Fostering Healthy Minds
Authors: Ash-Lee Brown, Jessica Gomez-Fuchs, Timmia McCoy, and Maggie Tuten
Faculty Supervisor: Nicole Masano, DNP, RN, CNM, CNE
Community Partner: Glynn County Department of Children and Family Services
For the community we were working with, it wouldn’t truly be possible to meet with all the foster kids in the system .We decided to create care packages that could be given to the children that included coping strategies, resources and outreach programs they could utilize. Our group wanted to contribute a care package that not only had a list of resources and outreach programs the children could connect with during times of mental stress, we wanted to give them some items and activities they could use to cope with their mental health. In the care packages we included coloring books, stress balls, colored pencils, a journal along with the pamphlet on coping strategies, and local mental health resources/outreach programs.
Unfortunately, once children have been placed in the foster care system they have already experienced trauma that can affect them physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our project provides activities to help them cope. provides resources for them to connect with that could help them learn more ways to feel more mentally or emotionally secure, and provide a support during this time in their lives.