Family Ark Highlighted in News & Tribune
FREE Child Abuse Prevention  Workshop (Free CEU's) 
Virginia Walker Memorial Scholarship
We're Growing! - NEW Open Positions 

February 2016
Thank you St. Anthony's Kindergarten Class!

Family Ark would like to thank St. Anthony School's kindergarten class for thinking of our foster children this Valentine's Day! The class made sweet Valentine bags for our foster children that included treats and kind messages! Our foster children loved them! 

For volunteer or donation opportunities at Family Ark, please contact info@thefamilyark.org.

Family Ark Announcements
Free Child Abuse Prevention Workshop - Free CEU's 

Family Ark is pleased to announce we will be hosting a free Child Abuse Prevention workshop Tuesday, April 5th at the Family Ark Lodge from noon - 3pm. The workshop will cover Indicators of Abuse and Neglect & Promoting Prevention in an Early Childhood Settings. Please visit our event page, familyarkceu.eventbrite.com, for additional topic details.

The workshop will be lead by Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and is ideal for early intervention professionals, early childhood education professionals, health care professionals, teachers, and social service staff. 

The workshop will include FREE CEU's and a free lunch.  

The workshop is open to the public. Seating is limited. Please register at familyarkceu.eventbrite.com.

Family Ark Highlighted in News and Tribune Article 
Photo by Tyler Stewart

Family Ark would like to thank Elizabeth Depompei for highlighting the need for additional foster parents and court appointed child advocates (CASAs) in Floyd and Clark counties in this weekend's News and Tribune. 

William Yowell and Lizzette Steed-Yowell, long-time Family Ark foster parents, along with Family Ark staff were interviewed. The article brings to light the increased number of children in the state's care due to rising drug dependency across the state. The Yowell's speak to their experience of creating a safe a stable home environment for their foster children.

Family Ark plays a vital role in the solution to this need by offering foster care services, home based therapy and case management services, and services at the new Behavioral Health Center, open to the public, on our 83-acre campus. 

Virginia Walker Memorial Scholarship 
Each year, Family Ark awards scholarships to current or previous clients of the agency at any point since its founding in 1973. The applications are selected based on several criteria including an interview, letters of recommendations, financial need, academic record and extracurricular and community activities. Scholarships are a minimum of $500 and up to a maximum of $5,000. The Board of Directors determines the amount and the number of scholarships awarded each year, which may be used only for tuition, fees, books, and room/board. The Virginia Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Virginia Walker, an agency foster parent. Since 2001, the fund has awarded more than $60,000 to students of varying ages.

Applications are now being accepted. To apply, please visit http://thefamilyark.org/scholarships to download an application or call 812-2282-8479 for more information. Application deadline is February 29, 2016.

Annual Fund Campaign Ends March 31!

We're counting on you to help us reach this year's goal! The Annual Fund campaign runs through  - March 31, 2014 and that means there's still time to give! Thanks to all who have already given to this important campaign to support critical services for neglected and abused children in Southern Indiana. 

For your convenience, online giving is now possible at www.thefamilyark.org. Please share this giving opportunity!
Foster Care News
A Trip Down Memory Lane

Do you have a favorite memory relating to Family Ark? How has Family Ark impacted your life?

Family Ark is seeking testimonials from current or previous clients speaking to their experiences within our programs. These testimonials will be utilized to update our website, marketing material, and to be highlighted on the E-Newsletter. Testimonials can be related to any or all of Family Ark's programming including foster care, home based services, day reporting, the Behavioral Health Center, volunteering, or a Family Ark event.

Pictures are also encouraged, but please remember, pictures and testimonials will be published publicly. A small token of thanks will be sent to those who participate.

Please send your testimonial to lkeeney@thefamilyark.org or mail to Laura Keeney at  101 Noah's Lane, Jeffersonville, IN, 47130. 
New Foster Families
Our Foster Care Program identifies individuals or families who are willing to open their home and their hearts to children in need. Family Ark looks for foster parents to help children (birth to age 18) who have experienced abuse, neglect or other trauma. 

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more information about becoming a foster parent, please contact Laura Keeney at lkeeney@thefamilyark.org.

Department of Child Services - FAQ's

If I report child abuse or neglect, what happens? Will the family find out that I reported them?

"Reporters of abuse or neglect can remain anonymous and are immune from all civil and criminal liability, provided they have made the report in good faith.

Investigations of abuse or neglect may be substantiated or unsubstantiated. The child's safety is the paramount concern for child protective staff conducting assessments. Families receive services based on the severity of the abuse or neglect, an assessment of the child's and the family's needs, and an assessment of the relative safety and risk to the child in the home." - http://www.in.gov/dcs/

To report child abuse or neglect (Indiana) call: 

Day Reporting News
Valentine's Day Fun! 
The youth involved in Family Ark's Day Reporting & Treatment Program put their creative skills to practice this past month by creating Valentine boxes and baking Valentine treats. This activity fulfilled two of the six Positive Youth Domains, which the program is based, creativity and building healthy relationships. 
Day Reporting Successes 
The Family Ark Day Reporting & Treatment Program is please to announce that one of its current youth successfully secured a new job! 

While in the Day Reporting & Treatment Program, youth learn how to write a resume, search for job openings, and interview skills, fulfilling the work domain of the Six Positive Youth Domains.
Family Ark Staff News
We're Growing - Now Hiring 

Family Ark's programs and services have continued to grow throughout 2016 to meet the needs of our community - and with growth comes opportunity!

Family Ark is currently hiring for the following positions:

Family Ark is an equal opportunity employer offering career opportunities to those who want to make a difference in the lives of children and families in Southern Indiana. Family Ark offers competitive pay and benefit packages for full time employees. Click on the links above for full job descriptions or contact Kersten Farah for more information. 
Welcome to the Family Ark Team! 
Family Ark would like to welcome Kristi Glotzbach to the team! Kristi will be filling the role of Director of Treatment Fidelity. Within her role, Kristi will be developing and overseeing the ongoing training and development of the clinical staff and coordinating the agency Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Program. 

Kristi was born and raised in Southern Indiana, completing her BA in Psychology at Purdue University and receiving her MSSW at University of Louisville. With over 20 years experience working with adolescents and their families, Kristi has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2002. Kristi is also a Faculty Trainer for Risking Connection, a foundational trauma training curriculum and training program and enjoys traveling to other agencies as a trainer.  Welcome to the team!