New Thriving Magazine: Robin’s Inspiring Foster Care Success Story, KVC Missouri & Great Circle Become One & More
The newest issue of KVC Health Systems’ print magazine, Thriving, is now available online here! This Spring/Summer 2023 issue is packed full of stories about people finding the powerful human connection and help needed to break the cycle of adversity; live happy, healthy lives; and create bright futures. Read below for some of the great content you’ll find inside.
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COVER STORY – Nevertheless, I Persisted: Robin’s Inspiring Success Story
When Robin was just three years old, her mother’s substance use led to her and her siblings being placed in foster care. This began a long and difficult road for Robin. Along her journey, she developed meaningful connections with people including her KVC case manager and another woman she admired for being both a wonderful mother and a caring nurse. Read how Robin took control of her destiny, choosing to defy the statistics about youth who age out of foster care rather than be defined by them.
To Strengthen Children’s Mental Health, KVC Missouri & Great Circle Become One
Kansas City-based KVC Missouri and St. Louis-based Great Circle, two nonprofits with a shared mission to provide high-quality children’s mental health and family services, became one on April 1. The expanded KVC Missouri team of 800 professionals now serves thousands of families with preventative family strengthening services, foster care, children’s mental health treatment, educational academies, residential treatment, and other services from 20 locations including Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield.
Malachi was once a young boy in foster care. But once KVC professionals placed him and his sister Nevaeh with foster parents Miranda and Craig Coleman, everything changed. Read how the Colemans’ love and support along with Malachi’s athletic talents, hard work, and giving spirit have converged in a special way, bringing hope to other children in need.
Camber Children’s Mental Health in Hays provides a healing space for youth throughout rural western Kansas. The treatment center serves youth experiencing suicidality, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and other needs with residential and inpatient care mental health services.
Want to prioritize your mental health this year? Straight from our KVC clinical experts and leaders, here are steps you can take to improve your mental wellbeing in 2023.
As a KVC case manager, Shalona Stewart helps parents and children safely reunify after experiencing foster care. She describes herself as a “cheerleader for parents,” and is passionate about supporting the families with whom she works. “We celebrate reintegration!” Shalona said. “Reuniting is the best part of the job.”
Amiri, Madison, Andrew, and Dana are four teens who are each waiting for a loving adoptive family. Learn more about these youth including their unique personalities, strengths and interests.
The Sweeneys didn’t expect adoption from foster care to be the way they became parents. But one December night changed everything.
There are many more stories packed into this issue of Thriving. Check it out today!
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KVC Health Systems is a family of private, nonprofit organizations that strengthen families, prevent child abuse and neglect, and help people achieve mental health wellness. The KVC network has over 2,400 employees nationwide across 60 locations in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, and West Virginia. KVC has positively impacted over 300,000 people’s lives in its 50+ year history of providing heart-centered service. In addition, KVC is proud to have a high Indeed Work Wellbeing score of 77, putting it in the top 1-2% of employers and demonstrating it is a great place to work. KVC is accredited by The Joint Commission, considered the gold standard in healthcare. Learn more about KVC Health Systems here and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.