Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Foster Care of Mesa County PRM Team Plays Santa

Foster Care of Mesa County held their annual stocking stuff day. The Foster Care Permanency Team spent the afternoon stuffing goodies into over 120 handmade Christmas Stockings for local Foster Care Children. Supervisor Laura Kinson says, "This is a labor of love for the team and it is one of the team's favorite projects during the year." The stockings will be handed out to children next week. 
If you would like more information on becoming a Foster Parent in Mesa County call 970 248 2794 http://www.fostercareofmesacounty.org/ 
2016 Stocking Stuffing
Boxes and Piles of Handmade Stockings 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Colorado State Dept. of Human Services Hosting Post Permanency Roundtable in Mesa County

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has been hosting Post Permanency Roundtable discussion throughout Colorado and will continue that conversation in both Montrose and Mesa County next week.  

The Mesa County Roundtable discussion will be held-
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Mesa County Workforce Center
512 29 ½ Road, Grand Junction
Conference Room B

The discussion will involve families who have been reunified, adopted or have guardianship of children/youth in their care and the (MCDHS) Mesa County Department of Human Services Post Adoption Team, community partners such as Hilltop, Ariel Clinical Services,and the Griffith Center.  The mission of this roundtable discussion is to explore issues impacting families post adoption and how community organization, MCDHS and CDHS can help support and solve these issues with their Counties.

The agenda will include Sue Badeau, facilitator with CDHS sharing perspectives on permanency and post-permanency for families, followed by discussion panels made of professional and families sharing their experiences.

According to MCDHS Supervisor, Hannah Webster, “This dialogue is about maintaining children in their homes with the least disruptions possible and supporting families.” Webster added, “After these statewide meetings CDHS will be compiling their findings and will be offering funding to assist communities to better achieve and maintain permanency within families.”

The Mesa County Department of Human Services is dedicated to building collaborations among local agencies and advocacy organizations to achieve permanency for children

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Child Abuse & Neglect Forum

A large crowd of community members and concerned citizens attend the Child Abuse & Neglect forum at the Mesa County Workforce Center. Participants heard about the challenges that impact abuse and neglect and solutions to help prevent it in the future. If you suspect child abuse or neglect call the Child Abuse Hotline at 970 242 1211. If you are looking for parent resources to help a stressed family dial 211. Other suggested solutions become a foster parent by calling 970 248 2794, become a CASA by calling 970 242 4191  or be a mentor through Partners call  970 245 5555.

The Group Continues to Grow
Kari Daggett Child Welfare Director & Janet Rowland CASA Director

Sheriff Matt Lewis addresses the group

Jay Seaton from the Sentinel hosts and moderates the discussion 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

November is National Adoption Month

Mesa County will observe National Adoption Day with a Proclamation during the Mesa County Public Hearing on Monday,November 14 at 9am and on Friday, November 18 in Judge Robinson's Courtroom as seven local families finalize their adoptions.

More than 101,000 children and youth in the U.S. foster care system are awaiting permanent, loving families.  National Adoption Month is an effort to raise awareness about the adoption of children from foster care and to honor those adoptive families who have opened their homes and hearts to become the lifelong families for these children.  While over 60% of children in foster care will return to their biological parents, the others will require an alternate permanency outcome if the Court determines they are unable to return home. 

In Mesa County, there are approximately 20 children each year who become available for adoption through the Mesa County Department of Human Services and are in need of a permanent and stable home.  These children are generally over age 7 and may have developmental, medical or other special needs.  They may be part of a sibling group or have ethnically diverse backgrounds.    

“Adoption is a very special process and we are so proud to be a part of helping children find permanent, loving families,” said Dena Neujahr, Placement Services Team Supervisor for the Mesa County Department of Human Services.    

The Mesa County Department of Human Services is dedicated to building collaborations among local agencies, courts and advocacy organizations to achieve permanence for children.  This effort offers children the chance to live with stable and loving families and encourage other dedicated individuals to make a powerful difference in the lives of children through adoption.

Adoptions will begin at 9:30am and continue every 30 minutes through 1:00pm on November 18. A reception for, past and present adoptive families will be held in Courthouse Jury Room from 3pm-5pm after the final adoption has been finalized.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about services provided through the Mesa County Department of Human Services, please contact Dena Neujahr at 248-2818. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

IMPORTANT NOTICE! Prohibited Use Locations for EBT Cards

There are some locations where people are prohibited from using their EBT cards.  When they do use their cards at a prohibited location, it creates a lot of work for us, because there are required actions we have to take. 

Federal and State law require the state department to enforce the prohibition of customers accessing benefits at an automated teller machine (ATM) or Point of Sale (POS) machine located in an establishment in which a customer is prohibited from accessing cash benefits.

These locations include:
* Locations licensed to sell malt, vinous, or spirited liquors, including liquor stores, brew pubs, and bars.  This includes convenience stores/gas stations and restaurants that sell full strength alcohol. 
*  Gambling establishments such as casinos, race tracks, and bingo halls.  This includes businesses geared toward children. 
* Adult oriented entertainment including adult video stores, strip clubs and peep shows.

* Stores in which the principle business is the sale of firearms.  

Area Agency on Aging & ADRC to host 16th Annual Caregiver’s Conference

The 16th Annual Caregiver’s Conference will be held on Thursday, November 11th from 8:30am – 3:30pm at the Mesa County Workforce Center (512 29 ½ Rd GJ).  The registration fee is just $5 and includes lunch, keynote speaker and materials.

The featured keynote speaker Lori Ramos LeMasters’ will present “The Write Tool at the Right Time.”  Her presentation features using the "write" tool at the right time. She will be conducting an interactive presentation on journaling (writing) to prevent burn out for care givers. LeMasters utilizes journaling to help caregivers create a self-care plan, as well as other tools and tips to help prevent burnout. LeMasters’ is the founder of Care Partners Resource http://carepartnersresource.com/

 “We are very excited to offer this important conference for the 16th year,” said Dave Norman, Director of the Area Agency on Aging of Western Colorado.  “This is a tremendous value, for a $5 registration fee.  Attendees will have access to vendors, lunch and a very interesting keynote speaker.” added Norman.

Space is limited to the first 150 registrants. To register, please call Western Colorado 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or 244-8400. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Child Welfare Hotline Supervisor and her Team Garner State Recognition

Child Welfare Hotline Supervisor and her team are recognized for their outstanding work in Mesa County. 

Too often we do not take the time to recognize the “Great Job” that people do.  I wanted to
take this opportunity to point out a person on your staff whose work ethic, professionalism and dedication is far above other Child Welfare Supervisors we work with on a daily basis.  Jacque Berry’s exemplary performance is not just a beacon of light on a hill, but a true “Light House” who stands above others, brings light and positive energy to every occasion, and has a rock solid foundation of experience and knowledge that she shares.  She continually strives for perfection regarding the operation of the Hotline in Mesa County, but does so in a very constructive and positive manner.  Just one of the most amazing accomplishments that we really admire is her management of the Pending Queue.  In fact, Mesa County is #1 in the state.  When you consider high call volume in Mesa County that is an amazing accomplishment.   We will be featuring her accomplishment in the next Hotline Newsletter as a Hotline Spotlight recipient.  Thank you for helping keep the children of Colorado safer.  
Jack Hilbert
Colorado State Hotline System Manager