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New Thriving Magazine: Read Stories of Connection, Community Support & More

Spring/Summer issue of Thriving

The newest issue of KVC Health Systems’ print magazine, Thrivingis now available online here! This Spring/Summer 2024 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 — A Fighting Chance: Ray and son
How Ray
Overcame a Difficult Childhood to Become a Family Man, Nonprofit Founder, and Mentor

As a child, Ray experienced abuse and neglect. He shares his story of foster care and resilience, and how he’s now transforming the lives of children just like him. 

Read it now in Thriving or read the expanded online article here.

Unstoppable Mom Does Whatever It Takes to Reunifyfamily photowith Her Son After Foster Care

Gabriella’s story is an embodiment of resilience, redemption and healing. Read how she overcame adversity to reunify with her son after foster care and now dedicates her life to empowering parents and families involved with child welfare through advocacy, mentorship and leadership. 

Read it now in Thriving or read the expanded online article here. 

Financial Planning Tips for First-Time Foster Parents Foster family
The adolescent years are a unique time of growth and change. Gain a better understanding of teenage brain development and learn how to promote healthy behavior. 

Read it now in Thriving or read the expanded online article here.

Social Media and Suicide Risk in Teens:mother and son looking at phone
What Caregivers Need to Know

Get to know how social media can impact mental health and the warning signs of suicide risk. Gain insights to minimize the risk and maximize connection.  

Read it now in Thriving or read the expanded online article here.

Healing and Adventure at Meramec Adventure Ranch high ropes course

The Ranch in Steelville, Missouri is filled with adventures including ropes courses, aquatic activities, camping, kayaking and biking all of which inspire confidence, cooperation, and positive decision-making.  

Read it now in Thriving or read the expanded online article here.

KVC West Virginia & Big Brothers Big Sistersyouth mentor and child

KVC West Virginia and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State announce a new, innovative partnership to connect children and teens in foster care with dedicated mentors, expanding their support networks and fostering a stronger sense of belonging.  

Read it now in Thriving or read the expanded online article here

Meet Children Who Need a Forever Familyclose up of child

Daisie, Eric, Jacob and Nicholas are each waiting for a loving adoptive family. Learn more about these youth, including their unique personalities, strengths and interests. 

Read it now in Thriving or visit the KVC Adoption website (Kansas youth).

From Crisis to Connection:child and mother
Family Strengthening and Prevention Services at KVC 

At KVC, we know it’s best for children’s wellbeing to remain connected with their biological family. Although foster care is sometimes necessary, providing support through our prevention and family preservation services helps families stay together or reunite.  

Read it now in Thriving or read the expanded article online here


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 80, putting it in the top 1% 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 FacebookInstagramLinkedInYouTube, and X.

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