Foster Youth

Foster Youth

Foster youth experience higher than normal rates of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), deficits in executive functioning, anxiety, incarceration, poverty, homelessness, eating disorders, obesity, and suicide.
Many of these youth are influenced by extreme negativity to include emotional neglect, poor nutrition, exposure to violence, and child abuse. These negative influences may have lifelong repercussions and affect their physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being. When children experience trauma as the direct result of an abusive caregiver, the process of developing a secure and healthy attachment is severely disturbed.

Foster youth may arrive at their new foster homes with a myriad of issues to include enuresis, encopresis, injury, past abuse, fear of being alone, fear of strangers, fear of being abducted, parents not loving them, etc It is important to be sensitive to their many fears, as they are very real. It is also important not to insist on them sharing the past with you. While being open to frank conversation is positive, insisting they re-hash their past can be detrimental to their rehabilitation. Leave this to the professionals.

Foster youth may have difficulty transitioning into their new home environment. It is not uncommon for them to experience a six month transitional period. Certain negative behaviors that occur initially generally subside after this transition period. Being aware that certain events may trigger negative emotions within these youth is important. Their birthday, for example, may remind them of other birthdays they have had and of their biological parents. They may become melancholy on or around mothers and fathers day because they are reminded of their biological family. Entering a new school is rough for almost anyone, but especially for these youth, as it is not uncommon for them to experience multiple placements and schools.

They may be removed from everything familiar to them to include their neighborhood, town, county, state, friends, school, family, etc Adjusting to a totally new life is shocking and difficult. Even though these youth are removed from their biological families for good reasons, they still grieve the loss of the familiar, their family, friends, pets, and siblings.

While foster homes are generally superior placements compared to their natural environment, they experience a very real loss. They may experience confusion and anger focused on the reasons why they cant be placed with extended family members.
Sadly, almost half of the foster youth in the United States face homelessness by the age of 18. Many of these youth leave the system without a permanent or stable family environment. They also have higher mortality rates due to substance abuse, accidents, suicide, and various chronic illnesses. The probability of these youth dropping out of school before they graduate is nearly 80 percent. Generally, less than two percent of this population earns a bachelors degree.
It is important that anyone working with this very sensitive population remember they are experiencing significant grief, abandonment, anger, and depression. Being a child is difficult enough when life is considered normal and healthy. These youth have an intensely compounded situation sometimes made worse by multiple placements and/or being placed with foster parents not equipped to deal with these significant issues. These children need to consistently feel the caring presence of their caregiver.

It is important that caregivers validate their feelings and remember that grief is normal. Avoiding criticism, ridicule, and shame is an important part of the healing process. Foster youth will experience healing slowly, as they are ready to delve into recovery. It is equally important to ensure the youth maintain regular visits with a trusted mental health professional.
Foster youth require and deserve an immeasurable amount of support to overcome the obstacles they have endured. There are a myriad of ways to support foster youth. Support may be provided in the form of monetary donations to foster agencies; it may come in the form of volunteering to be a foster parent; it may come in the form of advocating and lobbying for the rights of foster youth; and may come in the form of dedicating your life to working with this delicate and deserving population.

Holly Smith, Ph.D., ABD, has been a credentialed school psychologist for the past 10 years, has experience working as a social worker dealing with families and children, and has taught graduate-level courses in psychology.
Although writing this book, in-part, comes directly from her personal experience during divorce, her vast professional experience lends to the required technical and theoretical expertise. In her former role as a social worker, she was tasked with providing education and training to families during difficult times in their lives. She provided education and support in the areas of coping with crisis situations, making healthy decisions and choices, effectively parenting and co-parenting, overcoming homelessness, and impro

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Social Media Addiction

Social Media Addiction
What is it about social media that causes people to spend so much of their precious time trading information with friends, family and even giant corporations? Of course, we already know the answer; it’s fun and can be rewarding both socially and financially. The latest Retrevo Gadgetology study asked social media users questions such as when, where, and how much time they spend on sites and services like Facebook and Twitter. We were not surprised to learn how many people appear to be, shall we say, obsessed with checking in with their social media circles throughout the day and even the night.

Social Media All Through the Night

Not only do social media fanatics check Facebook and Twitter throughout the day, almost half of the respondents said they check in on the social media scene in bed, during the night or as soon as they wake up in the morning. Naturally, younger social media users said they tweet by night more than those over 25.

Will Twitter Kill the Morning News Shows?

Among social media users, it appears almost half are so involved with Facebook and Twitter that they check in the first thing in the morning. With 16% of social media users saying this is how they get their morning “news,” could we be witnessing the first signs of social media services beginning to replace “Good Morning America” on TV as the source for what’s going on in the world? Can they also provide more stimulation than a morning cup of coffee?

