Carly Terensky of Avella High School is an exceptional young lady. Every year at Easter time, she ventures into the Washington County community and asks for people to sponsor her project in providing Easter baskets for children in need. Carly purchases all of the materials and goodies and creates amazing baskets that are truly awe-inspiring!
Carly stated that she is aware of the emotional impact on children in the foster care system and was inspired to create something special for these kids. She chose the Easter holiday to spread a little joy by helping out the Easter bunny!
This year, Carly made 60 Easter baskets and partnered with our JusticeWorks YouthCare staff to distribute the baskets to children in need. It was a successful community effort for all who participated.
Carly is a junior at the Avella High School and has plans to go to college after she graduates.
Email from Schuylkill County CYS:
I would like to extend appreciation for the above and beyond work that Vince Troutman performed with a family yesterday. He is an exceptional worker! It was evident that Vince knows the family very well, and was able to provide assistance to both the family and agency due to his competence and skills. Vince is very intuitive, and has amazing relational skills that allowed for him to interact with family members effectively. Vince offered support to transition the focus to a solutions-based approach. Great job!!!
Schuylkill County CYS
Thank you, Vince, for your dedicated professional expertise. Your contributions to the JWYC Mission are appreciated.
Email from a Carbon County CYS Caseworker about JusticeWorks FRS Linda Coleman:
This email is in reference to the Davis* Family and the Family Group Decision Making Conference that was held in July. This FGDM was so successful and I cannot thank Linda Coleman enough for all that she has done for this family. Linda went above and beyond and worked very hard to help these people. I was pleased with the outcome and look forward to working with her again in the future.
It took a while to get a FGDM conference to happen. Mrs. Davis* was apprehensive, and her daughter, Krista* was afraid of both parents. read more…
A Montgomery County Employee Jess Britton Receives Recognition from Montgomery County Department of Children and Youth
A Children and Youth caseworker emailed our Montgomery County Program Director, Nicole Hall, regarding Jess Britton, a Family Resource Specialist working on a family reunification case:
“I am so pleased with her work Nicole! Jess was a huge part of making everything work for the reunification on Monday. She has done more work in the month that she has been involved than another service that was in the home for over a year. She is diligent and so organized. I look forward to working with her on more cases.”
We greatly appreciate this wonderful feedback regarding Jess Britton of our Montgomery Team. Thank you, Jess, for making reunification possible for this family. We appreciate and value the work that you do for the safety and personal growth of the families we serve.
On June 29, 2017, Amy Carr from Monroe County JusticeWorks, and Jaclyn Conklin, Director of Chester County JusticeWorks, partnered with Colleen Cox, Representative from the PA Child Welfare Resource Center, in conducting an informative and highly engaging presentation at this year’s State Wide Adoption Network (SWAN) conference. They were chosen to speak on the topic of ‘Using Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) to Enhance Youth Transition Plans.’ Amy, Jackie, and Colleen are very passionate about FGDM and how the FGDM philosophy assists in a youth’s successful transition out of the foster care system and back to the community. read more…
Ericka Brunner, Family Resource Specialist in Adams County, had been working on a difficult case involving a 17-year-old young man who had been diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder. He had self-harming behaviors as well as a long history of CYF involvement for crisis related behaviors in the home. Ericka assisted the family in providing stability within the home. She continued to conduct daily visits with the family, including while they were on a camping vacation, responding to a few crisis situations while they were on vacation. read more…