job. In this environment it is difficult for any teenager to find a job, but especially our youth in care. Many of them have lacked stability in their most recent years and may not have a good pool of references. References are absolutely crucial to a teen seeking employment that has little to no job experience. We are so happy to announce that as of yesterday two independent living males have gained full time employment, with overtime pay.  This an extremely amazing opportunity that they will have to put forth a considerable amount of hard work to keep, as they are on a 30 day probationary period. A job is so much more than a pay check, it teaches responsiblity, decision making, goal setting and the value of a hard day's work.  The CHOICES family wishes them the best as they begin this new path, but ultimately their success is up to them. Our staff offered a considerable amount of encouragement and emphasized accountability when the two young men excitedly shared they were EMPLOYED with big smiles. Our community partners in the Dayton region are so very important to us, and this is just another illustration of how together we can all make a difference. If your place of employment has any opportunities available for our youth please contact Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com . [post_title] => Opportunity Knocks: 2 Youth Gain Full Time Employment [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => opportunity-knocks-2-youth-gain-full-time-employment [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-08-23 09:09:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-08-23 13:09:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1039 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [68] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1029 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-08-10 16:29:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-08-10 20:29:53 [post_content] => Every teenager in America struggles with it and every parent nags about it, doing chores. It is no different with our kids in care, but one of them has turned around and we think it is worth noting! We have a fourteen year old female in care that has been told by her foster mom to do chores over and over.  The plea never changed, but it was consistent.  Her CHOICES and county worker have been working with her as well, and someone must have gotten through to her because suddenly she was motivated. This young lady went from not doing any chores to completing all of her chores the last 2 weeks and cooking a meal for the family once a week. Her foster mom is so proud of her and amazed with the turn-around, and so are we! Sorry, guys we don’t have a plan that you can implement in your home to see the same result, persistence pays off, and hopefully this gives you hope with your teens! [post_title] => It's the Little Things [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => its-the-little-things [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-08-10 16:37:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-08-10 20:37:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1029 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [69] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1010 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-07-17 11:22:37 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-07-17 15:22:37 [post_content] => Réneé is a seventeen year old in foster care who was anxious to share the following poem with her CHOICES worker. "She is a hard worker, outgoing, friendly and positive," her worker told us. Réneé has decided to be all these things, her poem captures the journey of her emotions. She is learning to love and wants positive attention from those around her. Réneé uses journaling and exercise to clear her mind of negative thoughts. In addition to writing, she likes arts and crafts.   Réneé has made tremendous progress over the last few months, and has a can do attitude. Maybe By: Réneé P. Maybe I’m a dreamer, Maybe I’m misunderstood, Maybe my tears I cry are raindrops, I’m scared, I think I’m too crazy, I’m a loser, Maybe I’m the only one here, Maybe no one can hear me, Or see me, Maybe I’m not supposed to be loved, Maybe you’re not opening your eyes to see the side of me you should, I’ll just lay here for a bit, I can’t say it anymore! Maybe I have had enough! Maybe I’ll just give up on life! Maybe, Maybe, Maybe, I think I’m too weird! Why can’t you see me, Everything you say or do to me, you’re kill me, inside and out. My heart is just a block of ice, Maybe you think I’m useless, Maybe I’m hopeless and worthless, I’m just too sad, Maybe all of this is just a dream, I’m trying too hard, I’m not pretty, I’m not smart, Maybe, Maybe, Maybe, Maybe I’ll just close my eyes, Maybe I just need to take a deep breath, And open my eyes And push all these bad thoughts aside. I’ll push myself to reach my goal in life, I know I’m not only, Maybe I’m the one who needs to stop and think, I’m myself, no one else, Maybe I have the power to change myself, Maybe I’m the one who can be myself, I’m the one who owns and controls my life, No one else is me, Maybe I’ll stand up for myself and make my own path, Maybe today is the day, I’ll prove to you that I can do right, And keep going on and on, Maybe, Maybe, Maybe. [post_title] => Foster Youth Talents [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => foster-youth-talents [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-07-17 11:26:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-07-17 15:26:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1010 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [70] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1015 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-07-16 13:50:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-07-16 17:50:35 [post_content] => We are excited to be a finalist in the Modern Office Methods non-profit technology makeover contest. From now until July 31st you can vote for CHOICES under the Dayton finalists category to win one of three prizes; the grand prize being a $20,000 office makeover. Click on the image below to vote for us!!! You can vote once a day. What your vote means to us Every child should be able to experience a childhood free of worry, full of learning experiences and fun. When children come into care they have often experienced pain, neglect and trauma.  CHOICES not only provides them with a caring environment, but also provides them with opportunities to be a kid. We are extremely grateful to our donors and the community support that allows for our youth to have a normal childhood. Imagine the giant smile of a youth who is seeing a movie in the theater for the first time, attending a Dayton Dragons game, finding out they can attend camp for a week or playing games at our annual Christmas party. We love to see these kids succeed, but we need your support to make it happen! We serve over 200 youth a month, which results in extensive amounts of paperwork, a necessity in our services. Winning the makeover simply means our vital budgetary needs will be met, allowing for more positive opportunities and experiences for our youth. With your support they have a better chance at success; you can be the one that brings the smile to their face.   [post_title] => Help CHOICES Win a $20,000 Technology Makeover [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => help-choices-win-a-20000-technology-makeover [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-07-16 13:50:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-07-16 17:50:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1015 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [71] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 989 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-06-25 11:27:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-06-25 15:27:34 [post_content] =>  

 

 

Last week five CHOICES workers took 21 Independent Living Youth to Camp Kern for 2 days. The youth participated in team building activities and other activities designed to stretch their boundaries and comfort zones.  While their two day visit was very HOT, they enjoyed many activities including swimming, horseback riding and a ropes course.

Independent Living manager Robert Bruce says, "Attitude is everything at camp".  Visiting Camp Kern is an opportunity for the youth to learn about nature and a little about themselves.

At the close of the camping adventure the youth vote for 'Best Camper' and 'Most Improved Camper'.  Congratulations to Mollina and Rayshawn for receiving the Best Camper Award.  Additionally, Ben G. was voted as Most Improved Camper!

Each year the CHOICES staff works hard to plan summer activities for our youth in care, and because of your generosity and kindness we are able to provide them with experiences they otherwise would not have!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Support CHOICES and enjoy delicious cupcakes!

 

May is National Foster Care Month

Go Cupcake has partnered with CHOICES to help raise awareness about May is National Foster Care Month. 

 50 cents of each cupcake sold on Thursday, May 24 will be donated to CHOICES. 

The Go Cupcake truck will be parked on the corner of Dorothy Lane and Far Hills Avenue in the MidUSA Credit Union and KMO Chamber parking lot.

We invite you to learn more about the work we do with youth and families within the communities of Southwest Ohio. To stay up to date with our most current news, success stories and ways to help  please like us on facebook here.  We thank Go Cupcake for your generosity and partnership to bring awareness about our organization and May is National Foster Care Month.

[post_title] => Celebrate May is National Foster Care Month with Cupcakes [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => celebrate-may-is-national-foster-care-month-with-cupcakes [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-05-22 14:59:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-05-22 18:59:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=971 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [73] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 955 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-04-23 10:34:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-04-23 14:34:44 [post_content] => Foster parenting is the ultimate satisfaction of knowing you can make a difference in a young life. CHOICES is looking for dedicated and caring foster parents within the Southwest Ohio region. You can read more about our foster care program here. We offer:   We are excited to announce that we have an exciting opportunity to WIN an iPad! Between April 23, 2012 and June 30, 2012 you will receive ONE raffle entry when you request a foster care information packet.  To request your packet please call us at (937) 264-0084 ext. 111. One entry per household and a minimum of 25 entries required for raffle drawing, other rules and regulations apply.  Drawing will be held July 30, 2012.     [post_title] => Foster Parents Needed: Raffle for an iPad [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => foster-parents-needed-raffle-for-an-ipad [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-04-23 10:34:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-04-23 14:34:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=955 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [74] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 944 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-04-12 14:36:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-04-12 18:36:57 [post_content] => The annual Kettering Mayor’s Ball for Charity will be held April 28, 2012, from 7 p.m. until midnight in the beautiful atrium of the Reynolds and Reynolds Corporate Headquarters in Kettering. This will be the sixth year for the Charity Ball, an event designed to raise money to benefit local nonprofit organizations that serve the Kettering community. The 2012 event will benefit CHOICES, Inc. If you are interested in attending please visit the Kettering Mayor's Ball for Charity website to reserve your tickets by April 15, 2012.  The money raised from sponsorships, ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit CHOICES. If you are interested in donating a silent auction item or have questions please contact Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com  We would like to recognize and thank our generous community sponsors:

DP & L • Kettering Medical Center • Anthem • Reynolds & Reynolds • Prime Time Party Rental

James Free Jewelers • Prime Printing • Day Air Credit Union • Lincoln Park Manor 

 McGohan Brabender • P & R Communication • Miami Valley Research Park 

 Synergy • Wright State University • RG Properties • Bars on Wheels

Cannarozi & Associates Insurance •   Dee Dee's Gourmet Peanut Brittle • Modern Office Methods

The Flower Shoppe • Dayton Children's Hospital • Heidelberg Distributors • KM Design

TRFG • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney • Town & Country Shopping Center

The Kettering, Moraine, Oakwood Chamber of Commerce

The Franklin Foundation

We would also like to thank our silent auction donors:

bd's Mongolian Grill • BJ Kidsal Foundation • Blake Lance • Bobbie Roland

Carrabba's • The Cheesecake Factory • Christopher's Restaurant & Catering

Cincinnati Reds • Cityfolk • City of Kettering • Cleaner with Dean • Clear My Head Spa 

 Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation • Dave Dutton- Van Buren Village Apartments

Dave Seagraves, M-E Companies • David McElwee

 Day Air Credit Union • Dayton Country Club • Dayton Playhouse • Dayton Dragons

 Deck The Walls • Dee Dee's Peanut Brittle • Domenico Stolfo • Druffner & Associates •

Eastside Jewelry & Exchange • Elé Cake Company 

The Fabulous Linda Lee • Figlio • Garrigan's • Go Cupcake! 

Hara Arena Conference & Exhibition Center

 Heidelberg Distributing Company • Holten Wellness Center •  Imaginative Interiors

Irongate Realtors-Karren Bernhardt •IT2 Resource • James Ghory, Jr. •

Jimmie's Ladder 11 • JJR Solutions • Kettering Rotary • Laser Wolf Engraving

 Lia Sophia- Susie Roth • Lisa Helm • Mary Kay- Christy Keaney • Mayor Don Patterson

MCL Restaurant & Bakery •  Miami Valley Networking Professionals

My Grandfather's Garden Bed & Breakfast • Party Lite Candles-Becky Bruce 

 Premier Jewelry- Linda Lee Rahn • ProSource • PuroClean Emergency Services

 Randd Associates • Scratch Event Catering 

 Simply Women • Square One Salon • Steve Clark/Fairmont High School

Sycamore Country Club • The Tavern Group •  Texas Roadhouse • Thirty-One Gifts- Andrea Loftis

Thirty One Gifts- Kim Harvey • Tom Nikolai, Mark Fornes Realty

Town & Country Shopping Center • Vectren • Victoria Theatre Association • Walnut Grove 

 We Care Arts • Wright State University's Nutter Center • YMCA of Greater Dayton

 

[post_title] => Join us at The Kettering Mayor's Ball for Charity [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => join-us-at-the-kettering-mayors-ball-for-charity [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-04-23 11:21:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-04-23 15:21:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=944 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [75] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 938 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-03-30 15:43:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-03-30 19:43:56 [post_content] => Thank you to Kim Faris and Lite 94.5 for featuring CHOICES for this weekend's "Focus on Dayton" segment.  Tune in to hear our Executive Director, Shellie Stolfo discuss CHOICES and the upcoming Kettering Mayor's Ball for Charity. Kettering Mayor, Don Patterson and Kettering Rotary President, Brenda Stansfield also discuss the  event. Information about airing of the program is below: Air Time: WDFK 99.9 FM – 6:00 a.m. Saturday Air Time: WMMX 107.7 FM – 6:30 a.m. Sunday Air Time: WDSJ 106.5 FM – 7:00 a.m.  Sunday Air Time: WLQT 94.5 FM – 6:00 p.m. Sunday Air Time: WXEG 103.9 FM, WTUE 104.7 FM, WONE 980 AM / WIZE 1340 AM – 7:30 a.m. Sunday [post_title] => Focus on Dayton with Kim Faris [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => focus-on-dayton-with-kim-faris [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-03-30 15:43:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-03-30 19:43:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=938 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [76] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 932 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-03-12 12:29:14 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-03-12 16:29:14 [post_content] => We would like to recognize, AJ for his outstanding artistic skills. He is 11 years old and has been chosen to be part of the 2012 Youth Art Month Exhibition. This is a BIG accomplishment for AJ as his project is 1 of 158 projects chosen from Ohio K through 8th grades. CHOICES is honored to have such an artistic foster youth! AJ’s art work will be displayed at the Youth Art Month Exhibition at the State Teacher’s Retirement Systems in Columbus from March 1 through March 31. All art work can be viewed at www.littledavinci.com. [post_title] => Success Story: AJ [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => success-story-aj [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-03-12 12:32:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-03-12 16:32:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=932 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [77] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 921 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-03-01 09:35:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-03-01 14:35:50 [post_content] => Mentoring is an important part of the additional care and opportunities we give the youth in our care.  The PICK Mentoring program (People Influencing and Coaching Kids) serves male and female youth approximately fourteen and older and who are receiving other program services through CHOICES, Inc. We are pleased to tell you that one of our matches met this past weekend. PICK Mentor Vance met with his Mentee Cody for the first time at a local restaurant. They both had a great time getting to know each other and immediately made plans to see each other again this upcoming weekend. Becoming a mentor is a great opportunity to make a difference in the the life of a youth, you can read more information about the qualifications and resposiblities by clicking here. There will be Mentor orientation this Saturday, March 3rd from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The location is at our Dayton office: 1785 Big Hill Rd., Dayton, OH 45439 and it will be held upstairs in the board room. If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a mentor please contact Amanda Bush at (937) 264-0084 ext. 137 or abush@choicesfostercare.com.   [post_title] => Success Story: Mentoring Match [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => success-story-mentoring-match [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-03-01 09:50:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-03-01 14:50:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=921 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [78] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 911 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-02-09 14:51:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-02-09 19:51:26 [post_content] => We would like to recognize Kody S. for a successful transition from our Foster Care program to our Independent Living program. Kody is now enrolled at Clark State Community College studying Graphic Design. He received help from his CHOICES worker with the enrollment process and getting additional funding to attend; she was also able to attend orientation with him.  Kody now has a full time job and is doing wonderful balancing the two responsibilities and staying away from any negativity. We are very proud that Kody has reached this point and continues to work towards his goals.  We would also like to thank Bockrath Carpet for providing placement goods for Kody as he starts this new chapter of his life. As a non-profit we appreciate the partnership with local businesses in the Dayton area in providing opportunities for our youth in care. [post_title] => Success Story: Kody S. [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => success-story-kody-s [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-02-09 15:41:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-02-09 20:41:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=911 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [79] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 895 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-01-25 13:42:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-01-25 18:42:07 [post_content] => Marcela C. is a youth from Bulter County who has been placed in our Independent Living Program for 8 months. Marcela formerly lived in Guatamala and has been the United States for a few years. She demonstrated her dedication towards success by finding a full time job within her first week as an IL youth.  Additionally, she is working to finish her high school diploma and has become more familiarized with the English language.  Our Indepdent Living workers teach the youth the importance of budgeting and saving money and Marcela was able to save enough money to purchase her first car. We congratulate Marcela on successfully empanicpating from the IL program and taking over the lease of her apartment. Her workers are very proud of her accomplishments and know that with her dedication and drive to succeed she has many great opportunities in front of her!    [post_title] => Success Story: Marcela [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => success-story-marcela [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-01-25 17:12:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-01-25 22:12:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=895 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [80] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 878 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2012-01-04 10:58:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-01-04 15:58:49 [post_content] => We would like to thank the Dayton Regional STEM School for their recent donation of 9 backpacks and personal items for youth in our care.  One of the Social Studies teachers, Pat Murakami, suggested instead of having a Christmas party that the students in her class help the community.  The students suggested many ideas and then voted, and helping youth in foster care received the most votes. Pat then researched local foster care agencies and found CHOICES and our ways to help list. Pat and the students had decided to collect personal items and school supplies and put them in backpacks for our Independent Living youth. Her class of 15 students got the whole school invovled in donating items right before the holiday.  Thank you to all the students and teachers at the Dayton Regional STEM school for your donation and thoughtfulness for others during the Christmas season. [caption id="attachment_879" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Rodger our Indepdent Living Coordinator and Pat Murakami from the Dayton Regional STEM School."][/caption]
  [caption id="attachment_880" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Backpack donation full of school supplies and personal items."][/caption]
[post_title] => Backpack Donation: Dayton Regional STEM School [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => backpack-donation-dayton-regional-stem-school [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-01-04 11:04:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-01-04 16:04:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=878 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [81] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 870 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2011-12-27 14:56:37 [post_date_gmt] => 2011-12-27 19:56:37 [post_content] => Congratulations to Pam Frison and her family who just adopted Jeremiah, now 14 years old. This was the only placement that Jeremiah has had, and he has been with Miss Pam for a little over two years. Miss Pam has two older children who are 18 and 27 and one grandchild.  She has been very attentive to the extra care Jeremiah has needed. With her extra care and that of his workers Jeremiah is really coming out of his shell.  Miss Pam has fostered many children over the years but has never had the goal to adopt. When Jeremiah and Miss Pam met they had an instant bond which led to his adoption. The whole Frison family took him in and provided him with security and stablity he needed in order for him to be more open and outgoing. Jeremiah's adoption hearing was special as his biological brother was present with the family that will soon adopt him. Both Miss Pam and the brother's adoptive family are committed to staying in touch as the boys grow up so they can see one another regularly. We are so thankful to have foster parents like Pam Frison who go above and beyond with foster youth in our care.   [caption id="attachment_871" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Jeremiah with Pam Frison and her two children and grandchild."]Jeremiah adoption[/caption] [post_title] => Adoption: Jeremiah [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => adoption-jeremiah [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-12-27 14:56:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-12-27 19:56:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=870 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [82] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 864 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2011-12-19 10:41:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2011-12-19 15:41:18 [post_content] => We would like to congratulate Roger and Mary Dennis on the adoption of Linda.  Linda has been in care since she was eight and with the Dennis family for the past year. The Dennis’ have been foster parents for over 10 years, and have always had a strong connection and dedication to all the foster youth in their home. Linda is now 12 and has made great progress since she has been in the Dennis home, including becoming a straight A student. Roger and Mary have two daughters of their own and they all work well as a team to provide a caring environment for youth in their home. Congratulations to Mary and Roger who now are the proud parents of three girls!     [caption id="attachment_865" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The Dennis family, including their two daughters with Linda at the adoption hearing"][/caption]   [post_title] => Adoption Story: Linda [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => adoption-story-linda [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-12-19 10:41:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-12-19 15:41:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=864 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [83] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 859 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2011-12-14 13:31:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2011-12-14 18:31:23 [post_content] => We have had many recent adoptions among our foster parents in the past month. This week we would like to share their success stories. James and Donna Murphy have been with CHOICES for over two years after transferring from Hamilton County. They have had Emmy in their home since she was three days old and she is now two years old.  On December 8th the Murphy family officially welcomed Emmy into their family. The Murphy’s have seven biological children and they have always considered Emmy to be part of the family, and they were all very excited to make it official just in time for Christmas.  Donna home schools all the children and Emmy has already learned all her colors. Congratulations to the Murphy family! [post_title] => Adoption Story: Emmy [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => adoption-story-emmy [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-12-14 13:31:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-12-14 18:31:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=859 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [84] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 835 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2011-12-02 13:07:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2011-12-02 18:07:52 [post_content] => We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Dave Arbogast dealership for their very generous sponsorship of our Annual Christmas Party.  In addition to the sponsorship they featured a CHOICES Christmas tree in their main lobby area for employees and customers to take ornaments sponsoring the youth in our care. Their promotion of CHOICES and our Santa's helpers cause was more than we could ever ask for. The Arbogast team did a wonderful job sharing our cause on their Facebook page and Website.   Their dedication resulted in donations for 25 youth in our care, including 18 gift cards and additional presents from the wish lists of children. The CHOICES team thanks you for your sponsorship, donations and sharing of Christmas spirit this holiday season. We are very proud that we have a local business that supports the community with such generousity and enthusiasim. Thank you to the entire Arbogast team for your coordination and kindness and the Arbogast customers, may you have a very Merry Christmas!
[caption id="attachment_837" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A portion of the Arbogast Santa's Helpers and Ashley from the CHOICES team"]Christmas2011[/caption]
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We would like to give a special heartfelt thank you to Carol Gaiser and the WPAFB 401st SCMS/GUMD for their incredible gift donation for our independent living youth. Carol with the help of 3 other women and generous employees at Wright Patterson Air Force Base have bought gifts for 3 years. This year they have fulfilled the wish lists of twenty independent living youth in our care. This included shopping at multiple locations to get the youth exactly what they wished for. We had mentioned that two youth have children, and Carol and her gang went above and beyond to make this Christmas special for the kids and their mothers! Included in their donation were gifts already wrapped for the kids to open on Christmas morning, a special addition that truly defines the Christmas spirit.

