Newsletter

Welcome!

Welcome to the WIN Family Services newsletter! In these pages you will find all the latest news from WIN, complete with current and upcoming events, stories from our youth and families, agency reminders for all and what's new with our community mental health program. Check in with us here every other month to get your dose of WIN News!

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Foster Care Resources

          Therapeutic Foster Care Permanency Group (http://www.kennedykrieger.org/overview/event/therapeutic-foster-care-permanency-group)

        Foster Family-Based Treatment Association (http://www.ffta.org)

        Child Welfare League of America (http://www.cwla.org)

        Exceptional Parent Magazine's online resource (http://www.eparent.com)

        Foster Parent Community (http://www.fosterparents.com)

        National Foster Parent Association, Inc. (http://www.nfpainc.org)

        National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning (http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/)

        Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth (http://www.marfy.org/

        Maryland Department of Human Resources (http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/ )

        Autism Society of Maryland (http://www.autism-society.org/

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
Resources for Military Families
Academic Accommodation Resources

      Discounts Available for those with Disabilities

      Learning Disabilities Association of America (http://ldaamerica.org/)  

 

 

These websites are helpful resources for older youth. Information ranging from education assistance, employment opportunities, health resources and housing information can be found below.

Education:

Online Colleges

http://www.onlinecolleges.net/

Financial Aid/ Scholarships in Maryland

http://www.mhec.state.md.us/financialAid/descriptions.asp

http://www.mhec.state.md.us/financialAid/ProgramDescriptions/prog_fostercare.asp

FAFSA information:

http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?page_id=6419

Employment:

                http://mdtransition.org/Employment%20Services.htm

http://www.marylandcommunityconnection.org/summer-youth-employment-program/

Family:

http://www.childlawhelpcenter.com/divorce-and-children-with-autism

https://www.custodyxchange.com/guides/co-parenting/

https://www.custodyxchange.com/guides/financial-planning.php

The Single Parent’s Guide to Buying a Home: Assistance, Grants, and Homeownership

What Should We Tell the Children? Developing a Mutual Story of the Divorce

A Teen Guide to Divorce

Breaking the ‘D’ News to Friends and Family: Helping Them Help You

Single Father’s Guide to Addiction Recovery

How to Get Through a Divorce Financially

Talking to Your Kids About Losing Your Home: 4 Mistakes to Avoid

Child Support Handbook: Collecting Support

 

Health:

                http://specialneeds.dhmh.maryland.gov/

Going to the Orthodontist with CFS


Estate Planning for Parents of Special Needs Kids

Housing information:

                http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?page_id=6432

                https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/service_array/housing/fostercare.cfm

The Ready by 21 Program:

http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?page_id=6415

Y2Connect Local Resource Guide for Youth:

http://y2connect.org/?utm_source=PC110716&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=launch1.1&mc_cid=7f10987fc8&mc_eid=426b52a492

 

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Transitioning Youth

This website it a wonderful resource for older foster youth or transitioning youth. "We Connect Now" serves college students with disabilities and gives these student the ability to voice any concerns, gain access to higher education, and lead the way to employment. "We Connect Now" is currently being used by institutions of higher learning, colleges and universities in all 50 states and at least 10 foreign countries.

http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com/

Internship Opportunities

internship opportunitiesOne of WIN's most impacting contributions to our community is as a licensed child placement agency. They serve behaviorally challenged youth with family reunification and independent living goals.  Key to WIN's success is its unique Family Strengthening Practice model. Currently, WIN's Family Strengthening Practice model is undergoing a rigorous scientific evaluation by Morgan State University's School of Social Work to validate the clinical model as an evidence-based practice. In addition to its treatment foster care program, WIN offers a Community Wellness Center. They offer individual, family and group counseling and community-based mental health services.

WIN Family Services offers numerous internship opportunities year-round. We currently have partnerships with Morgan State University, Coppin University, Loyola, University of MD, Stevenson, Capella, Bowie, UMBC, University of Baltimore, Sojourner Douglas; and we are open to interns from other colleges and universities.

Intern experiences for  Bachelor and Masters level students of social work, psychology, counseling and human services includes:

 

Interns working in our foster care program will have the opportunity to work with the Director of Operations, Director of Family Services, Admissions Manager and/or the Parent Compliance Manager. Interns will learn and understand the daily operations of the foster care program, including but not limited to: interacting  with foster parents; auditing files; assisting with child placement admissions; assisting with certifying new foster parents; working on a treatment team; completing treatment plans and case notes; assisting with home studies; and/or working directly with foster youth in an afterschool program.

Interns working with our Therapeutic Wellness Center will have the opportunity to work with the Program Director, Clinical Director and front line staff. Interns will learn and understand the daily operations of the community-based mental health program, including but not limited to: assisting with service authorizations; obtaining assessments for prospective clients; auditing files; and if appropriate assigned a client to work with one-on-one.

 We also offer opportunities for students studying marketing, business management, communications and other related fields.

If interested, please call Laura Mueller at 410-578-8003 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.us.