It’s never too early to harness the power of reading.

It’s never too early to harness the power of reading. INMED’s Moms and Babies class encourages mothers of babies and toddlers to set aside time each day to read together. “It doesn’t matter how small the baby, the act of reading is so important to social, emotional and intellectual development,” says Nora Lobos, a Family Support Worker at INMED’s Family and Youth Opportunity Center.

A recent study by researchers at the University of Kansas found that children whose parents don’t read aloud to them came out worst in language tests, and by age two lagged behind their contemporaries by up to six months. This early learning gap also led to academic deficits for years to come.

We welcome donations of bilingual books for our babies and after-school students. Check out our Amazon Wish List for some ideas and give the gift of reading to our kids! https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/37IH0LBES0QN2/ref=cm_sw_su_w

For more information on INMED’s child-development and family education programs, contact Cecilia Diaz-Yap at cdiaz-yap@inmed.org.

#reading  #childdevelopment  #childliteracy  

Health Families Loudoun is on the “Dean’s List” of accreditation agency Healthy Families Virginia (HFV)

The results are in, and INMED Healthy Families Loudoun is on the “Dean’s List” of Healthy Families Virginia (HFV), a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model and accreditation agency. Our Loudoun team exceeded HFV’s requirements in all categories on its FY 2016 evaluation report card. Healthy Families Virginia is a member of Healthy Families America, a flagship program of Prevent Child Abuse America, a nationally recognized home visitation model to identify and prevent child abuse and neglect. Healthy Families Loudoun has consistently ranked in the top 10 Healthy Families programs in Virginia for more than 11 years.

For more about Healthy Families Loudoun, contact Maria Vasquez at 703-729-4951. #healthychildren   #healthyfamilies  #preventchildabuse 

The faces of INMED

When 23-year-old Adriana was referred to INMED’s Opportunity Center by the county’s Department of Family Services, she was in crisis. Her lack of parenting skills and job prospects, combined with her inability to afford prescription medication for a mood disorder, were causing significant strain on her marriage and her relationship with her 17-month-old daughter.

INMED Family Support Worker Nancy Ordonez introduced the young couple to techniques for improving their communication, appreciation and problem solving skills as critical tools in their daily lives. “Helping parents to be mentally strong enables them to provide better quality time to their children,” she explains. Through regular home visits, she also helped Adriana find resources for affordable medicine and healthcare, as well as develop a plan for securing a full-time job and saving money to move to a larger home in a safer neighborhood.

“I am so happy to see how this family is growing in their relationship and life skills. They’re making videos of happy moments and singing love songs,” beams Nancy Ordonez. “The transformation has been just amazing. I love my job!”

New Executive Director for INMED Family and Youth Opportunity Center

February 21, 2017

Contact: Nancy Baker, 540-533-7490, nbaker@inmed.org

New Executive Director for INMED Family and Youth Opportunity Center

Sterling, Virginia: INMED Partnerships for Children is pleased to announce that Cecilia Capece has joined its Loudoun team as Executive Director of the Family and Youth Opportunity Center in Sterling, VA. Her primary role will focus on developing partnerships to expand INMED’s ability to serve low-income communities in Loudoun County to protect children from the immediate and irreversible harm of abuse, neglect, violence, homelessness and instability and to equip them for self-sufficiency and success.

Prior to joining INMED, Ms. Capece spent more than 20 years in development, communications and marketing with nonprofit organizations. Her work has included corporate fundraising for such programs as Education Alley, fostering student interest in STEM and aerospace activities via the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, protecting endangered species through the National Wildlife Federation and producing entertainment industry-sponsored events for the Sundance Film Festival. Throughout her career, the common thread has been her keen ability to catalyze partnerships that inspire future generations.

“As the Executive Director of the Opportunity Center, I plan to be a fearless crusader who will mobilize industry and community stakeholders to build partnerships for positive social change,” says Ms. Capece. “When local businesses and individuals take an active role in supporting sustainable family programs, we can transform and enrich the communities where we work and live.”

