Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Crossnore
On September 1, 2021, Crossnore Communities for Children’s made me its full-time Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager. In beginning this work, it was important to gauge the pulse of [...]
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How Childhood Trauma Impacts Development
Creating a Family Podcast invited Brett Loftis, Crossnore's CEO, and Dr. Dawn O'Malley, Senior Director of Clinical Services, to a discussion of how trauma impacts a child's development.
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Transracial Foster Care & Adoption: Impacts and Interventions
Growing up in the foster care system is often a lonely and traumatic experience.  Growing up with caregivers of a different race within that system can be even more isolating.  [...]
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Busting Myths for National Adoption Month
Monday is the first day of National Adoption Month. We have written many blog posts related to adoption, including many families' amazing stories. But today, we want to bust some [...]
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Three Lessons I’ve Learned Working in Child Welfare
I have been in the Residential field for 30 years, currently serving as one of the Residential Supervisors on Crossnore’s Avery campus. After all these years, the one thing that [...]
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To Those on the Fence About Foster Care
I share a foster care story or statistic, because their heart is breaking just a little more as it tries to pull them over that fence.
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