June 2015
 news and notes

Alex Wright   Danny Flanigan   Craig Wagner
A Night of Music
 to benefit Family Ark
A Night of Music, is today, June 26th, from 7-10:00 pm! Family Ark can't wait to hear Alex Wright, Danny Flanigan and Craig Wagner! All this great music, cash bar, snacks and fantastic giveaways will be at 300 Spring in Jeffersonville, Indiana. And...we're inside, where it's cool and not raining! Many thanks to our free giveaway supporters - Fuzzy Zoeller, Buckhead's, Kolkin Coffee, Rocky's, Adrienne's, Papa John's, Red Yeti, Lavender Hill, Comfy Cow, The Springs Salon and Spa, and Schimpff's Candy!! The suggested donation of $10 will get you a ticket and a chance to win a fabulous prize!
Many thanks to the News and Tribune for this great SoIn feature and a big thank you to WFPK 91.9 radio for their support with Concert Calendar! Proceeds from the music benefit will support Family Ark's programs for children and families.  
Free Workshop - Human Trafficking: Myths, Facts,and Our Community Response

Family Ark will host a free training (offered by Prevent Child Abuse Indiana) on Monday, June 29th from 12:00-1:30 pm. The training - Human Trafficking: Myths & Realities - is targeted to those who work with youth or anyone interested in the topic of human trafficking. This workshop will provide an introduction to the issue of human trafficking, including scope, definitions, vulnerability factors for victims, indicators of possible trafficking, services available, and how to identify and report. The training is free and a box lunch is also provided free of charge! CEUs are available. Contact info@thefamilyark.org to register, call (812) 288-6800 or complete and return the registration form.



Family Ark Board Member Spotlight - Staci Flispart
Staci Flispart, Vice President of First Savings Bank, is beginning her third year as a Family Ark Board member. She is a valued contributor to the Development Committee of the Board and has been integral to the success of various fundraising events. She also serves as a board member with Down Syndrome of Louisville. A lifelong resident of Clark County, Staci lives in Jeffersonville with her husband Paul and children Emilee and Jacob. About other activities, she says, "My hobby is honestly attending sporting events with my kids and right not I'm wondering what I will do next year when they are away at college!" Thank you Staci for caring about the children and families that Family Ark serves!
Family Ark's Programs and Services
For more than 40 years, Family Ark has provided a variety of services to the children and families in Southern Indiana.

Foster Care - As a licensed child placing agency, Family Ark's foster care program helps families obtain their foster care license, and works with families during foster care placements by providing ongoing training and case management services.

Home-Based Services - Family Ark offers therapy and case management services to clients in their natural environment (primarily the home but can include the school or community). Some areas of focus include: stress management, communication skills, conflict resolution, parenting skills, mood disorders, domestic violence, etc. Therapy is provided by Master's level clinicians. Therapy services are also offered for juveniles with sexual behavior problems. These services are certified through the Juvenile Sexual Offending Counselor Certification Program (JSOCCP).

Day Reporting and Treatment Program (DRTP)
Offered as an alternative to detention, this on-campus program for youth, ages 12-18, includes educational planning, life skills training, independent living skills, community service projects, recreational activities, family involvement, and evidence based treatments. The program is centered on the development of pro-social behavior and the 6 domains for positive youth development.

Family Ark will soon open a Behavioral Health Center which will offer therapy services including individual, group and family therapy. Stay tuned for news of the opening date!      
Family Ark's Ecosystem
Through Family Ark's partnership with Purdue Extension, several professionals with the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be on campus this summer to inventory the plants and animals within Family Ark's wetlands, fields and wooded areas. This current census will let us know what lives and grows in our own small part of the universe. We'll keep you informed about what they discover!
Your Donations to Goodwill Help Family Ark's Families!

Is it time to clean out your garage or closet, or do you have items remaining from your garage sale? Take your no longer needed items to any Goodwill in Southern Indiana and designate Family Ark as a nonprofit recipient. Family Ark will then receive  vouchers for our children and parents to use when shopping for needed clothing, shoes, etc. Your donated items will make the difference for many families!

Foster Care Participants Share their Stories
Interested in foster care? The Indiana Department of Child Services has developed a foster care PSA. Take a look here.

From the DCS website - "Some participants of the "Choose to Be the Difference" video share stories and views. Mike Locotash, foster parent and former circus performer, shares what motivated him to become a foster parent. Matt, a former foster child, tells the blessings of foster care. Christine Singleton, a foster parent, gives her view of the joy of foster kids. Shirley Woods, a foster parent, offers some candid advice. Alyssa, a former foster child and current foster parent, shares some happy moments in foster care that includes a first date "like in the movies."

For more information about foster care, contact Family Ark at (812) 288-6800.