 The independent living youth will have their own Christmas feast and then have their gifts delivered right before Christmas. Thanks to Carol and her team for making the holiday season brighter for these kids; the CHOICES team is so grateful for your kindness and generosity! [caption id="attachment_822" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Carol Gaiser and her helpers with CHOICES employees"]Christmas gifts 2[/caption]
 
 
 
[caption id="attachment_818" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="CHOICES managers Amanda and Robert with one of "Santa's sleighs" loaded and ready to go. It took 2 vans to bring the gifts in!"]Christmas gifts3[/caption]
 
 
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[post_title] => Foster Kids Bowling! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => foster-kids-bowling [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-10-12 15:15:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-10-12 19:15:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=782 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [87] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 714 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2011-09-29 15:16:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2011-09-29 19:16:55 [post_content] => Brittney G. is a 19 year old female in our care and we would like to congratulate her on finding her first job! This is a great success to celebrate as Brittney has had to overcome many challenges. For the past three years she has been volunteering at Wright Nursing Home, and has been diligent in applying for any position that would open up. Finally, this summer they hired her for a position in their dietary department. This is a perfect fit for Brittney since she is attending Greene County Career Center studying food and hospitality management. She is doing wonderful, and CHOICES recognizes her commitment and dedication to finding a job she loves. [post_title] => Teen gets her first job [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => teen-gets-her-first-job [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-09-29 15:20:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-09-29 19:20:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=714 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [88] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 697 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2011-09-12 14:41:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2011-09-12 18:41:28 [post_content] =>

Ricky and Rayshawn met NBA Champion Jason Terry, of the Dallas Mavericks! What a great experience! Thank you to Mr. Terry for taking the time to talk with them and learn more about their experience at the National Independent Living Conference in Texas. What a great way to end a trip!

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Our foster kids had a great time last weekend at our 25th Anniversary picnic. A special thanks to Rodger, our grill master, and many others who helped make it possible!

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[post_title] => Sisters and brother adopted [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => sisters-and-brother-adopted-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-08-24 09:17:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-08-24 13:17:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=631 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [93] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 570 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2011-08-05 16:29:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2011-08-05 20:29:11 [post_content] => We are very happy for 16 year old Kadonna! She was adopted by her wonderful foster mother today, Melinda Insley. Kadonna has been in care forever, and now she has her forever family!   [post_title] => 16 year old Kadonna adopted today [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 570 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-08-08 10:53:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-08-08 14:53:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=570 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [94] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 563 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2011-08-03 10:41:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2011-08-03 14:41:26 [post_content] =>

CHOICES families had a great time at the Dayton Dragons game! Thank you to Dippin' Dots Ice Cream for making it possible!

[post_title] => CHOICES at the Dayton Dragons [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => choices-at-the-dayton-dragons [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-08-08 10:53:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-08-08 14:53:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=563 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [95] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 530 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2011-07-27 11:23:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2011-07-27 15:23:35 [post_content] => A few foster youth had an amazing time attending this year's County Concert, especially when they met Darius Rucker backstage! Thank you to Mandy and Alan Whiteside for being such great foster parents and thank you to Darius Rucker and Hear the Music Live for making such an amazing opportunity possible! [post_title] => Foster Family at Country Concert with Darius Rucker [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => foster-family-at-country-concert-with-darius-rucker [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-08-16 15:11:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-08-16 19:11:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=530 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [96] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 478 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2011-06-14 15:34:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2011-06-14 19:34:08 [post_content] => We are so happy for Heather and her brothers Logan and Zach for starting their new lives with their adoptive parents yesterday. Thank you to Lindsay, their caseworker, their foster parents, and many others for making a difference during their four years with CHOICES. They are very sweet, fun, and loving kids and we wish them the very best! [post_title] => Sister and brothers adopted [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => sister-and-brothers-adopted [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-06-14 15:34:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-06-14 19:34:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://cfi.nvwebdev.com/choices/?p=478 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [97] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 191 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2011-05-25 04:56:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2011-05-25 08:56:17 [post_content] => Thank you to the Dayton Dragons and Brandon Salyers of 5/3 Bank for donating the tickets and helping us recognize National Foster Care Month! [post_title] => First Pitch at the Dragons Game [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => first-pitch-at-the-dragons-game [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-05-25 04:56:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-05-25 08:56:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://cfi.nvwebdev.com/choices/?p=191 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) [98] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2011-05-05 01:44:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2011-05-05 05:44:56 [post_content] =>

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our 2nd Voices for Kids Benefit on May 5th. You helped become a voice for our kids.

Our special youth speakers, Vanessa and Blake, did a wonderful job speaking. Thank you to both of them for sharing their stories and hearts with each of us at the event.

Also, a special thanks to our sponsors and table captains:

Event Sponsors:

Bob Mills & Barbara Schenck, Vectren, Don & Marcy Schade,

Sawdey Solution Services, John Board and

Fidelity Orthopedic

Table Captains:

Mike Beauchamp, Dan Bir, John Board, Darlene Breen, Robert Bruce, Linda Caron, Creative Fuse, Kim Focht, Lisha Grant, Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, Lou Luedtke, Anna Magnusson, Seth Morgan, Nicholette Ontko, Lezley Pisone, Jeff Rezabek, Barbara Schenck, Lori Simms, Rod Smith, Domenico Stolfo, Nadia Stolfo, Sherry Tschudin, Joe Varabkanich, Vectren, and John Ward

  If you are interested in supporting our 3rd Annual Voices for Kids Benefit in September of 2012 as a sponsor, table captain, volunteer or attendee, please contact Matt McDowell at 937-264-0084 or mmcdowell@choicesfostercare.com. [post_title] => 2nd Annual voices for Kids Benefit [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 2nd-annual-voices-for-kids-benefit [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2011-05-05 01:44:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2011-05-05 05:44:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://cfi.nvwebdev.com/choices/?p=121 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) ) [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1599 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-12-04 15:45:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-12-04 20:45:12 [post_content] => small tree   If you have been following CHOICES on Facebook you have seen that this is a very exciting time of year for our kids and families. Just today we have uncovered a new request from our kids...and we need your help. Nearly all of our young people in Independent Living have requested a small Christmas tree for their apartment.  Showing acts of kindness and caring to the youth in this program between Thanksgiving and Christmas is so important.  Many are removed from any family contact and struggle with the feeling of loneliness during a season where the focus on family connections. For the first time ever we are making it our mission to provide a small Christmas tree to every kid who has expressed an interest. What do we need? Twenty 4 ft Christmas trees with decorations. Here is how you can help: Purchase a pre-lit 4 ft Christmas tree (and lights if not pre-lit). Also, provide your favorite decorations with your donation.  In a way we think of it as your sharing some of your family traditions with our young people.  Whether you are a garland and red bulb kind of person, or ribbon and snowflake ornaments.  Please also consider sharing a holiday greeting or word of encouragement to the young recipient of your generosity.  When one of our kids gets home in the evening from work or school, he will have a cozy Christmas apartment to come home to. This small gesture can help fill a big void kids in our program often experience. Donations can be dropped off at our office Monday - Friday from 9 am - 5 pm at our office on Big Hill Road. The sooner, the better so we can get the decorations to our young people. (Please no later December 16th) You are also welcome to give your donation to a CHOICE staff member to bring in, if that is more convenient.  IF you want to help and prefer to donate online click here.  Questions? Contact Ashley Schiffer at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122. Let's Deck the Halls for our Independent Living kids!! [post_title] => Help Needed | Looking for 4 ft Trees & Decorations [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => help-needed-looking-for-4-ft-trees-decorations [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-12-04 15:46:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-12-04 20:46:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.choicesfostercare.com/?p=1599 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [ec3_schedule] => Array ( ) ) ) -->
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Help Needed | Looking for 4 ft Trees & Decorations

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 12/4/14

small tree 225x300 Help Needed | Looking for 4 ft Trees & Decorations

 

If you have been following CHOICES on Facebook you have seen that this is a very exciting time of year for our kids and families. Just today we have uncovered a new request from our kids…and we need your help.

Nearly all of our young people in Independent Living have requested a small Christmas tree for their apartment.  Showing acts of kindness and caring to the youth in this program between Thanksgiving and Christmas is so important.  Many are removed from any family contact and struggle with the feeling of loneliness during a season where the focus on family connections. For the first time ever we are making it our mission to provide a small Christmas tree to every kid who has expressed an interest.

What do we need? Twenty 4 ft Christmas trees with decorations.

Here is how you can help: Purchase a pre-lit 4 ft Christmas tree (and lights if not pre-lit). Also, provide your favorite decorations with your donation.  In a way we think of it as your sharing some of your family traditions with our young people.  Whether you are a garland and red bulb kind of person, or ribbon and snowflake ornaments. 

Please also consider sharing a holiday greeting or word of encouragement to the young recipient of your generosity. 

When one of our kids gets home in the evening from work or school, he will have a cozy Christmas apartment to come home to. This small gesture can help fill a big void kids in our program often experience.

Donations can be dropped off at our office Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm at our office on Big Hill Road. The sooner, the better so we can get the decorations to our young people. (Please no later December 16th) You are also welcome to give your donation to a CHOICE staff member to bring in, if that is more convenient.  IF you want to help and prefer to donate online click here. 

Questions? Contact Ashley Schiffer at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122.

Let’s Deck the Halls for our Independent Living kids!!

#GivingTuesday | Give Opportunity to Foster Kids

posted by: aschiffer | Sunday 11/30/14

Universal Studios 225x300 #GivingTuesday | Give Opportunity to Foster Kids

The CHOICES family loves this time of year for our kids and families. You all so generously surround them with caring and love, by providing gifts, meals, winter coats and much needed household items.  You help to remind the kids we serve that this time of year is filled with joy, promise and hope.

The truth is, that year round we strive to share with our kids that there is a future filled with joy, promise and hope. Your donation today will help them see the light of the future.

Your promise of opportunity will help the young man who wants to play baseball in the spring, but hasn’t ever been able to. In the past there was no one to help him get to practice, or there were no funds for him to buy cleats and a glove.  With your support we can tell him YES, you can try baseball this spring!

Your gift of hope will help a young lady struggling with depression, she loves music and it has become a healthy way for her share her feelings. Because of you we can tell her YES, we can provide music lessons for you to learn how to play guitar.

We have a vision for our kids and that is to say YES we can help you achieve that dream.  For many it will be the first time to be afforded such wonderful opportunities. It is these moments that can help shape such a wonderful path to their future, a path that they once couldn’t imagine.

To easily donate online now your favorite program or opportunity please click here.  Your one time gift, quarterly or monthly donation will go towards a “Youth Need” to provide special opportunities in 2015.

Donations can also be mailed to our office: 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439

For questions or more specific designations (ex. sports, music etc.) please contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director, at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937)264-0084 ext. 122

Thank you for saying #Yes2OurKids for the upcoming year!

Help us Provide Thanksgiving Meals to 20 Families

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 11/13/14

Hey Dayton we are looking for your help! Your donation can ensure a family has a Thanksgiving meal in their home, at their kitchen table.

We have an amazing donor who is going to donate TWENTY turkeys for our families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. We need your help gathering up the side items to complete the meal.

Our families are identified by their caseworker as needing additional support this holiday season. Your donation will show them the community cares, and create special memories for the kids we serve.

You can purchase the items listed below. Or donate $25 and we’ll do the shopping, just click here to EASILY donate online!

