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Help for parents of foster care children

United Way Community Partnership of Harford County recently presented the Arc Northern Chesapeake Region with $7,200 to be used jointly with Harford County Department of Social Services.

The two organizations plan to provide supportive education to families who have children in the foster care system. It will be geared to biological parents whose plan is for reunification with their children.

The program will use the children's foster parents as mentors to the biological parents with incentives to encourage parental participation and rewards for those completing the program.

Colorectal cancer support group

Upper Chesapeake Health will offer a support group, facilitated by a professional, for individuals who have been affected by colorectal cancer.

Those who have had colorectal cancer and their partners and caregivers are welcome to the group, which will focus on education, support and networking.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, third floor conference room.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Group helps children with cancer in family

Upper Chesapeake Health is offering a new support program for children who have a parent or grandparent with cancer.

Hosted by UCH Cancer LifeNet, the free six-week program will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 17, 23, 30, and May 7, 14, 21 at the McFaul Activities Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road in Bel Air.

The program, called CLIMB (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery) by the Children's Treehouse Foundation, uses conversation, art, and a play to educate children and help them cope with their emotions.

Registration is required.

Information: 800-515-0044.

Seminar April 17 on joint pain

Upper Chesapeake Health will hold a free seminar on joint pain with Dr. William Cook, an orthopedic surgeon, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 17 at Harford Memorial Hospital, in the side section of the cafeteria.

Participants can learn how to have a better quality of life and hear discussions of options for those with joint pain.

Registration is required at 800-515-0044.

Joint center plans celebration

The Upper Chesapeake Health Joint Center will hold a kickoff breakfast for its fourth annual celebration from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 18 at Harford Memorial Hospital's cafe.

Anyone interested in helping with the celebration in May at Ripken Stadium should attend the breakfast.

Registration is required at 443-643-4214.

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