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Heartland for Children would like to thank the following individuals for their outstanding service to children and families in Circuit 10 this quarter.
Graneshia Glover has been employed with Children’s Home Society for over 4 years. In that time, she has proven to be one of the most sincere and dedicated case managers in the entire system of care. Even with all the incredibly complicated and multi-faceted tasks that a case manager faces each day, Graneshia has managed to shine – even while often carrying a caseload twice the size of many of her peers!! She recently completed her nursing degree. Even though she could step away from case management at this time to pursue nursing, she has decided to stay here...
Lakeland, FL – On Saturday, April 23rd at 5pm, Heartland for Children, Child Advocates and other supporters of child abuse prevention gathered at Henley Field in Lakeland, Florida for the Lakeland Flying Tigers’ game against the Dunedin Blue Jays. Pinwheels in the Park is a celebration of healthy families and local child abuse prevention efforts as part of Prevent Child Abuse Florida’s (PCA Florida) Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. PCA Florida and its community partners have sponsored campaign activities during April in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Florida Trucking Association and Rowland Transportation have partnered by wrapping a semi-truck with child abuse prevention messaging and sending the truck around the state to local events in support of the campaign. The Pinwheels for Prevention truck stopped in Lakeland for this celebration.
I began looking around, and saw something amazing. A group of people, all completely different, had found a place where they could be themselves, build relationships with other parents, let their children learn valuable social behaviors, and know that they aren’t doing this alone. A mom in pajamas just happy to be there, a dad whose wife passed away before their child was a year old, a grandpa wanting to spend some time with his grandchild, a stay-at-home mom, a stay-at-home dad, along with many other parents and caregivers, all had found a place to belong, sharing the one thing they had in common, caring for that child.
I left class that day in tears. Tears of joy. Joyful because I had seen families strengthened to take on the rest of their week.
Let’s take a moment and think about adoption.
Let’s think about the kids that need homes, the circumstances that lead them to need a family, and what type of adoptive families we really need.
Recently, a wonderful mother of three beautiful children she and her husband adopted sent me this powerful quote from Jody Landers stating, “A child born to another woman calls me mommy...the magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me”.
Passion is an intensely emotional and compelling feeling of enthusiasm or desire for something. That is the term which comes to mind when describing The Heartland For Children staff who train and recruit foster and adoptive parents. They are not only knowledgeable professionals, competent in their vocation, but passionate about recruiting and training motivated people with a desire to make a difference in a young person’s life.