Here is a list of what we need to complete the meal:

  • Potato Side (instant mashed, scalloped etc.)
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Canned Veggies (2 cans)
  • Stove Top Stuffing
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Rolls
  • Pie (Pumpkin, apple or sweet potato)

 

Please drop off all donations at our Dayton office by Friday 11/21/14. Our address 1785 Big Hill Rd Dayton, Ohio 45439. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

Questions? Contact Ashley Schiffer at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122

Thank you for saying YES to our families this holiday season!

We’re Hiring | Licensed Social Worker or Counselor

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 11/3/14

CHOICES, Inc.  is growing, and we are looking a qualified social worker or therapist to work in our Dayton office.  Now is the time to join our dedicated team of professionals.

We have one  full time position in our Home-Based Services program. We are in need of licensed social worker or therapist to work with at risk youth and their families. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, challenging youth and families and various mental health disorders. All programs are community based and family focused allowing for work alongside families in their homes and with our partners in the community. Click here to apply now and to see licensure requirements. Unlicensed candidates should not apply.

CHOICES offers a supportive and energetic work environment. Full time benefits include the following:

  • Medical, dental, disability and life insurance available
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Flexible scheduling

 

Say Yes to our Kids and join the CHOICES team today!

Full time Home-Based Services Opening

Location: Dayton

 

CHOICES Inc., has a job opening for full -time position  in our Home-Based Department We are in need of a Therapist/Social-Worker to work with at risk youth and their families. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, challenging youth and families and various mental health disorders. All programs are community based and family focused allowing for work alongside families in their homes and with our partners in the community.

Preferred credentials need to be licensed as a LSW/LISW or PC/LPCC. Licensure supervision available for both social workers and counselors. Unlicensed candidates should not apply.

Full time employees are eligible for the following benefits. Medical, dental, disability and life insurance are available. CHOICES offers paid training and flexible scheduling. 3 weeks vacation after one year of employment.

Resume and salary requirements can be mailed to David Zidar, 1785 Big Hill Road, Dayton, OH 45439, faxed to 937-264-0095 or emailed to dzidar@choicesfostercare.com

Grant a wish for a foster child | CHOICES Christmas Drive

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 10/28/14

Hello CHOICES supporters, this is the time of year that our kids really need you to show them you care! Christmas can a difficult time for a child in foster care. Just imagine being away from your family during the holiday season…when everyone else is gathering together with their family.

This is why your donations and support mean so much this time of year, as it really is a time of joy, hope and happiness. We need your help today to share those feelings with our kids and families.  We ask each of you to join in our “Santa’s Helper” program to grant a wish of a child or adopt a family. There are many ways to get involved, and we probably have something that will fit you, your business, church or organization.

Not only will you be spreading Christmas cheer, but all donations stay local and benefit kids and families living in Miami Valley region. There are many ways to help…and if you know you are ready to make a child smile this Christmas you can click here and donate online!

If you are the shopping type and want to buy a gift for a child there are two options:

  • Contact Ashley Schiffer to be matched with a specific child at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122
  • Check out our Holiday Wish List by clicking here (Gift cards are the most requested item for our teens)

 

We also can assemble a “giving tree” with ornaments for your group or business – again contact Ashley to coordinate. Our party for foster families is on December 12th, now is the time to get involved so there is plenty of time to shop!

Checks can be mailed to: CHOICES Inc. 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439

Learn more about our Adopt A Family program – to benefit local kids and families receiving Home-Based Services with CHOICES by clicking here.

Thank you for Saying YES to our Kids and Christmas!!

 

 

 

Adopt a Family Opportunity | CHOICES Christmas

posted by: aschiffer |

We are looking for partners for our Adopt a Family Program for the Dayton and surrounding areas. This program has been growing the past three years – last year our donors provided gifts and much needed items to over 75 kids and parents in the area.

Many times if we can’t help the family they will not celebrate Christmas. A little support goes a long way to bring joy to our kids and Home-Based families. We would love to match you up with a family.

Families are identified by our caseworkers who are working in the home with at least one of the children. CHOICES provides mental health services to children who are Medicaid eligible. While we work with the child and family we do our best to link to other programs and provide support from our donors. (Christmas is an extra special time for us to extend a helping hand)

To be matched with a family please contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

You can also easily donate online by clicking here, just select the Adopt A family designation! We will need the gifts for the family in need by Monday, December 22nd.

Family size and needs vary for our Adopt a Family opportunity, but we can work with you to figure out what works best for everyone involved. It is ONLY with community generosity and support we are able to provide Christmas assistance. Thank you for helping us spread Christmas joy!

Donations for Sports Fees Needed | Foster Youth wants to Wrestle

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 10/22/14

The CHOICES family always gets excited when a youth in one of our programs wants to try something new.  Sebastian is a 12 year old boy in our foster care program and he has expressed an interest in wrestling this year.

Sebastian is in the 6th grade, and prior to foster care he was not given many opportunities to try new things. He was living with his Great-Grandmother who was unable to give him the opportunities to play sports or be active in other school clubs.

We know that our donors can rally around Sebastian so that he can try this sport for the first time. Sebastian’s fees to participate are $100.  You can donate easily online by clicking here.

Sebastian has only been with us for about a month, this is our chance to show him what CHOICES is all about….saying YES to our KIDS! His foster parents are very supportive and have committed to buy him the gear he needs like shoes and proper attire.

Questions? Contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

 

Success Story| Leticia will visit Europe in 2015

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 10/17/14

You helped raise over $2,000 for Leticia, a foster youth, to visit Greece and Italy in the spring! Once again you have said Yes to our Kids, and provided Leticia this wonderful experience.  The CHOICES family and Leticia are so very grateful for people like you.

You see when we were first told Leticia was given this opportunity it seemed like a long shot to help her pay for the trip which in total is a little over $3,000.  Our donors didn’t let us down, and we are excited to share more about her trip when the time comes.

We want to thank all of our individual donors who have been making donations since June! One Simple Wish also granted a wish for one of Leticia’s payments, and the organization itself matched the donation for a total of $480.   This week we found out that For the Love of Children (FLOC) also will be awarding her $350 to help with the cost.

This week we paid off the final amount on Leticia’ s trip – she has been doing an excellent job making payments herself too.  With the additional money her caseworker will be able to take her shopping for luggage, safety travel items and also give her some spending money for the trip.

Thank you for showing us how much you love to help the youth we serve!! If you missed out on helping Leticia we have requests year round.  With your support we will be able to fulfill more wishes for our kids. You can easily donate online by clicking here.   Checks can be mailed to: CHOICES, Inc. 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439.

It is only with your support that we can say YES to our Kids when they have requests.

What it means to be a Foster Parent | A Real Life Experience

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 10/7/14

When we are out recruiting foster parents, or speaking about what CHOICES does to help children people often say, “I can’t imagine doing that…You must hear a lot of sad stories…and so on.”  Yes, it is hard, yes we all hear sad stories whether we are caseworkers, staff or foster parents.  It is often a struggle, but the struggle is sprinkled with good moments at first. With time those good moments become more frequent and we have positive outcomes with our kids.

These positive outcomes…that is why we all continue.  Today one of our foster parent’s shared this story to celebrate her daughter’s birthday. It encompasses the journey many of our foster parents experience whether they adopt or not.

Happy Birthday Helen

On March 4th of 2008…I met a very troubled, confused and frightened young lady named Cindy. She was very strong willed with a lot of determination. Through thick and thin I always loved her. Nothing she could do would change that… no matter how hard she pushed. We went through rocky storms and climbed many mountains. She even had to move away for a time period in order for us to re coop and strengthen lost ties. She fought me tooth and nail. She wanted her family. Her REAL family. What child wouldn’t?

On April 15, 2010 Cindy became Helen. A name after my Granny. We adopted her and her two sisters. Times grew even tougher. Still… my Momma prayed. She prayed morning and night for Helen. Never ceasing to give up on her.

In August, 2013 Helen came home to live with us again. We had to make changes. She had to change. I had to change. Through all of her pain I never realized the suffering she experienced being without her real Mom. UNTIL… that dreadful day when I lost MY Momma. Sadly enough, I understood her loss. I finally recognized her suffering.

Today, Helen has visited her REAL mother and talks to her once a month. I have learned so many things on our journey but so has Helen. She learned that her real mother has issues and that their separation was not MY fault. She learned that seeing her Mom again wasn’t all that she had hoped for. She learned that I do LOVE her oh so much. She has learned that she is my daughter and despite how much she loves her real Mom and despite how much she is in love with those memories… I AM her REAL Mommy and WE are HER REAL FAMILY.

I say all of this because today is her Birthday. Her 13th Birthday. I couldn’t be more proud to call this beautiful young lady My daughter. My for real forever Daughter. Mommy loves you Helen.  Happy Birthday Tellin Helen. XoXo

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We are so grateful for the consistency our foster parents provide to youth in the program, we are thankful for their willingness to walk alongside them each day. As you can see, it isn’t easy, the change doesn’t happen over night but over time you can make a difference too.  If you would like more information about becoming a foster parent please click here.

But most of all we wish Helen a Happy 13th Birthday!

Success Story | Foster Youth’s Heart on the Mend

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 9/30/14

Jdrawing 225x300 Success Story | Foster Youths Heart on the Mend

“J” has been placed in one of our foster homes for over a year. During this time she has been receiving behavioral health counseling to help her through trauma and learn how to control her behaviors better.

J is seven years old and has struggled at school and in her foster home setting, her goal is to improve her behavior choices.  This week we have some good news to share about J’s progress in therapy.  Jessica, her therapist, showed up for her session and was delighted to hear that J has had a good week at home and school.

Jessica asked J to share about her week by drawing a picture of herself.   J anxiously drew herself with her heart, towards the bottom she drew a heart with a small line down the middle and around both a bunch of letters and numbers.  Upon completion Jessica requested that J tell her about the picture.

J shared that for the first time her heart wasn’t broken anymore.  She drew herself with an unbroken heart because she has had a happy heart this week.  While her heart isn’t broken, J shared that it is on the mend…which explains the line. She emphasized it wasn’t jagged like a broken heart, that she is healing.  J said because she has a happy heart she did well in school last week and drew the letters and numbers.

Wow, that is pretty insightful for a 7 year old. We are very joyful to hear about J’s mending heart.  Providing therapy and mental health services to children in our programs and outside our programs is another service CHOICES offers.

 

Success Story | 2 Youth in Foster Care Transtion to College

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 9/19/14

CHOICES loves to champion the transition from foster care to college, it’s an important milestone in any young adult’s life.  For kids in foster care it is a BIG accomplishment to enroll in college classes. Nationally around 50% of youth in foster care graduate high school or obtain a GED. Following high school the statistics are even more grim, only 3% will graduate with 4 year college degree.

This Fall Devon and Jawaan started the Gateway program with Clark State, they are excited and positive about this new beginning.  The young men live on campus at Wright State University but take their classes at Clark State.  This program allows for them to build up their grade point average receive instruction in smaller more personal atmosphere.  Eventually Devon and Jawaan will transfer to be Wright State Raiders. (#braggingwrights anyone?)

They are extremely blessed to still have positive and ongoing relationships with their respective foster parents. (This is why we know CHOICES has the best foster parents around) On move-in day their foster parents were able to help Devon and Jawaan move into the dorms. Try to imagine what it would be like to move into the next chapter of your life with NO support and no one to help you transition, when everyone else seemingly has Mom, Dad and family in tow…

Devon and Jawaan will be able to return to their foster parent’s home during Christmas break.  Jawaan has even been offered the opportunity to work at his former job for the time that he is back.  We know it is important that youth in foster care maintain connected to someone continuously for support, we are grateful CHOICES foster parents can be that source. Learn more about becoming a foster parent by clicking here.

We are cheering for both young men to succeed! We hope to share in upcoming years that Devon has received a degree in nursing and Jawaan has become a physical therapist.

As supporters of CHOICES, our families, kids and their dreams you are an important piece in making these visions of success become a reality.  Click this link to learn more about our programs and how you can influence current youth.  Donate now to directly benefit a child in our foster care program by visiting our GIVE page.

Musical Passion | Help a Foster Youth with Recording Software

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 8/25/14

When the youth in our programs can find an interest, like music, and it becomes their passion we get really excited. Most of us know that music can be a great therapeutic tool for expressing emotions.  So of course CHOICES was excited to learn about Alex and his passion for music.

Alex started writing poetry in the 5th grade and won contest.  Winning the contest motivated him to keep writing poetry and in 6th grade he explored putting the poetry to different beats.  At age 16 Alex was placed in a group home, and the group home had a music studio. (How cool? Right?)  During this time he was able to practice making music more and more and begin to think about it as a potential career.

It certainly was fate…when Alex came to CHOICES the home he was placed in happened to also have a music studio.  Alex has been able to continue putting together his lyrics and beats and has purchased some equipment and software.  Alex shared with his caseworker that he loves doing music because he likes to share his story, and he is getting feedback he is inspiring others too!

Alex has performed at different parties, churches, radio stations and on blogs.  Alex has been saving money to purchase Propellerhead Reason 7, and we would love to help him reach his goal.  To donate to Alex’s love of music and help him continue to live his passion you can click here. 

Music has definitely had a positive influence on Alex’s life, and we want to see him continue to embrace his interest.  Any donations we receive we will purchase a gift card that he can put towards what he has saved for the software.

Checks can be mailed to: CHOICES, Inc. 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439  For Questions or more information please contact: Ashley Schiffer, Development Director, (937) 264-0084 ext.122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

Thank you for saying #Yes2ourKids

Help 15 Year Old Eddie Play Football this Year

posted by: aschiffer |

*****Wish Fulfilled**** Thank you

 

We have another special #YesourKids request!  Eddie is 15 years old and will be playing football for a local High School.  He has been playing since he was 7 and even remembers the name of his first team.  Eddie wanted to play football because it was something his older brother did.

Eddie loves everything about football, he will be the starting middle backer for his team.  He aspires to play football in college and his family and friends can’t wait to watch him play this year.

We are raising money to help with Eddie’s play to pay fee which is over $400.  CHOICES is sharing the cost with Eddie’s foster parents and his county leaving our portion at $143.  We believe in Eddie and want to help him live his vision of playing college ball.

A generous donor has already given $100 towards Eddie’s fees through his ice bucket challenge competition. (We love to see people supporting local causes too)  We just have $43 to go to cover one of the monthly payments towards Eddie’s football experience this fall.  You can donate online by clicking here. 

We will update this post and all social media outlets when we reach our goal. It would be AWESOME if we could fulfill his wish by the end of today!

If you are interested in other forms of payment please contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

Thank you for saying #Yes2ourKids

Thank You CHOICES & Donors from a Foster Parent

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 8/22/14

Wow it has been a quick summer, but it was full of activities for our families and kids. So much of what we do is only made possible by your year-round support of our kids.  Thank you!

This past week we have received some very heartfelt thank you’s from our foster parents to CHOICES and our donors. We want to share some of their thank you messages with all of you.  Together we are all working hard to care for local youth in our programs!

Dear CHOICES: 

We would like to take the opportunity to thank CHOICES for all the activities, that brought so much joy to our entire family, this summer. These outings are another layer of support that makes working with CHOICES so enjoyable. From the reports we get from foster parents of others agencies; their agencies don’t do very much for their foster children during the summer. Unlike the others, the children in our home went hiking, to Kings Island, Columbus zoo, Coney Island and the CHOICES picnic. CHOICES also tries to mix things up by looking for other outings to offer so we don’t do the same things year after year.

Thank you for the donation of school supplies for Emma, Breuana, Shelby and Cheyenne. Your support in the children’s educational needs is truly appreciated. I assure you that the supplies will be put to good use. We also want to note how the children look forward to going to the training conferences. The CHOICES’s staff do a good job of finding fun activities for the children to do while foster parents are getting their training hours. We thank CHOICES and their sponsors for activities provided to everyone in our foster home family. These are the type to things that help make CHOICES’s the best foster care agency to be a foster parent for. We appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness.

 Thanks to you all.

Roger and Mary

CHOICES Foster Parents of 5 years

 

Youth Need | Sibling Group Needs Help with Clothing

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 8/15/14

CHOICES will take gently used clothing donations, free of stains and tears, when we have a specified need for youth in our one of our programs.  We currently have a sibling group of four in our Home-Based Services program that needs assistance with clothing.  We do all we can to help our kids in circumstances like this, we have provided clothing pantry information to the parents and we are now asking for your support.

