Child Abuse Reporting Guidelines

Posted by on July 22, 2011 at 6:51 am

The link below will take you to a website containing a Power Point presentation on the Child Abuse Reporting Guidelines for the State of Tennessee.   Please watch the presentation and then login to take the corresponsing test on Quizstar in order to receive credit for this material. If you have any questions, please […]

Teen Dating and Violence

Posted by on June 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm

What is Relationship Abuse? Dating violence or relationship abuse is a pattern of violent behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend. Abuse can cause injury and even death, but it doesn’t have to be physical. It can take many forms, including threats, emotional abuse, insults, isolation from friends and family, name-calling and controlling […]

Foster Parenting Myths

Posted by on June 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Misconceptions about Foster Parenting abound. If undisputed, these misconceptions could keep those considering the idea of fostering from taking the next step.  Let’s look at the truth vs the myths. Fostering is a demanding and rewarding task. When armed with the facts, you can be a force for change in the lives of children and […]

Parenting The Adopted Teen

Posted by on May 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

“When adopted children reach adolescence, their parents are likely to be anxious and have an additional set of questions. Will the child become confused about his or her identity? Will a sense of abandonment and rejection replace feelings of security and comfort? Is the child behaving in a way that reflects inner turmoil about…” READ […]

ADHD in Teens – Information for Parents

Posted by on April 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

This article will be helpful for those dealing with Teens and ADHD. Also, for Centerstone staff and families,  there is a quiz available for continuing education credit. (See links below). Here is an excerpt: “Research has clearly shown that AD/HD is highly genetic, and the majority of cases of AD/HD have a genetic component. AD/HD is […]

Controlling Behavior or Reclaiming Youth?

Posted by on February 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

This thought provoking article challenges to reader to take a close look at whether or not we are trying to help children reclaim their lives or if we are just trying to make them more manageable by teaching them to control their behavior. For Centerstone staff and families,  there is a quiz available for continuing […]

Every Child Deserves A Family

Posted by on February 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

An article authored by Centerstone Adoption Coordinator, Barbara Pennington, appeared in a recent edition of the Tennessean. The article, titled “Every Child Deserves a Family,” explores common myths about what it takes to adopt a child and urges loving people to open their hearts and homes to children who need families. Pennington’s article comes in […]

Implementing the Circle Of Courage In The Classroom

Posted by on February 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

“The Circle is not a set of rules or a strategy; it is a paradigm shift in teaching social obligation and self-awareness. Implementation then, has more to do with shifting perceptions and expectations than it does with creating rules and strategies, which are a product of perceptions and expectations. The perceptions and expectations revolve around […]

Transition Planning for Foster Youth with Disabilities: Are We Falling Short?

Posted by on February 8, 2011 at 10:21 am

“DO WE HAVE A PROBLEM? Nationally, approximately 20,000 youth “age out” of foster care each year, typically when they turn eighteen. These youth face extraordinary challenges to becoming successful adults, and the transition outcomes for many youth exiting care appear bleak. A national study* of…” KEEP READING

Attachment Disorders

Posted by on February 8, 2011 at 9:22 am

As a child grows, so does the bond of trust with the primary caregiver. Secure attachment has a lifelong effect on growth, development, trust and relationships. If a child is not provided this consistent, loving care, insecure attachments form. Children with insecure attachments… KEEP READING: Attachment Disorders