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Posts Tagged ‘Foster Care Youth’

Transformation in Santa Cruz

January 28th, 2014.

Sarah S* is an art therapist helping Art with Heart test the Draw It Out program in Santa Cruz County, California. Her agency serves youth who are at risk for out-of-home placement because of serious emotional disturbances. Sarah helps families achieve positive outcomes, reduce out-of-home placements, maintain family and foster care stability, and decrease the return[…read more…]

One of the things that Art with Heart enjoys the most is collaboration with other like-minded organizations. For this workshop, we got to collaborate with two – the F-Factor and Ryther. There were thirteen girls between the ages of ten and 15. The theme of the day “Star Power” and Art with Heart’s objective was[…read more…]

Oct. 21 @ 8:30 am & Oct. 22 @ 4:30 pm Join us for Art with Heart’s CHILL & SPILL INTENSIVE TRAINING which provides a road-map for using Chill & Spill to effectively reach high-risk youth, using creative expression to pave the way. This bi-yearly 1.5 day training will equip you to bring the Chill[…read more…]

This summer, Art with Heart has had the privilege of working with two groups of teenage boys at Friends of Youth, a local nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic services for troubled and at-risk youth. The mainly Spanish-speaking boys range in age from 14-17 and come from a variety of backgrounds – some have past gang[…read more…]

My Inner Critic

August 13th, 2013.

“If you don’t realize that your inner critic is wrong, you can’t move forward…” During this week’s Chill & Spill group at Friends of Youth, we talked with a group of teen boys about the inner critic – the messages it sends and what we’d rather hear instead.This project was based on Chill & Spill’s[…read more…]

One of our long-time partners has been Casey Family Programs, which is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused entirely on foster care and improving the child welfare system.They work to provide and improve ─ and ultimately prevent the need for ─ foster care in the United States. Many of their staff has been trained in[…read more…]

The latest endorsement of our books comes from the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Department of Health & Human Services. They have been using both Chill & Spill and Magnificent Marvelous Me with kids in their care. Writes Lynsey Parrish, MSW, who is a Youth & Family Therapist: We have found that the use of these books[…read more…]

Art with Heart was thrilled to work on our newest publication Ink About It with over 25 foster care youth from Treehouse ( this past week.  The youth were on their mid-Winter break from school and the Treehouse camp was a whirlwind of activities that included visiting Nintendo and Evergreen State College and cooking their[…read more…]

New Perspective

November 28th, 2011.

Diana was an angry 12 year-old. She never knew what would set her off, and it was scary when her temper flared out of control. Bounced between relatives and the foster care system since she was an infant, Diana didn’t have many stable forces in her life. She never knew who her father was. Her[…read more…]

Hands on Fire

November 18th, 2011.

Ethan lived in several foster homes before being adopted at age 6. He had been abused and as a result, was highly aggressive and often exhibited violent behavior. His adoptive parents placed him in a behavioral treatment center when he was 8, where he lived until he was 10. After that, he moved back with[…read more…]