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The United States is known by many monikers, but among the most popular is the concept of our nation as a “melting pot,” a place where people of many ethnicities, races, cultures and religions make up the fabric of our society.  It’s true that accepting, welcoming and celebrating diversity is an ideal that is often tested in our country, especially in today’s deeply divided times, but that makes it more important...

Following is the donor profile from our August 2018 Guidelines newsletter, highlighting our devoted supporter and past board president Rochelle Lipton, who passed away earlier this month.  Nearly four decades ago, Rochelle Lipton went to a presentation and book signing by author Susan Isaacs that was a benefit for North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center. With her usual jovial spirit and engaging storytelling, Isaacs, an honorary Guidance Center board member,...

Tis the season of gift-giving, and though many things have changed because of the pandemic, kids are as excited as ever about receiving a bounty of toys!  For parents whose children may have special needs, the good news is that there are many toys that are designed for a variety of developmental and educational profiles—just google “toys for special needs” and you’ll come up with dozens of companies. As with any year,...

Olivia’s first visit to the E.R. for self-harm and suicidal thoughts came last fall, when she was just 14 years old. But instead of admitting her, the hospital referred her to North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center.  We saw her the very next day — an unheard of rapid response at most mental health centers, which often take weeks or even months to schedule appointments. Olivia thrived in our Latina Girls...

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is described by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals as “one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in impaired driving,” which is why December has been designated National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month. This year, with the pandemic still raging, chances are you won’t be heading out to holiday gatherings as much as in...

Thanksgiving is just days away, which means Christmas, Hannukah and other celebrations are not far behind!  The calendar at this time of year is typically loaded with gatherings of friends and family, where we get a chance to express our gratitude to those we love and have fun.  But with the pandemic still raging, holiday plans are anything but typical. While things will be different this year, that doesn’t mean they can’t still...

When a child breaks a leg or has acute stomach pain, you know where to go: the emergency room at your local hospital. But if your child is severely depressed or anxious and is talking about self-harm or suicide, where can you turn?  For the most part, trying to get a quick appointment with a therapist or psychiatrist is nearly impossible. “We have heard many stories of desperate parents seeking help for their...

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, when we honor all the brave men and women who have served our country. In addition, all of November is Military Family Appreciation Month, when families are recognized for their commitment and contributions in support of our military and nation. Our country is facing one of the most challenging times in our history, with social unrest, economic hardship and a deadly pandemic. Kids and adults alike are fearful that...

Tomorrow is International Stress Awareness Day, and if ever the world needed some stress reduction, it’s now. The pandemic is an ongoing global concern, especially with winter just around the corner.  With the U.S. nearing eight months of virus-related closures, all of us are understandably experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and depression. In addition, the holidays are just around the corner, and this year, the usual holiday stress is magnified by the...

Just one week from today, many Americans will be exercising their rights and heading to the polls—that is, if they haven’t already voted early or by mail. People on both sides of the aisle are calling this the most important election of our lifetimes. It may surprise you, but the reality is that, for a variety of reasons, many people opted not to vote in 2016. The Pew Research Center says...