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Begun Center Part of Cuyahoga County Adding Second Drug Court

Oct 30 2014

Due to the success of its initial Drug Court, Cuyahoga County is adding an additional drug court next year, part of a growing movement to offer rehabilitation to first-time, non-violent offenders.

Ohio has been at the forefront of this movement that’s using ‘specialty courts’ in order to re-frame the way community justice and prison systems treat circumstances like addiction and recovery in sentencing first-time offenders. Adult Treatment Drug Court

Cuyahoga County to add second drug court | WKSU (10/27/14)

Along the way, the Begun Center has become a nexus for this discussion and collaboration, its research, evaluation, and recommendations sought by increasing numbers of clinicians and policy-makers throughout the Buckeye state.

Report shows Drug Court success in preventing new crimes | Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/16/14)

A prime example of this involves its growing involvement with the specialty courts being created in communities throughout the state, programs like Adult Treatment Drug Court, the practice of treating first-time, non-violent offenders in a way that might better help them recover while reducing recidivism and saving money.

| Read Full Story on Adult Specialty Courts |

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Hear Mark Joseph’s Stories from Ghana on October 30

Oct 29 2014

Ghana pic by Mark JosephMark Joseph, an associate professor at the Mandel School and director of the National Initiative on Mixed Income Communities, spent his recent sabbatical in the Department of Geography at the University of Ghana in West Africa, conducting emerging research on mixed-income neighborhoods in Accra.

He’ll be sharing photos and stories from his trip and discussing his research at a presentation on Thursday, October 30, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in room 108 of the Mandel Community Studies Building. Dr. Joseph’s topics include:

  • teaching a class of 250 students – seminar style!
  • dealing with the emotions of visiting a slave castle
  • canoeing to a village on stilts
  • drumming with a master drummer – being chased by a monkey
  • visiting the amazing first liberal arts college in West Africa (perhaps on the continent)
  • dealing with outages of power, water, cooking gas – and an entire capital city running out of petrol
  • freestyling with an African dance troupe
  • being “arrested” twice, ok more like shaken-down twice…
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Shir Mnuchin to Address Cultural Identity on October 30

Oct 25 2014

Shir-MnuchinThe Mandel School’s Master of Nonprofit Organizations Program is hosting guest speaker Shir Mnuchin on Thursday, October 30, to present “Identity: Refugee, Olah, Israeli” at 4-5pm in room 108 of the Mandel Community Studies Center (1 PD hour).

Based on her family’s experience fleeing Syria for Israel, Mnuchin speaks about the topic of cultural identity from firsthand experience, examining the role the past — and learning about family history — plays in building the present and future. She incorporates a scene from the documentary film, “Shadow in Baghdad” (2013), about her mother, Linda Abdul Aziz, an Israeli Middle East reporter who fled Baghdad in the 1970s.

Mnuchin holds an MBA in Social Leadership and a BA in Israel Studies, Politics and Government (with honors) from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She has served as an Israeli Emissary in the United States and was appointed as the liaison for the Educational Corps to the Mandel Foundation and the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. In the past few years, Mnuchin has been involved extensively in community oriented projects, combining a great passion for social justice and empowerment while practicing leadership.

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Victor K. Groza Co-Authors “Adopting Older Children,” a Guide for Parents

Oct 24 2014

WEB_GrozaVictor K. Groza, the Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies at the Mandel School, is the co-author of a new book, Adopting Older Children: A Practical Guide to Adopting and Parenting Children over Age Four (New Horizon Press), which will be released in December and helps guide parents through the process of adopting an older child.

Dr. Groza’s co-authors are Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero, a communications and research assistant at the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development and a doctoral student at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, and Gloria Russo-Wassell, a national certified counselor and doctoral candidate in educational development psychology at Cornell University and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York.

The three adoption and child development experts pooled their vast knowledge on adoptions, child welfare and clinical practices in writing this guide to help parents answer the question: Are we ready to take this journey and adopt? They address the issues to consider in adopting or having already adopted an older child. They also dispel many misconceptions people have about bringing an older child into the family.

Adopting Older ChildrenAdopting Older Children is realistic but not sensationalistic. It tells the good, the not-so-good and the cautions of adopting an older child,” said Groza. “To be prepared is to be forewarned and forearmed in case issues arrive. We see that families struggle when they are not adequately prepared for the adoptive experience with an older child.”

The guide was inspired by the large numbers of children yearning to be part of a permanent family and the need to correct misconceptions that prospective parents often have about adopting children age 4 and older. Contrary to misconceptions:

  • Not all older children available for adoption have special needs or are juvenile delinquents.
  • Many older children, available for domestic and international adoptions, are not unruly children with behavior problems, but are in foster care due to neglect or abandonment that is driven by the parent’s inability to raise them because of poverty or health conditions.
  • Parents of older adopted children feel fulfilled as parents, but differently than parents adopting a baby.

While parents of older adopted children miss out on the early developmental milestones in infancy, Groza points out a number of advantages beyond missed diaper changes and late-night feedings, such as the capacity for better communication and more information about the family history in domestic records (particularly if the child was in the foster care system).

Bosco-Ruggiero, through her work with children who have faced traumas, has seen the incredible resiliency and hope older children have.

“I want the public to know how many wonderful kids are waiting for a family to love them,” said Bosco-Ruggiero, an adoptive parent herself.

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