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Respite and Where You Fit In

Respite care is when will are responsible for taking over the care of a foster child during the respite timeframe. It can be incredibly flexible, as respite care isn’t a full-time commitment.
Self Harm


Self-harm is a way that some people express feelings of distress and emotional pain by intentionally hurting themselves. The lack of understanding about self-harm can lead to insensitivity about the topic as most people could never imagine hurting themselves on purpose. Self-harm is a coping mechanism associated with severe mental health conditions such as “borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, and PTSD.”
Residential Admissions

Residential Treatment: Admissions

Starting the process of looking into residential treatment can be overwhelming. We sat down with Nexus-Gerard's Admissions Supervisor Loren Nerison and discussed some common questions families have when starting the residential treatment process.
foster myths

The Myths of Foster Care

Foster care seems to be a mystery to many people, with quite a few myths following the name of foster care around. In this post, Bridget Leonard, Operations Director with Nexus-Kindred, debunks the myths.
Foster Parent

Entering the World of Foster Care & Adoption

Taking the first step in becoming a foster parent or learning about adoption can be intimidating. It’s hard to know where to start and who to contact. Sonja Stang, PATH’s Director of Community Relations, writes about the initial steps to becoming a foster and adoptive parent.
Child Therapy

What to Expect When Bringing Your Child to a Therapist

Your child is struggling with their emotions and behaviors and you would like them to see a therapist. What should you expect? Shawna Croaker, the Director of Community Based Services and licensed therapist at Nexus-PATH Family Healing, gives pointers on what to expect when starting the process.
Vocational Training

The Value in Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training is designed to prepare youth for initial entry into employment. Vocational education utilizes hands-on learning while offering opportunity and exposure to a variety of skill-based activities within a career-focused environment. The goal of vocational education is to focus on enhancing independent life skills and increasing vocational skills of youth, with the end result of reducing recidivism through increasing protective factors.