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Party in the Park is Back! Check the Lineup Here!

Join us every Tuesday night in June at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park for a free concert series! All proceeds from the Firefly tent benefit the boys and families of Windwood! Want to help out? Sign up to help us serve our thirsty patrons (must be over 21 to volunteer).    
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The value of immunizations for infants can’t be overstated

The value of immunizations for infants can’t be overstated Leave a reply Immunizations save lives. There is no denying it: Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases. Just consider some of the milestones shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age 2. In the 1950s, nearly every child developed measles and, unfortunately, some even died from this serious disease. Many physicians today have never seen a case of the measles. Among children born during 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses,
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Gov. McMaster Proclaims April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in South Carolina

Citing child abuse and neglect as the state’s most serious public health problem in the state, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster issued an official proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The proclamation cites the importance of prevention programs in communities across South Carolina that give families the knowledge and resources to learn, grow and thrive while providing safe, caring environments for children. Gov. McMaster encourages all South Carolinians to work together to protect the safety and well-being of children in the Palmetto State.
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Child Trends

  Education Issue   Measuring what matters for child well-being   Summer 2016 High School Graduation / Good News/Bad News Life Preparation / Ready for College/Career? Civil Rights in the Nation’s Schools / New Topics in Data Collection The New Education Legislation / New Directions for Accountability? School Climate / Taking the Temperature High School Graduation: Good News/Bad News As we congratulate a new crop of high school graduates and support them in moving forward into college and careers, there are indicators to celebrate, but also troubling warning signals on our dashboard of national education. Read more Life Preparation: Ready for College/Career? Two recent
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Health + Education= Learning

Hungry Children in Rich America Today, Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio released a new report with an urgent call to action on Early Childhood Hunger. There is no excuse for any child to go hungry in our country, and this brief, The Early Childhood Hunger Imperative finds thousands of Ohio’s youngest children are being stunted by hunger every day. Can you imagine your 6-year-old digging through the trash at school to find food for his 3-year-old younger sister? That is exactly what CDF-Ohio discovered and unfortunately there are numerous children just like them. Please read and share this important new report and demand that
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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

  Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life. Examples of ACEs include abuse, neglect, household dysfunction, bullying, discrimination and homelessness. There is a relationship between traumatic experiences as a child and negative health and well-being outcomes as an adult. The childhood experience of, or exposure to, ACEs can increase the adult risk of substance use and abuse, depression, unintended pregnancies, obesity, heart disease and missed work days. For children, recurrent experience of or exposure to ACEs can also significantly impact the brain development. The ground-breaking Adverse Childhood Experiences Study originally linked childhood trauma to
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Be The Hero Our Kids Need

 Make a Difference in a Child’s Life in 2015! As 2015 comes to a close we reflect on the generosity our donors and volunteers have shown us this year. Looking towards 2016 we at Windwood know there is more work to be done in our community. Through out the entirety of the past year our residential campus has maintained a waiting list. Achingly we know there are more children that need our resources and the opportunity to heal from abuse and neglect. With your year end gift we are able to welcome these children to our campus, provide them with not only
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Vouch! for us This December!

Vouch Connects Charleston Businesses, Residents & Causes in Giving Tuesday Initiative JAMES CRAWFORD Vouch – a mobile application that connects local businesses, residents and causes – is having its national launch in the Charleston area and has announced a massive giving initiative  to celebrate International Giving Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Vouch is the new way for causes to raise money and support, local businesses to show they care and people to help their favorite cause while they shop. By downloading the Vouch app from iTunes or Google Play, local residents can direct a small contribution to their favorite cause every time they check
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December 1st- #GivingTuesday

  Join the Movement & Give Back December 1st, 2015 As the holiday season brings cash flowing to retail businesses, non-profits are getting in on the action through #GivingTuesday. Your support means we can continue to provide our kids and families with the Help, Hope and Healing they need to continue living productive lives in our community. Make a contribution today Want to Fundraise on our Behalf? Its as easy as setting up a Facebook page. Click here to create your own Everyday Hero Page and collect donations on behalf of the boys and families of Windwood! Share your page
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Read our Results!

Windwood’s Residential  Metrics  FYE 6-30-2015 Major Issues for children in SCDSS custody 100%  children residing in our residential program receive medical, dental, and eye care on an ongoing basis. So far in 2015, we have taken 13 different clients to 49 Specialist appointments including: Urology, ENT, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Podiatry, Dermatology, Immunology, Genetics, Nephrology, Cardiology, and Hand Surgery. Over the past year, we have caught up 17 of our clients who did not meet the CDC’s recommended immunization or DHEC’s school requirements.    4 of our current clients will be due for immunizations in 2016. So far in 2015, we have taken our clients to 69 Dental appointments. Of all clients admitted in 2015, 59% required dental care
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Medicaid Utilization Review Audit

We have received the results of our recent Medicaid utilization review Audit conducted by Paula Sloan, Ph.D. This audit covered a twelve month period from February 2014-February 2015. Out of a possible score of 701, we met 689 indicators for a overall composite score of 99%!! We are very pleased with our staffs’ attention to detail and their compliance with Medicaid‘s  established standards of care for the children who reside with us.
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Lack of Foster Homes Forces Some South Carolina Children into Hotels

