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    Melanie Buttarazzi shares Fostering Dreams through Dance

    in Lifestyle

    Dancer and entrepreneur Melanie Buttarazzi created an outreach program called Fostering Dreams Through Dance, to empower, educate and inspire foster youth to find their voice through the art of dance. Melanie did it all not knowing what she was doing and learned along the way. With a ton of passion, hard work and no money Melanie brought this program to life.  She had to inspire a lot of people to get them involved for free. Team work made the dream work! 


     


    Working with 2 organizations last year, and continuing this year again the initiative:


     Did a 30 day program with First Star Academy at UCLA where the youth performed a flash mob on campus and performed on stage for their commencement. 


     Worked with FreeHab facility where the youth performed a flash mob at Venice Beach and performed for various events. 


    Volunteering  at FreeHab for 7 months, Melanie got choreographers to come in as well and be guest speakers. Some were celeb choreographers and they all did it for FREE.  Melanie saw the girls lives change each time she was there and it greatly impacted her own life as well.


     


    *Below is a short video we put together working with the homeless girls at the FreeHab facility. 


     


    https://vimeo.com/112102494


     

  • 01:44

    CURRENT >> Fostering Resources

    in Politics

    We have an amazing show lined up on Fostering airing live this Wednesday. Dr. John DeGarmo, Author, Leading Expert in the Foster Care System, will join us for Fostering Resources. Topics: being a foster parent; challenges faced in school, behavior problems; grief and loss with foster parents; the online dangers facing children with social media and general foster care facts and concerns. Heather O’Neil, author of several novels and main advocate for National Foster Childrens Day, will speak about her efforts in gaining recognition for that cause; lack of insurance for foster children; and adjusting after failed adoptions. Chris Chimelewski, publisher and editor of the very successful “Foster Focus” magazine, will discuss his experiences in pulling together a magazine aimed specifically at foster children.

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    Out of the Fog: Fostering Change with Jodi Orton

    in Spirituality

    “Each and every day we have the chance to make a difference in the life of another person. I believe it; my husband believes it; my children believe it.” Jodi Orton shares her journey into wealth and personal gain, through a difficult period of conflict, to find at the end of it the things that really matter. Through Jodi's story we can all reflect on how finding one’s own purpose in life can lead to a deeper sense of happiness. Jodi will also share how animal therapy can make a difference in the lives of others, and the innovative way in which the fiber from those animals is used to help disadvantaged women.


    Jodi Orton and her husband live in Warsaw, MO. They have 10 foster/adopted children, 9 of whom are still at home. The family lives on a wildlife conservation property where they provide forever homes for large animals. Jodi is a Reactive Attachment Disorder specialist as well as an outspoken advocate for transitional youth with disabilities. The family was named the 2011 Foster Family of the Year by the National Foster Parent Association and chosen that same year to share their story about purposeful living and making a difference. Jodi is the author of three children's books and was featured in an award-winning documentary, Gold Medal Service, about her work with Special Olympics in Iowa. Jodi and her family are featured in the documentary Fostering Change.

  • 01:44

    CURRENT >> Fostering Resources

    in Politics

    We have an amazing show lined up on Fostering airing live this Wednesday. Dr. John DeGarmo, Author, Leading Expert in the Foster Care System, will join us for Fostering Resources. Topics: being a foster parent; challenges faced in school, behavior problems; grief and loss with foster parents; the online dangers facing children with social media and general foster care facts and concerns. Heather O’Neil, author of several novels and main advocate for National Foster Childrens Day, will speak about her efforts in gaining recognition for that cause; lack of insurance for foster children; and adjusting after failed adoptions. Chris Chimelewski, publisher and editor of the very successful “Foster Focus” magazine, will discuss his experiences in pulling together a magazine aimed specifically at foster children.

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    Fostering Love

    in Lifestyle

    This special show is about showing love to former foster children and at same time, advocating and educating the public about how formers spend their holidays and the importance of reaching out to them during the holidays.


     

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    Floortime Play: Fostering Intellectual, Motor, & Emotional Development

    in Family

    Today’s episode regards a great approach to fostering intellectual, physical, and emotional development in children called “Floortime”


    The Floortime approach, created by Dr. Stanely Greenspan, helps caregivers energize a child’s interest and creativity, build their symbolic and logical thinking, and helps them develop good social and emotional connections with others.


    Our guest today is Melanie Feller a speech-language pathologist and child development specialist. Ms. Feller is a DIR Floortime Practitioner certified by the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (IDCL) and the Director of Continuing Education for the IDCL. She is also the owner of Alphabet Soup Speech Consultants. 


    Alphabet Soup Speech Consultants            Interdisciplinary Council on Development & Learning 


    The Greenspan Floortime Approach


    As always, send your questions and show suggestions to info@KidsAtoZ.com and visit www.KidsAtoZ.com for more.


     


    Enjoy.


    Best,


    Dr. T and the Kids AtoZ Team

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    Ready, Set, Go! Fostering Gross Motor Skills in Toddlers & Preschoolers

    in Family

    Running, jumping, climbing, and more. Dr. Maureen Suhr joins us to talk about fostering physical development in children from that first to that fifth birthday so children can really thrive.


    We’ll review the skills we should see emerge in children at different ages and talk about great toys and activities to help children develop great motor (physical) skills.


    Listen live on BlogTalkRadio and visit our website www.KidsAtoZ.com for more episodes and to visit our SMART Toy Store with info on what games and toys are great for overall child development.


    Learn more about Dr. Maureen Suhr and the programs and services at Hospital for Special Surgery where she works through the links below.


    Hospital for Special Surgery              On the Move Blog


    As always, send you questions, comments, and suggestions for future episodes to info@kidsatoz.com


    Enjoy.


    Dr. T and the Kids AtoZ Team

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    George Foster Diamond Report

    in Sports

    What does it take to have a winning team