Director’s Report Kindred’s journey has meant self-reflection, change, and compromise. In 2014, Family Focus merged with Kindred to create Kindred Family Focus. In the fall of 2014, the Council on Accreditation (COA) conducted it’s reaccreditation of Nexus and its programs. This meant that we had to bring all of Family Focus’ files, having never been accredited, into George Hendrickson compliance and consolidate the two agency’s policies and Executive Director practices. In 2017, PATH MN merged with Kindred Family Focus, starting this journey a second time in three years; however, PATH MN was accredited and had established programs, protocols, practices, and policies. In writing the Kindred 2018 Strategic Plan, we knew the journey and what needed to be accomplished. The goal was to complete the consolidation of PATH MN/KFF practices, embracing the long list of objectives; most importantly 1) create the Operations Director role, 2) strengthen the role of data/outcomes, 3) initiate quarterly Kindred employee updates using Zoom, and 4) once again, complete the review of merged practices and policies. This year’s COA review affirmed the accomplishment of the goal. Much discussion (sometimes difficult), time, effort, and unified commitment has made Kindred a stronger agency. Difficult decisions were made to create an efficient agency. Thank you to all employees who experienced and helped us through these journeys. On another note, Kindred honors one of its own, Reggie Hannah. Reggie is a social worker in our Metro office and was recently bestowed the Sister Helen Louise Roth Award for Commitment to Youth, recognizing an AspireMN member employee who provides exceptional service and support to youth and families. His history proves his excellence in many ways. • He’s been in this field for over 16 years. He works primarily with high needs inner-city children. He works tirelessly and is a strong advocate for those he serves. • Reggie mentored young adults from culturally diverse backgrounds in residential drug and alcohol recovery programs. • He serves as pastor of a multiculturally diverse church in Minneapolis; his faith directs his life and is witnessed in his work. • He started and directs a food shelf, feeding hundreds of children and families throughout the year. • Personal life experience provides him an understanding of trauma and the challenges of recovery. • Reggie was gifted physically, winning the Triple Crown for baseball in the minor leagues and even tried out with the MN Twins. The Kindred management team employs outstanding individuals that bring passion to their work. Congrats, Reggie, it is an honor to have you working for Kindred. NOV/DEC 2018 | 22 The common foster care myths and truths are listed below: MYTH: I can’t have a full-time job; I have to stay home. TRUTH: You can definitely have a full-time job as a foster parent. MYTH: I don’t have any choices on the preference of children I want to take in. TRUTH: You have the choice to accept or turn down any potential placement. MYTH: After I get foster kids, I will be on my own with no help. TRUTH: There are a variety of supports such as support groups and constant available guidance from your social worker. MYTH: I couldn’t care for “those kids” (stigma that these are bad/problematic children). TRUTH: Children in foster care did not end up in foster care by any fault of their own. MYTH: The agency will withhold information. TRUTH: The agency is extremely open with all information concerning the children in their care. MYTH: Foster kids have been abused too much, I wouldn’t make a difference anyways. TRUTH: By being a foster parent, you are showing children that have had a hard start to life that the feeling of happiness and safety in a home is possible. If you, or someone you know, is interested in taking the first steps to licensure, call Kindred Family Focus (763-271-1670), or contact an agency in your state, today!
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