Children's Aid Society of Mercer County is dedicated to support and strengthen children,
families and communities by providing multiple, creative and collaborative services.
As we observe 130 years of providing uninterrupted services to children and families, we celebrate. We celebrate the 18-year-old young woman who found her forever family through our Creating Foundations mentoring program. We celebrate the adoptive families who are receiving countless hours of support and advocacy through Children’s Aid Society’s SWAN Post Permanency services. We celebrate the children who remain in their family home because of the intensive therapy provided to the family through Family Focus, our family based mental health program. We celebrate the families who leave our support groups with an increased awareness that they are not alone in their challenges in parenting. We celebrate the children who are lovingly cared for, who are learning new skills and who are making lifelong friendships during their stay at our Keystone Stars 4 Star Jumpstart day care. We celebrate the individuals that are actively working towards self-sustainability and becoming better parents as a result their participation in Parenting, Life Skills and Anger Management classes through our Family Life Program. We celebrate the families that provide loving and safe environments for children placed in their homes through our Foster Care program. We celebrate the hundreds of children that we help understand where they came from, who they are and where they are going through SWAN Child Preparation services. We celebrate the teens that experience a sense of normalcy and acceptance from their peers when they attend the monthly Teen Group. We celebrate the children who are now safely tucked into a new car seat through our affiliation with the Safe Kids program. We celebrate all of our funding sources who continue to believe that we are making a difference in the community. We celebrate all of our collaborations with numerous agencies and organizations as together, we will make a difference. We celebrate all who donate, in all ways, to our agency so that we can continue to “go the extra mile” for the children and families whom we serve. We celebrate our dedicated staff who tirelessly work to help improve the lives of children and families. We celebrate all the children, families and agency staff who have gone before us and paved the way so that we can continue to make a difference. There is so much to celebrate every day in so many ways. We celebrate!!
With the chaos that came with 2020, Children’s Aid Society of Mercer County is so excited to see what 2021 has in store for us! Although we faced some issues getting adjusted over the course of the last several months, our staff have still found a way to work through and provide uninterrupted services during the entire duration of this pandemic!
Two of these Staff include Family Based Team members, Becky Rodondi, and Susan Bordonaro. Susan and Becky both recently completed a 3 year training curriculum, which allowed them to sit for the FBMH Exam. With hard work, dedication, and a little help from team members, BOTH of these women passed their exams with flying colors, allowing them to now move from a Mental Health Worker, to a Mental Health Professional!
In order to sit for the final exam, Becky & Susan first had to complete the three year training program. Throughout the three years, both women worked countless hours putting together case presentations for the other members of their team. After completing the three year curriculum, they completed a competency, which is a final culmination/thesis of the skills they have learned. Once they passed the competency, they were then granted the opportunity to sit for the FBMH exam.
The passing of the FBMH Exam gives bachelors level therapists the opportunity to be recognized as Mental Health Professionals – meaning having a masters without the degree. This is the first time we have had 2 bachelors levels therapists pass!
Our Family Based Mental Health Team, is now more qualified than ever to provide services to those who are referred to us! We are so excited to continue to watch Family Based, and the rest of CAS grow over the course of the next year!
We couldn’t be more proud!
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