Co-Parenting During the Holidays

The holidays can have their fair share of stress without including balancing a co-parenting relationship.  Events that were once spent together are often divided, post-divorce, and navigating the ins and outs of how to manage the different aspects of the holiday season can be difficult, at times.  In the article below, you will find advice for minimizing stress and tension for the holidays when it comes to amicably relating with your co-parent.

Gina LaRose, LMFT, LPC, NCC

Clinical Supervisor

Self Care During the Holidays

Self-care is always important, but it can be even more crucial during this stressful holiday season. People may experience external stressors, such as financial stress as resources are drained to purchase gifts or internal stressors as they struggle with recent or unresolved loss. A proactive self-care routine can help you manage you stress and make things run more smoothly.

By: Katelyn Osterbuhr

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

As we all know the holiday season is just around the corner and for some of us this means shopping for the kids, we all like to see the kids happy at this time of year.

The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) is recommending the following safety tips while we shop for the kids.

Under 3 years old

  • Children under 3 tend to put everything in their mouths. Avoid buying toys intended for older children that may have small parts that pose a choking danger.
  • Never let children of any age play with deflated or broken balloons because of the choking danger.
  • Avoid marbles, balls and games with balls that have a diameter of 1.75 inches or less. These products also pose a choking hazard to young children.
  • Children at this age pull, prod and twist toys. Look for toys that are well-made with tightly secured eyes, noses and other parts.
  • Avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.

Ages 3 to 5

  • Avoid toys that are constructed with thin, brittle plastic that might easily break into small pieces or leave jagged edges.
  • Look for household art materials, including crayons and paint sets, marked with the designation "ASTM D-4236." This means the product has been reviewed for chronic health hazards and, if necessary, the product has been labeled with cautionary information.
  • Teach older children to keep their toys away from their younger brothers and sisters.

Ages 6-12

  • For all children, adults should check toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. Damaged or dangerous toys should be repaired or thrown away.
  • If buying a toy gun, be sure the barrel, or the entire gun, is brightly colored so that it's not mistaken for a real gun.
  • If you buy a bicycle for any age child, buy a helmet, too, and make sure the child wears it. • Teach all children to put toys away when they're finished playing so they don't trip over them or fall on them.

It is also important to read all labels carefully. The CPSC requires toy manufacturers to meet stringent safety standards and to label certain toys that could be a hazard for younger children.

Look for labels that give age recommendations and use that information as a guide. Labels on toys that state "not recommended for children under 3 … contains small parts," are labeled that way because they may pose a choking hazard to children under 3. Toys should be developmentally appropriate to suit the skills, abilities and interests of the child.

By: Irma Miller 




Louisiana Kids in Crisis

As Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services faces an uncertain future due to budget cuts, the children they protect are in crisis.One way to get involved in helping keep these children safe is to become a volunteer CASA Advocate. CASA of Plaquemines trains volunteer Advocates to submit recommendation to the court on behalf of children and help bring stability to their lives. To learn more about becoming a volunteer please contact Katelyn Osterbuhr at 504.393.5750 or email:

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Plaquemines CARE Center’s Celebrity Waiters Compete to Be Super Star Waiter

The Plaquemines Community CARE Center held its first Celebrity Waiter Dinner on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Sissy Buras Stricklin, Event Chair, and her committee, worked with over twenty Celebrity Waiters who competed for the honor of Super Star Waiter of the night’s event. In the end, the Celebrity Waiter team of Eden Bubrig and Mitch Jurisich reigned supreme as the Super Star Waiter team of the night.

In addition to the competition among the Celebrity Waiters vying to earn the most “tips” to benefit the Plaquemines CARE Center, silent auction and live auction proceeds also benefitted the CARE Center. Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this event!

The Plaquemines CARE Center is a non-profit agency which serves as the human services agency for Plaquemines Parish, providing services in multiple locations throughout the parish. The CARE Center provides parenting classes, mental and behavioral health counseling, advocacy, care management, developmental disabilities screenings, and resource referrals to individuals, couples, families, and groups by counselors, social workers, advocates, and community health workers.

