Check out our summer/fall 2021 newsletter!
Inside we have the roaring return of Rockin’ at Riverfest, our inaugural Juneteenth celebration, the newly minted Randal S. Bloch Family Visitation Center, the Heidt Center Minecraft Club and so much more!
Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care
Vicarious trauma is something we don’t talk about enough in helping professions,” says Dani Green, vicepresident of counseling programs at Best Point Behavioral Health by The Children’s Home. “It’s very real and I thinkit’s important this week to recognize and bring awareness to the topic.
Mission First … People Always
As our FY for 2021 nears its end, we detail some accomplishments and impacts from a year like no other. Click the link to check out our annual president’s report!
Amanda Tipkemper Testimony
Amanda Tipkemper, education and autism services director at The Children's Home, testifies before the Budget and Finance Committee at the City Council budget hearings held on June 8, 2021. Amanda explains the importance of job readiness programming at The Children's Home, its impact on the community and asks the committee to continue funding this life-changing resource. Click the link to see her testimony on our YouTube Channel!
Minecraft at Heidt Center of Excellence
Caitlyn Lynch, autism intervention specialist at the Heidt Center, developed the lesson plans for her students participating in Minecraft Club. She said the immersive, detailed environment rewards skillsets and attributes like critical thinking and dynamic planning.
Justice Letter AAPI
imperative and incumbent on all community service organizations as well as our
civic, business, clergy, and scholarly communities to keep these topics at the forefront
of the conversation. It is my hope our neighbors and friends will echo our call
to action of pledging solidarity with the AAPI community."
Opinion: We must equip our most vulnerable children to win
Have you ever
considered how a random roll of cosmic dice could have altered life
circumstances for anyone? Check out this insightful op-ed by The Children’s
Home’s Chief Administrative Officer Roderick Hinton published by The Cincinnati
Seasons of Transformation Vol 2
"Saying I'm proud of The Children's Home's reaction to national-level issues such as COVID-19 and the topic of social justice is a vast understatement." - John Banchy, President and CEO
Autism & Pop Culture
"I think Rain Man did a great job in calling attention to autism and humanizing the diagnosis," said Amanda Tipkemper, education and autism services director at The Children's Home. "It was a springboard for making it part of the national vernacular, but it also created a stereotype that all people with autism are savants, which is not the case at all."
Story of Shiniah
Cheryl Johnson, Quinntez Johnson, and Shiniah Johnson are clients in Every Child Succeeds, a Children's Home partner program.
CareSource Donates $1M to Increase Behavioral Health Treatment Options in Ohio
“Real mental health
needs among vulnerable populations have the utmost attention of parents,
educators and the medical community,” said John Banchy, president and CEO of
The Children’s Home. “My deepest appreciation is extended to CareSource who is
helping us continue to advance and modify our efforts in real-time to remain
relevant and impactful. Community allies like these have supported us in
staying open, available, and ready to meet tomorrow’s challenges.”
See the full release here.
Family Visitation Story
Parents can use the FVC (Family Visitation Center) when a judge or magistrate from the court orders supervised parenting time.
Black History Month
African American History Month was officially designated as an annual celebration and acknowledgement of the African American community's accomplishments and history in 1976.
Hope, Help and Healing... Coffee!
Sidewinder Coffee and The Children's Home are collaborating to formulate a one-of-a-kind coffee blend to raise funds to support children and families in need during the holiday season.
The Children's Home has assumed responsibility of the Cincinnati Arts and Technology Studios (CATS) to increase the capability of the agency's portfolio of programs design to provide hope, help and healing to at-risk children and families in the Tri-State.
Agency Impact: Kai's Story
"'I can't say enough about Kai,' says Elijahjuan Pennington, upper school educational aide at The Children's Home. 'He's one of my best students, best athletes, has great perspectives to share in class and holds other classmates accountable.'"
Virtual Therapy Rooms
Behavioral Health Counseling Therapist incorporates virtual therapy environments to facilitate counseling services for young clients.
2020 Rockin at Riverfest
Our 2020 Rockin at
Riverfest auction is live Monday, Aug 24. Check out what’s inside this
commemorative program! And you can bid on some amazing items too!
The Children's Home Newsletter August 2020
We're excited to bring you a new feature - Seasons of Transformation: The official newsletter of The Children's Home. Here you will find a great snapshot of the latest and greatest happenings at Cincinnati's premiere nonprofit agency that has supported children and families of Greater Cincinnati for 156 years!
Battling Back to School Anxiety
"Behavioral health experts from The Children's Home offer advice, tips and tools for parents and caregivers to ease the anxiety many families are feeling."
Family Visitation Center
"Parents and children at The Children's Home Family Visitation Center, at 5014 Madison Road, can maintain the life-essential bond between parent and child by using specialized services provided at the Family Visitation Center."
Back to School
A letter from
President and CEO John Banchy to partner educators as well as some news and
highlights from The Children’s Home.
Community Impact During the Pandemic
“Your support continues to help us make positive impacts on our community. We've compiled some very illustrative data that shows how, with the help of our supporters, volunteers and partners we're able to continue to make a difference. The needs of the vulnerable children and families we support don't disappear because of a crisis. And neither do we.”