Justin, Jacob, Jasmine and Jeremy are all very happy kids, and they will be starting school soon. Their family is currently living with family friends and in the process of obtaining their own housing.  Each child only had one pair of shoes, and we have already had a generous donor drop off new shoes for the kids!

Below you will find each child’s size and interests, we will take gently used donations or you can donate online by clicking here.  With the online donations we will provide a gift card to walmart or target. (monetary donations would be especially helpful to get the kids things like socks and underwear)

Justin- Male, age 9.  Clothing size 9/10 Justin has a developmental delay. He loves cartoons, especially Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also likes to draw with his siblings.

Jacob – Male, age 6.  Clothing size 6/7 Jacob absolutely loves outdoors, he is a natural nature explorer. He likes to look at trees, flowers and birds.  He is also teaching his younger sister to ride her bike.

Jasmine – Female, age 4. Clothing size 4T Jasmine loves Disney movies and playing dress up to be a princess.  She is learning to ride her bike with Jacob. She also likes to play with dolls and pretend to care for them and cook.

Jeremy – Male, age 3. Clothing size 3T  Jeremy loves to eat! He likes cartoons and likes any toy that he can push or pull. He has a caterpillar toy he drags everywhere!

All four kids are always smiling and happy when their caseworker visits them, despite a difficult living situation.  They would appreciative of any support you can provide.

Donations can be dropped off at our Dayton office: 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439 during regular business hours. Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

For questions please contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

We’re Hiring | Full Time Social Workers and Therapists

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 8/12/14

CHOICES, Inc.  is growing, and we are looking for qualified social workers and therapists to work in our Dayton and Cincinnati office.  Now is the time to join our dedicated team of professionals.

We currently have an opening for a Licensed Social Worker in our Foster Care program in the Dayton Area.  Worker will be responsible for providing case management services to foster youth and their foster families, CPST, developing service and treatment plans for each youth.  Click here to apply now and for a full job description.

There is also an opening for a Licensed Social Worker in Cincinnati with our Foster Care program.  Worker will have the same responsibilities mentioned above.  Click here to apply now and for a full job description.

There are also two full time positions and one part time position available in our Home-Based Services program. We are in need of three Therapist/Social-Workers to work with at risk youth and their families. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, challenging youth and families and various mental health disorders. All programs are community based and family focused allowing for work alongside families in their homes and with our partners in the community. Click here to apply now and to see licensure requirements. Unlicensed candidates should not apply.

CHOICES offers a supportive and energetic work environment. Full time benefits include the following:

  • Medical, dental, disability and life insurance available
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Flexible scheduling

Say Yes to our Kids and join the CHOICES team today!

Summer Activities Fun | A Foster Parent’s Involvement

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 8/8/14

It is almost back to school time, and we are finishing out the last of summer activities here at CHOICES. Our families and kids have had the pleasure of an Olympics Day, visiting the Columbus Zoo, Kings Island and Coney Island.

Kings Island has been a long time favorite of our kids and families. We love to share the fun they have with others, for many of our kids it is their first visit to an amusement park. We received a great report from the caseworker for Ms. B and the children in home.

Ms. B is the foster mom that agreed to take in the sibling group of 5 earlier this year. A trip to Kings Island was certainly something the kids looked forward to. Ms. B took a friend to help with the foster children (and her own) and her CHOICES caseworker tagged along too.

Ms. B was very hands on with all of the kids, who really enjoyed the rides at Planet Snoopy. The CHOICES caseworker reported that she couldn’t tell which children were foster children and which were biological, as they were each treated the same.

The family stayed at Kings Island until the park closed to see the fireworks, the perfect ending to a fun filled day. Ms. B is thankful for CHOICES and it’s donors to provide tickets and meal vouchers to her family and the kids. The 5 siblings are wonderful children, and she was glad to be a part of a fun day with them. Thank you CHOICES and supporters for making a lifetime memory for everyone.

Our Kids Need You! Help Youth in Foster Care with School Supplies

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 7/31/14

Pic for appeal Our Kids Need You! Help Youth in Foster Care with School Supplies

 

This school year we urgently need to ensure foster kids are prepared on day 1… but we can’t do it without you.

Foster kids like Noah , who just entered foster care this past summer need your help. Noah has adjusted to his foster parents and siblings but will be starting a new school this year. Being a teenager Noah has fears…will anyone talk to me? What if I don’t make friends? Will my classes be hard? What do I bring on the first day?

You can help alleviate some of the fears Noah, and many of our kids are experiencing by helping them be prepared by donating school supplies. A new book bag will go a long way to help Noah be ready to approach the start of school with confidence.

In July we had over 250 youth in our programs and we want to make sure they are ready for school. Your donation of $50 will ensure that a child will receive a book bag filled with supplies. Your generosity can help widen the smile of a child on their first day. Donate now to help fill those book bags by clicking here.

Join us in Saying Yes to our Kids, and help them be prepared on day 1 of the school year. We have compiled a list of the most needed items for teenagers, our largest population.

1. New backpacks
2. 1,3 or 5 subject notebooks
3. Black, blue and red pens (list continued on back)
4. #2 pencils, mechanical and regular
5. Highlighters
6. 1 inch binders
7. Dividers (for binders)
8. Book covers
9. Loose leaf college ruled paper
10. Graphing calculators (TI 84plus) or scientific calculators*
*Many kids are in High School and are required to have a graphing calculator for math and science class. We do our best to help minimize the cost to our parents, especially those with multiple teens in the home. Please consider a monetary donation to help provide the specific calculator a child needs

We can only help our kids be prepared with your support! Help us reach our goal of providing at least 100 kids supplies this school year. Your in-kind donation of new supplies or monetary donation will be greatly appreciated by Noah, Shelby, Shama, Leticia and many more kids in our programs.

We’ve made it super easy, you can donate online by clicking here. If you would like to purchase new supplies on your own for our kids or organize a supply drive with your office, business or church we would love that too! Contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director, at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com to arrange pick up and drop off.

School is starting soon, send in your donation today but no later than August 20, 2014. Donations can also be mailed to our office: 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439.

Thank you for believing in CHOICES and our mission to serve kids and families.

 

 

 

We’re Hiring | Full Time Social Workers and Therapists

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 7/28/14

CHOICES, Inc.  is growing, and we are looking for qualified social workers and therapists to work in our Dayton office.  Now is the time to join our dedicated team of professionals.

We currently have an opening for a Licensed Social Worker in our Foster Care program.  Worker will be responsible for providing case management services to foster youth and their foster families, CPST, developing service and treatment plans for each youth.  Click here to apply now and for a full job description.

There are also two full time positions and one part time position available in our Home-Based Services program. We are in need of three Therapist/Social-Workers to work with at risk youth and their families. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, challenging youth and families and various mental health disorders. All programs are community based and family focused allowing for work alongside families in their homes and with our partners in the community. Click here to apply now and to see licensure requirements. Unlicensed candidates should not apply.

CHOICES offers a supportive and energetic work environment. Full time benefits include the following:

  • Medical, dental, disability and life insurance available
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Flexible scheduling

Say Yes to our Kids and join the CHOICES team today!

 

Success Story | Reunifying with Dad

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 7/18/14

This week we are celebrating the reunification of 12 year old Camron and his father. Camron has been in our foster care program for close to 8 months.

Camron’s foster mom is happy about his reunification, and knew he was excited about going home.  The foster mom surprised Camron with a going away cookout last weekend, prior to his official court hearing.  She thought it was important to include his biological family in the celebration too.

Camron’s biological family, including Dad, and the extended foster family he had gotten to know the last 8 months were all invited.  It is great to see that these two families have worked together, all with the same goal….what is best with Camron.

His foster mom was sure to make all of his favorite things, BBQ ribs, brats, potato salad, green beens, coleslaw and of course mac and cheese! He told his caseworker that he ate so much he was stuffed.  Camron and his family enjoyed the cookout and celebration, he officially moved in with Dad on Thursday.

We are wishing Camron and Dad the best in this transition process!

Success Story | Acceptance into the Cosmetology Program

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 6/20/14

It often is a long road to success for our kids and the journey starts before they enter one of our programs.  “A” is a young lady who has been receiving our Home-Based Services and is about to successfully leave the program.

Like the path of many of our kids A has had her ups and downs, with some really big downs. This includes multiple moves between relative’s homes and the death of her Grandmother who she was the closest with out of all of her family. A had always dreamed of getting into the cosmetology program at Ponitz.  When she shared this with her caseworker she was disappointed because she had missed the deadline to apply.

A’s caseworker told her “Do NOT tell yourself no, let the universe tell you no! Just because the deadline has passed doesn’t mean that we throw up our hands in the air and give up on our dreams.”  A then began to research everything she needed to do to apply and reported back to her caseworker.

For one of A’s sessions she was instructed to gather all her admission paperwork and get dressed up professionally, and her worker was able to practice how to introduce herself to the Admissions Officer prior to their meeting. Then they went off to Ponitz to take one of the final steps towards her dream.

At first there were concerns about A’s past behavior including acting out behaviors, suspension and expulsion.  With A’s permission the CHOICES caseworker was able to share and advocate for A that during those years is when her Grandmother was ill and then later had passed from cancer. A was the caretaker of her Grandmother during the final months, and her death had a big impact on A’s schooling.

After sharing why her behaviors were what they were, and how they have changed the Admission’s Officer changed her tone to be more understanding, they spoke 45 minutes longer.  Prior to leaving the Admission’s Officer said, “I would have been sad to have missed the opportunity to meet with you today, I am so glad I was available. It has been my pleasure to meet with you”, and she shook A’s hand.

One week later A received a call that she has been accepted to the cosmetology program at Ponitz for next year.  We are so happy to hear that her persistence and preparation even after the deadline has blessed her with this opportunity.  We wish her the best as she starts to live her dream!

Help a foster youth attend a travel abroad class trip in 2015

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 6/19/14

We have a special request that we will be sharing during the upcoming months.  If you have had the opportunity to travel or study abroad you know the profound impact it can have on your viewpoint of the world.  It is a great opportunity to explore other cultures, bond with classmates and display leadership qualities…oh and fun too!

Leticia is 17 years old and has been in our foster care program for close to 5 years.  She has been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Greece and Italy on a school trip for her Fine Arts class next spring.  It is amazing that her county has approved this overseas trip, and really a RARE opportunity for a foster youth.

The trip is $3,000 through EFTours and Leticia is working very hard to save her money.  Rather than running track this past spring she opted to work to make her $250 a month payments towards the trip.  Leticia will be a senior in high school and is an A,B student who is working a part time job. Leticia is looking for a second job, because she is also saving to buy a car when she turns 18. YES, she is a very hard working young lady.

Leticia has made very mature decisions to finance this trip and we would like to help her out as much as possible.  Leticia plans on attending college in the fall of 2015 and has dreams of attending THE Ohio State University.

Your donation today, of any amount, will be a huge blessing to Leticia. You can donate online here, simply designate your gift towards Leticia’s Trip on the drop down menu.  Checks can be mailed to: CHOICES, Inc. 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, OH 45439  Questions? Have an idea to help us spread the word?  Contact Ashley Schiffer, Development Director, at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122.

As of now Leticia has made over $1,000 in payments on her own.  She wrote this letter about the trip:

Leticia Note Help a foster youth attend a travel abroad class trip in 2015

Let’s make this trip in 2015 a memory Leticia will never forget!

 

 

Success Story | Overcoming Trauma

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 5/9/14

Last week a 7 year old girl in our Home-Based Services program had a special treat for her last visit with our CHOICES worker.

This young lady was receiving services due to some traumatic events in her childhood. The events caused the girl to have daily outbursts of violence, her worker gave her techniques to control her anger. She also experienced high levels of anxiety, and as a coping mechanism, she would twirl her hair.  The amount of hair twirling caused clumps of hair to fall out.

After a year of hard work she has progressed to where she doesn’t need our services. On her last visit her CHOICES worker took her out for a celebration. The young girl went to a salon and was able to get her hair cut and styled to hide the patches that had fallen out.  Her worker also took her to get a hair dryer before the end of the session.

Thank you to the stylist who donated her services for this young lady. We are happy that she was able to celebrate her hard work and success.

Success Story: Super Honor Roll for the 3rd Time

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 4/11/14

We want to give a shout out to Tori, a hard working young lady in our foster care program.  Tori has been on the SUPER Honor Roll at her high school for all 3 quarters this year.  She is going to graduate at the end of May as  JUNIOR! She really has dedicated her time to doing well in school and getting all the credits she needs.  Tori will be transferring to our IL program.

Tori hopes to attend Wittenberg and study Pre-law.  Her caseworker said, “I am so proud of her, she has grown so much during the past year she really is a super star.” 

Tori will also attend Prom this Spring, she received a $50 gift card to help with the cost of dinner from One Simple Wish.

Way to go Tori, keep up the great work in college!

 

 

 

You’re Invited: Our 4th Annual Voices for Kids Breakfast

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 3/11/14

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Feel Good Friday: Foster Youth Emotionally Moves Forward

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 2/28/14

We missed #feelgoodfriday last week, but this store is so great we believe it will make up for it.

“K” is currently in a foster home but also receiving Home-Based Services from CHOICES. K lived through years of abuse and neglect, there were failed placements with relatives and visits to multiple foster homes.  K needed trauma therapy and a nurturing foster home that could commit to her long-term.  Five months ago she moved into a new CHOICES home that her home-based therapist and foster care worker thought would be a better placement match for her.

Since then, K has been nurtured by her foster mother and made tremendous progress in the home, school, and in her therapy sessions. K has brought her grades up and traveled to Washington D.C. on a school trip. Her IEP services have been significantly reduced. K has stopped engaging in risky behaviors and signed up to do ROTC at her High School next year.

Her foster mom has committed to being her long term foster home until she emancipates from care. Just last week the girls in the home got into an argument and K was feeling angry and upset. She used therapy techniques she has learned to journal her feelings and not have outbursts, and has encouraged her foster sisters to do the same because she says, “It helps.”

In therapy, K has told her trauma story and re-framed her experiences to move forward with the future.  She has embraced mindfulness techniques and talks about experiencing her emotions so they don’t become so overwhelming.

K smiles and laughs and recently agreed that it is so easy to just fly off the handle and respond negatively, but that it takes strength to recognize your feelings, control you behavior and respond appropriately.

We are proud of her progress and future plans, and thank the team of people who have helped to lift her up and give her a stable home and appropriate therapy techniques.

Success Story: Leron Successfully Completes Independent Living

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 2/14/14

Leron 300x300 Success Story: Leron Successfully Completes Independent Living We would like to congratulate Leron for successfully completing our Independent Living program.  Leron was in our program for two years, and like many of our kids….there were ups and downs. However, with the right guidance and his own determination he finished the program. The low points were great learning experiences, fostered personal growth, and helped Leron develop more mature behaviors.

Leron always had a lot to offer to any gathering of our IL young people, whether it was at life skills classes or Thanksgiving.  He has displayed leadership in the program and was chosen to attend the Daniel Memorial Conference in Orlando, Florida this past August.  On this trip he further learned the skills needed to get him where he is today, on his own.

We are proud to tell you that Leron was able to sign his OWN lease on an apartment near UC, he is working good hours as a server at a local restaurant. Leron loves to interact with others, and does very well at his job.

Prior to Leron completing the IL program he was able to have lunch with his caseworker, Brad and our IL manager, Robert.  Both Brad and Robert really enjoyed the conversation, reminiscing about the DMI trip and other IL events.  Most of all they were able to share with Leron how well he has done and how he has grown into a mature young man who is taking care of himself.

We look forward to Leron’s updates in the future. We want you to know that your support of our program through furniture donations, monetary donations, and positive thoughts about our kids helps them push through difficult times and successfully complete the program.

We NEED Furniture Donations for Independent Living

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 1/27/14

Today we are going to give you a peek inside our Independent Living (IL) program, share a BIG NEED we have for our kids in this program, and ways you can help!

Our IL program helps young people 17-21 transition away from foster care towards becoming independent young adults. When they are referred to us they go through an interview process to determine if they are a good fit for the program. If all goes well (and it usually does) they will be placed in our IL program.

When a youth is placed with us we provide them an affordable FULLY FURNISHED apartment in a chosen location. The location part is important, they will need to be close to a bus line to get to school and/or work.  Most of the time we can furnish the apartment with quality gently used furniture donations we receive from the community. We always buy a new mattress and supply them with appropriate household items and cleaning supplies. (the 12 days of Christmas baskets made a huge difference in our cleaning supply costs)

We have a lot of referrals and interviews lined up and believe we will be placing a lot of young people in this program over the next few months.  We need your help to collect more donations, so when a youth comes to us they will find a welcoming apartment.

