With the new year approaching, it is so amazing to end 2017 with a wonderful announcement. Our CEO/Founder, Sharon Moen Roubinek, has been awarded the honor of being named a Global Goodwill Ambassador!! Imagine Foundation for Kids wants to extend our congratulations to you, Sharon, and know that this is just the beginning! Children and families need help, and we are here to help as many as possible.
To our supporters, none of this is even remotely possible without your show of support, whether it is through donations, volunteering, referrals, or spreading the news about what we do. Thank you so much and may God continue to bless all of us as we move forward to helping HIS children.
Imagine Foundation for Kids is a 501C3 nonprofit dedicated to helping children and families find hope again. We are involved as child advocates in court, as a resource for, and in alliance with, other nonprofits, educating and improving family life for those in need, finding homes for children within the foster care system, and reaching out and assisting those who are adopting children.We are involved in everything that has to do with helping children and families find hope in an otherwise hopeless situation. We would be humbled if you chose Imagine Foundation for Kids as your nonprofit of choice on Giving Tuesday.All donations will go towards helping children.
I was just introduced to this article, and it really hit home. Anxiety is everywhere!! Many people try to blame the world of smartphones and electronics, but the issue has always been around, it’s just that today’s technology has brought it out into a more open arena.
I have copied a few major parts of the article in this post, but I am also providing the link to the original post so that you may visit their site and read the rest. Teachers, foster parents, counselors, really anyone who works with children needs to read this.
Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?
Parents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears.
***Over the last decade, anxiety has overtaken depression as the most common reason college students seek counseling services. In its annual survey of students, the American College Health Association found a significant increase — to 62 percent in 2016 from 50 percent in 2011 — of undergraduates reporting “overwhelming anxiety” in the previous year. Surveys that look at symptoms related to anxiety are also telling. In 1985, the Higher Education Research Institute at U.C.L.A. began asking incoming college freshmen if they “felt overwhelmed by all I had to do” during the previous year. In 1985, 18 percent said they did. By 2010, that number had increased to 29 percent. Last year, it surged to 41 percent.
Those numbers — combined with a doubling of hospital admissions for suicidal teenagers over the last 10 years, with the highest rates occurring soon after they return to school each fall — come as little surprise to high school administrators across the country, who increasingly report a glut of anxious, overwhelmed students. While it’s difficult to tease apart how much of the apparent spike in anxiety is related to an increase in awareness and diagnosis of the disorder, many of those who work with young people suspect that what they’re seeing can’t easily be explained away. “We’ve always had kids who didn’t want to come in the door or who were worried about things,” says Laurie Farkas, who was until recently director of student services for the Northampton public schools in Massachusetts. “But there’s just been a steady increase of severely anxious students.”
***Anxiety is the most common mental-health disorder in the United States, affecting nearly one-third of both adolescents and adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. But unlike depression, with which it routinely occurs, anxiety is often seen as a less serious problem.
“Anxiety is easy to dismiss or overlook, partially because everyone has it to some degree,” explained Philip Kendall, director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Temple University in Philadelphia. It has an evolutionary purpose, after all; it helps us detect and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Highly anxious people, though, have an overactive fight-or-flight response that perceives threats where there often are none.
But sometimes there are good reasons to feel anxious. For many young people, particularly those raised in abusive families or who live in neighborhoods besieged by poverty or violence, anxiety is a rational reaction to unstable, dangerous circumstances. At the Youth Anxiety Center’s clinic in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, which serves mostly poor and working-class Hispanic youth, teenagers would object to the definition of anxiety I heard often at Mountain Valley: “The overestimation of danger and the underestimation of our ability to cope.”
***It’s tempting to blame helicopter parents with their own anxiety issues for that pressure (and therapists who work with teenagers sometimes do), but several anxiety experts pointed to an important shift in the last few years. “Teenagers used to tell me, ‘I just need to get my parents off my back,’ ” recalls Madeline Levine, a founder of Challenge Success, a Stanford University-affiliated nonprofit that works on school reform and student well-being. “Now so many students have internalized the anxiety. The kids at this point are driving themselves crazy.”
