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Oklahoma Congressman Opens His Heart and Home to Two Adopted Daughters

| June 16th, 2015

Markwayne and wife Christie were learning to adjust their hectic lives to his Washington duties. His three children, Jim (11), Andrew (9), Larra (6), were managing practices, homework and other family commitments, when the family fell in love with Ivy and Lynette (now 4). The twins had been living separately with two of Christie’s elderly [...]

[Guest Blog] Making Time to Show Kindness

| April 15th, 2015

“Now!” “Mine!” “No!” These are three lovely words that I hear frequently as the mom of a 4 year old and a 1.5 year old. Let’s face it: Kids are selfish, and the truth is, we all are. Attempting to fight this selfishness, I resolved to serve more with my kids, and this resolution has [...]

ASP Coach Kat Foley Shares How Successful Coaching Leads to Successful Students

| March 4th, 2015

As an Academic Success Program coach with Foster Care to Success (FC2S), I am rewarded with seeing my students grow and blossom throughout their college years, while experiencing tremendous personal growth myself through these relationships. I love being a part of their academic and everyday lives as a coach, sounding board, encourager, editor, and support [...]

Mentoring Foster Youth Could Help Postively Impact Their Mindset

| February 23rd, 2015

Great blog post from CASA’s CEO Michael Piraino on how we can transform foster youths’ trajectory by changing their mindset. Our foster care system can cause traumatic and adverse childhood effects, resulting in a “fixed” mindset where a child assumes failure to be permanent versus a “growth” mindset where a child accepts failures as challenges to [...]

More Than…

| February 12th, 2015

Many things inspire people to volunteer. It may be a newspaper article that pulls your heartstrings, wise words from a mentor, or a gift you are given just when you need it most. It’s More Than an article, More Than a word, or More Than a gift – it’s the catalyst that inspires you to give of your time, energy, or [...]

Wishing Our Parenting Liason a Happy Retirement!

| December 18th, 2014

She walks into the office wearing her infectious smile; her cheery laugh greets your ears long before you see her. She waves good morning as she heads for her desk, and as you wave back, suddenly, you’re happy because you know at some point in the day you’ll have a good laugh. Laura Adkins is [...]

Survival Guide to Finals Week

| December 5th, 2014

No matter your major, class load, or level of comfort within your class – come test day, there’s always some degree of stress. Here are some tips on how to manage that stress by better preparing yourself for test day and FINALS WEEK. Day 1 of 5: Time Management Finals Week is a challenging time [...]