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The Family Center: Resources for Families, Individuals and Professionals

Serving our community through programs and resources vital to today’s families.

The Race to Nowhere: Film Presentation

Reel Link Films presents The Race to Nowhere, a film by Vicki Abeles about the dark side of America's Achievement culture.

Our special screening and Ask the Experts panel discussion on September 27th was fully booked, but we are planning a future screening.

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Children's Foster Care Information

Ask the Experts by Susan Benson

Q: I have been hearing a lot about foster care lately and am considering getting involved. How can I help?

A: Let me start by giving you some information on foster care. Children's foster care is a short term solution to an emergency situation.  Children in foster care have been separated from their biological families due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or death in the family. They are placed in a foster home until it is safe for them to return home.

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Cultivating a Healthy Definition of Achievement

Ask the Experts by Carla Palffy, Sean Hogan-Downey and Mary Beth Garvey

Q:  How does one raise a well-adjusted child in today's K-12 world obsessed with test scores, over-achievement and individual accolades?

A: Recent studies (Weissbourd, 2009) suggest when it comes to raising children the intense focus on over-achievement has taken both an emotional and moral toll on our children.  The reality, according to Weissbourd (2009), is that children subjected to intense achievement pressure ...

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Awareness of Depression in Adolescents: Pt. 2

Ask The Experts by David M. Benson, MSW, LMSW, ACSW

Q.  My son has always been outgoing and social.  Recently, he appears to be really depressed.  Can teenagers get "real" depression?  If so, what are the warning signs of suicide?

A: As the pressures of being a teenager increase, so does the rate of teenage suicide.  Part One explained Teenage Depression and identified warning signs that every parent needs to look for and be aware of with their teenager. Depression, as ...

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Awareness of Depression in Adolescents

Ask The Experts by David M. Benson, MSW, LMSW, ACSW

Q.  My son has always been outgoing and social.  Recently, he appears to be really depressed.  Can teenagers get "real" depression?  If so, what are the warning signs of suicide?

A.  Depression is real and affects children, adolescents and adults.  Depression can happen to anyone at any time.  In order to answer your questions, I will first address the teenage depression, and part two will examine the link between ...

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