Cycle of Grief: Loss, Disappointment & Hopelessness

Cycle of Grief: Loss, Disappointment & Hopelessness

Grief is not just an emotional cycle felt at death; it also occurs with extreme disappointment. Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional “cycle” you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. It is the cycle of emotions you experience from significant disappointment, confusion, or hopelessness. Experiencing these emotions…

Another Perspective to the Sound of Freedom Movie
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Another Perspective to the Sound of Freedom Movie

There is a lot of “buzz” about the recently released movie Sound of Freedom. Those of us who have lived and worked on the frontlines of child exploitation and sex trafficking are encouraged to see a discussion being started. However, what we call the “mountain of misinformation” is now massively huge. Now more than ever,…

Should We Foster or Adopt When Can’t Agree?
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Should We Foster or Adopt When Can’t Agree?

What if family or friends don’t agree with your desire to foster or adopt? What do you do when you only hear horror stories and concerns? The disagreement of extended family or friends should not weigh into your final decision but should be considered. Remember, most resistant family members worry that you and your family…

16 Subtle Signs of Child Abuse
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16 Subtle Signs of Child Abuse

Being educated in subtle signs of child abuse is imperative to identifying and preventing harm. Subtle signs can be true of any exploitation. The signs often will not give you insight into the type of exploitation, but they provide you with a prompt that something may not be right. Personalities between children can vary greatly, so the…

Empower The Fight Wins Best of Lee’s Summit Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Empower The Fight Wins 2022 Best of Lee’s Summit Award October 19, 2022 — Empower The Fight has been selected for the 2022 Best of Lee’s Summit Award in the Association or Organization category. Empower The Fight’s Response to the Award We are honored to receive this award and hope that it…

A Mom’s Story: From Confusion to Confidence
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A Mom’s Story: From Confusion to Confidence

I have always had that extra dose of mommy worry. By reputation, I am the helicopter mom. I appeared confident but people didn’t know my secret. I’ve been afraid and confused. I have been terrified of failing as a mom, not protecting my children, and missing something important. That my children would suffer in silence,…

The Collateral Damage of Fostering or Adopting
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The Collateral Damage of Fostering or Adopting

Despite the best intentions, there is often collateral damage amid fostering and adoption. It is not a common topic, but it is a needed discussion. Our mission is to “prevent harm” by helping families navigate these complex realities and prevent and minimize collateral damage from coming to their households. Over three years, we have collaborated with a diverse group…

Letter to Foster Parents & Frontline Workers
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Letter to Foster Parents & Frontline Workers

It’s Foster Care Awareness Month, and we want to recognize you! Those of you on the frontlines serving victimized children in all hours of the day and night. It can easily seem like you are overlooked or forgotten. You serve children amid complex realities. It can appear that your efforts and heart often go unnoticed…

8 Warning Signs of Escalating Emotional Abuse
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8 Warning Signs of Escalating Emotional Abuse

Understanding the warning signs of escalating emotional abuse can be essential to preventative action. These escalation signs can be beneficial for those in domestic situations struggling with indecision or needing to articulate concerns of severe psychological abuse. The key to preventing abuse is to “Recognize Manipulative Patterns of Behavior” We can prevent and reduce child exploitation…