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It's Not Fine

What we know:

      -The experiences a child faces have significant impact on their behavior and mental health. We know we can't always protect every child from experiencing adversity but we can equip them with the tools to overcome adversity and grow into strong and vibrant adults.

      -By putting each child at the center of our work we are more capable of developing a strong and unique plan to best fit their individual needs.

      -We can promote healthy families and healthy lifestyles as a powerful force of good for both stable and at-risk children.

      -Having a community-based approach to mental health care strengthens services by allowing us to connect and collaborate with individuals outside the child's immediate circle of providers and family.

      -Evidence-based practices prove our effectiveness for change in both the lives of our clients and as mental health professionals.

      -We must continue to broaden our understanding of children's mental health to maximize our impact on communities in North Dakota.

How we can broaden our understanding of children's mental health:

      -Where do we stand?  Look at the current mental health statistics from the following resources:

              -Mental Health America

              -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Children's Mental Health

      -Current practices. Check out current research on evidence-based practices and their positive impact.

              -What is PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) and how does it help?

                      -PCIT International - What is PCIT?

      -Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

              -What is it and why is it a significant implementation for our ND communities? (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

      -Healthy Families

              -How can in-home visits assist in making less stressful, more capable parents, healthy and secure children, and resilient, self-sufficient families? (Healthy Families America)

              -How do we play a role in the healthy development of our nation's youth? More specifically, in North Dakota? (Prevent Child Abuse America, Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota)

      -Family Counseling

​              -How can we prevent entry into out-of-home care? (Lutheran Social Service Family Counseling)

              -How can we support the reunification of families who have experienced out-of-home care? (Child Welfare Information Gateway)

Our Impact This Year

  • People received help with immigration-related services

    707

  • Problem gamblers who found help

    114

  • Hours of training provided by Growing Futures to early childhood workforce

    2,158

  • Seniors provided with companionship in North Dakota

    713

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