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AHW Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Kent, San Francisco County, CA Chapter

October 4, 2021

“Working with foster youth, I realized that was really where I needed to be, because kids who are in foster care need so much more support than a lot of people I have worked with.” Emily Kent always wanted to do something in the helping field. She knew she wanted to be a social worker…

Kathy Adorney

AHW Hudson Valley Chapter: Making a Connection and a Difference

September 26, 2021

As I have had the honor of getting to know and work with A Home Within clinicians and clinical directors, I have been struck by how unique each chapter is in both strengths and character.  In fact, it is one of the reasons I have found the group and individual meetings with clinical directors so…

AHW Volunteer Spotlight: Elizabeth Earnshaw, Philadelphia, PA Chapter

September 13, 2021

“It’s an amazing experience. It gives therapists the opportunity to truly use their skills to help those who have experienced trauma, who wouldn’t usually have access to this type of assistance. You get this support network, the consultation groups, and continued education.” Several years ago, when Elizabeth Earnshaw and her husband were getting married, instead…

AHW Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Haake, Alameda County, CA Chapter

June 23, 2021

by Emma Mears “You have a chance to offer your professional expertise, which is of high value. You get to contribute your time and make an impact in your community and repair inequalities that we are becoming more aware of in terms of privilege, class, and race. You get to learn and connect to somebody…

Vanessa Hernandez

AHW Volunteer Spotlight: Vanessa Hernandez, Alameda County, CA Chapter

June 7, 2021

“It is common for A Home Within clients to be unsure if we are going to be there for them long-term because they have made connections and lost them in the past. So just the idea that we are offering to be their therapists for as long as they want—that it’s in their control, not…

Sarah Campbell

AHW Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Campbell, Alameda County, CA Chapter

May 5, 2021

by Emma Mears “My work with A Home Within is one of the most important parts of my private practice.” Sarah Campbell didn’t always know she wanted to work with adolescents. Following the birth of her second child, Sarah began exploring a career change, preferring not to return to her previous job in marketing. While…

What former foster children went through when the COVID-19 pandemic closed college campuses

April 17, 2021

by Saralyn Ruff (Associate Professor of Psychology, University of San Francisco) and Deanna Linville (Associate Professor & Research Scientist of Mental Health, University of Oregon) The big idea In the first two months of the pandemic, more than half of former foster children lost their jobs and nearly 40% experienced precarious living situations or homelessless,…

A Home Within

April 6, 2021

by Emily Finch Emily Finch (she/her/hers) is a former member of Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC), and participates in a Portland support group facilitated by A Home Within. She has been writing poetry since she was 9 years old, the age she entered foster care. We are excited to share a beautiful poem by her,…

Karen Zilberstein

Under the Influence: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and the Biology of Trauma

March 12, 2021

By John Stirling, MD & Karen Zilberstein, MSW, LICSW The past two decades have seen revolutionary advances in understanding the neurodevelopmental consequences of childhood trauma (Nemeroff, 2016; Teicher & Samson, 2016). As awareness has spread, trauma-informed practices have been urged on medical practitioners (Oral et al., 2016) and child welfare agencies (Hanson & Lang, 2016). Evidence-based,…

Karen Zilberstein

Inequities in Mental Health Services: It’s Time for a Reckoning and Rectification

August 28, 2020

By Karen ZilbersteinAugust 25, 2020Originally posted in Mad in America As the country confronts the coronavirus crisis and the ways it has exposed racism and inequality, it is time for the mental health field to look inwards and reckon with its own shortcomings. Similar to other American institutions and disciplines, racial and socioeconomic inequalities tend to…