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Ideas to help children enjoy the holidays


Ideas to help children enjoy the holidays  Strategies and ideas for this Holiday Season: Finding ways to make this year special Start a family Conversation: Acknowledge what has changed and how family members are feeling. Find ways to make connections. Keep to a routine and notice the good things. Taking care of yourself this Holiday Season: Eat well Be active or [...]

Ideas to help children enjoy the holidays2020-12-22T12:46:36-08:00

Anti-Racism Fight Club


Parenting Tools: Anti-Racism Fight Club Speaker: Doyin Richards Presenter: Doyin Richards We are in the midst of two major crises in America: mental health and race-relations. They impact our homes, schools, businesses, relationships, and (obviously) sanity — but do we recognize the signs of these problems? Are we doing enough on the front-end to prevent personal and professional disasters [...]

Anti-Racism Fight Club2020-12-23T12:29:42-08:00

Mason County Free Parenting Series


Family Education & Support Services (FESS) partners with the Mason County Health Dept. and WA State Health Care Authority to provide parenting education classes, called "Guiding Good Choices," to interested members of the public for no cost in Mason County. Anyone wanting to grow as a parent or caregiver is welcome. These classes, offered through Family Education & Support Services' parenting [...]

Mason County Free Parenting Series2020-11-02T16:35:44-08:00

Open Enrollment Events


Family Education & Support Services (FESS) partners with CHOICE Regional Health Network and others to help Washington families navigate health care options during open enrollment, particularly how it works and what health care options best fit each specific situation in the coming year."Open Enrollment is a specific period of time in the fall that provides a short window for individuals and families [...]

Open Enrollment Events2020-10-21T16:20:32-07:00

Suicide Prevention Training Offered


The statistics around suicide are staggering. In an average year in Thurston County alone, 40 people end their lives. This year is worse. The number was 48 by August. Youth suicide is of specific concern. A survey reveals that 22 percent of 6th-graders have contemplated suicide, and that number increases by grade level. In the three weeks before mid-October, two young [...]

Suicide Prevention Training Offered2021-03-09T14:22:26-08:00

Living through a pandemic


Living through a PandemicWritten by: Bonnie Jacques, Board President Bonnie Jacques, Board President Hello! My name is Bonnie Jacques and I am currently the board chair for Family Education and Support Services or FESS. I have been on the board for almost five years. When asked to write an article for the newsletter, I have to admit I racked my brain trying [...]

Living through a pandemic2020-12-22T12:41:27-08:00

Ideas for Giving and Moving Forward in 2020


Ideas for Giving and Moving Forward Family Education & Support Services continues to move forward with its important work. In the midst of all that is going on, many of our friends and supporters are looking forward to the future when they can enjoy community with friends and resume their regular activities. In response to the current situation, Congress recently enacted [...]

Ideas for Giving and Moving Forward in 20202020-12-23T09:51:22-08:00

Voices of Children 2020


17th Annual Voices of Children  For every child who can no longer live with his or her birth parents and is living in a foster home, about 10 more are living with relatives. For 17 years, FESS has sponsored a contest asking those children to tell us about their life with their relatives through artwork or an essay. The winners of [...]

Voices of Children 20202020-12-23T09:26:12-08:00

Helping Parents Build Resilient Children


Scott Hanauer, Clinical Director Helping Parents Build Resilient ChildrenScott Hanauer, Family Education & Support Services Clinical DirectorThe work of Family Education and Support Services has become centered on helping parents build resilience to help them raise resilient children. FESS programs can help all adults with children raise the level of their parenting by using skills that have become central to our [...]

Helping Parents Build Resilient Children2020-11-20T15:37:26-08:00

Parent Shares Story


Centrailia Parent Shares How Nonprofit Saved Her from Homelessness and Despair Originally published in The Daily Chronicle. With a meth addiction standing in the way of her raising her five children, Samantha Davis didn’t know what to do until she received a visit that changed the course of her future.  Her introduction to Jessica Olson, the clinical supervisor of Family Education [...]

Parent Shares Story2020-10-16T15:54:02-07:00
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