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10 May

Nearly Half Of The Kids In The United States Have Experienced At Least One Trauma In Their Lives

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. A new report released last week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) includes some sobering statistics on the mental health of our nation’s youth. The report, Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences, indicates that nearly half of the kids in the United States, a staggering 46%, have experienced at least one trauma in their lives. Trauma, as defined in the report, includes a variety of...

07 May

Jim Mason Receives 2018 Virginia Colson Award for Service to Families and Children

Jim Mason, president & CEO of Beech Acres Parenting Center, is the 2018 recipient of the Virginia Colson Award for Service to Families and Children by the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA). The award recognizes Ohioans who advocate for quality services for children and their families. Congratulations Jim! Thank you for your tireless advocacy for kids and families!  Read the press release here. ...

01 May

May Is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month! There may never be a “perfect” time to become a foster care family, but there may be a “right” time. The need for loving foster care homes is at a 20-year high. Every day more kids need a place to be safe, to be loved, to just be. Beech Acres Parenting Center prepares you for welcoming a child into your life with excellent training and matching programs. Our support goes beyond our incredible staff...

01 May

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Every day millions of people live with a mental illness. This including one in five adolescents, 13-18 years-old. Last year we surveyed over 600 parents in the Greater Cincinnati area and discovered that their #1 parenting concern was “understanding kid’s mental health issues”. During the month of May, we have the opportunity to raise awareness of mental health and work toward removing the stigma associated with it. Join the conversation on Facebook...

27 Apr

Superhero Design Company 2018 Recap

I solemnly swear to only use my powers for good. That I will use my cape to comfort others, protect those I love and remind the world of my strengths. I pledge to be a hero, the best I can every day. With this pledge, thirty kids were recently “transformed” into superheroes thanks to Beech Acres Parenting Center and ArtWorks Cincinnati. The “Super Hero Design Company” pairs kids receiving services from Beech Acres with youth apprentices from ArtWorks. “It was very nice....

23 Apr

Your Kids Are Loving, Kind, and Creative. Let Them Share That.

Natural Strength Parenting™ helps parents uncover their family’s strengths with a mindful framework for intentional growth. Experience NSP™ through Make. Sell. Give. Make.Sell.Give. is a unique opportunity for families to be creative and to give back to their communities together. Make family time a priority by intentionally setting aside time to spend together. Creating these mindful, meaningful moments, without outside distractions is a great opportunity to model family values. Get curious with your children about what they are passionate about...

15 Mar

Jim Mason Visits Congress to Discuss Opioid Epidemic

Jim Mason, Beech Acres Parenting Center President & CEO was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 14, to present to members of Congress and their staffs about the impact the opioid epidemic is having on the children, families, foster parents and organizations who make up the larger child welfare system. He shared specific recommendations to stem the rising tide of children whose futures are at risk due to the largest epidemic of its kind in our nation’s history. “We need an integrated...

01 Mar

American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Recommendations for Mental Health Screenings

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended today that children ages 10-21 are screened annually for signs of depression. This new recommendation is the first major update to their guidelines in 10 years. Previously, the recommendation was for screenings to begin at age 12. One in five adolescents 13-18 have or will have a serious mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin at just 14....

16 Feb

How To Speak To Your Children About What They See On The News

Bad, scary, or negative news can be traumatic for children of all ages. “Bad” news can be anything; natural disasters, local or global political strife, mass shootings, the fallout from the drug epidemic, or even a fire in your neighborhood. It is important for parents to be prepared to talk with their children about things they may see and hear on the news. Here are some tips to help you get started. First, take care of yourself. Process your own feelings...

15 Feb

Every Hero Needs a Sidekick! Support Our Kickstarter Campaign Today!

ArtWorks Cincinnati & Beech Acres Parenting Center are turning extraordinary kids into ordinary heroes! But we need your help! Youth apprentices from ArtWorks meet the kids, identify their strengths, and discover their real-world superpowers! they will design a cape together that represents those powers. What do you say, citizen? Will YOU help turn a super kid into a super hero? Become a sidekick by supporting our Kickstarter campaign today!   ...