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What do Parents Want?

Monday, April 17, 2017

What do Parents Want?

Even before your children are born, parents are always thinking about “what’s best for my child?”. This is a very common question with a lot of different answers. As most parents know that every child is different and every child needs different things.

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How Innocent Are Those Emojis?

Monday, April 17, 2017

How Innocent Are Those Emojis?

How innocent are those emoji’s and hashtags children are using? We never thought that innocent emoji’s and hashtags could be linked with child abuse; but where there is a will, there is probably a way. Being a parent today is so very difficult.

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Human Trafficking - Part One

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Human Trafficking - Part One

If you have heard the news lately, child trafficking is becoming a major concern for society today. Many larger cities across the US are addressing this from a “how to serve those who have experienced this horrible crime.” We would like to address it before it even happens

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A New Year - A New Look

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A New Year - A New Look

The HEARTS for Families™ mission is to strengthen families and those who serve them. We know that the number one goal of prevention providers is to deliver programs that makes a real difference in families’ lives. HEARTS™ spent years developing a 4-Part Training Model that is research-proven to prepare prevention providers and facilitators for success. Our professional training model includes skills training and mentoring support which increases program delivery with fidelity to each program's design as well as accurate results-driven data collection to validate program effectiveness and continued funding.

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2016  A Retrospective Look

Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 A Retrospective Look

2016 – A Retrospective Look Some people enjoy reading these, some don’t. I happen to be a results-oriented person, so these remembrances help me to feel either good, so-so, or not-so-good about what I have accomplished over a year. Here at HEARTS, we’re always taking a look at what has been accomplished, what we can celebrate and what needs to be tweaked or even removed. Here are some of our celebrations for 2016!!

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What's in it for me?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What's in it for me?

If you work to build and support families through your profession, volunteerism, or faith organization, you already understand how important facilitation skills are to reach the people you are trying to serve. But, how often do you stop to think what building a stronger skill-set could do for you personally?

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Ministry Opportunity - We Need YOUR Help!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Ministry Opportunity - We Need YOUR Help!

What if I told you that YOU can be part of building strong families in other parts of the world? If I showed you specific ways that your involvement could directly impact the lives of mothers, fathers, and children for years to come – all for the cause of Christ? Would you be willing to help make this a reality for families in places like Nigeria, Ecuador, and the UK?

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Top 5 Cutest DIY Costumes

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Top 5 Cutest DIY Costumes

Remember that scene in Disney’s “Robin Hood” when Robin pokes a hole in King John’s money bag and all the gold coins trickle out? That’s kind of what shopping for costumes is like as a parent.

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Dangerous Apps and Your Teen

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dangerous Apps and Your Teen

As you likely know, smartphones drive the world of teens today! Whether used to calculate their total at a clothing store; help with homework they have spent way too much time on; just snapping a few selfies; or to contact their friends they hope to meet up with this weekend, teens use their smart devices for everything!

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Newton County Town Hall a Success

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Newton County Town Hall a Success

On Saturday, September 17th, a group of concerned community members, parents, and students came together at Newton High School to listen, learn, and discuss the need for change during a Town Hall meeting on Underage Drinking.

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Why You Should Talk With Your Kids About Terrorism (and HOW to do so!)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Why You Should Talk With Your Kids About Terrorism (and HOW to do so!)

Looking back through history, almost every generation in the United States has had to endure some kind of frightening foe to our humanity. From wars, to encroached-upon civil rights, to economic depressions, there has always seemed to be some kind of threat to fear. As Americans, past generations have risen above those fears and banded together to come out as stronger individuals and as a stronger nation.

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Top 6 Picks for Your Fall Bucket List

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Top 6 Picks for Your Fall Bucket List

Fall is just around the corner, and with it comes many fun activities for the family to enjoy. From the cooler temperatures and gorgeous weather, to the allure of Friday night lights, there is a wide variety of fall fun to be had by all! To help you prepare for this beautiful season, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite fall activities.

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Staff Member Spotlight: Denise Ward

Friday, July 01, 2016

Staff Member Spotlight: Denise Ward

Here at HEARTS for Families we are abundantly blessed with team members who are passionate, experienced, hard-working, and knowledgeable about the work that they do. As a testament to this, we will be presenting a “Staff Member Spotlight” each month to highlight a member of our team. This month, the spotlight is on Denise Ward, who is our Community Involvement Specialist for the Alcohol Prevention Project in Millen, Swainsboro, and Sylvania.

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HOORAY! City of Millen Passes Social Hosting Ordinance!

Monday, June 13, 2016

HOORAY! City of Millen Passes Social Hosting Ordinance!

HEARTS for Families is thrilled to announce that the hard work the dedicated members of the STEP Up Millen Workgroup has paid off. Members of the Millen City Council approved the proposed Social Hosting Ordinance on May 3rd, and it was signed into law on June 7th!

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Fun Ways to Make Summer 2016 an

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Fun Ways to Make Summer 2016 an "Alcohol Free Zone"

Did you know that up to 70% of water recreation deaths of teens and adults involve the use of alcohol? Summertime is full of fun, sunshine, outdoor activities, and making memories. However, it also comes with extra freedom and potential for irresponsible behavior. HEARTS for Families wants to help make sure that both parents and students have the best summer yet, so we’ve compiled these handy lists for you to use as you navigate the school-free months.

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Grab the Kids, Go Outside, and Get Active!

Monday, June 06, 2016

Grab the Kids, Go Outside, and Get Active!

Did You Know? Less than 3 in 10 high school students get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. LESS THAN THREE! Additionally, according to the 2014 State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 26.7 percent of adults and 18.7 percent of youth in Georgia reported no leisure-time physical activity. In relation to Georgia’s large population, that’s a significant amount of inactivity!

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Say Hello to the Summer 2016

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Say Hello to the Summer 2016 "Dream Team"!

Fresh ideas and unique talents are always welcome at HEARTS for Families, and we are excited to share that we’ve brought on three interns who are full of both! The interns, who we’ve affectionately dubbed the “Summer 2016 Dream Team,” each bring a wealth of diverse skills and knowledge to the table. We’d like to take this moment to introduce you them, and share what they’ll be up to!

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Staff Member Spotlight: Wendy Durham

Monday, May 23, 2016

Staff Member Spotlight: Wendy Durham

Here at HEARTS for Families, we are abundantly blessed with team members who are passionate, experienced, hard-working, and knowledgeable about the work that they do. As a testament to this, we will be presenting a “Staff Member Spotlight” each month to highlight a member of our team. This month, the spotlight is on Wendy Durham.

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An Open Letter to the Class of 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

An Open Letter to the Class of 2016

Dear Graduate, Congratulations! You’ve done it. You’ve spent the majority of your life working toward this moment, and now the work has finally paid off.

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Child Abuse Prevention: Be Their Voice

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Child Abuse Prevention: Be Their Voice

Along with being known as the month of flowers blooming, May is also observed as National Foster Care Month. Since so many of our children who are in the foster care system are victims of abuse, HEARTS for Families has compiled this toolkit for recognizing signs of child abuse.

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How to Teach

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

How to Teach "Take Our Kids to Work Day" Lessons Year-Round

Last Thursday, all across the United States, children ages 8-18 participated in the 23rd annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This nationally recognized event, sponsored by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation, is held each year on the 4th Thursday in April.

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