Category: Adoption & Foster Care

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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The Day He Called Me Mom

“I was standing at the kitchen sink when the younger one of my middles got my attention (we called them that because I have one son from my first marriage that we called the older, two children in the middle, and their baby brother we call the youngest … all three adopted). He pulled on…

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Meet Our New Associate Director of Community Relations & Marketing

This past May we were happy to introduce a new member to our organization, John Karasinski, the new Associate Director of Community Relations & Marketing. Karasinski assists and supports the agency in the strategic positioning of STVCC in the local market. In this capacity, he is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and management of marketing,…

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A Grandfather’s Story of Foster Care and Adoption

By Jim Kurt (St. Vincent Catholic Charities Board Member and Volunteer) This is my grandfather’s story of foster care and adoption. Being a grandparent is one of the most amazing experiences one could imagine. When our children announced the pregnancy of each of our 12 grandchildren, my wife and I were so excited. When my daughter,…

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Teen Foster Families Needed

The need foster families in the state of Michigan has never been greater. When most citizens think of adoption, babies and young children are the first that come to mind. However, only approximately 3% of children waiting to be matched with an adoptive family are under the age of 5, with the vast majority being…

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New Faces for Operation Backpack 2015

We’re very excited for the launch of Operation Backpack 2015, beginning our twelfth year providing backpacks to children and the less fortunate in the greater Lansing area.  The amount of support from the community has been tremendous, and we’re eternally grateful for all the backpacks and school supplies we have received over the years.  Each…

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