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Public Response Frazzled

Every parent has been there. You are in a public setting and your child is testing your patience. You repeatedly try to control your child. Nothing is working. Your child is loud, running, touching everything, taking things off shelves, upset. … Continue reading

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Public Response

Your ears perk up as you are paying for your groceries. A frustrated mother jerks her young son’s arm and tells him to stop touching the candy. Now watching, you see her berate the four or five year old, ”Why … Continue reading

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Protective Factors

What do going for a run, joining a MOPS group or blowing bubbles in the backyard with your kids all have in common? They’re all “protective factors” that keep families healthy and kids safe!   Your personal protective factors serve … Continue reading

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Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Americans are urged to be proactive and create emergency plans for their homes and businesses. This includes a plan for any emergency or disaster.   Admittedly, just researching this column has triggered some anxiety for … Continue reading

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Parenting with Love & Logic

Parenting is hard, and you don’t need to need a library full of theories or to memorize a bunch of stuff. You need practical, effective and consistent methods that help you and your children thrive. Love and Logic is a … Continue reading

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Parent Child Tips

The Ray of Hope team looks forward to h’ART of a Child every year. It is such a positive, joyful event with so many community kids and parents. Last weekend’s event was no exception. h’ART is wonderful for our area … Continue reading

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Organization Child Protection Policies

A coach is left alone with a young student in a locker room. A Sunday school teacher continues teaching with just one student. A day camp volunteer takes children to the bathroom alone. An older teen mentor takes a single … Continue reading

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MDT

When talking to the staff or board at Ray of Hope, it won’t take long before you hear about our Multidisciplinary Team. It’s the foundation of the work we do. In fact, we’re so committed to the team approach that … Continue reading

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Lori Moynihan

Last week we began our series introducing Ray of Hope team members who are instrumental in our child abuse response. Medical assessments following allegations of abuse are integral to the services provided at Ray of Hope. A sound medical exam … Continue reading

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Lori Rose

A child abuse investigation can set off a chain of events that may be challenging for families to navigate. Each step is essential to ensure the safety and healing for the child but unfortunately can sometimes feel overwhelming. Ray of … Continue reading

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