An Every Child Succeeds Story
“An Every Child Succeeds (ECS) client served by The Children's Home recently shared the impact of the agency's services have had on her and her child.”
What was the difference between autism and Asperger’s Disorder?
“In the past, people who had been diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome shared similar characteristics; like the sensitivity when it came to textures and lights, the need to follow a routine or a certain schedule. Today, there is no longer a diagnosis for Asperger’s. Debbie Gingrich, vice president for Behavioral Health at Best Point by The Children’s Home describes why.”
“Compassion fatigue, also known as secondary stress reaction, describes a type of stress from helping or wanting to help those who are traumatized or under some type of emotional distress.”
Online Parent Support Group
“The parent support group is the brainchild of Karen Hargis, school-based day treatment therapist at The Children's Home. Hargis says the sole purpose of the group is to focus on supporting parents and guardians who have children enrolled in the agency's school-based day treatment services.”
“The long-term effects of dehumanizing Black Americans has recently been highlighted in the media and the hearts of many. The parameters of black identity are being redefined and people are finally ready to celebrate blackness.”
When Everyday is Take Your Child to Work Day
“The emerging 'new normal' for working parents has blurred the lines of what were formerly very clear distinctions between work and home life as millions of Americans are teleworking because of COVID-19.”
Justice Letter from John Banchy
“We have been presented with a real chance to enact positive change, only limited by our resourcefulness and our will. While injustice among marginalized populations is now at the forefront of the national conversation, The Children’s Home encourages our neighbors and friends to join the conversation of justice in productive, thoughtful and meaningful ways.”
"Drive-Thru Graduation" at The Children's Home
“The first ever 'drive-thru graduation' by the Children's Home is scheduled for Monday, May 18, 6 p.m. at the circule drive located on the agency's main campus in Madisonville where 17 graduating seniors will be recognized by the non-profit organization.”
When Worrying Becomes Harmful
"'It is quite possible, and medically proven, that one can literally worry themselves sick,' said Dr. Joe Rieman, medical director of The Children's Home."
"Governor Mike DeWine on Thursday, March 12, directed all schools in Ohio to close at the end of the scheduled school day beginning Monday, March 16, as a precautionary measure. It's also important to note what The Children's Home has been doing prior to, and immediately after, the governor's decision."
Young Learning Styles
"Each human being experiences the world in unique ways. This often translates into how we learn."
Heidt Center Students visit Natl. Museum of Air Force
"Students in the autism services program at the Heidt Center of Excellence recently spent the day at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio."
TCH Family Visitation Center marks 1-year of service
"The Children's Home Family Visitation Program recently marked it's 1-year anniversary of service to parents and children, which was initially launched in partnership with the Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court."
Educational Benefits of Toy Blocks
"For centuries, parents and educators have known that children love to play with objects known as 'building blocks,' 'alphabet blocks,' or simply 'toy blocks.'"
"Students at the Heidt Center of Excellence recently began training at Got Special Kids to learn workplace skills any employer would find valuable."
Social Media Use for Children & Adolescents
"Social media applications can be a way for youth to express themselves, learn about other cultures and ideas, and find information. At the same time, social media exposes youth to risks such as cyber-bullying, catfishing, and other online predators."
Top Apps for Teens
"There are literally millions of computer and phone apps in cyberspace. It can be challenging for parents to keep up with and what's out there and what their teens are exposed to. The Children's Home took a look at the top apps teens are using in 2020."
A HUGS Story
"Thanks to the generous community of Greater Cincinnati, passionate volunteers, partner organizations and individual donors, we have hundreds of HUGS stories to share. Here is one of them."
The most wonderful time of year... for some
"According to a study called Map the Meal Gap 2019, nearly 140,000 people in Hamilton County alone have what the academic and professional communities call 'food insecurities.' In Clermont County, there are another 22,440.'"
Dangers of Teens & Vaping
"Vaping is a term commonly associated with using electronic or 'e-cigarettes.' Other names include 'e-cigs,' 'e-hookahs,' 'mods,' 'vape pens,' 'vapes,' and 'tank systems.'"
"The benefits of school sanctioned sports are many and constructive," said Melissa Grondin, autism services associate principal and one of Heidt Center's coaches.
The Children's Home Budget Bootcamp 2019
Budget Bootcamp is a unique exercise that equips students to make realistic financial and other related "real life" decisions while navigating a Game of Life experience.
Rockin' at Riverfest 2019
The Children's Home of Cincinnati recently announced the official co-chairs for this year's Rockin' at Riverfest, scheduled for Sept. 1 at Smale Riverfront Park.
Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship, according to the American Art Therapy Association.
Autism Services program class of 2019
Fourteen students from The Children's Home of Cincinnati's Autism Services program graduated on May 20 with their high school diplomas at a ceremony in the gymnasium located on The Children's Home main campus.
Identifying Autism in Girls
New studies are starting to question if the difference in prevalence can be accounted for the difficulty in identifying girls on the spectrum.