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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued


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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

Kids Vacation Tips

Who doesn’t look forward to vacation? It’s always a much needed time to getaway, relax and rejuvenate. However, when you are bringing kids along, you may be bringing more than just additional baggage – stress, schedules and strollers may also … Continued

Kara Marts

At Ray of Hope, a team approach is the heart of everything we do. We believe when individual child protection agencies collaborate and communicate, child abuse victims receive better treatment and ultimately have better outcomes for healing. We believe when … Continued