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Here is how you can help, call us if you have these items to donate:  (We will arrange pick up!)

  • Couch/Loveseats (no sofabeds)
  • Chairs
  • Coffee table/end tables
  • TV Stands
  • TVs under 27″ if a box tv
  • Lamps
  • Dressers
  • Nightstands
  • Bedframes
  • Dining room table and chairs  (these are hard to come by)

To arrange a pick up please contact Robert Bruce at (937) 264-0884 ext. 125 or rbruce@choicesfostercare.com

Please consider sharing with your friends, and your church. We have found that if we can share this need during a service, in a church newsletter or on a community board we usually get a lot of calls.  We accept these donations year round, and they help us keep our cost down and allow for us to invest our money in other aspects of the program.

The High School Experience: JaWaan gets a Varsity Jacket from One Simple Wish

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 1/24/14

We believe in providing the normal High School experience to our kids in care, but often resources and circumstances prevent this from happening.  Moving homes and school districts can cause disruption in education and opportunities, and we could always use donations to provide all of the things that make up the junior and senior year fun.   Kids look forward to prom, senior pictures, class rings, yearbooks, varsity jackets and more…but often our resources are limited.

Our partnership with One Simple Wish will help to fulfill more of these opportunities for our young people, and we are happy to share our first one.  JaWaan has always had a love for football, and many times during this past season he had expressed an interest to his caseworker that he would like a varsity jacket much like his friends. 

JaWaan has always been involved in sports growing up, and proudly wore #7 for his team this year. He maintains a part time job and currently studies heating and air conditioning at a joint vocational school. He hopes to attend Wright State University upon graduation or perhaps enlist in the Air Force.  His caseworker, Angela, was happy to supply all the details for his wish….

…within a day or two of submitting his wish it was granted by a wonderful donor of OSW.  We love the personalized messages they often share upon granting this wish, this one said, “Best wishes for a warm and cozy winter from someone who was born and raised in Dayton.” We send a big thank you do the donor, and to OSW for working with us to speed up the granting process in order to have his coat finished by Christmas.

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JaWaan was very thankful for his coat, it means a lot that someone was able to make this happen. Additionally, Angela really enjoyed sharing the story with our staff…because we know that our kids often do not receive things like the coat and it was nothing short of amazing to see this wish come true.

If you are interested to help fund the needs of our kids mentioned in the post you can easily donate online, or contact Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicefostercare.com.  Because we serve a large number of teenagers in foster care, there is almost always a need for school activity support.

New Coats for IL Youth: A Wish Comes True

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 1/8/14

In 2013 we set out to provide something to all of our young people in Independent Living (IL) as the cold weather approached and the Holidays came near; a new winter coat and hat and gloves for our kids who really need them.  Nearly all of our IL kids rely on public transportation to get from their apartment to school, work, appointments and the grocery store.  We didn’t know exactly how we were going to do it, but we were going to make it happen.

It may have been luck, it may have been fate… but in the summer we discovered One Simple Wish via the wonders of social media.  They are also a non-profit operating out New Jersey who has the wishes and needs of foster kids in mind.  They work with many non profits (575 to be exact), just like CHOICES, across the United States to grant the wishes of kids in foster care.  Pretty awesome? Yes, it is because their founder Danielle Gletow was chosen as one of CNN Top 10 Heroes of 2013.  Congrats to her, and to One Simple Wish because that meant they were getting a lot of traffic to their website to grant wishes for foster kids all over the country.

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15 of our IL kids were provided coats because of One Simple Wish and amazing people…who we will probably never know… across the US that were able to fulfill a need for our kids.  We were also able to partner with local individuals and businesses to provide the other coats for our kids, because we know we have great donors too! Thank you!

Because of you we were able to reach our goal and provide winter attire for all of our kids right before the polar vortex hit  Ohio.  The kids were so very grateful for your kindness, support and caring.  Thank you for making this a success and we are going to plan on doing it again next year!

One Simple Wish supporters have granted many wishes for our kids, we will have another exciting story coming soon. When we post more wishes to their website we will let you know on facebook.

Christmas Wishes for Local Children & Families #givingtuesday

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 11/26/13

This week we are all busy prepping for Thanksgiving, and getting ready to get into the Christmas spirit. The Christmas spirit started months ago here at CHOICES, and we are VERY THANKFUL for all of your who are supporting our annual Christmas drive to make the season brighter for our kids and families. We have close to 20 community partners that are making this year THE BEST CHRISTMAS YET.

We will have Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and then our most favorite of all #givingtuesday We are asking you to get involved (if you aren’t already or have extra to give) in supporting our kids and programs. You all meet needs year round, but we know this time of year everyone is feeling extra cheerful to help others.  Here is how you can get involved and support #givingtuesday

  • Donate Online towards your favorite program by clicking here
  • Give $25 to provide a Christmas meal to a family in need
  • Fulfill one of the wish list items below for a foster youth or local family in need (Our Home-Based Services program)

Specific Wishes:

Foster Care:

 Austin, Male age 16, $25 hot topic gift card or Visa Gift Card

Joe H., Male age 14, $25 Visa Gift Card

Daniel M., Male age 2, LOVES Mickey Mouse

Jason M., Male age 11, Xbox sports game

Home-Based:

Michael, Male age 16, $25 Dayton Mall Gift Card

Family Need: dishes, crock pot, nice pot and pan set

Family Need: pot and pan set, towels, pillow cases, blankets

Samantha, Female age 17, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing

Suzanne, Female age 15, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing

Family Need: Towels, hand towels, cleaning supplies, dishes

Family Need: Vacuum cleaner

Damarion, Male Age 14, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing

Avant, Male Age 12, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing

Akashi, Male age 11, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing

Tyshawn, Male age 10, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing

Kaesha, Female age 14, $25 Gift Card to Target or Walmart for Clothing

Family Need: Cleaning supplies, towels, blankets, kitchen utensils

Family Need: Laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, towels, gas card

 

 

This is perfect for a weekend of deal shopping!

If interested in granting a specific wish or sponsoring a Christmas Meal please contact Ashley via email aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or phone (937) 264-0084 ext. 122.  She can also answer any questions.
 

Remember we are a 501(c)(3) all donations are tax deductible, we are a BBB accredited charity, and your support directly benefits local kids and families!

Urgent Need | Independent Living Youth needs Clothes

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 11/19/13

From time to time we have an urgent need with one of our kids, and we do our best to fulfill a void in the lives of our young people. We only do this with your support, and we have an important request today.

Elizabeth is in our Independent Living program and came to us with old and very worn clothes. Since then she has out grown the clothes, but did receive some support from her county to purchase new ones. Since Elizabeth needed all the basics and everyday clothes it didn’t get her much. She currently has one small laundry basket of clothes and is in need of some more.

One of the requirements for our IL program is that our youth find and maintain a job, and not having the appropriate clothing is hindering her opportunities.  Elizabeth could really use $150 gift card to Wal-mart for her caseworker to take her shopping and get appropriate clothing. Having new clothing would also be a confidence boost for this young lady as she struggles with the transition and finding employment.

This is where we need your help, whether it is one generous person or many that come together we want to help Elizabeth out in this time of need.  It’s simple… if six people could donate $25 we could make sure this young lady is prepared.

You can easily donate online via our website here.  Any donations that come in over the next couple days we will make sure go to helping Elizabeth get clothing.

You can also mail checks or Wal-mart gift cards to our office:  1785 Big Hill Rd  Dayton, Ohio 45439

Contact Ashley Schiffer with any questions aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937)264-0084 ext. 122.

Partnerships Make A Difference | IL Youth Gets A Bike From the LEC

posted by: aschiffer |

One thing we all recognize here at CHOICES is that there many people and organizations that make a difference in the lives of our kids.  We recognize that we can’t do it all alone, and when our kid has a specific need we are blessed to be connected to other organizations in the area who can help.  Our staff is often sharing community resources with one another for our foster kids and our home-based families.

Robert B. is in our independent living program, and like many foster youth does not have a driver’s license. He has used a bike to get to and from work, an important component to our IL program.  Unfortunately, Robert’s bike was vandalized and then later stolen making getting to work more difficult for him.

Robert’s caseworker, Todd, suggested that they should contact the Life Enrichment Center to see if they could help.  The LEC is located in Dayton, and has a special bike shoppe and program to help those receiving help from the LEC earn a bike.   Robert wrote a letter explaining his situation to the LEC and asked if they would be able to help him.

The LEC called Robert back within a week, they needed to know how tall he was and how much he weighed to custom make a bike for him.  They gave an approximate time that the bike would be finished.  Todd took Robert to pick up the bike, and reports that Robert was absolutely beaming with excitement when he saw the specially made bicycle.  They were even kind enough to give him a sturdy lock to make sure it wasn’t stolen again.

We truly thank the LEC for helping Robert and many of our kids and families, from the clothing room, to allowing us to use space for one on one sessions you have been a great partner in service.

Thanksgiving Feast for IL | Thank You SOAR

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 11/15/13

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For over a year we have been partnering with the SOAR ministry at Salem Church of God.  SOAR is dedicated to helping our young people in independent living, they provide each and every one of them a birthday cake and so much more! Last night they hosted the 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Meal for our IL kids at their location.

The team really made our kids feel special with a decorated room and meaningful conversation.  They sat mixed in with our kids and shared a very delicious meal complete pumpkin, apple or pecan pie!

We went around the room and each person had to share two things they were thankful for, the room was filled with hope and joy.  Many of our kids were thankful for the CHOICES program, second chances and for not being alone when they turned 18 like so many other foster kids. Our staff and the SOAR volunteers were thankful for the kid’s smiling faces, for the conversation, and to be blessed to be a part of their journey.

Phyllis, from the sewing ministry, was also there and she asked each child to take a handmade winter hat for themselves and one to give to a friend or someone in need. She shared that a member of the church who is 98 made the hats, isn’t that just amazing? Our kids were so appreciative, and there were many pictures with their new colorful hats.  The sewing ministry has also provided hand embroidered stockings for each of our kids!

Michelle and her group provided goodie bags for the kids, and cake pops which have become a birthday favorite.  The evening ended with pictures of the kids we will be able to share with them, which was especially wonderful for our Mom’s with babies.  Our kids were able to take boxes of leftover food and pie home with them too!

We are very blessed to have SOAR be such a big part of our CHOICES family, we all had the best time last night and we are so thankful and grateful for your continued support, personalization and thoughtfulness  you consistently provide for kids in our IL program.

A Halloween Surprise | Costumes for Three Boys

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 10/23/13

It is the time of year that kids are discussing their Halloween costumes on the way to school, excited to be their favorite super hero or that Mom is going to make them a special costume.  But some kids don’t know if they will have a costume and are afraid they will miss out on the fun.

In our Home-Based program Barb has been working with a single mom of three boys. Mom is doing her best to provide for all three boys, and knew they were excited to attend a local Halloween party this week.  Barb went to visit, and Mom had plans of trying to make the boys robot costumes out of paper bags so they could attend the event.  However, time was running out and she didn’t know if she could quite get it done.

Following the visit with the family Barb ran home to grab past year’s costumes from her boys to give to the family.  She had 5 or 6 costumes her kids didn’t have use for and she dropped them off to Mom. Later that night Barb received a call from three delighted little boys, so happy they had Halloween costumes like their friends – they were nearly in tears that someone did something so nice.

We have exceptional caseworkers, and we are sure this isn’t the first time this has happened. CHOICES wants to ensure that all kids receiving services from us are able to experience special childhood moments.…like trick or treating with siblings and friends.  Your support helps fulfill timely needs of our kids and we thank you.  (staff or donor)

As you are out and about after Halloween browsing sales and clearance,  or putting more costumes into a bin, please remember we accept donations of gently used costumes.  You can drop off at our office anytime and we will save for our children next year – or provide to those in need during the upcoming week.

Dayton Office: 1785 Big Hill Rd  Dayton, Ohio  45439 –   Open Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Questions: Contact Ashley at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937) 264-0084 ext. 122

Here’s How YOU Can Help Foster Kids and Families | Christmas 2013, The Best Yet

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 10/8/13

We are getting very excited to kick off the Holiday season for our kids! It is only because of your support that we can continue to provide incredible memories for our kids in foster care, those aging out and for the last few years families in need.

You make their wishes come true by sponsoring the parties, and providing individual gifts (approximately $25) to every child in foster care.  This year we want to spread the word and get others involved – please help us make this The Best Christmas Yet!

Below we have included general information about our giving tree and Christmas parties. We are looking for individuals, businesses, organizations and others who are interested in helping local children in the Dayton and Cincinnati region!

To be matched with an individual child, find out more about specific needs or if you have any questions contact: Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

 

We Can Do This | Help a Teen Mom with Most Needed Items

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 10/3/13

From time to time we get an urgent need from our Home-Based Program. Do you know about this program? Our staff works with families during times of crisis to keep the family together.

Lezley is a 16 year old mom to 1 year old Serenity, and they need your help. Lezley is a very good and attentive mother but needs help with clothing for the fall and winter. As well as age appropriate toys for Serenity.

We know it is that time of year when everyone starts to get ready for a visit from Santa – Mom and Dad usually sort through toys to make room for new. Children have outgrown clothes from last year and will need new sizes.  Your help is needed to help connect these people to us to help Lezley and Serenity.

Here is what they need:

  • Girl’s clothing size 12 months – 2T
  • developmentally age appropriate toys (a toddler push and walk toy would be great!)
  • Monetary or gift card donation

 

If you can help please contact Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com ; donations can also be dropped off at our Dayton Office – 1785 Big Hill Rd Dayton, Ohio 45439 – Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Thankful Thursday | A Surprise for a Foster Parent

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 9/26/13

We have another great story to share with you about the special bond formed between a foster youth and foster parent.

Felicia has been fostering with CHOICES for almost 5 years. She is dedicated to working with teenage boys,  holds them accountable for their decisions, and provides a caring home for them.  A couple weeks ago she received a special surprise for her birthday.

Ras, is 14 and was placed with Felicia for over a year, he had recently reunited with his Grandmother. But, Ras did not forget Miss Felicia’s birthday and wanted to give her a special surprise. The evening of her birthday there was a knock on her door late at night…Felicia really didn’t know who would be coming to her house this late at night…

….when she opened the door she was delighted to see Ras, his Grandmother and family standing there with a cake, balloons and greeting her with birthday wishes. This young man had remembered her birthday months after leaving her home, and expressed to his family he wanted to do something special for Miss Felicia, as she was a big part of his life and Ras thought Felicia should know that.

Our kids have really big hearts, and our whole staff was delighted to that Felicia shared this story with us.

Help Fulfill a Wish for Krystal

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 9/16/13

Do you remember the first concert you attended…and how you couldn’t sleep the night before because you were going to see your favorite artist or band?  That is a pretty special memory, and if you hear one of their songs now you probably go back to that time in your childhood.

Today we are asking for your help to create this memory for Krystal, she is 13 years old and has been in foster care with CHOICES for almost one year.  Krystal is very introverted and has been working closely with her CHOICES caseworker, Jessica, and counselor to come out of her shell.  At the advice of her counselor, Krystal made a short list of things she would like to do that would make her happy.

Krystal’s list was short but at the very top she had listed attending a Black Veil Bride’s concert, she even knew they would be in Columbus in October.  Together the team discussed the list, but it always went back to the concert and how exciting it would be to see her favorite band…this was really the first time the counselor and Jessica saw enthusiasm from Krystal. 

We need your support to help make this wish come true for Krystal, it would be fantastic to grant this wish to a 13 year old foster youth. It is even better, because this may help her express herself, connect to those around her, and build self confidence. Any donations we receive online this week we will put towards Krystal’s concert trip. We estimate it will cost about $125 to provide her with 2 tickets to the show, and we already have county approval for her to go.  

Additional questions can be directed to Ashley Schiffer, Development Director at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

As a group we are confident we can provide this opportunity for Krystal, and update you following the October 15th concert about her experience and progress!

 

 

Donations can also be mailed to:

CHOICES Inc.

1785 Big Hill Rd

Dayton, OH 45439

Success Story | Repairing Family Relationships

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 9/10/13

Today we want to share a success story from our Home-Based Services program. Our caseworkers work primarily with the youth but there is also a focus on helping the family through crisis or conflict.

 Lezley who is 16, was referred to us to help improve her family life. She is a mother to a 1 year old baby; she wasn’t happy with her current living situation and hadn’t spoken to her Dad in quite some time.  Initially she did not want to receive services, but eventually came around.

