Intensive Foster Care Blog

Motivation, Inspiration

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Oct 3, 2017 12:42:01 PM

Please welcome a guest blogger, Amanda Townsend, one of our Case Managers.  She took a few minutes to reflect upon a very important speech she attended last week. 

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Grief

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Aug 31, 2017 3:15:45 PM

Their eyes have gone from shining and full of sparkles to flat, dull.  Two giggling girls changed, aged over the course of one conversation.  A social worker nervously toyed with her bracelet as she struggled to find the words needed to change their world. 

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

My Signature

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Aug 9, 2017 1:44:05 PM

It is the final step for a Home Finder. At the very bottom of the last page, a little black line, about three inches long; your typed name, credentials, and title below. You poise your blue or black pen over the paper and there is always a pause. The weight of the paper is heavy in your hand. You’ve read, re-read, and scrutinized every line. Peers, supervisors, and program directors have reviewed your work. That document, generally fifteen to twenty pages in length, is the weight of months of research. It is hours of time spent in a home that is not your own; opening cabinets, closets, and refrigerators that are not your own; testing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; checking for child proofing, cabinet locks for chemicals, and lock boxes for medications. It is the compilation of personal references that you analyze and try to read between the lines, looking for any hint of danger or a red flag. You assess and obsess over the stability and resiliency of the applicant. You hunch over your notes, looking at the family history. Did you represent them honestly, without your own biases or feelings? It is true, fair, and insightful?

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

The Most Frightening Word...

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Aug 4, 2017 11:57:43 AM

"Teenagers"…Breaths catch, hearts splutter, shoulders stiffen. That single word is one of the most heart-stopping words in the English language. It is the developmental stage every parent nervously jokes about and anxiously anticipates. Couple the adolescent years with the challenges of foster care and you have a fearsome combination…Or do you?

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Doorsteps and Dishwashers

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Jul 27, 2017 10:53:10 AM

You enjoy a lovely meal at a friend’s home.  The food was delicious, the conversation delightful.  The host rises to clear the table and you, excellent manners in hand, leap up to help.

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

More Than A Statistic

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Jun 28, 2017 3:12:02 PM

The numbers are crunched, arranged, and deconstructed. Computers churn out percentages, predictions. They have their place in this world, but they will never tell you your place. The numbers are numbers, but they don’t have all the data. They can’t calculate the unique, glowing being that is YOU.

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Family Strong

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Jun 21, 2017 3:50:56 PM
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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

What is MAPP Class?

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Jun 12, 2017 4:03:35 PM

MAPP is the Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting.  It is a course taught in every foster care and adoption program in Massachusetts and is a pre-requisite for all foster and pre-adoptive parents.  MAPP is a 30 hour course that is, essentially, a crash course in parenting a child who is involved with the child welfare system.  Every state has its own version of the curriculum, so that potential foster and pre-adoptive parents understand the basics. 

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Fractures and Splints

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on May 23, 2017 3:19:21 PM

A fracture is the cracking or breaking of an object.  It is most commonly associated with bones.  Our children (kids in care) are painfully familiar with fractures, but most often, not in the traditional sense.  For a small percentage of our children, were they put in an MRI machine, one might see the pain they have experienced and be able to know exactly where an injury occurred.  Doctors would have a protocol for how to treat it and would begin to do so immediately. However, for the majority of the children placed in our care, there is no machine to tell the tale of their injuries and no precise remedy to render a speedy recovery.

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

A Letter to My Son's Mother

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on May 16, 2017 1:38:17 PM

I would like to extend a sincere thanks to Mama L for sharing this beautiful, vulnerable piece of her heart with our readers.  

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

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Remember:
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