The Foster Care Program of Lutheran Social Services will be holding a second annual Life book Project in February! Last year’s event was such a great success and it was so wonderful to spend time with the volunteers that we decided to make it an annual event! If you are interested in being part of this fun and inspiring event you can do so by making a donation of supplies or volunteering at the event – or both! For more information see below:
We are all trying to stay healthy during this cold and flu season. Hand washing is one of the very best ways to protect ourselves from germs!
- Use soap, warm water and scrub well.
- Remember to frequently wash the hands of even children that are too small to use the restroom independently.
- Encourage your child to sing “Happy Birthday,” “The ABC Song” or another favorite that is similar in length. This encourages your child to scrub a little longer before they rinse and dry.
- Pick up a children’s book like “Germs Make Me Sick” to help your child understand why hand washing is so important. Knowledge is often motivating for a lot of children. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/germs-make-me-sick-melvin-berger-melvin-hafner-marylin-ilt/1112330405?cm_mmc=googlepla-_-book-_-q000000633-_-9780812445435&cm_mmca2=pla&ean=9780812445435&isbn=9780812445435&r=1 Local libraries will have a few different books to choose from based on your child’s age and reading level.
When Mary Jo Vance attended the annual Women Unite event to learn more about how she could help the Sioux Empire United Way, the message hit home. Her oldest daughter had just left for college and she realized she had more time available to volunteer in the community.
The presentation was about the 2012 United Way initiative, USucceed. USucceed is a mentoring service for high school students, where matches are able to meet off school grounds if they would like and both the mentor and student commit to the relationship until the student graduates high school.
I’ll give you a second to do that.
What is a life book you may ask? It is a pictorial and written representation of the child’s life designed to help the child make sense of his unique background and history. A life book is similar in many ways to a baby book that parents keep for their birth children. It can include the child’s vital statistics; date, time and place of birth as well as the child’s weight and length at birth. It can include a chronological history of developmental milestones. It includes pictures of the child and others who play a role in their lives. However a life book goes a step further. It fills in the blanks for the adopted child just like pieces to a puzzle. It gives history about the birth family, orphanage, previous foster families, cultural background or country of origin. It explains how the child came to be adopted and how his/her family came to adopt him/her. This can be conveyed at whatever developmental level the child is at and can be expanded on as they grow and understand more. It is a way to reassure a child who is adopted that he/she is loved and accepted.
Here in Sioux Falls we are experiencing quite a cold snap lately and have been thinking creatively to help the kids stay active while we are stuck indoors. To beat cabin fever and stay fit the kids at our childcare and education programs are enjoying a variety of activities! For a taste of the fun try some of the following activities: Read the rest of this entry »
LSS Mentoring Services is seeking nominations for the 2013 Citibank Outstanding Mentor, the First Premier/Premier Bankcard Community Partner of the Year and Rookie Mentor of the Year awards. The awards, to be presented at the Annual Mentor Appreciation Breakfast on April 17, provide a platform to honor the contributions of individuals and organizations that have shown outstanding commitment to the mentor program.
Nominations are encouraged and may be submitted by the community at large. Self-nominations are accepted. All nominations are due by Friday, March 1. Click to download the 2013 nomination form.