 Lezley received family counseling for three months, and after that time her worker was able to successfully close her case. Communication has improved within the family as a whole, Lezley has started to repair the relationship with her Father. She is also currently doing better with her living situation with Grandpa and her baby.

 We are glad she reconsidered our services and was able to improve things for her family.

School Supply Drive Recap | You Made It a SUCCESS

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 9/6/13

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Thank you for making our First Annual School Supply drive a complete success!  We thought we would provide large sibling group foster families, Home-Based families in need and our independent living kids with the essentials and because of YOU we did so much more.

A special thank you to Dayton Primary & Urgent Care, MacB, VAP Inc., SOAR and our private individual donors – your support means so much to our foster families, staff and the CHOICES family.

We had boxes filled with notebooks, paper, crayons, glue sticks. Bookbags filled with folders, pens and pencils and $10 Walmart gift cards. 100 individually packed grab and go boxes – 30 for our independent living kids. Messenger bags for the trip to and from school. Isn’t that amazing??? You made sure our kids were confident and ready to go back.

That isn’t all, we also had the private donations and $300 Staples gift card that provided 8 graphing calculators and 3 scientific calculators.

The supplies are still going out as needed or as we get new kids placed, so far 83 kids have received supplies. 54 in foster care, 24 in Home-Based and5 in IL.

For months to come new placements will receive the school necessities, and that is important in helping to ease going to a new school and being in a new home. You are an important part in showing our kids that the community cares…from the very start.

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 If you are interested in helping our kids in 2014 it is never to early to start planning. Contact Ashley Schiffer for more info: (937) 254-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

Help Karissa go to Washington D.C.

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 9/3/13

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We need your help to send a foster youth on her 8th grade trip to Washington D.C.  Karissa was chosen to go with her classmates on very short notice and now needs your help to cover the cost of the trip, which is $500.

Her caseworker Ashleigh is working with the school hoping that they will cover $250 leaving only $250 for Karissa to come up with on her own and we hope we can help her out. Because she was chosen last minute she missed out on some other fundraising opportunities.

Together we can all make this happen, your donation, big or small…. will mean she gets to spend a week with friends, explore the monuments in DC, learn more about our country’s history and establish a special memory many of us have from Junior High.

If you, your business or organization can help please contact Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com  For easy convenience you can also donate online – anything we receive in the next week in online donations we will put towards Karissa’s trip!

Checks can be mailed to: CHOICES, Inc.
1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, Oh 45439

Thank you for your support in providing opportunities for kids in foster care!

 

Success Story | 13 Year Old Kaitlyn Adopted by Foster Mom

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 8/27/13

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Kaityln with her caseworker, Ashleigh Wilcox and Julie (Mom)

We are sending congratulations to Kaitlyn and her foster mom Julie – Katie had her adoption hearing today and has officially joined Julie’s family.  Katie has been in foster care with CHOICES for three years and Julie’s home was her first placement and now her forever family. 

Julie has been fostering for 13 years and has an older adopted son as well. When Julie started to foster with us she had no plans of adopting… we hear this time and time again from our parents but things can quickly change when unbreakable bonds are formed.

At the adoption hearing the Judge asked Katie why she wanted to be adopted by Julie and she responded with a big smile, “Julie has been more of a mother to me in the last 3 years than my biological mom was the first 10 years of my life.” At this time Julie grabbed Katie’s hand and there was not a dry eye in the room, many happy tears for Julie and Katie.

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In tradition the Judge allowed for Katie to make a rule for the day using the gavel and the order of the day became: Julie had to do anything Katie wanted for the remainder of the afternoon.

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We are curious what Julie had to do for Katie the rest of the day…we are guessing a fun adoption celebration and maybe a few silly things too. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful family by sharing their story with someone else today!

Success Story | 15 Year Old Foster Youth Adopted

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 8/12/13

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We have a really big reason to celebrate here at CHOICES! Sarah who is 15 has been with us in foster care for 2 years and was adopted last week by her foster parents, Anna and Vernon Sloan. Any adoption from foster care is a BIG deal, but there are many teens out there looking for forever families and we are happy Sarah has found her match. Dave Thomas Foundation estimates there are over 100,000 kids in foster care waiting to be adopted – over 2,500 in Ohio.

Much like many of our other adoptive foster parents Anna and Vernon didn’t plan on adopting when they started to foster. They couldn’t imagine not knowing what Sarah was doing or where she was…and it was at that moment they knew they wanted her to be a part of their family.  Anna and Vernon’s biological daughter, Joan, is also foster parent with us.  Joan was also very excited and told us, “I’ve always wanted a little sister.”  Joan put together surprise adoption party for Sarah this past Saturday to officially welcome her to the family.

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Sarah is excited to be a part of the Sloan family and looks forward to Grandpa Vernon teaching her how to drive. Vernon said she can start practicing with the lawn mower! Sarah will be a freshman next year and has been active in choir, she loves to sing. Sarah wants to learn guitar and the  support you provided at Christmas provided Sarah with a guitar and she has been teaching herself. Sarah would love to take guitar lessons.

We asked Sarah what she looks forward to the most and she told us, “Staying the night at my friend’s house.”  One of the many things foster youth miss out on.

While CHOICES does not provide adoption services, our staff is able to work with our foster parents and an adoption agency allowing for a smooth transition. Many of our foster parents do end up adopting and our staff plays a big supporting role. Sarah’s caseworker made her a knot bracelet to present to her on adoption day. We love the family charm and the lady bug is a symbol for good luck.

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“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.”
~ An ancient Chinese belief

We wish Sarah and Grandma and Grandpa Sloan and Big Sis Joan the best, as she enjoys many

family activities and finishes high school. 

Former IL Youth Helps Kids in Care Today

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 7/23/13

It is a rare opportunity former CHOICES kids contact us to give us updates, much less gets involved in helping current kids in foster care and our other programs.

Two things are certain 1) We love when people want to help kids in care 2) We LOVE it when former kids follow up with someone on staff

A couple weeks ago a young lady who had completed our Independent Living program years ago contacted Robert Bruce with a donation inquiry. She works for a local retailer that donates out of season items that have cycled off the clearance shelf, and this young lady thought of CHOICES.

Since she was a former youth she knew the kinds of things the kids in our program NEED but also the the kind of things they WANT that would brighten their spirits. She spoke with her manager and got the ball rolling to get us a box of donations. We received a lot of useful things: pillows, holiday decor, phone chargers, craft stuff for the kids and so much more!

The manager inquired about other needs we have and the possibility of helping us out with our annual Christmas donations.  We think it is wonderful this young lady was inspired to help our organization.

The concept is nothing new to us, we are often blessed with new donors because you share with your friends, family and neighbors about CHOICES and helping kids in foster care.  When you share a post on facebook, retweet us, or direct someone to our website it helps raise awareness and gets the ball rolling for someone new to help kids in foster care.  

Thank You Donors from a Foster Kid (Part 2 of 2)

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 7/1/13

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Below is our second thank you letter from a foster youth who attended Camp Joy because of your support.  Our kids enjoy the activities you help provide year round – they learn new things, meet new people and have lots of fun!

Dear CHOICES,

At camp, before we went I was really nervous and upset that I had to go. But once I got there I had fun. My most favorite thing about Camp Joy was mountain bike riding. My least favorite thing was the ropes course, mainly because I was too scared to do it because I don’t like being high up in the sky. But camp was a lot of fun. I had no problems with anyone there!

Love,

Breuana T.

 

You Helped Create these Stories | Summer 2013 Newsletter

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 6/25/13

Check out our quarterly newsletter to see all the great ways the Southwest Ohio region is supporting CHOICES and our kids. You can view our online pdf version, but if you would like for us to mail you a print version please contact Ashley Schiffer at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937)264-0084 ext. 122.

We hope you enjoy the stories about Camp Joy, graduation and a showcase of one of our superstar foster families!

Thank You Donors from a Foster Kid (Part 1 of 2)

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 6/24/13

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We have something great to share with all of you! If you didn’t know 78% of the cost for 15 kids to attend Camp Joy was paid by donor support. That is pretty fantastic!

Here is a special follow up, with more to come…two of our foster kids wrote you all a thank you note. You can see their heartfelt words above, but to be sure you get to read it all we have it typed out below.

To Whom it May Concern:

I would like to really thank you for letting me participate in Camp Joy’s program. I had lots and lots of fun and at first I really didn’t want to go, but when I went I enjoyed it so much. It would be a pleasure to go again next summer, but it was an amazing experience and I want to thank you a lot because I did have lots of fun and I really miss Camp Joy. I learned a lot of new things and I met a lot of new friends. I think that being able to go to a camp with lots of other kids that understand your situation is an amazing thing. I am so thankful because a lot of other kids probably wish they could go to camp and I am thankful you let me have an opportunity to go. The counselors were awesome and fun and everyone liked me for who I am. Everyone was very nice and welcoming. Thank you sooooo much and I hope I get to go next summer. Thank you a lot and you gave me a life changing experience. You made my summer a great summer.

- Thank you again with lots of love,

Karina P, age 13

Congrats to our High School Graduates

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 6/13/13

Last night we had 8 youth attend Hamilton County’s Celebration of Dreams graduation ceremony.  We want to take this time to recognize their hard work in completing their High School education – especially since only 50% of foster children will graduate High School.  We are very proud of the independent living kids but also our foster kids who graduated in the last month.

The event was held at 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati and four of staff members accompanied the kids to the event. It truly was a high class celebration, our staff did some fantastic networking and represented our CHOICES family well. Robert Bruce, our independent living manager, said overall the night was one of the best celebrations since starting in this field 18 years ago. We had a record number of kids graduate, our staff was all over the room networking with all the other county and private agencies also in attendance.

Everyone heard the inspiring story of country music artist, Jimmy Wayne, who captivated not only our kids but the whole room. Jimmy travels the country and helps bring awareness to kids aging out of foster care with little support. Jimmy was also a foster youth and shared his story and preformed a couple of his songs for the graduates.

Robert said that the kids were hanging on his every word, a country music artist from Nashville, Tennessee made a huge impact on 50 kids who grew up in the inner city of Cincinnati. It was just amazing, they shared something in common and Jimmy Wayne, a living, breathing, example as to the importance of mentors and a support team for kids in foster care. We see the importance of these connections on a weekly basis, our kids succeed because of your support and encouragement.

Congrats to our graduates of 2013, we hope with continued dedication you become the future leaders of our community. Check out the picture of the room last night, the kids really have something to be proud of, GREAT JOB!

 Congrats to our High School Graduates

Hamilton County’s Graduation Celebration for foster youth.

Working with Biological Families

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 6/11/13

We have a group of dedicated workers and foster parents that go above and beyond to work with foster youth’s biological parents while they are in care. Their dedication allows for a smooth transition when the child reunifies and many times the support both worker and foster parent provide continues after reunification.

Recently Angela, a foster care social worker, was asked to do CPST (Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment) with a youth in care and involve the bio Mother. Angela was a bit apprehensive but was able to seek guidance from Lisa Helm, who regularly works with the Home-Based Services program.

The bio Mother was also very dedicated to the services for her child and after the first three sessions everyone saw great improvement. Visitations with mom increased and the goal to reunify mom and child was moved up to August. This was possible because of the dedication of the CHOICES staff in providing support to one another but also the child and biological family. Mom really just needed someone to listen to her, and hear what she was saying.

The staff at CHOICES has recognized the importance of providing stability and solutions to the family as a whole; we thank everyone who plays a part in making this happen.  We wish this family the best as they continue treatment sessions and reunify.

Join Us for our 3rd Annual Voices for Kids Breakfast

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 4/24/13

You’re Invited

to the

3rd Annual Voices for Kids Breakfast

May 2nd, 2013

At The Presidential Banquet Center

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Doors open at 7:30 am

 

Join us to learn more about how your support makes a difference in the lives of local youth, expanding their opportunities to succeed! Last year over 600 youth received help from CHOICES through three different programs.

 

You will hear personal stories from former youth and current foster parents, learning how you can be a voice for our children. Their success is not impossible, but it happens with a team of people and we would like for you to join our team. This free breakfast will outline the different ways you can get involved.

 

Please respond to your table captain by April 29, 2013 or directly to CHOICES:

 

Ashley Schiffer

(513) 659-8202 or

rsvp@choicesfostercare.com

 

May is National Foster Care Month, the perfect time for you to join us and learn more!

We Need Your Support to Send a Kid to Summer Camp

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 4/18/13

Each summer we provide a schedule of activities for our kids – it is a chance for them to step out of their comfort zone and learn new things, have fun and something to look forward to each month.

This year we will be sending 15 kids to Camp Joy and we need your support.  Camp is a lifelong memory that our youth will treasure for years to come, they will overcome fears and self doubt. You will help them learn that it is okay to be unsure and try something new- being outside your comfort zone is okay.

Imagine the smile of a young  boy, hands clinching the line and feet dangling as he finishes the high ropes course with a trip down the zip line. $150 provides this and a week full of other activities. There is no such thing of a meaningless or small gift- $25 will provide a duffel bag for a camper, so he doesn’t have to take his things in a trash bag. (It’s so simple but it happens…all to often)

Today you can join us in supporting just one of the 15 foster kids that will attend Camp Joy. The fun doesn’t stop there, all of our independent living youth will enjoy a more advanced adventure at Camp Kern!

We make it easy to give online by clinking this link.  If you prefer to write a check please make them payable to CHOICES and mail to us at:

1785 Big Hill Rd.

Dayton, OH 45439

One of these special kids needs for you to help their adventure happen today!

 

Questions? Contact our Development Director, Ashley Schiffer at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (513)659-8202.

 

Friday Fun: Dot Painting

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 3/15/13

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In February Mrs. Drown took her 3 foster youth and 2 biological children to participate in a painting activity through Project Jericho.  According to their website, Project Jericho is a nationally recognized collaboration between Clark State Performing Arts Center and Job and Family Services of Clark County, changes lives through positive in-depth arts experiences for at-risk youth and families.

The foster youth, ages 7, 9 and 12, had a wonderful time creating the artwork over a span of 4 days. The younger kids did their own personal project and the adults and older youth completed dot paintings that will hang in the Clark County Works Plus office.

Mrs. Drown reported that the kids had a great time and took extreme pride in the work that they did!

The 12 year old girl stated “We had a great time, not only did I get to work on the big dot paintings, but I also got to make a painting I was able to bring home. It was a lot of fun!”

Project Jericho offered dinner and snacks nightly to all who participated, and they also received a t-shirt.

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Success Story | Making the Best Life for Mikilah

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 2/11/13

Keisha is in our independent living program and has a daughter Mikilah who is 18 months old. Mikilah keeps her busy and enjoys making a mess all around herself in her highchair while eating. Keeping up with Mikilah can be tiring but Keisha is motivated to succeed.

Keisha just began her first semester at Sinclair in the early childhood concentration. She was excited to receive a backpack full of school supplies from our Christmas donations to begin her new journey.  While Mom is at school or work Mikilah is at her new daycare, which she loves.

Saving money is difficult, but Keisha is determined to save enough to buy her first car and it may be in the near future when she receives her tax refund. Both Keisha and Mikilah are happy and healthy and well on their way.

You can help support kids like Keisha by making a donation to our Independent Living Program here.

You Helped Create these Stories | Winter Newsletter 2013

posted by: aschiffer |

Check out our quarterly newsletter to see all the great ways the Southwest Ohio region is supporting CHOICES and our kids. You can view our online pdf version, but if you would like for us to mail you a print version please contact Ashley Schiffer at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937)264-0084 ext. 122.

We hope you enjoy the success stories of our kids, thank you for all your support in 2012!

Winter Newsletter 2013 from CHOICESIncOhio

You Create the Special Moments: New Family Tree Partnership

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 1/28/13

Robert Bruce, our independent living manager, was shopping a local goodwill store picking up some furniture for a new youth. His description of his job and how the furniture would be used caught the ear of Michelle Conklin of New Family Tree. This wasn’t a chance meeting; it was the beginning of something that was meant to be.

New Family Tree shares the same mission as our independent living program: to help kids who are about to age out of foster care transition into adulthood. New Family tree is passionate, dedicated and has already impacted our kids in a positive way.

There was a catered meal, decorated tables, mini pumpkins, turkey cake pops, handmade scarves and hats…impeccable detail to create a warm friendly environment for the independent living kids to celebrate Thanksgiving. New Family Tree and volunteers from Salem Church of God interacted with the kids, they sat with them during the meal and asked about their lives and asked how they could help.