Are iPhone Owners More Social?

You have to agree, iPhone owners do think different. We don’t know if it’s the device making it so easy to do social media things or the personality of an iPhone owner but iPhone owners stand out in this study as more involved with social media; they use Facebook and Twitter more often and in more places.

Social Media Anonymous

Need more evidence that social media can be habit forming? How about the fact that 56% of social media users need to check Facebook at least once a day? Even more impressive are the 12% who check in every couple of hours.

We Interrupt This Dinner for an Important Message

Just to round out the picture, the Gadgetology study asked consumers how they felt about being interrupted at various times and occasions for an electronic message. With everyone texting away on their phones these days, we weren’t surprised to see over 40% of respondents saying they didn’t mind being interrupted for a message. In fact, 32% said a meal was not off limits while 7% said they’d even check out a message during an intimate moment.


We’re not qualified to declare a societal, social media crisis but when almost half of social media users say they check Facebook or Twitter sometime during the night or when they first wake up, you have to wonder if these people aren’t suffering from some sort of addiction to social media. From this study, it also appears that social media may have begun to replace more conventional sources for news with many social media users saying tweets trump their CRT, LCD, or Plasma TV for that morning cup of news.

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Social Media Mastery

Social Media Mastery

In order to master social media you must first master yourself.

What I mean by that is you must get away from all the hype, the spam, and the ridiculous money making offers out there. While some of them maybe be legit, there is just to much ‘noise’ out there to tell sometimes. You need to place yourself in the position of giving value to the rest of the social media users out there. When you can truly give excellent content and provide really strong, good tips and strategies about marketing or just social media in general is when you will start to see your social media following start to build at a very fast rate.

The most common mistake newbie’s make is trying to promote themselves and their products and their mlm companies or whatever it may be. Let me just say that this stuff does not work. It may lead you to a few sales up front if you get lucky but there is no real long term value here. The whole purpose and goal of this is to provide massive value and build great relationships with people on those sites. When you begin to do this, you will see great results.

Another common problem that new people run into is thinking that they have no real value to offer people. I want to make perfectly clear that you DO have value and you DO have the ability to provide that value through social media. All you have to do is share what you are most passionate about. And don’t tell me you don’t have any passions. There is always something that you are great at that most people are not. To give you a literal example, for me it started with skateboarding because that is something I have been doing since I was a kid back in middle school. And took what I had learned from skateboarding and translated it into real life values and principles like overcoming your fears or persistent practice leading to the mastery of a trick. You can do this to for your passions and skills.

So if you haven’t yet figure out the secrets to social media mastery then it is about time you learn them because if you are spending anywhere from 30-60 minutes a day on various social media sites and are not generating at least 10 to 25 fresh leads for your business then it’s simply because no one has taught you how yet.

Better Cohesion and Integration in Supply Chain Management

Better Cohesion and Integration in Supply Chain Management


A business requires extremely proficient and intelligent tools that help boost efficiency and performance. An accelerated efficiency is necessary to ensure timely delivery of goods and services thereby creating an impressionable mark on customers. One of the most important factors that have predominant effects on your business is logistics and supply chain management. To achieve success in business a streamlined and highly integrated logistics and supply chain management process is a must. Solutions that possess robust capabilities to accommodate dynamic changes in the business environment without affecting the routine processes are ideal.

Handling the logistics and supply chain management process is not everybody’s forte. It requires a high degree of expertise to carry out the operations without creating any adverse reactions. The solutions have to provide integration between the various technologies and the legacy elements in order to boost faster-time –to market and reduce costs. They have to deploy comprehensive contract management solutions that encompass a gamut of services such as vendor selection, contract documents management, rates and pricing management, payments and after deliveries, discrepancies pertaining to audits and reports.

It should have a reliable structure that helps in collecting, managing and analyzing high volumes of data relevant to commercial shipments, inventory and distribution. The logistics and supply chain management solutions should provide high secured services and deploy applications for mobile asset tracking purposes.  Employing business intelligence tools provide cost-effective and revenue enhancing solutions. They help in optimizing the processes and leverage the performance levels providing your business with increased ROI.

Regular auditing the performance levels of your business gives you an idea regarding the progress that is made. You need solutions that provide you with speedy and successful results. As the environment is a dynamic one your business has to be agile and flexible to avoid any failures. Thus it is wise idea to take assistance from professional teams that provide offshore development services. The team consists of highly qualified personnel who assess the entire situation before providing you with solutions that are tailored to meet specific requirements. The advisory services delivered by the team of professionals are of global standards.

If you take the right steps in business you are sure to make profitable gains. In order to move ahead in the competition you need to implement professional solutions that guide your business towards the ultimate goal without much delays and obstructions. You will be provided with increased and enriching returns.


Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing

I have read several articles and blogs in the past few weeks regarding Social Media Marketing

it is basically just a fad and Social Media Marketers are not experts and really dont understand the world of marketing. Well, right now Social Media Marketing is hot and it is where businesses and customers are and if you are not using to market your business you really are missing out on a whole group of people who could potentially be customers. However, it should not be the only way you market your business and if you want to market on Social Networking sites you do need an individual who knows what they are doing, so do not beware the expert. Beware the expert who tells you Social Media is the only tool you need for marketing, beware the company that only focuses on Social Media. Look for the company that still focuses on Marketing as a whole. 
In order to appropriately market your business your marketing should have a good mix of all areas of marketing.
Your business still needs a website. All businesses need and should have a good website. The website has really become the source of information, it is all about you. It is the place where you can showcase everything that your company does. The business website is a static site providing information necessary to showcase your business. 
Your business still needs to advertise. While the world of advertising has changed with the decline of print media, businesses still need to advertise. Newspapers have declined in readership or gone out of business, there are online news sites out there where you can advertise. Direct mail coupons are still sent out, if you have a coupon or special this may work for your business. 
Your business still needs printed information. People still want to have a physical piece of information they can hold in their hands. Your business still needs a brochure, business cards, flyers, etc. While you may not conduct a direct mail campaign anymore you do still need literature you can hand to people for their review.  You still need to meet people in person. Chambers of Commerce are still a great source for networking in your community. You still need to represent your business in person in front of other people. Join the Chamber, find a local networking group, attend various expos and events. People do still network face-to-face and you should still be doing this. 
Your business needs to be on the Social Media Sites. Utilizing these sites is necessary in todays world. Social Media allows businesses to interact with their potential customers, and customers. It makes your business more real and approachable and can take the static marketing of your website, print pieces, etc. and make them come to life and go beyond putting out information. This is where you can showcase your business on a daily basis and in real-time. It should encompass all aspects of your marketing package. 
Focusing on one avenue to generate leads is not going to be very successful. As a business owner you need to constantly work all areas of marketing to get your name out there and educate the public on what it is that you do. Finding a marketing company that will encompass all pieces of the marketing mix is your best bet. Dont be afraid of the experts, be wary of the experts who will only lead you in one direction.  

Social Media Discovery

Social Media Discovery
We have discovered theres a lot on connections between the different social sites enjoying fame with the young and old, and I think somebody told the marketing industry about this, I think they have discovered the connection between the internet, social media and internet traffic, where in trouble now

Social media has surpassed search engines for priority in gaining internet presence, and like email, where the mind set was if we just send out enough emails, people will visit our sites and buy!, then search engines and back links, so then it was If we create more back links and site referrals than the other guy, well have more traffic!, so before we Here we go again, lets stop and think?

Email blasters got smart and started targeting, gee just like direct mail companies!, Keyword targeting has not been figured out yet except for VITAL COMPUTER SERVICES, but we here at Vital know thats where its logically got to go. The pattern is there, the pattern is full. You cant just make a million connections between the social sites or try and get a zillion followers on twitter, Facebook or whatever.

Everybody can do that, everybody is doing that, except VITAL COMPUTER SERVICES, we have a plan.
Were going to figure out how to target, be selective about the connections we create, we add to the formula, geography, demographics, trends, we call them connection bots, like the web bots that making all the uncanny predictions that seem to come true we use the same concepts with social media connections.

We send out connection bots that analyze the connections between all the different media social sites, grab the data, analyze it, spread it out and figure were all the best connections are, why there the best, what value they hold to the most important markets, the hard time markets, and what we discovered is unbelievable!

The results of our first wave will turn the internet marketing world on its head, but we plan on waiting 4-6 more months before we start deploying this knowledge and the technology we developing because of what we found.
We though about selling this as an application, but have decided to sell this a internet service, Our major concern is somebody like Google coming up to us and making a huge, HUGE offer of a lot of money, and our weaker side caving in, but that wont happen, instead we thing Google will be our first customer.

Whatever the case, we will be springing this TRUE paradigm of how the internet is marketed not till sometime next year. When we started this project within Vital Computer Services consulting brain trust, we knew we were on to something but we didnt know where it would go, we thought the connection bot technology was a revolution in it self, but the results of the connection bots was explosive.

Vital Computer Services has always claimed to ride the edge of marketing concepts, this time we sharpened the edge and made it wider. Are you ready America?