Celebrity Waiters - Seafood Queen Tal Cognivich, Sherrif Jerry Turlich, Poppi Turlich and Orange Queen Nadia Cognivich

Celebrity Waiter Rob Hopkins

CARE Executive Director Julie Olsen, Super Star Waiters Mitch Jurisich and Eden Bubrig, Event Chair Sissy Stricklin

Celebrity Waiter Kim Turlich Vaughn

Celebrity Waiter Danica Ansardi

The CARE Center works to help our neighbors, “One Child, One Family at a Time”.

If you would like more information, or to schedule an initial assessment for services please call the CARE Center at 504-393-5750.

Photo credits go to Jessica Drewes of Color Photography.  


Place Matters - Determines your Health and Well-Being

Plaquemines Parish is the largest parish long the Gulf Coast area with a uniqueness similar to the neighborhoods in Greater New Orleans.  What makes the parish unique is its culture and diversity. Most importantly, the community’s ability to live off the land by fishing and hunting is a great natural economic resource.  However, the community is quite vulnerable to natural disasters as well as commercial devastation.  These events have upset the health and well-beings of the residents; nonetheless, their resiliency is shown in their strength and dignity.   As stated by Prevention Institute, “People’s health is strongly influenced by the overall life odds of the neighborhood where they live…indeed Place Matters. Therefore, it was most appropriate that a discussion of where one lives, works, and worships is a true determination of one’s health and well-being take place with the parish residents who constantly face disasters; once again, Place Matters.

Health is affected by education, self-management and resiliency. Well-being is affected by housing, transportation, air, soil, and water.  One can think of Place Matters as the social determinants of health.  Are living conditions acceptable, are resources available, and if there are issues, are the problems properly addressed?

The Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Centers and Plaquemines Medical Center address Place Matters.  The facilities assess the conditions of the community, disseminates resources and acknowledges the problems of health inequities.  Medical and nursing personnel, clinical behavioral specialists and community health workers share roles in providing the community with health education, self-management of life styles and resiliency.

By: Patricia A. Davis, Client Health Worker

Red Ribbon Week

October 23 - 30 is Red Ribbon week to take a visible stand against drugs.. The campaign began in 1985 after a DEA agent was murdered by drug traffikers. The mission of the campaign is to promote a healthy, safe, and drug free community. You can pick up your red ribbon and  take your pledge to help your community promote a safe, healthy and drug free life style any day this week!

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is cancer that begins in the ovaries. The ovaries make female hormones and produce a woman’s eggs. Ovarian cancer is a serious cancer that is more common in older women.  Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 75.  About half of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older. It is more common in white women than African-American women. The rate at which women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer has been slowly falling over the past 20 years. Treatment is most effective when the cancer is found early. For more information, click on the links below.

Healthier Community Series - Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Healthier Community Series - Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Each month through the partnership of Plaquemines Community Care Centers Foundation, INS. and Plaquemines Medical Center with donations from local food markets and the Bayou Health Plans, health forums are presented to the residents of Plaquemines. Not only are the presentations are on the risk factors, education/early detection, and management of chronic diseases, but also address, emergency and disaster preparedness, healthy eating with nutritional factors and gardening.

The month of August, Signs and Symptoms of Depression was presented by Meredith F. Dubose, LCSW of Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E.

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Let’s Be Young At Heart!

Aging is a process that we will all go through; simple as that, it is part of life however, it can be a healthy process.

Let’s think of ways that we can embrace the aging process in a healthy way. We must remember that sleep is so precious, even in our busy world, we must stop, close our eyes by taking a nap to give our heart a break. How about our relationships with family, friends, and colleagues? Make sure that we are in the presence of those who are positive and give us encouragement to follow our dreams. These are the people who make us laugh and keep us happy!

When we think of what we want to do, be realistic in making decisions and choices that will be clear and precise. Money comes into play when we have chosen to accomplish our goals, so we must create a budget and avoid the stress of overspending.

Now, here is the big one! Eating foods that supply energy is great, but can be difficult here In the South. Fried foods, spicy foods, sweets, and soda are all so comforting to consume. Yes, these foods give us comfort, but what about energy? We need food, such as spinach, beans, and some meats that will supply oxygen to our red blood cells for energy. We must eat the right foods at the right time and prepare healthy snacks.

Being active is such a plus. We must move those limbs, and stretch those muscles. Having a buddy system might be great as encouragement for one another. Get moving!