Families celebrate National Adoption Month

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik6lRRoIl6Y&t=6s[/embed] November is National Adoption Month, an important reminder of the need for forever families and a joyful celebration of happily-ever-after for the children who have found a permanent place to call home. More than 400,000 children in the United States are awaiting the opportunity for their own forever home. Roughly 16,000...

Six easy ways to give back this #GivingTuesday

Countless individuals, communities and organizations unite on #GivingTuesday to promote philanthropic efforts and celebrate generosity worldwide. The holiday is traditionally held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The global giving movement has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states...

How to help children be thankful this holiday season

When children practice being thankful at a young age, habits are formed that can structure a greater chance of happiness throughout life. Individuals who are thankful, regardless of personal circumstance, often live happier and healthier lives. Studies show that increased gratitude can result in positive self-esteem, healthier relationships, psychological health,...

Southwest Human Development receives Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzXjKJT0gH8&feature=youtu.be[/embed] The Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism awarded Southwest Human Development a Volunteer Service Award to recognize the agency’s mission to provide outstanding volunteer programs and community involvement opportunities. Southwest Human Development expanded its volunteer-based initiatives in 2014 and it continues to evolve offering a range of opportunities that implement...

Fussy Baby celebrates 10th anniversary of serving Valley families

One in five babies is fussy. Fussy babies may cry excessively, be difficult to comfort and have trouble feeding or sleeping. While there may be no quick fix to these challenges, there is help. Programs like Southwest Human Development's Fussy Baby Program are dedicated to helping parents become confident and...

How to keep your child’s Halloween safe and spook-tacular

Halloween is a spook-tacular holiday for parents and children to be fun and creative while celebrating the spirit of fall. Trick-or-treating, fall festivals, pumpkin carving and candy devouring are sure signs of October fun, but safety is key to a festive month well-done. While there are many real-life dangers that parents...

Nov. 3-5 Grand Prix of Scottsdale Gatsby Weekend to benefit Arizona kids

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sTMpK8Kc-w[/embed] This fall’s Grand Prix of Scottsdale will return Nov. 3-5 to the Scottsdale Waterfront. The streets of Downtown Scottsdale will transform into a picturesque 21st century version of the Roaring 1920s as over 20,000 attendees from across the Valley will gather to partake in the three-day Gatsby experience. The Grand Prix...

Woodworking contest to help foster children of Arizona

Woodworkers Source is hosting a contest this fall to celebrate the craft of woodworking while benefiting children in Southwest Human Development’s Foster Care and Adoption programs. The woodworking contest aims to provide comfort to Arizona children in foster care and adoption programs who overcome challenges in their first years of life....

Celebrating tradition and cultural awareness with young children

Cultural awareness and tradition play important roles in helping young children develop a positive sense of identity and build self-esteem. Studies show that cultural appreciation and awareness contribute to building a positive self image. Developing a strong foundation of belonging and acceptance through cultural celebration and education helps children to create...

Social Work Spotlight: Medical Child Abuse

Suzanne M. Schunk, LCSW, ACSW, is the vice president of Family Support Services at Southwest Human Development. In her 40 years' experience of dedicating her life to helping children and their families - nearly 20 years with medical child abuse cases -  Suzanne has worked with families in which parents...