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Who's Ready For Camp Life?

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Camp Life I is 5 days away! We are thrilled to announce that Camp Life will kick off in less than a week!!! A lot of preparation has gone into planning an awesome week for everyone. We hope you are as excited as we are!! 

CAMP LIFE

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  Camp LIFE I Independent Living, a collaborative program of CAS and Alabama DHR, would like to invite you to be a part of our annual Camp LIFE held at the beautiful University of Montevallo from   June 28-30.  This wonderful 3 day-2 night event is for foster youth ages  17-20 . Camp LIFE staff includes social workers and other trained and qualified adults to work with and supervise youth around the clock. Licensed nurses are also on duty to administer medications and provide for any medical needs that may arise. Camp LIFE I (ages 17-20) camper applications must be submitted by June 10th. CLICK THE LINK TO REGISTER: https://www.childrensaid.org/what_we_do/programs/independent_living/camp-life/camper-application.html Camp LIFE II Independent Living, a collaborative program of CAS and Alabama DHR, would like to invite you to be a part of our annual Camp LIFE held at the beautiful University of Montevallo from   July 19-21.  This wonderful 3 day-2 night event is for foster youth ages  1 4

IL MOBILE APP IS NOW LIVE!

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In light of our exceptional progress over the past 7 months, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new IL app! We are extremely excited about the functionality of the app in hopes to bring a plethora of resources to our foster youth, social workers, and providers. Users will be able to view current and upcoming events, latest news, and adulting resources that we hope prepares youth for their future. Users can download the app by clicking on the links below! Apple App Store Google Play Store

Healing Trauma Through Art: Painting

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” We all need to find a outlet whether it's through music, writing, sports, dance, etc.  Whether you doodle mindlessly on a page or journal for hours, research suggests the act of creating art has powerful healing properties.  Art is healing because it forces you to forge a connection between your mind and your body. Unlike  exercise , which works your body, or  meditation , which clears your mind, art-making accesses both mind and body to promote healing. Every time you sit down to write a song or paint a picture, you’re using mental processes in a physically engaging activity.   Art therapy uses creative mediums like drawing, painting, coloring, and sculpture. For PTSD  recovery, art helps process traumatic events in a new away. Art provides an outlet when words fail. With a trained art therapist, every step of the therapy process involves art.  While talk therapy has long been used for PTSD treatment, sometime

Healing Trauma Through Art Series: Poetry

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"When we say out loud what is heavy on our heart, we set ourselves up to be freed from our silent suffering." We all need to find a outlet whether it's through music, writing, sports, dance, etc.  Whether you doodle mindlessly on a page or journal for hours, research suggests the act of creating art has powerful healing properties.  Art is healing because it forces you to forge a connection between your mind and your body. Unlike  exercise , which works your body, or  meditation , which clears your mind, art-making accesses both mind and body to promote healing. Every time you sit down to write a song or paint a picture, you’re using mental processes in a physically engaging activity. “ Reading or writing poetry creates a space for empathy, for seeing another person, for bearing witness to our common humanity.” Whether it’s written or spoken, poetry can be a powerful tool to aid in healing. It offers an opportunity for readers, writers, and speakers to feel both heard and