|Kelsey surrounded by the Chipulukusu CSS on her last trip|
We are especially excited to be focusing on the orphan grief-support programs this trip. Kelsey Welch, our Child Support Specialist (CSS) mentor, will be joining us and providing additional training for our hard-working volunteers. The results from the support groups have been astounding! Our follow-up surveys of 80 OVC, caretakers, and teachers (remember we are evidence-based!) revealed decreased emotional distress and positive behavioral changes in almost every instance. This is really ground breaking since very few grief-support programs and even fewer evaluations of those programs exist. Watch for our next publication. Final touches are being added to a co-authored manuscript written by Sherri, Kelsey (a social worker by profession), two Graceland nursing faculty members, and the Graceland librarian.