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How to Talk to Teens About Vaping
As with most things involving substance use, the subject of teens and vaping can be a tough conversational topic to approach. But as challenging as it might be, with adolescent use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices on the rise according to the most recent National Youth Tobacco Survey, talking... Read More
Teen Vaping Facts: Effects of Vaping on Teens
Teens and smoking has long been a topic of great concern, but with the advent of e-cigarettes and the practice of vaping, that concern has taken a new—and highly urgent—form. According to the American Lung Association's teen vaping statistics, 14.1% of high-school students in the... Read More
Forever Home 5K Run & Walk on Oct. 7
Costume run for kids will be a blast!
TROY, Mich. – Families looking for a fun fall activity can join Legacy Adoption Services (LAS) advocates and running fanatics for the 9th Annual Forever Home Run presented by The KSG Group at Morgan Stanley. The 5k run/walk is on Sat., Oct. 7, at 9 a.m. at Beautiful Savior... Read More
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Earlier this year, Samaritas was under investigation by the state for allegations of abuse in our emergency shelter in Grand Rapids. We opened this shelter 26 months earlier for children from Central America crossing the border fleeing from horrible condition; we were asked to take in Afghan youth when there was no other place for them to go after the crisis in Afghanistan occurred. We accepted 19 youth in response to this request and our long-term commitment to help youth to the greatest extent possible at the time of their greatest need. Samaritas was one of several similar emergency shelters across the country asked to take in these refugee youth.

Due to the severe level of trauma they had endured, many of them required intensive therapy and counseling. As a result of the growing concern we had for the depth and breadth of those needs of the youth and the safety of our team, we made the decision to work with our referring partners to move the youth to other programs where they could access the higher level of trauma-informed care, supervision, and medical attention that they required. Due to state and federal oversight of our programs, we are unable to share specific details of the investigation but we were cleared of any abuse allegations by the state and all youth were transferred to appropriate residential placements where they could receive the care they needed. Samaritas continues to be a state and federal leader in refugee resettlement, including refugee foster care.

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Please Contact:
Joe DiBenedetto
Lambert & Co.
(516) 637-0597

Matt Friedman
Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications
(248) 762-1430