Making Connections: Exploring Trauma & Attachment
Making Connections host, Karol Ehmen interviews Karen Doyle Buckwalter about the Intensive Program, a new program to help children with attachment and trauma issues. To watch the full episode click here.
KHQA-TV Takes A Closer Look At Foster Parenting
Chaddock's Shirley Wingerter and Foster Parent Ron Fink talk about what it takes to be a foster parent on KHQA-TV. For the complete interview click here.
Illinois Kids Count 2013 Report
The Illinois Kids Count 2013 report - "Moving Policy, Making Progress"- examines progress in improving the lives of children over the past 25 years. This media conference reviews the findings focusing on Adams County, Illinois and features Karol Ehmen, Director of Marketing; John Roope, Director of Early Child Mental Health for Chaddock and Caregiver Connections; Julie Shepard, Administrative Coordinator of Care Coordination, Blessing Hospital; and Thomas Donovan, Associate Director of Clinical Services at Chaddock. Click here to watch the full media conference.
Dedicated Staff Shine During Snow
When nine inches of snow brought most activities in Quincy to a stop and the rest to a crawl, Chaddock's dedicated staff maintained normal activities. When some staff members were unable to make it to work, Chaddock's Safety Manager along with Maintenance Department staff took to the streets in four-wheel drive vehicles to bring everyone safely to campus. Along the way, they pulled many cars out of the ditch including a local TV station vehicle that had become part of the story.
Chaddock School Spring Sock Hop
Chaddock School recently held the Annual Spring Sock Hop for seventh through twelfth graders. Along with dancing, the students and staff enjoyed playing games and festive snacks.
Chaddock Receives Highest Honor in Accreditation
Chaddock recently learned that we have been re-accredited with highest honors by both the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading Toward Excellence (EAGLE) Commission, an affiliate of the United Methodist Association.
Four individuals, two from COA and two from EAGLE, spent three days on Chaddock’s campus last November poring over files, manuals, and interviewing over 100 individuals, including staff, clients, parents, Board members, and community members.
Both reviews are extremely comprehensive, but their focus is somewhat different. Accreditation by COA is required for many of our therapeutic treatment programs, including those governed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Many other states from whom we receive clients also require COA accreditation. EAGLE is the nation’s only comprehensive, faith-based accrediting body, and takes into account the spiritual and mission-oriented aspects of an agency in addition to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of service delivery.
The COA reviewers examined more than 900 standards relating to all areas of our agency: programs, safety, food, maintenance, financial management, and policies and procedures. Following their exhaustive investigation, they identified just one single area for Chaddock to address.
In the exit conference, the COA reviewers commented: “The living philosophy is alive and well in the organization. Chaddock employees are highly motivated to the vision, mission, and values. The professionalism and confidence is striking. Chaddock’s approach is relationship-based and all Chaddock employees are tuned in.”
The EAGLE reviewers were equally thorough and positive about what they observed at Chaddock. The EAGLE Commission awarded Chaddock “Accreditation With Commendation,” only the second time in EAGLE’s history that this level of award has been granted.
The President/CEO of the United Methodist Association, Rev. Stephen Vinson, commented: “In recent years the EAGLE accreditation process has been revised, and the bar set much higher for agencies wishing to have the EAGLE ‘stamp of approval’. Chaddock has demonstrated the highest level of excellence that I have ever seen in a United Methodist organization in both its commitment to the principles of the church and the delivery of services to those it serves. They have created a family there. They do the right things, and they do them for the right reasons.”
Debbie Reed, Chaddock’s President and CEO, was thrilled with the news of the dual accreditations, but not surprised. “The staff at Chaddock are amazing. The dedication to every child that comes through our doors, whether in our residential, school, foster care, or outpatient counseling programs, is tremendous. For most, this isn’t a job, it’s a ministry. Having said that, it feels great to have two nationally respected bodies independently verify and validate what all of us on campus already knew: this is a special place, a place for children and families to find hope and healing.”