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Trinity Youth Services
25th of August 2020
DIVE
Trinity Youth Services Announces Diversity, Inclusion, Value and Equity (DIVE) Program

“In the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Over the past several decades, there has been a tremendous push toward inclusiveness and equality in the United States; in our schools, our workplaces, our places of worship and in our society, as a whole. In recent years, training in Cultural Competence and Implicit Bias have become requirements, as employers learn to accommodate the needs and belief systems of a workforce that is…

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10th of August 2020
Hollywood Actress, Singer and Philanthropist, Jen Lilley, Teams Up with Trinity Youth Services in Support for Foster Youth, Offers Compelling Message for Potential Foster Parents

Film and TV star, Jen Lilley, has a long list of accomplishments that include being seen by millions on the Academy Award-winning film, “The Artist,” NBC’s “Days of Our Lives,” ABC’s “General Hospital,” and many more. A leading lady on the Hallmark Channel, Lilley is a devoted foster and adoptive mom, loving wife, and revered children’s advocate who donated 100% of the proceeds from her first single, King of Hearts, to help a child named John receive lifesaving heart surgery…

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8th of August 2020
Fostering Gave Me A Purpose: Trinity Foster Mom Eva Geranton, Shares Her Story of Unconditional Love

Having unconditional love for children is one of the biggest reasons people become foster parents. The desire to give support to a child in crisis and see their growth is one of the biggest rewards of foster parenting. Eva Gerantan, along with her husband, dedicate their time and love to children in need, and have helped over 30 children receive the care and nurturing they need to thrive. Eva has been a Trinity foster parent for 7 years, and just…

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5th of August 2020
trauma-informed care
The Importance of Courage and Encouragement

“Courage” and “encourage” are related words stemming from the French word encoragier, from en- “to make or put in”, and coeur- which means heart. The basic premise of the word “encourage” is to instill confidence and hope (to give heart) to have courage is to be confident, brave or bold (to have heart). Both are very important in the work we do at Trinity on a daily basis. I have never thought of myself as a particularly courageous person. As a…

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25th of July 2020
distanced learning
Your Child May Qualify for a Free Computer

As the school semester approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, families and caregivers are having to look at distanced learning options for their children. To study remotely, computers are essential. Below are some resources for low-income families to receive a free computer: Computers for Kids Call: 434-817-1121 or Text: 434-214-0153 — computers4kids.net C4K offers free computers to K-12 students that receive government assistance. The On It Foundation Call: 305-244-6454 — theonitfoundation.org This organization provides free computers to K-12 students that participate…

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9th of June 2020
Statement from Trinity Youth Services

Trinity Youth Services supports the Black Lives Matters movement and the peaceful protests that are taking place across the country and around the world. We cannot stand witness to murder and remain silent. We do not condone rioting and looting which detracts from the message every person needs to hear loud and clear: Enough is enough. No human being is worth more than another. No man has the right to suppress or oppress another. No system has the right to…

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5th of June 2020
Protest
2020, the Year of Reformation: An Essay by a Former TYS Youth

The following current events commentary is provided by a youth formerly in Trinity Youth Services’ Short-Term Residential Program. After graduating the program and high school, he began studying in college. This youth recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree and is now pursuing his master’s. Similar to the experience of seniors around the world, this youth had to overcome the struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic after classes went virtual and illness affected the family. This youth has learned perseverance and continues…

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20th of May 2020
Waridi's Boys
Why I Decided to Become a Foster Parent: Waridi Heard’s Foster-to-Adopt Journey Reveals Love Can Heal Effects of Trauma

How did you get into fostering and why was it important to you? I was introduced to foster care in 1988. My mom was a foster parent who turned her home into a group home. She did that for several years and I was her back-up sitter, basically her right hand. I moved away from fostering to pursue college and my life direction changed when I got married and had my own children; it was conducive at that time. Eventually,…

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5th of May 2020
Crisis Relief Trinity Youth Services
3 Ways You Can Empower Local Foster Youth During a Crisis

  If we ever needed to come together as a community, now is the time. The Coronavirus crisis has caused widespread disturbances in our everyday lives; and that’s especially true for foster parents. Schools are closed, jobs are at stake or have been eliminated, and life as we once know it, is now very unpredictable. Now, more than ever, people in our community, especially foster youth, are finding themselves without the necessary items they need. Here are some powerful tips…

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20th of March 2020
Staying Happy and Healthy During Coronavirus
Keeping Your Child Healthy, Happy and Informed During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The Coronavirus has shaken families across the world, including Trinity’s resource parents. If you are concerned about how to keep your family safe, and what to do to keep your children occupied while they are out of school, here are some helpful tips that will make life easier in these challenging times. Have a Family Meeting Although we are all still learning details about the Coronavirus, we can communicate what we know to our family members about how to stay…

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