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STEPS Proactive Parenting

July 26, 2018

Parenting Points  Brought to you by: White Plume Technologies  When one of our kids abuses drugs or alcohol, it’s easy to doubt ourselves. But all parents make mistakes. It comes with the job, and we don’t have to be perfect to raise our kids well. By connecting with others and getting some training, we …

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School Year Organization: Get an A+!

July 26, 2018

The Hassle-Free Zone School is back and so with it, the stacks of papers! Permission slips, homework assignments, medical release forms, volunteer sign-ups, field trips – you know it all too well. Backpacks and mailboxes inundate us with enough to wallpaper our entire homes, not to mention the time it takes to navigate through it …

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New Mental Health Resource for Area Families

July 25, 2018

Education Extra When a child or teen needs mental health resources, families and caregivers often want assistance determining the appropriate level of care. Children’s of Alabama and the Anne B. LaRussa Foundation of Hope have established the Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC) to help patients, families and providers better navigate the mental health care system. …

Serving Alabama Children through CASA

July 25, 2018

For children who have experienced abuse or neglect, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) can help make a difference by helping them work their way through the court and child welfare systems in search of a loving home. Each time a child is paired with a CASA Volunteer, their chances are greater to have the …

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What You Should Know about Opioids

July 25, 2018

Alabama Statistics about Opioids: The number of overdose deaths(OD) climbed by 82% from 2006 to 2014 (and this is with little consistency around ER’s not reporting on OD deaths) In 2016, there were 756 drug-related deaths in Alabama, the majority of which were opioid related In 2016, Alabama doctors wrote 121 prescriptions per every 100 …

STEPS Proactive Parenting

June 27, 2018

Parenting Points  Brought to you by: White Plume Technologies Sometimes, teenagers take drugs or drink. Maybe even the one in your home. You may be thinking, “That can’t happen to us!” Are you sure? Because 75% of high school students have tried some type of addictive substance, and 40-50% use drugs, drink alcohol, or …

Does Your College Student Have a Healthcare Package?

May 24, 2018

Money Matters presented by: Vision Financial Every year, tens of thousands of young men and women begin or return to college. In Alabama alone, there are more than 60 colleges or universities in the state. In total, the number of college students enrolled in an Alabama school at any one time can be well over …

Heritage Christian Academy Learns what it is to “Be the Hands and Feet” of Jesus

May 23, 2018

Education Extra Heritage Christian Academy (HCA), an interdenominational 3K-12th grade private Christian school in Hoover, Alabama knows that the Greater Birmingham Area does not lack for excellent schools. Year after year public and private educational institutions around town are recognized for accomplishments and distinction in academics, athletics and arts. It can be difficult for local …

Super Summer Camp Opportunities 2018

April 27, 2018

BASKETBALL Coach Paul Brown Camps. Learn from an outstanding teacher of fundamentals, June 25-29 Green Valley Baptist, July 16-20 Riverchase UMC, July 23-27 Trinity UMC/Homewood and July 30-August 3 Green Valley Baptist/Hoover. Boys and girls ages 6-13. Full day 9am-4pm ($195), half day 9am-Noon ($125). Register at SPORTS Hoover Sports Complex. Each five-day camp is designed …

Are You Equipped to Fight the Parenting Battle?

March 28, 2018

Parenting Points Being a Christian parent in today’s world is more challenging than ever. We are in a battle for our children’s hearts and minds and the tools Satan has at his disposal are more cunning than ever. We are now all in “crisis” parenting as we fight to teach our children their identity in …