Michael Robert Cummings
Born in Chicago, Illinois
Graduate of CDI, Wilbur Wright College
Father of 1 daughter, I was Born 1955
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.VitalComputerServices.Info

Developer and solution provider since 1986, started in California, currently Living in
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Career options available for the youth

Career options available for the youth

Unlike earlier times when there were only a couple of career options available, in today’s world you have a large menu, which has ample number of varieties to offer you. However, that does not mean the career options that were coveted earlier have lost their charm now. Some of them, like engineering, still, are highly coveted and promises a successful future. While novel options, like hospitality have risen high and are taken more seriously now. Let us discuss both of them briefly.

Career in Engineering:
A career in engineering for their children has been the dream of many parents since a long time. It is surprising that in this age when old is replaced by new and novel ideas, engineering as a viable career option still holds the grip very tight and remains to be a highly coveted career option. There are different categories of engineering which one can aspire for according to his or her preferences. Apart from a handsome package and respect, you open yourself to exciting challenges and gain maximum information in the field you are working in. the main work of engineers is:
Build and monitor construction of highways, buildings etc.
Analyze the impact of products used by people from the market and provide with necessary novel ideas for improvement
Develop new materials in accordance with public demand and need
Develop ways to make the best possible use of raw materials
The above-mentioned are some of the responsibilities that are to be undertaken by an engineer. However, the work covers a larger arena, which depends on your efficiency, hard work and dedication.

Career in Hospitality:

A career in hospitality is a new player in the field of career choices but has already gained the attention of the youth who are enrolling themselves in large numbers everyday for this career. The hospitality sector is growing tremendously and is offering ample amount of job options. Earlier, it was not considered as a reputed career option and was weighed down by the stereotyped career options like engineering, MBBS, teaching etc. due to a boon in travel and tourism and hotels, hospitality sector has gained immense popularity and today many colleges and institutes are offering courses for this career option. This sector has many courses to offer like, service apartments, hotels, various clubs, spa, discotheques, bars and ayurveda centers etc.

Therefore, a career options in hospitality or in engineering, both are flourishing at a fast pace. Though they are not related to each other in any way, both provide a platform to hardworking students for exhibiting their talents and skills and thereby lending a hand for the social welfare.

Find your career options at if you are looking your career in engineering or career in hospitality.

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How Team Building Events Create Cohesion

How Team Building Events Create Cohesion

Why is there so much stress on team building? Why is the rush for corporate trainers like Team Building Melbourne? Are not existing training programs adequate to prepare employees for future leadership?

Companies feel this is the way to go, possibly because the conventional team building activities like rope courses and military style outdoor endurance test that have been around for decades have seen their day Today, newer ground-breaking training programs are making the rounds

Corporate trainers like Team Building Melbourne are now coming up with innovative exercises to instill teamwork and develop leadership qualities.

The offbeat adventures can include team building activities like cooking contests, playing percussion instruments, and staging plays. Such activities may look suspect and controversial, but the present lot of corporate trainers thinks differently. They say any activity that builds teamwork and achieves the objective is a big yes in their schedule.

Why this stress on teamwork now? Were not people working in a group earlier doing well enough? The answer is probably they were not. It is true companies existed, delivered services and products, and in all likelihood made sizeable profits. It is also true employees worked and worked hard too. But, in today’s cut-throat world, even the best may not be good enough. To surpass even the best performance, you need to synergize your group’s skills. And this requires an effective team-building campaign. This is where trainers like Team Building Melbourne come into the picture.

Every organization has diverse group of energetic individuals with varying skill sets. To achieve corporate objectives, the organization will need to catalyze resources so that the group functions as a team and not as a collection of individuals.

Here is what a corporate team building campaign can achieve.

* Common vision

* Understandable objectives for each individual that aims to accomplish corporate goals

* Decentralized participation and leadership

* Effective decision making devoid of interpersonal conflicts

* Trust, acceptance, and mutual support among staff members

* Feeling of recognition by each individual who contributes positively in whatever manner

* Rise in comfort level.

But, do corporate trainers like Team Building Melbourne succeed in instilling all of the above qualities in one program? Surely, there is no one-shot therapy to build a winning team in one go. But what corporate trainers can do is induction of the right initiation that will eventually have to be built upon by the organization itself. It is exactly in this direction corporate trainer’s work.

Team-building processes can be unique. Corporate trainers plan each activity usually of two to three hour duration and make sure the environment is comfortable and informal. The events are fun and rewarding. Events include indoor team-building exercises, conference team building exercises in varying themes, and more.

At the end of it all, guides like Team Building Melbourne must succeed in transforming the mindset of individuals who tend to think they are grouped together for administrative purpose only. Besides, individuals must cease to work independently and at cross-purpose with each other. Instead of focusing on themselves, members must recognize the value of interdependence and mutual support. Even a modest accomplishment in this regard will spell success to trainers like Team Building Melbourne.

At, they will make your next event a success and positively strengthen your team for the future. The professionals here have an expertise in Team Building Melbourne.

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