The moments shared that evening led to handmade stockings embroidered with each teen’s name for Christmas, made personally by the sewing group at Salem Church of God. Each one packed with care, full of items they would need or enjoy for Christmas.

We are very excited for our new partnership, and that our two organizations crossed path that day. In 2013 New Family Tree will provide cooking classes for life skills class and birthday cakes for each youth on their special day.

Our partners, donors and supporters consistently go above and beyond, making each interaction special and each donation personal. You create the memories that our kids will look back upon years from now, knowing that someone cared.

Success Story: Giving our Kids a Choice

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 1/18/13

Today Jacob will move from his foster home to his Grandparent’s with his other siblings. Jacob is 14 years old and was able to have input into his plan to transition to the temporary custody of relatives. He had to choose between moving with his siblings to his Grandparent’s home prior to Christmas or finishing out his first semester of High School and staying with his foster mom in Springfield.

We are so proud that Jacob made a very mature and adult decision to stay in Springfield to finish out the semester. He told his worker that he felt it was best for his grades to stay and complete the semester in Springfield. Jacob was very nervous about taking exams for the first time and felt it was best to take them at a school he was familiar with.

His siblings moved to his Grandparent’s while he stayed in Springfield for an extra 3 or 4 weeks. He was able to spend Christmas with his family and has been visiting every week Friday-Sunday. Jacob will reunite with his family today and we wish him all the best with his transition.

 

 

Help provide 20 families with a Christmas Dinner

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 12/12/12

With your help we did it at Thanksgiving and we are excited to do it again for Christmas. Your donations for Thanksgiving helped provide meals to 23 families,and over 70 kids were able to gather around the table for a turkey dinner.

We need your help to ensure that 20 families also receive a meal to prepare for Christmas. Our generous donor will be donating 10 hams and 10 turkeys this time.

A $25 monetary donation will cover the side items, and we’ll do the shopping!

OR you can drop off a package of side items to our office on 1785 Big Hill Rd. Dayton, Oh 45439 by December 19.

A package includes:

  • Disposable Roasting Pan
  • Potato side (Instant mashed potatoes or other boxed potato side)
  • Gravy
  • Canned Vegetables (2)
  • Stove Top Stuffing
  • Sweet Potatoes or Mac & Cheese
  • Rolls
  • Dessert (cookies, pie, etc)

Contact Ashley Schiffer with any questions: (513) 659-8202 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

 

Sarah visits Washington D.C. for the First Time

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 12/11/12

One of our foster youth had a last minute chance to attend a school trip to Washington D.C. Sarah went with other Graham Middle School 8th grade students on a 5 day trip to Gettysburg and Washington D.C. Another student wasn’t able to go and the Principal allowed for her to turn in our permission slip last minute and go at no cost. Both of Sarah’s Clark County caseworkers worked really hard to get the trip approved by the county on a VERY short notice, especially since it was the week of Thanksgiving.

Sarah had a wonderful time and most of all enjoyed visiting all of the monuments. She told her worker about visiting the Holocaust museum and said it was really sad. The trip was a great opportunity for Sarah to learn more about American History and she enjoyed time with her friends, especially at the dance. Sarah’s foster mom reports that she hasn’t stopped talking about the trip since she got back!

A big thank you to the school for making this opportunity possible on short notice and Clark County getting all of their paperwork in order as well.

 

Your Help Is Needed to Provide Families with a Thanksgiving Meal

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 11/13/12

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We have an amazing donor who is going to donate TWENTY turkeys for our families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Twenty local families will be able to gather around the table and enjoy a meal together next week with your help.

Helping local families is a huge reward, especially during the holiday season. But we are going to make an offer you can’t refuse!

Anyone who provides us with the following list (or equivalent cash donation approximately $20) will be entered to a $25 Visa gift card! We will draw the winner on 11/21.

Here is a list of what we need to complete the meal:

  • Disposable Roasting Pan
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Green Beans or Corn (2 cans)
  • Stove Top Stuffing
  • Rolls
  • 1 Pumpkin Pie

Want to go above and beyond? Sweet potatoes, mac and cheese,  and whipped cream would be great too!

Please drop off all donations at our Dayton office by Tuesday 11/20: 1785 Big Hill Rd Dayton, Ohio 45439 

Contact Ashley Schiffer with any questions: (513) 659-8202

Success Story | Two Big Accomplishments in Foster Care

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 10/23/12

We have an incredible story to share with you this morning about a foster youth. Devon has set his goals high and is on the pathway to success; the CHOICES family couldn’t be happier for him!

Devon is a Junior at CTC in Springfield, studying to become a Medical Assistant. He recently was elected President of the Junior Medical Assistant class. It is clear that Devon has excellent leadership skills, he is 18 and chose to stay in care; knowing that he would have a better support system to graduate high school. He would like to become a surgeon and is looking into The Ohio State University or Wright State University when he graduates.

Focusing on school can be challenging for many teens, especially foster youth, and we congratulate Devon for going above and beyond. He also will start his first job today, serving tables at a local restaurant.

Devon is a great example to all foster youth, with enough drive and dedication you can achieve so much in a short time!

 

Make a Child’s Christmas Wish Come True

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 10/16/12

Each year with the help of kind and generous supporters like you, CHOICES holds a special Christmas Party for our foster youth. We provide dinner, carnival activities, presents and no party would be complete without a vist from Santa.  This year’s party will be held on Friday, December 14th.

 

We need your support to give our kids a Christmas to remember!

 

 Here is how you can join the Santa’s Helper Team:

 

Donate gift certificates cards ♦ Sponsor the Holiday Party ♦ Wish List – Buy gifts for kids

 

If you or your organization or business would like to help make foster children’s Christmas wishes come true, please contact: Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com

 

The pdf below includes general wishes and needs for our children, but we can also match you with a specific child or family.

 

 

You Helped Create these Stories | Fall Newsletter 2012

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 10/4/12

Our quarterly newsletter has just been improved and mailed to our supporters. You can view our online pdf version, but if you would like for us to mail you a print version please contact Ashley Schiffer at aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com or (937)264-0084 ext. 122.

We hope you enjoy the success stories of our kids, thank you for all your support this year.

Fall 2012 newsletter from CHOICESIncOhio

Success Story | Improving Behavior, One Action at a Time

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 9/26/12

Miguel is a 14 year old boy in one of our foster homes who has struggled in school due to his behaviors.  He has had many challenges in a regular school setting.

This year Miguel has started the South Community YPH Program, where he is rated each day according to his behavior, participation and other measures.  At the beginning of September, Miguel received a perfect score in both therapeautic and academic portions of his school day. This is a huge accomplishment for Miguel.

His foster mom says that when she picks him up he is interacting with his peers, and his teachers report a steady improvement in all areas. Change has to start somewhere, and we are glad to see that Miguel is improving with each passing day.

Support CHOICES | Dine at City BBQ on 9-21

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 9/12/12

Each year, with the support of individuals and businesses within the community, we are able to provide gifts to the kids in care. In an effort to raise more funds for our Annual Christmas Party we will be having a fundraising event at City BBQ in Beavercreek.

When: September 21, 2012 ALL DAY (dine in or carry out)

Where: City BBQ Beavercreek

Why: To support CHOICES annual Christmas Party

What else: Just download and print the City BBQ flyer  and present it at the time of your purchase

We thank you for your continued support of kids in our community by creating a magical Christmas event for them.

Success Story | Self Improvement

posted by: aschiffer |

Together, as a team we are there to encourage our kids to be the best the can be, physically and mentally. Samantha is a 14 year old girl in foster care, who has taken it upon herself to make some serious lifestyle changes. She has struggled with her weight and has health concerns due to her previous unhealthy lifestyle.

This past summer Samantha has embraced a healthier diet and started walking with her Foster Mom for exercise. Since school began, she took it upon herself to join the 8th grade volleyball team and she even walks to practice each day! We are happy to report she is doing well in the “server” position and is making friends on the team. Her worker went to support her at a recent game and said it was wonderful to see her in action.

We are so proud of Samantha for making a change to benefit herself, this goes to show that one small change can turn into a bigger change. Because of her dedication she had made new friends and started a new sport that will continue to motivate her to keep a healthy lifestyle.

Opportunity Knocks: 2 Youth Gain Full Time Employment

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 8/23/12

Our Independent Living program helps youth ages 17-21 transition out of foster care to living on their own, the program is designed to address the life skills these youth will need to succeed. Their worker helps them search for an apartment while teaching them how to review leases and set up utilities for the apartment. Additionally, the worker is able to help them with getting enrolled in college and aid them in finding a job.

In this environment it is difficult for any teenager to find a job, but especially our youth in care. Many of them have lacked stability in their most recent years and may not have a good pool of references. References are absolutely crucial to a teen seeking employment that has little to no job experience.

We are so happy to announce that as of yesterday two independent living males have gained full time employment, with overtime pay.  This an extremely amazing opportunity that they will have to put forth a considerable amount of hard work to keep, as they are on a 30 day probationary period. A job is so much more than a pay check, it teaches responsiblity, decision making, goal setting and the value of a hard day’s work. 

The CHOICES family wishes them the best as they begin this new path, but ultimately their success is up to them. Our staff offered a considerable amount of encouragement and emphasized accountability when the two young men excitedly shared they were EMPLOYED with big smiles.

Our community partners in the Dayton region are so very important to us, and this is just another illustration of how together we can all make a difference. If your place of employment has any opportunities available for our youth please contact Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com .

It’s the Little Things

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 8/10/12

Every teenager in America struggles with it and every parent nags about it, doing chores. It is no different with our kids in care, but one of them has turned around and we think it is worth noting!

We have a fourteen year old female in care that has been told by her foster mom to do chores over and over.  The plea never changed, but it was consistent.  Her CHOICES and county worker have been working with her as well, and someone must have gotten through to her because suddenly she was motivated.

This young lady went from not doing any chores to completing all of her chores the last 2 weeks and cooking a meal for the family once a week. Her foster mom is so proud of her and amazed with the turn-around, and so are we!

Sorry, guys we don’t have a plan that you can implement in your home to see the same result, persistence pays off, and hopefully this gives you hope with your teens!

Foster Youth Talents

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 7/17/12

Réneé is a seventeen year old in foster care who was anxious to share the following poem with her CHOICES worker. “She is a hard worker, outgoing, friendly and positive,” her worker told us. Réneé has decided to be all these things, her poem captures the journey of her emotions.

She is learning to love and wants positive attention from those around her. Réneé uses journaling and exercise to clear her mind of negative thoughts. In addition to writing, she likes arts and crafts.   Réneé has made tremendous progress over the last few months, and has a can do attitude.

Maybe

By: Réneé P.

Maybe I’m a dreamer,

Maybe I’m misunderstood,

Maybe my tears I cry are raindrops,

I’m scared,

I think I’m too crazy,

I’m a loser,

Maybe I’m the only one here,

Maybe no one can hear me,

Or see me,

Maybe I’m not supposed to be loved,

Maybe you’re not opening your eyes to see

the side of me you should,

I’ll just lay here for a bit,

I can’t say it anymore!

Maybe I have had enough!

Maybe I’ll just give up on life!

Maybe, Maybe, Maybe,

I think I’m too weird!

Why can’t you see me,

Everything you say or do to me, you’re kill me,

inside and out.

My heart is just a block of ice,

Maybe you think I’m useless,

Maybe I’m hopeless and worthless,

I’m just too sad,

Maybe all of this is just a dream,

I’m trying too hard,

I’m not pretty,

I’m not smart,

Maybe, Maybe, Maybe,

Maybe I’ll just close my eyes,

Maybe I just need to take a deep breath,

And open my eyes

And push all these bad thoughts aside.

I’ll push myself to reach my goal in life,

I know I’m not only,

Maybe I’m the one who needs to stop and think,

I’m myself, no one else,

Maybe I have the power to change myself,

Maybe I’m the one who can be myself,

I’m the one who owns and controls my life,

No one else is me,

Maybe I’ll stand up for myself and make my own path,

Maybe today is the day, I’ll prove to you that I can do right,

And keep going on and on,

Maybe, Maybe, Maybe.

Help CHOICES Win a $20,000 Technology Makeover

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 7/16/12

We are excited to be a finalist in the Modern Office Methods non-profit technology makeover contest. From now until July 31st you can vote for CHOICES under the Dayton finalists category to win one of three prizes; the grand prize being a $20,000 office makeover. Click on the image below to vote for us!!! You can vote once a day.

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What your vote means to us

Every child should be able to experience a childhood free of worry, full of learning experiences and fun. When children come into care they have often experienced pain, neglect and trauma.  CHOICES not only provides them with a caring environment, but also provides them with opportunities to be a kid. We are extremely grateful to our donors and the community support that allows for our youth to have a normal childhood. Imagine the giant smile of a youth who is seeing a movie in the theater for the first time, attending a Dayton Dragons game, finding out they can attend camp for a week or playing games at our annual Christmas party. We love to see these kids succeed, but we need your support to make it happen! We serve over 200 youth a month, which results in extensive amounts of paperwork, a necessity in our services. Winning the makeover simply means our vital budgetary needs will be met, allowing for more positive opportunities and experiences for our youth. With your support they have a better chance at success; you can be the one that brings the smile to their face.  

Independent Living visits Camp Kern

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 6/25/12

 

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Last week five CHOICES workers took 21 Independent Living Youth to Camp Kern for 2 days. The youth participated in team building activities and other activities designed to stretch their boundaries and comfort zones.  While their two day visit was very HOT, they enjoyed many activities including swimming, horseback riding and a ropes course.

Independent Living manager Robert Bruce says, “Attitude is everything at camp”.  Visiting Camp Kern is an opportunity for the youth to learn about nature and a little about themselves.

At the close of the camping adventure the youth vote for ‘Best Camper’ and ‘Most Improved Camper’.  Congratulations to Mollina and Rayshawn for receiving the Best Camper Award.  Additionally, Ben G. was voted as Most Improved Camper!

Each year the CHOICES staff works hard to plan summer activities for our youth in care, and because of your generosity and kindness we are able to provide them with experiences they otherwise would not have!

 

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Celebrate May is National Foster Care Month with Cupcakes

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 5/22/12

Support CHOICES and enjoy delicious cupcakes!

 

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Go Cupcake has partnered with CHOICES to help raise awareness about May is National Foster Care Month. 

 50 cents of each cupcake sold on Thursday, May 24 will be donated to CHOICES. 

The Go Cupcake truck will be parked on the corner of Dorothy Lane and Far Hills Avenue in the MidUSA Credit Union and KMO Chamber parking lot.

We invite you to learn more about the work we do with youth and families within the communities of Southwest Ohio. To stay up to date with our most current news, success stories and ways to help  please like us on facebook here.  We thank Go Cupcake for your generosity and partnership to bring awareness about our organization and May is National Foster Care Month.

Foster Parents Needed: Raffle for an iPad

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 4/23/12

Foster parenting is the ultimate satisfaction of knowing you can make a difference in a young life. CHOICES is looking for dedicated and caring foster parents within the Southwest Ohio region. You can read more about our foster care program here.

We offer:

  • 24-Hour Support Services
  • Quality Paid Training
  • Foster Youth Care Reimbursements
  • Great, Fun Family Activities

 

We are excited to announce that we have an exciting opportunity to WIN an iPad! Between April 23, 2012 and June 30, 2012 you will receive ONE raffle entry when you request a foster care information packet.  To request your packet please call us at (937) 264-0084 ext. 111. One entry per household and a minimum of 25 entries required for raffle drawing, other rules and regulations apply.  Drawing will be held July 30, 2012.

 

 

Join us at The Kettering Mayor’s Ball for Charity

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 4/12/12

The annual Kettering Mayor’s Ball for Charity will be held April 28, 2012, from 7 p.m. until midnight in the beautiful atrium of the Reynolds and Reynolds Corporate Headquarters in Kettering. This will be the sixth year for the Charity Ball, an event designed to raise money to benefit local nonprofit organizations that serve the Kettering community. The 2012 event will benefit CHOICES, Inc.

