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Quality Counts! Match Closure

The closure of a mentoring relationship is a natural stage in the life of a mentoring relationship. As outlined in the 4th Edition of The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ healthy closure, “brings the match to a close in a way that affirms the contribution of the mentor and mentee, and o…

Twenty years later, are we doing enough to address childhood trauma?

Nearly 20 years ago, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study changed how we understand the effects of trauma on children. By analyzing the co-occurrence and impact of several types of abuse and trauma suffered during childhood, the ACE Study offers a framework to understand the cumulative and long…

Put our teens to work – for their sake and ours

Do you remember your first “real” job? What did that job teach you? For many of us, our early jobs built confidence, skills and the experience needed for future employment. Summer is when many young people seek part-time employment. If we want our children to become productive, contributing adults,…

Protecting our kids is an around-the-clock job

EVERY HOOSIER ADULT IS A MANDATED REPORTER OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT. TO SUBMIT A REPORT, CALL THE STATE'S HOTLINE AT 1-800-800-5556. IT'S OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK, 365 DAYS A YEAR. The number of cases of abused and neglected children in Indiana continues to grow, and 2016 mark…

The State of Indiana's Children: Surviving, but not thriving

Is Indiana a good place to be a kid? For many of us with memories of a happy Hoosier childhood, the answer to that question is a resounding “yes.” Yet when we look beyond our personal experiences and examine the data about child well-being in our state, the answer is more likely “it depends.” …