Clallam County CASA advocates for children in foster care who are going through the dependency court system. Volunteer Guardians ad Litem (GAL) are often the only person within the system who is a consistent presence throughout the legal process, and the only person who is advocating for the child’s best interest. National CASA statistics have shown that a child with a GAL spends less time in foster care, has fewer moves (if at all), is more likely to finish their high school education, and is less likely to engage in risky behaviors, versus the children who are not represented. It is powerful to witness the impacts that we can have for families just by having an advocate volunteer ten hours a month!
You can schedule an appointment now for the SmileMobile dental clinic when it comes to Sequim Boys and Girls Club, August 6-10. The SmileMobile provides dental services to all children, teens, and pregnant women. They accept Apple Health, Provider One, and have a sliding fee scale. To schedule an appointment, call 1-888-286-9105. Smile_Mobile-Schedule_attached.pdf La_clAnica_dental.pdf
SAFE: Suicide Awareness for Everyone trainings are for anyone – professional and non-professionals – over the age of 15. It is designed to raise suicide awareness and teach basic skills, and is based on the nationally recognized QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) “Gatekeeper” training. Trainings will held in Forks, Sequim, Port Angeles, Chimicum, and Bremerton the last week of July. See the event flyer for more information and to register. Registrations are due June 20. SAFE_Suicide_Prevention_Training_Flyer_2018.pdf
The Family Healing Center in Port Angeles is hosing a session of the Incredible Years Pre-School Program Parenting Class, every Tuesday, June 5 - October 2, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm. FREE childcare and dinner are provided during this parenting class. Participants will learn how to promote positive behaviors and develop social/emotional skills in their children. Registration is required. See the flyer for more information. IY_PA_FHC_2018.pdf
This FREE training, sponsored by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and presented by Outcomes and Operations, LLC, will cover the entire spectrum of violence prevention and intervention. The training will be held:
Wednesday and Thursday, May 30-31, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Elwha Heritage Center, 401 E. 1st St, Port Angeles
Lunch is provided and certificates of completions will be distributed at the end of the second day. For more information on the event, trainers, and where to RSVP, check out the EVENT FLYER.
VIMO is hosting a FREE Hepatitis C Screening Saturday, May 19 at their clinic: 819 Georgiana Street, Port Angeles. See the event flyer for risk factors, symptoms, and other information on Hep. C. Free Hep C Screening Flyer
Coffee and Conversations is a support group for those providing care to a person with developmental disabilities. All topics are welcome: how to deal with a difficult parenting siutation, IEPs, advocacy, self care, etc ... This is an initiative of the Parent to Parent program at Clallam Mosaic.
Tuesday, May 8, 10:00 am - Noon, Common Grounds Cafe, Port Angeles
Thursday, June 7, 10:00 am - Noon, Holy Trinity Church, Port Angeles
For more information, please see the flyer: coffee_and_conversation_v4_may2018.pdf
The Lower Elwha Family Advocacy Program is hosting two events on Wednesday, June 27: the Lower Elwha 5th Annual Resource Fair and a Community Family Night.
The Community Family Night: Awareness begins at 5:30 pm. A free dinner and arts/crafts are provided for children. Ellen Fetchiet, Mental Health Professional Counselor, and Beatriz Arakawa, Program Manager and Victim Advocate, will present: “Why did I not sense it, sooner? Violence and Substance Abuse,” and an overview of services provided by the Lower Elwha Family Advocacy program. For more information, please visit the event flyer: Family_night_June_27th_2018_PDF_flyer.pdf
First Step has posted their summer flyers for the Kaleidoscope Play & Learn programs in Chimacum, Brinnon, and Port Hadlock. Parents and children come together to hear stories, have snacks, do crafts, and participate in circle time and supportive discussions. Visit the First Step Webiste for more information.
First Step Family Support Services in Port Angeles is seeking a Volunteer to assist parents with fitting car seats. The volunteer will become a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and:
- Learn the technical skills and knowledge to correctly use and install car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
- Educate parents and caregivers on how to properly select, use and install car seats and booster seats, and to know when to transition children to seat belts once booster seats are outgrown.
- Put your knowledge and hard work to use teaching parents and caregivers how to properly protect their children in a motor vehicles and provide "hands-on" assistance to properly use and install car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
First Teacher is hosting a playground playgroup this spring! Come gather with other parents for outdoor play and connecting, play with other families of young children, and finish with an activity. This will be held outside no matter the weather. Each child that attends receives a FREE book. All are welcome!
The playgroup will meet every Thursday, 9:00 am - 10:00 am from May 3rd - June 14th at the 0-5 Community School Playground in Sequim. Enter through the gate on the 3rd St.
Peninsula Behavioral Health is briniging Kevin Hines to Port Angeles for a free community presenation on Friday, May 11, 3:30-4:30 at Civic Field. Kevin Hines is a dynamic speaker who will be talking about mental health and suicide. He is one of less than 1% of people to survive a fall from the Golden Gate Bridge. “In the 17 years since his nearly fatal try, Kevin has become the bridge between the many parents, siblings, children, spouses, and friends left behind and their loved ones who did what they did to put an end to unimaginable suffering.” See the EVENT FLYER for more information.