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“Dear Agape Family” – Rodger Stauffer Featured in the November 2012 Newsletter

Dear Agape Family,

I am very excited to have had the opportunity to meet many of you at our Oct 23 parent meetings.   I so appreciate all of you and the commitment you have shown the children that we serve.

In reviewing information about Agape as I continue the process of settling in as the Foster Care Supervisor I found some very interesting and exciting statistics.  Many of you may not know this but, on average only about 45 to 50 percent of foster youth nationally make it out of the foster care system in a positive manner.  Many go AWOL, land in group homes, find themselves hospitalized, get in trouble with the law, or simply linger in the system.  Typically about 40% of youth will successfully reunify with families with another 8% – 10% being blessed to find an adoptive family.  But that leaves 50% to struggle as mentioned above.

I was thrilled to learn that in the past 12 months Agape has had 86 youth leave our system and nearly 70% of those youth left successfully.  You all as a group have helped 36 children to reunify with their birth families, 16 youth to become adopted or be adoptively placed with a forever family and another 5 youth emancipate successfully from the system at the age of 18.  Those are remarkable numbers and they speak to the dedication and commitment of our faster families and the quality of care and support services being provided by our Youth Specialists.


I am humbled to be a part of this team and to have the opportunity to witness firsthand the great work that our families are providing to our youth.  You all are AWESOME!!!!  Please know that I will begin slowly contacting many of you individually as I start the process of trying to personally meet all of our families.  I have heard wonderful stories from our Youth Specialists about all of you and now look forward to hearing what all of you believe that Agape does well and what you think we may be able to do even better.

With the foundation we have here at Agape and the strong families that stand ready to care for children I know we are going to accomplish great things for children and families as we move forward. Please know that I stand ready to support all of our families as I appreciate the work you do.

If you have any questions at all you may contact me at 937-439-4406 ext. 37 or email me at



“Appreciate Today” – Steve Geib Featured in the November 2012 Newsletter

While I had originally written on an entirely different topic for this article, the events of the past couple of days has moved me to go another direction.

Have you ever heard the saying “in a blink of an eye”?  This phrase is used to refer to great occurrences, as well as devastation in one’s life.  A financial windfall, to the loss of a friend, each has significant impact to our lives.

By now, you are already asking, “where are you going with this”?

Thinking about “in the blink of an eye”, there is a point I hope to make. We live in a light speed pace, where it seems, (at least to me) that the older we get, the faster the days, and years go by.

This past week, Hurricane Sandy brought a level of devastation unrealized in my life, and the lives of many of our friends, and family. Billions of dollars in property loss, job loss, possession loss, and the loss of those memories we cherish from pictures, videos, along with the comforts we may have taken for granted most every day.

This reminds me of a number of years ago, when many of us experienced the loss of power in the Dayton area for nearly 10 days as a result of Hurricane Ike. What I remember as significant was that in the midst of this “inconvenience”, and having no means to cook, or watch TV, we actually went outside and met our neighbors.  For over a week, each night we gathered, cooking together on our grills, and getting to know one another, even though many of us had lived beside the other for  years. We spoke of how thankful we were that this storm that had devastated other areas of our nation, only minimally inconvenienced us. We also shared about our families, and our lives. Just as quickly as this event brought us all together, we just as quickly went back to our previous ways of life once the power came back on.

“In my walk I have come to see that there are times in life that we may become so consumed with life distractions, that we forget to separate ourselves from these distractions, and as a result fail to acknowledge both the celebration and the challenges others are going through.”

Honestly, I have been personally confronted by, and further saddened that there have been times in my own life where being thankful for what I have has come from the perspective of what others have lost.

In closing, I believe my point is that I will work to challenge myself to, and to encourage each of you as well, to make it our goal to truly appreciate today, where we are, what we have, and as well also appreciate that “in the blink of an eye” it can all change…….

Appreciate today,


“Agape Strong”

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Hide not your talents. They for use were made.

What’s a sundial in the shade?”
— Benjamin Franklin

Developer…..  Empathy….. Responsibility…..  Belief….. Adaptability

People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.

People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.

People who are especially talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

How amazing that we can clearly document that Agape for Youth, Inc. is a strong agency because the staff exhibit talent in cultivating the potential of others, through an understanding of how others feel and because the staff take ownership of what they say they will do and follow-through.  Staff is committed to honesty and loyalty as core values that are unchanging and give them a purpose for the life they lead.  Agape staff is “able to go with the flow” and are discovering the future one day at a time.

Isn’t it a comfort to you as a foster parent, a foster child, a community referral source, and all other stakeholders to know that you are working with an Agency that is AGAPE STRONG?