2017 Networking Conference April 4th-6th, 2017


Have you registered? 
You still have until March 17th to get registered for the 2017 IL Networking Conference! 

IL workers! 
You need to be there!

Please register at this link

We are going to have fun focusing on both your needs and the needs of the youth we serve! 
Sign up today!

*Group homes and residential facility staff are highly encouraged to attend as well!
$100 payment can be mailed (2141 14th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35205) or paid upon arrival
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‘Are lawmakers doing enough to prevent child abuse in foster care?’



Sheree Powell with the DHS responds to KOCO viewers’ comments about a federal reporter, which shows that Oklahoma led the nation in child abuse and neglect by foster parents in 2015. One viewer said, “It’s a shame out state legislators have proposed multiple bills focused on the pre-born while ignoring the real issued for the post-born already in foster care.”
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South Dakota Bill Proposes Adoption, Foster Care Protection for Placement Agencies

A new bill proposed in the South Dakota legislature would shield agencies that choose not to place children for adoption or into foster care with gay or single parents. 
Senate Bill 149, proposed last week, that would allow adoption agencies to deny gay couples seeking to adopt a child. 
The bill also protects adoption agencies from government retribution. 
If the law were enacted agencies would not be denied state funding, tax breaks, or special contracts. The state also could not sue to force the agency to stop discriminating. 
SB 149 is slated for hearings by the Senate Health & Human Services Committee on Wednesday, February 15. 
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2.7.17 Famous African-American Foster Alumni

FAMOUS AFRICAN-AMERICAN FOSTER ALUMNI

• Daunte Culpepper, former NFL football quarterback

• Anthony "Cos" DiCosmo, member of New Jersey “Hitmen” and XML team

• Tommy Davidson, comedian, film and television actor

• Eriq La Salle, actor, director, writer and producer known for his portrayal of Dr. Peter Benton in the NBC drama series ER

• Regina Louise, author of “Somebody’s Someone,” child advocate, and motivational speaker 

• Malcolm X, Muslim minister and human rights activist

• Tracy Lauren Marrow (a.k.a. Ice-T), rapper, singer, and actor

• Darryl "D.M.C." Matthews McDaniels, musician, founding member of Run DMC and pioneer of hip hop culture

• Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr., retired professional basketball player

• Eddie Murphy, comedian, actor, writer, singer, and director

• Daniel Dion "Dan" O'Brien, Olympic gold medalist decathlete 

• Michael Oher, NFL football offensive tackle. The Academy Award-winning 2009 film “The Blind Side” is based on his story

• Victoria Rowell, actress, writer, producer and dancer

• Carl Hancock Rux, poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, essayist, Bessie Award and OBIE Award winning theater/performance artist

• Charles A. Williams III (a.k.a. Dr. Chuck), writer, lecturer, radio host and community activist 
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02.05.2017 From foster care to first round, Alabama’s Jonathan Allen plows forward


His job is to move forward, to keep pushing others back, and turns out, Jonathan Allen is pretty good at it. When he was younger, concerned parents pulled their children off the football field, sparing them the wrath of the bruising, hard-hitting grade-schooler. In high school, Allen’s coaches at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn couldn’t use him on the scout team because the offense struggled to run its plays. And at the University of Alabama, Allen has emerged as perhaps the best player on the best team in the country. To read more on this story by Rick Maese Click Here.
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2.02.17 February Dream Council Meeting

As a reminder, don't forget the February Dream Council meeting this weekend 02.04.2017 in Etowah County DHR from 10:00am-2:00pm. It should be a treat. #ilconnect.

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1/30/2017 Couple Adopt Dying Neighbour’s 3 Kids But When They Get Home, Their Old House Has Gone 01/30/2017


Audrey who was a single mother of three had been feeling under the weather for a while, the doctor suggested she head over to the hospital to get some tests done. She asked her Neighbours who she only knew a little if they could look after her kids for the night.

Her neighbour ‘Tisha’ who is a mother of 5! Accepted, there wasn’t much space in her home already, but she agreed to help.

After an anxious wait, Audrey’s results came in and the Dr asked her to come down to the surgery. The news was bad and she was diagnosed with stage two oesophageal and stomach cancer and heartbreakingly it was terminal.

To read more of this story by Hayden Bailey Click Here.
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1/29/2017 Foster care offers rewards to both children and adults......

Foster parent Lillian McCain says the experience is rewarding

ALBANY — Foster care can be a frightening prospect for both adults and children, but many of those involved say the experience for both parties is well worth it in the end.
Lillian McCain of Cordele grew up in a family of 12 but did not have children of her own in adulthood. It was a hard adjustment for her, she said, because she wanted to have children.
She eventually connected with Lutheran Services of Georgia and was able to fulfill that desire by becoming a foster parent. Now, 13 years later, she acts as a single parent to five children — including two she has since adopted.
“Knowing they need someone, and that I could be of help (was my motivation),” McCain said.
A child who enters into foster care often does so due to traumatic circumstances within their family, and it is usually a temporary arrangement. When it is time to move on, the meaning of “foster” in foster care is put into perspective. Read More on this story by Jennifer Parks by Clicking Here.

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1/28/2017 Parental drug use putting more children in foster care


MONTGOMERY — The number of children in foster care in Limestone County has more than doubled during the past 10 years, and one county official said there's one simple reason.
“It’s drugs,” said Stephanie Pinkard, supervisor over investigations at the Limestone County Department of Human Resources.
When a child can no longer stay with his or her parents, family members are usually the first option DHR looks to for care. To read more on this story by Mary Sell Click Here.
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1/28/2017 Travis Daniels’ path to MSU a hard, unlikely journey........

15-year-old Travis Daniels had spent most of his life in Eutaw, Alabama, a small town in the relative nowhere 25 miles outside of Tuscaloosa most widely known for its popular bingo hall, The Green Track. The fifth-youngest of seven children, Daniels never had a father, wasn’t raised by his biological mother, and by the time he reached high school, he was unceremoniously dumped into the system by his older sister who couldn’t take care of him any longer, though he harbors no hard feelings toward her or anyone else in his family now. Life may never have turned around for him were it not for that miserable day and his hard upbringing. To read more on this story Click Here.
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