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DHS News April 2012

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Eco Council Brings Green Practices to DHS
To meet the growing need for green and sustainable practices at a departmental level, DHS instituted an Eco Council in 2009 comprised of self-selected volunteer staff members.

KEYS Members Beautify Highland Park
On Saturday, April 14, KEYS Service Corps continued their celebration of AmeriCorps by joining the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for a service day at Highland Park. A group of more than 100 volunteers - including all of the current KEYS members - performed a variety of beautification projects around the park.

Together We CANS!
In 2008, DHS began using the CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) assessment tool to promote communication between families and child-serving systems and encourage cross-system communication.

Helping Parents Think about Caregiver Choice
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we all play a role in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children. For 2012, DHS has expanded last year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month theme, Choose Your Partner Carefully, to include all potential caregivers. 

Project Prom for Gentlemen
A high school prom can be a young person’s first venture into the world of formal events. To help ease the transition and equip young men with the skills to succeed, this year, the DHS Office of Community Relations (OCR) created a male counterpart to its popular Project Prom event, titled Project Prom for Gentlemen.

Safe Start Helps to Create Safe, Stable Lives for Families
Safe Start is a set of family- and neighborhood-based trainings designed to enhance the resiliency of children and families. 

KUDOS: Thanks to DHS staff member, Act 33/34 Clearances Required for Youth Athletics Coaches and Volunteers
A new policy will require Act 33/34 clearances for any coach or volunteer operating a youth sports program that utilizes fields serving City of Pittsburgh children and youth.

KUDOS: Above & Beyond Awards 
Two DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) staff members - Jude Bisceglia and Tiffani Keirn - were among the nominees for the 2nd Annual Above & Beyond Awards Luncheon held by Operation Backpack and A Child’s Place at Mercy, a part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. 

KUDOS: CYF Staff Members Receive Awards
Each year, Family Resources of Pennsylvania holds an awards banquet to recognize local individuals and organizations that work to improve the lives of children and families. This year, the awards were presented by Marcia Sturdivant, Deputy Director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF), and two CYF staff members – Geri Lawlor and Indera Multani - were among the award winners. 

KUDOS: Foster Care Project Nominated for National Award
Since 2008, the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) has worked with UPMC, Community Care Behavioral Health and the Department of Public Welfare to improve outcomes for children involved in child welfare as part of the Foster Care Project.

KUDOS: Caseworker Praised for Her Work
Caseworker Jennifer Watson received special praise from Bart Solarcheck of the Holy Family Institute.


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