Some children removed from their homes by South Carolina’s Department of Social Services were placed in hotels because the state agency said there were not enough appropriate foster homes. “Some children are doubled up in foster homes, some where we can’t find placements, go into our group care provider,” said Upstate DSS Team Leader Elaine Bailey. DSS statistics show the number one reason children were removed from their family home was “neglect”.  The agency said the primary concern was the safety of the child. 7 On Your Side reviewed public documents including DSS receipts which show several hotels were used
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Healing Resources

The city of Charleston and the nation as a whole is reeling from the affects of the tragedies which occurred at Mother Emanuel AME Church on June 17th, 2015. If you or a loved one are in need of help please consult our resources below or seek counseling by dialing (843) 884-0025.   How To Talk To Your Children About the Shooting Guidelines to Talking To Your Teens How to Help Your Children Heal How To Create Again A Sense of Safety Additional Psychological Safety Information
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May 5th Day of Giving

May 5th! Day of Giving. #LiftTheLowcountry Friends! Please help us spread the word about #LiftTheLowcountry. Pass along this email to your contacts and friends and helps us raise much needed funds and watch along with us as we rise up the leaderboard! “Hi! You may not know this but today is a national day of giving throughout the country.   I am supporting Windwood Family Services and am asking you to also jump on the bandwagon to support a cause that is very dear to me.   Windwood provides services to young kids in our community that have been abused. As
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Become a Caped Crusader in the Fight against Child Abuse and Neglect Listen and Learn In order to accomplish our mission to eradicate child abuse from our community, we need everyone who lives and works in our community to participate in this effort. Our staff will share information on how abuse negatively affects a child’s development and our community’s growth. We can educate you on preventing child abuse and on how to intervene once you discover that child abuse has happened to someone you know. Our team would enjoy speaking with you or your organization about who we are and
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Windwood Celebrates 30 Years!

  Our boys were exploring the coastline at Bulls Bay My, how time flies by! It seems hard to believe it has been thirty years since Jody and Anne Tamsberg created a living legacy that has grown to be a valued resource for children and families in our community. Through the ongoing support of local business partners and civic organizations,several local places of worship, and caring individuals in our community, Windwood Family Services has been privileged to pave the way for children to recover from abuse and neglect and for families to recover from roadblocks that are preventing them from
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#GivingTuesday

WHAT IS #GIVINGTUESDAY? We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration
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IOP Run/ Walk for the Child

  Please join us in our quest to eradicate child abuse and neglect in the Lowcountry This year, Windwood Family Services will again benefit as a recipient of funds from the 2014 Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child. For the 22nd year in a row this non-profit race will bring racers from the Lowcountry and from around the nation together to foster competitive spirit, healthy lifestyle and raise money for the prevention of child abuse. As you know, we at Windwood Family Services recognize that child abuse and neglect are grown-up problems and are working toward helping
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Recycle for Fundraising

        Join our new Recycle for Fundraising initiative and turn in all your old gadgets to our clinic at 900 Johnnie Dodds Blvd Ste 110.  We accept everything from old computers, ink cartridges,  to cellphones! Clean out that garage and make a difference in the lives of kids in the Lowcountry. Need more info? Email Shannon.hardy@windwoodfarm.org
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Give Back With Amazon Smile :)

Give Back with Amazon Smile 🙂 What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Windwood Farm Home for Children! To Support Windwood Farm Home for Children follow these easy steps:   1) Go to www.smile.amazon.com 2) Choose Windwood Farm Home for Children, Inc. as your preferred charity
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5 Practical Tips for Dads

June 15th is Father’s Day! Here are 5 Practical Tips for Dads  1. Create a vision for fatherhood. We believe dads today benefit from creating a clear vision for fatherhood. Twenty years from now, what do you hope your children say about you as a father? What do you hope they don’t say? Answering these questions will help you clarify your sense of purpose as a dad and guide you in important decisions with your own children. 2. Be the bridge between your own father and your children. Whether or not you look to your father (or mother) as a model for parenting, the legacy of
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Mark Your Calendars for Tuesday MAY 6th!

  Lift The Lowcountry is part of South Carolina’s state-wide giving day, South Carolina Gives Day, which is itself part of a larger national effort, Give Local America.  All these aim to encourage us all to make gifts that support causes we care about in our community. We are excited about this effort because Lift The Lowcountry allows anyone to become a philanthropist. Let’s recognize the work of local nonprofits and amplify the generosity of philanthropists in our community by bringing them together on this day to celebrate the greater good. Through the generosity of the Pearlstine Family and several anonymous donors, gifts to selected non-profits, including Windwood, will be
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April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

  April is Child Abuse Prevention Month … but you can act to support families and protect children all year round! The future prosperity of any community depends on its ability to foster the health and well-being of the next generation. When a community invests wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship. Yet, when not all children have equal opportunity for healthy growth and development — due to experiences of child abuse and neglect — we put our future at risk. While April is Child Abuse Prevention
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A Better Night’s Sleep

Gary Santos, Port Manager for Inchcape Shipping Services coordinated the delivery of donated mattresses from Carnival Cruise Lines to East Cooper Habitat for Humanity and Windwood Farms in Awendaw. These mattresses will replace old ones and give our less fortunate citizens, including our most vulnerable ones, our children, a comfortable place to sleep. Carnival continues to assist our charities in Mount Pleasant with donations that help make the lives of our citizens more comfortable. PHOTOS PROVIDED Photos Gary Santos, Port Manager for Inchcape Shipping Services coordinated the delivery of donated mattresses from Carnival CruiseLines to East Cooper Habitat for Humanity and Windwood Farms in Awendaw. These
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