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Adoption: Our History and Legacy

December 22, 2016

As we come to the close of 2016, several items that have come across my desk and computer this past week are a reminder that the adoption stories from Hillcrest’s 120 years have had am amazing impact on thousands of families. It was the mission of our founder, Dr. Nancy Hill, M.D. in 1896 to […]

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Adoption Awareness Month

November 21, 2016

There are a number of reasons people are thankful and November seems to be when people count those the most.  Family always seems to hit the top 3.  Every family is different. Every family is loved. Formed by a parent, two parents, step-parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings.  Some formed by friends and some formed […]

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Suicide Kills

September 22, 2016

Suicide kills. Suicide kills dreams, hope, aspirations. Suicide kills relationships, warmth, connectedness. Suicide kills pain, despair, depression. Suicide kills the inability to live one more day. Suicide kills hopelessness. The point is that on a fundamental level suicide works. Suicide functions for those who see no other way; by providing a way. Suicide provides a […]

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Suicide – Start The Conversation!

September 8, 2016

I remember the first time I learned about suicide.  I was in middle school and one of the boys in my neighborhood hung himself.  It was a very difficult thing for me to wrap my mind around at that young age.  Equally confusing was the secrecy around the topic.  People only spoke about it the […]

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Trauma-Sensitive School Back in Session

August 26, 2016

As the school bus doors open and the children file out, they are welcomed by a crowd of teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. With each wave there are smiles, laughing, high fives, and hugs. School is back in session at the Anna B. Lawther Academy at Hillcrest Family services in Dubuque, Iowa. The Anna B. Lawther […]

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