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Dear Director

We are signing our 7-year-old son up for Summer Camp at our local YMCA. This will be his first time attending any camp at all. He is excited to go but we are nervous. Our question is how we do talk to the YMCA Camp staff, so they make the right accommodations for him to be successful this summer?

We adopted our son at birth and know he was exposed to opioids in utero and has since suffered some negative effects. He gets mad so easily. Meltdowns are his norm. He does great at school as he is part of an Emotional Support Classroom, and they work wonders with him.

Looking forward to your wisdom.

Very truly yours, Nervous Parents

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JFS Launches Virtual Grief Support Group

With so many community members having experienced losses over the past 2 years, JFS leans into this trend to offer an online Grief Support Group. A member of the community suggested this was a missing resource and JFS rose to the occasion. The grief group is designed for anyone who has lost a significant loved one recently.

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Understanding Levels of Mental Health Care for Your Child

As parents, untangling all the different mental health options available and appropriate for your child is challenging to say the least. The available levels of care build upon each other and when one option has failed to help, your child moves onto the next. Each level of care becomes increasingly demanding, involved, and intense. Let’s break this concept down.

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Dear Director

What is Family Based Services and how is different than other mental health programs. JFS’ own Francina Fantauzzo eloquently explains why Family Based Services may be just what you need.

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Mensch: A Person of Integrity and Honor: The Brenner Family Legacy

It was not surprising that Sam, raised with this legacy of philanthropy, automatically knew what he was going to do with the 4 tickets to the Philadelphia Flyers game that he won at a corporate meeting. He immediately texted his friend Steve Schauder, Executive Director of Jewish Family Service Of Greater Harrisburg, and asked if he had a family to donate the tickets to. With great power comes great responsibility.

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JFS Teams with Silver Academy To Provide Social-Emotional Learning

As children return to in-person school, priority is placed on socio-emotional learning and support. Navigating the emotional health of our children is a priority for schools across America. The Silver Academy is no different. JFS has partnered with the Silver Academy to provide this meaningful and much needed service.

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