Successful Adoption for Southmountain Children

Posted by: swright 9 months, 4 weeks ago

When children come into care at the Foster Community of Southmountain Children and Family Services, permanency is our primary goal. When possible our staff will work diligently with the children and parents in order for them to be reunified. However, when reunification is not possible, adoption becomes the primary plan. The staff of Southmountain will assist our Social Services partners to facilitate adoption so children can become part of a “forever home.” For these children, successful adoptions are a source of celebration!

One recent story began about 3 years ago when a brother and sister, ages 2 and 4 came into care at our Foster Community as a result of child abuse. Unfortunately, after lengthy attempts of reunification failed, the parents’ parental rights were terminated and the goal for the children became adoption. The Department of Social Services began looking for the perfect adoptive family for the children. Once a possible family was identified, Southmountain staff began the preparation process for the adoption. It is important to understand that most of the children in our care have experienced trauma through suffering child abuse and/or severe neglect as well as the impact of the removal from their biological family. Adoptive parents need to understand this fact and be willing to learn and apply the skills needed to care for children who have experienced trauma. The staff of Southmountain works closely with the adoptive parents both before and after the adoption to help them gain the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful union of these precious children into their new families. The last thing these children need is a failed adoption, which could have devastating effects on their already fragile mental and emotional health.

Center of Excellence Staff Complete Training

Posted by: swright 10 months, 1 week ago

Seven staff from the Center of Excellence and the Foster Community recently completed training that will expand their professional skills so they can better serve children and families. Rhonda Soirez, Foster Community Therapist and Jonathan Rhoades, McDowell County Therapist completed training for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) through the North Carolina Child Treatment Program. Mary McKinney, Watauga/Avery County Therapist is expected to complete this training within the next month. Dr. Holli Sink, Director of Clinical Services for Southmountain and Danica Ciaramita, McDowell County Therapist served as Senior Leaders for the TF-CBT training. TF-CBT is an evidence based therapy proven to reduce trauma symptoms in victims in about 20 sessions.

Two other staff, Sonya Farr and Stephanie Dvorak, recently completed training for Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) through the NC Child Treatment Program. Sonya is a Clinician at the Foster Community and Stephanie provides services at the Foster Community as well as McDowell County Schools. Brenda Patton, Foster Community Program Administrator was the senior leader, and Andrea Bradburn, Foster Parent, completed the training as a support person. SPARCS is a group therapy for teenagers to help them cope with on-going stress and the impacts of abuse and neglect. Danica Ciaramita also recently completed training for Parent Child Interaction Therapy through internal training.

The Center of Excellence provides clinical services in 6 counties in Western North Carolina including Burke, McDowell, Yancey, Mitchell, Watauga and Avery Counties and serves children and non-offending parents impacted by abuse, neglect or other loss.

Eulogy for Bill Brinkley

Posted by: swright 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Eulogy for Board Chair William M. "Bill" Brinkley

Annual Sonshine Saturday Sponsored by Enon Baptist Church

Posted by: swright 11 months, 1 week ago

On Saturday September 10, 2016 Enon Baptist Church in Drexel hosted “Sonshine Saturday” for children and parents that live at our Foster Community, in Nebo, North Carolina. For over 25 years, this church has held the event on the church grounds and this year, about 100 people enjoyed this fun filled day!

Agency Mourns Loss and Passing of Board Chair, Bill Brinkley

Posted by: swright 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services has lost one of its most cherished leaders and friends. William M. "Bill" Brinkley passed away September 2, 2016 after a battle with cancer.
I cannot begin to express the sadness we at Southmountain Children & Family Services feel at losing such a tremendous friend and leader. Bill's wisdom, faith, and unwavering devotion have been a solid foundation under Southmountain for the past 52 years. Under his leadership we have been able to bring Southmountain to the forefront of Children's Services and have grown into an agency that is as unique as it is effective. Bill was so very proud of what we have become and the services we offer not only through the main Children's Home program but also through the Children's Advocacy Centers. I am proud, as I know he was, that he leaves behind such a great legacy of service and a wake of thousands of lives that have been made better because of the services and programs that he helped to develop.
Knowing how much he truly cared about Southmountain and all of the children and families we have served and as well as his service through Boy Scouts, church, and other community endeavors and how much he loved and was loved by his family and his friends, I don't know of anyone who can say they have lived a richer fuller life than Bill.
God be with us all as we move forward and help us to continue to live up to the standards Bill set for us through his dedication and love.
Please join us in keeping his precious wife Linda, and the rest of his family in thought and prayer.

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