Wood's Homes Blog

A new normal

March 24, 2020

Creating a new normal is exactly how parents respond to the unique parenting needs of children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, our FASD Support Program team sent the following message to all families currently in the program...

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William Taylor Learning Centre: More than just a school

March 11, 2020

There’s a box in a corner of the school’s front office that contains stuffed animals. They were brought in last September, one by one over a period of time, by a struggling young student at Wood’s Homes William Taylor Learning Centre. Stuffed toys don’t usually show up in Grades 7-12, but for this student they meant comfort and security. They were something to cling to in times of loneliness, upset and unfamiliarity: An attachment to something . . .  anything.

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To CC or not to CC, that is the question

January 28, 2020

We thought we’d offer up something a little different on our blog this week. It’s a subject matter that everyone has had a challenge with now and then. Email communication! We all send and receive emails, and yet how often do we stop and think about best practice? This, especially in a social service setting that demands confidentiality.

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Helping crossover youth: Why policy isn’t enough

January 22, 2020

Have you ever been in a store where each employee that you ask for help has to go ask someone else about it? Maybe they have to call another department? Wait for the manager? This may only take a few minutes, but when I find myself in this situation I can’t help but wonder if things could be better organized to make the store more efficient.

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Santa Project: Sobeys spreads Christmas cheer

December 23, 2019

Every year, the Santa Project brings Christmas cheer to children, youth and families at Wood’s Homes. This project, similar to adopt-a-family, supports over 100 families each year. These families are all involved in one of our 40+ programs. Dozens of generous community members provide donations such as grocery store gift certificates, warm winter clothing, and toys for children. Through the Santa Project, Wood’s Homes and our wonderful donors are able to make the holiday season a little brighter for these families.

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From research to practice: An inspiring conversation with EXIT Youth Hub Supervisor

October 02, 2019

What is Research? Cambridge Dictionary (2019) defines ‘research’ as the study of a subject, in detail, in order to discover new information or reach a new understanding. Within Wood’s Homes, we have many people who are passionate about research and data, and Adam Flegel, program supervisor at the EXIT Youth Hub, is one of them. EXIT’s outreach programs started in 1989, and offer a service in which young people (12-24) have walk-in access to on-site staff who provide counselling, crisis support, employment and housing support, community advocacy, as well as health, mental health and addictions support. I had the opportunity to talk with Adam about his programs. It was an inspiring conversation, and it kept me thinking not only about the numbers, but the stories behind them.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month

September 20, 2019

Did you know that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the number one cause of developmental disabilities, and is ahead of Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

September is FASD Awareness Month, a time to create awareness around the importance of abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy.  FASD is referred to as the invisible disability and does not discriminate – every woman who is pregnant and consumes alcohol is at risk of having a baby with FASD. 

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Kinship Support Program: An introduction to what we do!

June 18, 2019

Wood’s Homes Kinship Support Program consists of two Kinship Support Workers (that’s us!) and our Program Manager, Camella Magulike. We are part of an interconnected group of services offered by Wood’s Homes’ Family Support Network to improve outcomes for children and families. The program began in 2015 and has grown a lot since then, from supporting 16 children placed in 13 kinship homes to supporting 66 children placed in 44 kinship homes in our 2018-2019 reporting period.

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Trauma-informed care in our everyday practice

June 12, 2019

At Wood’s Homes, We Never Say No, We Never Give Up, We Never Turn Anyone Away.

This motto is a large part of why we implement trauma-informed care into our everyday practice. Traumatic events are experienced by everyone and are part of being human. When children in particular are involved in such events, this can act as a host for other social and neuropsychiatric problems (Perry, 2006). The Wood’s Homes Supported Visitation and Transportation Program works primarily in collaboration with two programs at Wood’s Homes: The Family Support Network (FSN) and the Foster Care Network (FCN) in providing services to parents and children involved with the Alberta Children’s Services Forest Lawn site. We help to manage risk and safety while supporting access between biological families when the children have been removed from the home due to child protection concerns.

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The power of volunteering

April 08, 2019

Since 2005, Wood’s Homes Lethbridge has hosted a Gala Dinner in the spring of each year. The event is theme-based (Cinderella, Peter Pan, Pinocchio) with amazing decorations and decor, coupled with great food and live entertainment. It’s an event people look forward to every year. The guest speakers are typically previous clients of Wood’s Homes and are always a highlight, as they share their stories and how Wood’s Homes supported them along the way.  The generosity of the business community, countless volunteer hours, amazing committee members and leadership from Wood’s Homes, make this the Gala of the Year!

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