***Though there are cultural differences in how this kind of anguish manifests, there’s considerable overlap among teenagers from different backgrounds. Many are anxious about school and how friends or teachers perceive them. Some obsess about family conflicts. Teenagers with OCD tend to worry excessively about what foods they should eat, diseases they might contract or whatever happens to be in the news that week. Stephanie Eken, a psychiatrist and the regional medical director for Rogers Behavioral Health, which runs several teenage-anxiety outpatient programs across the country and an inpatient program in Wisconsin, told me that in the last few years she has heard more kids than ever worry about terrorism. “They wonder about whether it’s safe to go to a movie theater,” she said.
So many people want to help, but many just don’t know how, or think that only large donations of items or money will be accepted- but that’s so not true!
My amazing friend had a get together this weekend and asked everyone to bring something for the girls ranch. Y’all she is in the DFW area, not even close to Houston, but she and her friends wanted to help us get ready for the girls that will be here soon.
Time, items, or even a $5 donation will add up!
Never underestimate the power of kindness and blessing others.
You are going to love this story from Thanksgiving weekend!
Over the weekend, I was honored to attend a ceremony honoring one of my favorite kids, Davis Spangler, from Allen, Texas. I love stories of kids looking after and having a heart for other kids less fortunate.
Over two and a half years ago, I was contacted by this young man. He had been researching projects for his Eagle Scout honor. The project that caught his eye was a story in the media about foster children moving from place to place carrying all they had in trash bags. I agreed to meet Davis and his Dad. Along for the ride, were my two oldest grandchildren that were about the same age as Davis.
I remember instantly liking how passionately he felt the need to do something to help these kids! He asked if I would sponsor him on behalf of Azleway. His goal was to collect as much luggage, duffel bags, and backpacks as he could for his project and give them to the kids at Azleway. I do not think either of us knew what a daunting task that would become. Over the two year period, he would sometimes get frustrated because he had not found as much luggage as he wanted. I am sure there were times when he would have liked to quit. Thankfully, he did not quit! I received an email from Davis requesting a date for the delivery of the luggage.
I still remember when he and his Dad delivered it all to Azleway. I met them at Azleway’s Grand Prairie location. I could not believe the staggering amount of luggage packed into luggage that he had collected. That luggage did not last long in that warehouse. The minute the word was out……the luggage was moved to Tyler and handed out to the kids.
On October 21, 2016, I received an email from Davis asking if I remembered him. I replied I could never forget that sweet face. Along with the email, was an invitation for his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony to be held at his church in Allen, Texas. I replied I would be honored to attend. When I arrived, I could not believe he was a head taller than me, and was the more mature and accomplished version of the Davis I had met in our first meeting. I awarded him a pin on behalf of Danny Tiblet’s Foster Care Movement! If you look closely to the right of his Eagle Scout badge, you will see the pin. I don’t know of a better kid or a more deserving kid for this award!
The ceremony was filled with emotion. His family had travelled from all over the country to see Davis receive his award and be called to the “Eagle’s Nest” forever and all time. By the way, his Dad is an Eagle Scout as well. I learned during the ceremony that less than two percent of all scouts become Eagle Scouts. Letters from President George Bush, his Dad, and many other dignitaries from all over the country sent certificates and letters of blessings. Quite a way to spend a night during Thanksgiving!
Azleway thanks you, Davis! The kids thank you! And, I thank you so much for all you have done on behalf of this nonprofit. I am going to keep my eye on this kid! He has a great future in store for him!
Happy Mother’s Day weekend to ALL moms. You don’t have to give birth to be a mom. #thegivingtree #ThankYou to everyone who reaches out and touches a child’s heart and soul. In this world, you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. #imaginefoundationforkids #imagineaworldsafeforkids
Imagine being in your own home, with your own family, and feeling scared, angry, hurt, beat down, and hopeless every single day, every waking moment, even afraid of going to sleep because of what might happen. Imagine making a routine mistake like spilling milk, breaking a toy, or losing track of time and being slapped, beaten and screamed at while told you are worthless and unwanted. Imagine hiding from your own parents, family members, neighbors, and siblings for fear of what they will do to you. Imagine no safe place to call home…
Now…. Stop…Take a deep breath…
Imagine you were taken to a place where people smiled at you and were genuinely happy to be around you. Imagine a beautiful room that they say is yours. Imagine making a mistake and being told it is okay, that you are loved, and that they will help you. Imagine waking up laughing, playing, and enjoying life as a kid.
Imagine… a place of hope for children who were once hopeless.