If you are interested in attending please visit the Kettering Mayor’s Ball for Charity website to reserve your tickets by April 15, 2012.  The money raised from sponsorships, ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit CHOICES. If you are interested in donating a silent auction item or have questions please contact Ashley Schiffer at (937) 264-0084 ext. 122 or aschiffer@choicesfostercare.com 

We would like to recognize and thank our generous community sponsors:

DP & L • Kettering Medical Center • Anthem • Reynolds & Reynolds • Prime Time Party Rental

James Free Jewelers • Prime Printing • Day Air Credit Union • Lincoln Park Manor 

 McGohan Brabender • P & R Communication • Miami Valley Research Park 

 Synergy • Wright State University • RG Properties • Bars on Wheels

Cannarozi & Associates Insurance •   Dee Dee’s Gourmet Peanut Brittle • Modern Office Methods

The Flower Shoppe • Dayton Children’s Hospital • Heidelberg Distributors • KM Design

TRFG • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney • Town & Country Shopping Center

The Kettering, Moraine, Oakwood Chamber of Commerce

The Franklin Foundation

We would also like to thank our silent auction donors:

bd’s Mongolian Grill • BJ Kidsal Foundation • Blake Lance • Bobbie Roland

Carrabba’s • The Cheesecake Factory • Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering

Cincinnati Reds • Cityfolk • City of Kettering • Cleaner with Dean • Clear My Head Spa 

 Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation • Dave Dutton- Van Buren Village Apartments

Dave Seagraves, M-E Companies • David McElwee

 Day Air Credit Union • Dayton Country Club • Dayton Playhouse • Dayton Dragons

 Deck The Walls • Dee Dee’s Peanut Brittle • Domenico Stolfo • Druffner & Associates •

Eastside Jewelry & Exchange • Elé Cake Company 

The Fabulous Linda Lee • Figlio • Garrigan’s • Go Cupcake! 

Hara Arena Conference & Exhibition Center

 Heidelberg Distributing Company • Holten Wellness Center •  Imaginative Interiors

Irongate Realtors-Karren Bernhardt •IT2 Resource • James Ghory, Jr. •

Jimmie’s Ladder 11 • JJR Solutions • Kettering Rotary • Laser Wolf Engraving

 Lia Sophia- Susie Roth • Lisa Helm • Mary Kay- Christy Keaney • Mayor Don Patterson

MCL Restaurant & Bakery •  Miami Valley Networking Professionals

My Grandfather’s Garden Bed & Breakfast • Party Lite Candles-Becky Bruce 

 Premier Jewelry- Linda Lee Rahn • ProSource • PuroClean Emergency Services

 Randd Associates • Scratch Event Catering 

 Simply Women • Square One Salon • Steve Clark/Fairmont High School

Sycamore Country Club • The Tavern Group •  Texas Roadhouse • Thirty-One Gifts- Andrea Loftis

Thirty One Gifts- Kim Harvey • Tom Nikolai, Mark Fornes Realty

Town & Country Shopping Center • Vectren • Victoria Theatre Association • Walnut Grove 

 We Care Arts • Wright State University’s Nutter Center • YMCA of Greater Dayton

 

Focus on Dayton with Kim Faris

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 3/30/12

Thank you to Kim Faris and Lite 94.5 for featuring CHOICES for this weekend’s “Focus on Dayton” segment.  Tune in to hear our Executive Director, Shellie Stolfo discuss CHOICES and the upcoming Kettering Mayor’s Ball for Charity. Kettering Mayor, Don Patterson and Kettering Rotary President, Brenda Stansfield also discuss the  event.

Information about airing of the program is below:

Air Time: WDFK 99.9 FM – 6:00 a.m. Saturday

Air Time: WMMX 107.7 FM – 6:30 a.m. Sunday

Air Time: WDSJ 106.5 FM – 7:00 a.m.  Sunday

Air Time: WLQT 94.5 FM – 6:00 p.m. Sunday

Air Time: WXEG 103.9 FM, WTUE 104.7 FM, WONE 980 AM / WIZE 1340 AM – 7:30 a.m. Sunday

Success Story: AJ

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 3/12/12

We would like to recognize, AJ for his outstanding artistic skills. He is 11 years old and has been chosen to be part of the 2012 Youth Art Month Exhibition. This is a BIG accomplishment for AJ as his project is 1 of 158 projects chosen from Ohio K through 8th grades. CHOICES is honored to have such an artistic foster youth! AJ’s art work will be displayed at the Youth Art Month Exhibition at the State Teacher’s Retirement Systems in Columbus from March 1 through March 31. All art work can be viewed at www.littledavinci.com.

Success Story: Mentoring Match

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 3/1/12

Mentoring is an important part of the additional care and opportunities we give the youth in our care.  The PICK Mentoring program (People Influencing and Coaching Kids) serves male and female youth approximately fourteen and older and who are receiving other program services through CHOICES, Inc.

We are pleased to tell you that one of our matches met this past weekend. PICK Mentor Vance met with his Mentee Cody for the first time at a local restaurant. They both had a great time getting to know each other and immediately made plans to see each other again this upcoming weekend.

Becoming a mentor is a great opportunity to make a difference in the the life of a youth, you can read more information about the qualifications and resposiblities by clicking here. There will be Mentor orientation this Saturday, March 3rd from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. The location is at our Dayton office: 1785 Big Hill Rd., Dayton, OH 45439 and it will be held upstairs in the board room.

If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a mentor please contact Amanda Bush at (937) 264-0084 ext. 137 or abush@choicesfostercare.com.

 

Success Story: Kody S.

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 2/9/12

We would like to recognize Kody S. for a successful transition from our Foster Care program to our Independent Living program. Kody is now enrolled at Clark State Community College studying Graphic Design. He received help from his CHOICES worker with the enrollment process and getting additional funding to attend; she was also able to attend orientation with him.  Kody now has a full time job and is doing wonderful balancing the two responsibilities and staying away from any negativity. We are very proud that Kody has reached this point and continues to work towards his goals.

 We would also like to thank Bockrath Carpet for providing placement goods for Kody as he starts this new chapter of his life. As a non-profit we appreciate the partnership with local businesses in the Dayton area in providing opportunities for our youth in care.

Success Story: Marcela

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 1/25/12

Marcela C. is a youth from Bulter County who has been placed in our Independent Living Program for 8 months. Marcela formerly lived in Guatamala and has been the United States for a few years. She demonstrated her dedication towards success by finding a full time job within her first week as an IL youth.  Additionally, she is working to finish her high school diploma and has become more familiarized with the English language.  Our Indepdent Living workers teach the youth the importance of budgeting and saving money and Marcela was able to save enough money to purchase her first car. We congratulate Marcela on successfully empanicpating from the IL program and taking over the lease of her apartment. Her workers are very proud of her accomplishments and know that with her dedication and drive to succeed she has many great opportunities in front of her! 

 

Backpack Donation: Dayton Regional STEM School

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 1/4/12

We would like to thank the Dayton Regional STEM School for their recent donation of 9 backpacks and personal items for youth in our care.  One of the Social Studies teachers, Pat Murakami, suggested instead of having a Christmas party that the students in her class help the community.  The students suggested many ideas and then voted, and helping youth in foster care received the most votes. Pat then researched local foster care agencies and found CHOICES and our ways to help list. Pat and the students had decided to collect personal items and school supplies and put them in backpacks for our Independent Living youth. Her class of 15 students got the whole school invovled in donating items right before the holiday. 

Thank you to all the students and teachers at the Dayton Regional STEM school for your donation and thoughtfulness for others during the Christmas season.

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Rodger our Indepdent Living Coordinator and Pat Murakami from the Dayton Regional STEM School.

 

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Backpack donation full of school supplies and personal items.

Adoption: Jeremiah

posted by: aschiffer | Tuesday 12/27/11

Congratulations to Pam Frison and her family who just adopted Jeremiah, now 14 years old. This was the only placement that Jeremiah has had, and he has been with Miss Pam for a little over two years. Miss Pam has two older children who are 18 and 27 and one grandchild.  She has been very attentive to the extra care Jeremiah has needed. With her extra care and that of his workers Jeremiah is really coming out of his shell.  Miss Pam has fostered many children over the years but has never had the goal to adopt. When Jeremiah and Miss Pam met they had an instant bond which led to his adoption. The whole Frison family took him in and provided him with security and stablity he needed in order for him to be more open and outgoing.

Jeremiah’s adoption hearing was special as his biological brother was present with the family that will soon adopt him. Both Miss Pam and the brother’s adoptive family are committed to staying in touch as the boys grow up so they can see one another regularly. We are so thankful to have foster parents like Pam Frison who go above and beyond with foster youth in our care.

 

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Jeremiah with Pam Frison and her two children and grandchild.

Adoption Story: Linda

posted by: aschiffer | Monday 12/19/11

We would like to congratulate Roger and Mary Dennis on the adoption of Linda.  Linda has been in care since she was eight and with the Dennis family for the past year. The Dennis’ have been foster parents for over 10 years, and have always had a strong connection and dedication to all the foster youth in their home. Linda is now 12 and has made great progress since she has been in the Dennis home, including becoming a straight A student. Roger and Mary have two daughters of their own and they all work well as a team to provide a caring environment for youth in their home. Congratulations to Mary and Roger who now are the proud parents of three girls!

 

 

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The Dennis family, including their two daughters with Linda at the adoption hearing

 

Adoption Story: Emmy

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 12/14/11

We have had many recent adoptions among our foster parents in the past month. This week we would like to share their success stories.

James and Donna Murphy have been with CHOICES for over two years after transferring from Hamilton County. They have had Emmy in their home since she was three days old and she is now two years old.  On December 8th the Murphy family officially welcomed Emmy into their family. The Murphy’s have seven biological children and they have always considered Emmy to be part of the family, and they were all very excited to make it official just in time for Christmas.  Donna home schools all the children and Emmy has already learned all her colors. Congratulations to the Murphy family!

Santa’s Helpers: Dave Arbogast Buick Pontiac GMC

posted by: aschiffer | Friday 12/2/11

We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Dave Arbogast dealership for their very generous sponsorship of our Annual Christmas Party.  In addition to the sponsorship they featured a CHOICES Christmas tree in their main lobby area for employees and customers to take ornaments sponsoring the youth in our care. Their promotion of CHOICES and our Santa’s helpers cause was more than we could ever ask for. The Arbogast team did a wonderful job sharing our cause on their Facebook page and Website.  

Their dedication resulted in donations for 25 youth in our care, including 18 gift cards and additional presents from the wish lists of children. The CHOICES team thanks you for your sponsorship, donations and sharing of Christmas spirit this holiday season. We are very proud that we have a local business that supports the community with such generousity and enthusiasim. Thank you to the entire Arbogast team for your coordination and kindness and the Arbogast customers, may you have a very Merry Christmas!

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A portion of the Arbogast Santa's Helpers and Ashley from the CHOICES team

Santa’s Helpers: Carol Gaiser and WPAFB

posted by: aschiffer | Wednesday 11/30/11

We would like to give a special heartfelt thank you to Carol Gaiser and the WPAFB 401st SCMS/GUMD for their incredible gift donation for our independent living youth. Carol with the help of 3 other women and generous employees at Wright Patterson Air Force Base have bought gifts for 3 years. This year they have fulfilled the wish lists of twenty independent living youth in our care. This included shopping at multiple locations to get the youth exactly what they wished for. We had mentioned that two youth have children, and Carol and her gang went above and beyond to make this Christmas special for the kids and their mothers! Included in their donation were gifts already wrapped for the kids to open on Christmas morning, a special addition that truly defines the Christmas spirit.

 The independent living youth will have their own Christmas feast and then have their gifts delivered right before Christmas. Thanks to Carol and her team for making the holiday season brighter for these kids; the CHOICES team is so grateful for your kindness and generosity!

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Carol Gaiser and her helpers with CHOICES employees

 
 
 
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CHOICES managers Amanda and Robert with one of "Santa's sleighs" loaded and ready to go. It took 2 vans to bring the gifts in!

 
 

Foster Kids Bowling!

posted by: mmcdowell | Wednesday 10/12/11

Billy, Troy, Mason and many other kids had a great time bowling over the weekend. A special thanks to Beavercreek Hilton Garden Inn, Beaver-Vu Bowling, our volunteers, and staff for making it possible!

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Teen gets her first job

posted by: aschiffer | Thursday 9/29/11

Brittney G. is a 19 year old female in our care and we would like to congratulate her on finding her first job! This is a great success to celebrate as Brittney has had to overcome many challenges. For the past three years she has been volunteering at Wright Nursing Home, and has been diligent in applying for any position that would open up. Finally, this summer they hired her for a position in their dietary department. This is a perfect fit for Brittney since she is attending Greene County Career Center studying food and hospitality management. She is doing wonderful, and CHOICES recognizes her commitment and dedication to finding a job she loves.

CHOICES Youth meet NBA Star Jason Terry

posted by: mmcdowell | Monday 9/12/11

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Ricky and Rayshawn met NBA Champion Jason Terry, of the Dallas Mavericks! What a great experience! Thank you to Mr. Terry for taking the time to talk with them and learn more about their experience at the National Independent Living Conference in Texas. What a great way to end a trip!

Youth in Texas for the National Independent Living Conference

posted by: mmcdowell | Thursday 9/1/11

Brittany and her fellow Independent Living youth are having an amazing experience in Texas:

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Foster kids had a great time at the CHOICES picnic

posted by: mmcdowell | Friday 8/26/11

Our foster kids had a great time last weekend at our 25th Anniversary picnic. A special thanks to Rodger, our grill master, and many others who helped make it possible!Gallery Picnic 2011 Foster kids had a great time at the CHOICES picnic

Junior leadership volunteers at Picnic

posted by: mmcdowell | Thursday 8/25/11

Thank you to Alex and the guys from YMCA Junior Leadership Dayton for volunteering at the CHOICES picnic on Saturday. Our foster kids and families had a great time!YMCA Leadership Dayton CHOICES Picnic 2011 300x136 Junior leadership volunteers at Picnic

Sisters and brother adopted

posted by: mmcdowell | Tuesday 8/23/11

We are so happy for three siblings who started their new family together with their adoptive mom, Holly, last week!

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16 year old Kadonna adopted today

posted by: mmcdowell | Friday 8/5/11

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We are very happy for 16 year old Kadonna! She was adopted by her wonderful foster mother today, Melinda Insley. Kadonna has been in care forever, and now she has her forever family!

 

CHOICES at the Dayton Dragons

posted by: mmcdowell | Wednesday 8/3/11

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CHOICES families had a great time at the Dayton Dragons game! Thank you to Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream for making it possible!

Foster Family at Country Concert with Darius Rucker

posted by: creativeFuse | Wednesday 7/27/11

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A few foster youth had an amazing time attending this year’s County Concert, especially when they met Darius Rucker backstage! Thank you to Mandy and Alan Whiteside for being such great foster parents and thank you to Darius Rucker and Hear the Music Live for making such an amazing opportunity possible!

Sister and brothers adopted

posted by: creativeFuse | Tuesday 6/14/11

We are so happy for Heather and her brothers Logan and Zach for starting their new lives with their adoptive parents yesterday. Thank you to Lindsay, their caseworker, their foster parents, and many others for making a difference during their four years with CHOICES. They are very sweet, fun, and loving kids and we wish them the very best!

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First Pitch at the Dragons Game

posted by: creativeFuse | Wednesday 5/25/11

Thank you to the Dayton Dragons and Brandon Salyers of 5/3 Bank for donating the tickets and helping us recognize National Foster Care Month!

Dragons Pitch CHOICES First Pitch at the Dragons Game

2nd Annual voices for Kids Benefit

posted by: nvwebdev | Thursday 5/5/11

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our 2nd Voices for Kids Benefit on May 5th. You helped become a voice for our kids.

Our special youth speakers, Vanessa and Blake, did a wonderful job speaking. Thank you to both of them for sharing their stories and hearts with each of us at the event.

Also, a special thanks to our sponsors and table captains:

Event Sponsors:

Bob Mills & Barbara Schenck, Vectren, Don & Marcy Schade,

Sawdey Solution Services, John Board and

Fidelity Orthopedic

Table Captains:

Mike Beauchamp, Dan Bir, John Board, Darlene Breen, Robert Bruce, Linda Caron, Creative Fuse, Kim Focht, Lisha Grant, Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, Lou Luedtke, Anna Magnusson, Seth Morgan, Nicholette Ontko, Lezley Pisone, Jeff Rezabek, Barbara Schenck, Lori Simms, Rod Smith, Domenico Stolfo, Nadia Stolfo, Sherry Tschudin, Joe Varabkanich, Vectren, and John Ward

 

If you are interested in supporting our 3rd Annual Voices for Kids Benefit in September of 2012 as a sponsor, table captain, volunteer or attendee, please contact Matt McDowell at 937-264-0084 or mmcdowell@choicesfostercare.com.