The Ally: Learning From Each Other

I hope everyone enjoyed some peaceful and relaxing moments over the Thanksgiving break. The holidays can be hectic and stressful, but they can also bring sweet moments with our friends, families and children. Families as Allies wish many of those moments for all of you. We also wish a Happy Hanukkah to all who are celebrating it this week. 

We've included an article in our resource section that connects the principles of Hanukkah to mental health. Two of our blog posts share our experiences with learning from students who have recently been part of Families as Allies, and we also share exciting national news about how much we can all learn from the CHAMP Project. Taken together, those led to our theme of "learning from each other." We hope as we approach 2022, that it will be a year of continuing to learn from each other and working together for our children.

Our virtual Drop-In Family Support Hour is this Thursday from noon to one. No need to register. Just use this link to drop in.

The Special Education Advisory Panel Meeting meets virtually on December 8th at 10:00 am. Meetings are open to the public and include time for public comments at 10:15 a.m. 

Thank you so much to all who donated to our Facebook #GivingTuesday fundraiser! We set a goal to raise $500 and had raised just over $750 by mid-afternoon on Tuesday. You can still donate through Facebook or our website. We appreciate your support! 

- Joy

The State argues that Dr. Hogan's Order of Appointment cannot amend the Remedial Order and that he should incur no direct or indirect costs.

Students from St. Andrews visited Families as Allies for a day of service learning and to share their thoughts and ideas on our mission.
Families As Allies is glad to see CHAMP receive the national recognition that it richly deserves in this article.
Venise Rankin explains the most important thing that she learned from her internship with Families as Allies.
Family members may drop in to share any concerns or get feedback from others about handling different situations.
Dr. Mark Edelstein and Dr. Kimberly Gordon-Achebe will answer questions and provide information on youth substance use and mental health.
The Special Education Advisory Panel will meet on Wednesday, December 08, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.
The National Council for Mental Wellbeing explains how clinics can seize the opportunity to leverage CCBHC fundings.
This webinar will review findings from the National Council’s Youth Substance Use & Message Development During COVID-19.

During Hanukkah and the season of giving, it can be easy to forget to give to yourself this time of year. That’s why we have created these Hanukkah Resources and our Mental Health Menorah or "Hanukkiah" to help you stay grounded and healthy, build resilience, and avoid burnout this holiday season.

For kids exhibiting rigid behaviors and severe emotional outbursts, the usual punishments and consequences won't work.
What are the signs that preschool kids might need help learning to manage their impulses and regulate their behavior? Learn how to better understand your 3- to 5-year-old’s behavior problems and stop tantrums in our article.
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