Category: Adoption & Foster Care

Golf and Heroes of Adoption

Golf! Golf! It’s time for golf! For 15 years The Wendy’s Charity Golf classic has raised over $1.3 million for adoption programs in Michigan and northern Ohio with the help of local heroes.  One of those programs includes Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a special program created by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  Here a quick…

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Remembering History

REMEMBERING HISTORY – A LETTER FROM THE CEO History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul. Lord Acton Dear Friends and Supporters, It is my honor to present this version of our regular newsletter. We begin by reflecting on the incredibly positive impact that has occurred over the decades…

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Adoption Creates Unusual Friendships

In nearly 70 years of service, St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) has seen how adoption creates friendship. This particular story spans 25 years and counting. Woven through this story is extraordinary care provided by STVCC from both its adoption and counseling departments.  This story also features friendships which have grown way beyond neighbors borrowing a cup…

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A Purpose Under Heaven

A  Purpose Under Heaven: Helping Families Finding a purpose under Heaven challenges every person, and requires practice and patience. Yet St. Vincent Catholic Charities is on the leading edge of solving a very real problem in our community.  One of the newest arrows in the Counseling program’s quiver is Seasons: Supporting Families Through Serious Illness.  It is…

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Dear Foster Parents, We Admire You

Dear Foster Parents, We want to thank you for your undying resolve and commitment to our Foster Care program.  Each day we admire the sacrifices you make to help our children and teens.  It fills us with joy when you share your latest accomplishments, and we empathize with you on those days when your resolve…

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The Lengths We’ll Go

Have you ever questioned the lengths we’ll go for the kids we care for? Meet Whitney, our Adoption Recruiter who spends her time at St. Vincent Catholic Charities managing the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) program.  The WWK program operates as part of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. It specializes in finding homes for those…

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Preparing Child Welfare Professionals

I have held numerous roles within the St. Vincent Catholic Charities Child Welfare program, where I have witnessed the field change drastically over the past few years. In such a fluid child welfare community, here are certain training practices that greatly aide future child welfare professionals, help agencies and can improve the overall child welfare field….

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The Gift of Thoughtfulness

“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. Even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.” — A.A. Milne (Author and Creator of Winnie-the-Pooh)   Dear Friends of St. Vincent…

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The Blessing is Planned

St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) has been the beneficiary of a number of bequests or planned gifts; sometimes they are gifts we know about, sometimes not. The arrival of these gifts are always a blessing. When it comes to planned giving, the blessings seem to flow for everyone involved. The giver remembers us fondly and…

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What Happens When Children Don’t Have a Safety Net?

Guiding Principles for STVCC Child Welfare Programs and Workers To ensure the safety and welfare of children through the establishment of safe, positive, strength-based relationships with families (biological, extended, foster, adoptive) based on mutual respect, dignity, collaboration and teamwork, and the sincere belief that people can and do change when given opportunity to thrive. Did…

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