“Cecilia brings a rich history of organizational development and growth to support INMED’s focus on scaling the impact of its Family and Youth Opportunity Center,” notes INMED CEO Dr. Linda Pfeiffer.  “We are excited at the prospect of her helping us serve more children and families to share in—and contribute to—the success of our region.”

INMED Partnerships for Children is an international humanitarian organization that has improved the lives of millions of children and families in 100+ countries for more than 30 years. Headquartered in Sterling, Virginia, INMED has served low-income communities in Loudoun since 1994 by providing child development and family education, after-school and academic enrichment, skills development and job readiness services, homelessness prevention and intervention programs, and intensive case management for families in crisis.

For more information about INMED’s Opportunity Center, visit www.opportunitycenter.us. For information about opportunities to support INMED, please call 703-729-4951. Just ask for Cecilia.

Become a Mentor

Becoming a mentor with INMED is an opportunity to reshape the future of at-risk youth. Helping a child with homework at our After-School program or tutoring a child in a core subject are great ways to build trusting relationships that lead to mentoring moments. If you have a heart for mentoring a disadvantaged child, please contact Erin Lewis at 703-729-4951 or elewis@inmed.org.

Child Abuse is Preventable

For yet another year, Loudoun continues to be among the wealthiest, healthiest and happiest counties in the nation. Business is booming, our schools are outstanding and life is good … but not for all of us.

According to Loudoun County’s own statistics, the number of valid complaints of child abuse and neglect has dramatically increased each year. CPS caseworkers have the highest caseloads in Northern Virginia, and cases are becoming more complex due to extreme domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse and child custody battles in addition to child abuse and neglect and child sex trafficking.

When you consider these statistics, life in Loudoun is pretty grim for many of our neighbors. But there is hope. For the past 23 years, INMED has been working alongside Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, our local CPS, and the families we serve to get to the root causes before they become crises. Our accredited Healthy Families Loudoun program works to prevent child abuse and neglect, beginning in pregnancy or birth, and reaching families and their children at the most vulnerable time in their lives. Learn how you can help: http://opportunitycenter.us/opportunity-maker/  #preventchildabuse  #childneglect

Thankful Thursday

We are pleased to announce that we have a new art installment at the Opportunity Center, thanks to art teacher Sarah Ajima and her talented young artists at Sterling Elementary School. The Opportunity Center is an art rotation location for Loudoun County Public Schools’ Art Program School Business Partnership. Click here to enjoy our virtual art gallery or schedule a tour of our center in Sterling by calling 703-729-4951.

Celebrating Advocacy Day

INMED’s Opportunity Center staff and children are celebrating Advocacy Day by thanking our supporters in Richmond! Advocacy Day is an annual opportunity for nonprofits like INMED to visit elected officials during the Virginia General Assembly Session to raise awareness of important issues affecting the constituents we serve.  The children in our After-School program have been busily creating crafts and writing thank-you notes for each legislator representing Loudoun County.

Thank you to Del. Kathleen Murphy (D – 34th), Del. Thomas A. Greason (R – 32nd), Del. James M. LeMunyon (R – 67th), Del. Dave A. LaRock (R – 33rd), Del. J. Randall Minchew (R – 10th), Del. John J. Bell (D – 87th), Del. Jennifer B. Boysko (D – 86th), Sen. Richard H. Black (R – Senate 13th), Sen. Barbara A. Favola (D – Senate 31st), Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton (D – Senate 33th) and Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R – Senate 27th) for supporting INMED Partnerships for Children and our families at the Opportunity Center in Sterling!

Schedule Change Notice

The Moms & Babies class at the Opportunity Center is now being held every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 10:30 am – noon. This free class teaches young mothers about child development and strategies for raising healthy, self-sufficient children who are ready to learn. Group facilitators Coralis Fernandez, Nora Lobos, and Nancy Ordonez work diligently to provide engaging activities for mothers to bond with their babies as well as tools for encouraging literacy and loving discipline.

Do you know a young mother who could benefit from this class? Contact Coralis Fernandez at 571-465-5999 or cfernandez@inmed.org. Download a schedule (in Spanish and English) of family education classes at the Opportunity Center at http://opportunitycenter.us/programs/. #childdevelopment #childhealth  #healthybabies