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JSSA Legacy Donor Candi Kaplan

Through her many personal and professional pursuits over the years, Candi Kaplan has cultivated the skill of thinking ahead. A long-time JSSA board member, Candi began her term as president in 2016 with an eye to the future.

How to Recognize and Support an Anxious Child | JSSA

Anxiety is a natural response to ambiguity in life, even in childhood and adolescence. And while a bit of anxiety has been shown to be helpful in encouraging motivation, many children and teens experience an unhealthy level of anxiety. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports that anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. For […]

How to discuss frightening current event like the Las Vegas mass shooting with children

When frightening current events occur, children need guidance and support as they try to process what they’re hearing and seeing around them and on the news. For parents who feel unequipped to manage their child’s concerns or questions during scary times like this, the following tips may help you feel more confident addressing these types […]

6 Ways to Set Limits on Your Child's Use of Electronics

Summer often means less daily structure and more screen time. While research has found that electronics can engage children in beneficial ways, many parents worry that video games and television are taking over their kids’ lives. When electronics prevent your child from learning, socializing, and developing other critical skills, it may be time to put some […]

Deborah Peeples joins JSSA in Rockville, MD

We are pleased to introduce Deborah Peeples as JSSA’s new chief development and external affairs officer.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Preschool

Yes, it’s only February, but parents of preschoolers are already thinking about September. Registration is now open for many area preschools, which means it’s time to decide where to send your son or daughter to school in the fall. While choosing a preschool can be an exciting experience for some parents, it can feel overwhelming […]

Why parents need to talk to their kids about depression and suicide

Following the suicides at the end of last year of two local teens, Heidi Cohen, LCSW-C, participated in a community-wide interfaith event to discuss the stigma surrounding depression. Afterward, she was interviewed by Kol HaBirah for an article about supporting teens struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Grant allows Premier Homecare to help Holocaust survivors by providing in-home care

Earlier this month, JSSA received its second $10,000 grant from the Family & Nursing Care Foundation, a fund of the Community Foundation for Montgomery County to help Holocaust survivors by providing in-home care and support services from Premier Homecare.

JSSA social worker Arlen Grad Gaines on Palliative Care Chat podcast

JSSA Hospice social worker Arlen Grad Gaines was a recent guest on the University of Maryland’s Palliative Care Chat podcast. She was joined by Meredith Englander Polsky to discuss the book they co-authored, “I Have a Question about Death: A Book for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Other Special Needs,” a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award winner. […]

JSSA helps individuals at all stages of life: children, adults, and seniors

At JSSA we empower our clients to overcome the obstacles they are facing in their lives. What sets us apart from other social service agencies in the Greater Washington metropolitan area? One difference is our ability to provide assistance to individuals and families at all stages of life, including 78-year-old Ruth and her 53-year-old daughter, […]

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