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Know No

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on May 25, 2018 10:28:47 AM

No.

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Worth More Than Gold

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on May 17, 2018 8:17:01 AM

On Friday, May 4th, our staff, foster parents, children, and friends gathered for our annual Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner.  Children and youth gathered in a separate room and played games, created artwork, and had fun while being cared for by babysitters.  For the parents and guests, there was dinner, dancing, and dessert, as well as a few speeches.  Here is an excerpt from our Program Director, Bob Costa, when he addressed the group.

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Dear Little One...

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Apr 23, 2018 9:05:00 AM

Dear Little One,

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Priorities-Part Two

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Mar 15, 2018 6:45:00 PM

When we last left off, our ragtag band of staff members had just hosted a sunny October event, Autumn Fest.  Well, note that the blog took a break well beyond October.  That is because, gentle readers, the gears were just starting to turn. 

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Waiting for Spring...

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Mar 9, 2018 2:37:08 PM

My hands hurt from wielding the shovel, yet again.  My shoulders ache.  I gaze down my driveway, a driveway that feels like it magically added a hundred feet to its dimensions, and sigh.  I can’t do this, I can’t make it.

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Priorities

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Feb 28, 2018 10:22:05 AM

As you may have noticed, there was quite a gap in our blogging from early fall until the present.  Where did our blog go?  Well, fall and early winter are wild times around the office.  In addition to the usual (and sometimes very unusual) things that make up our days (and sometimes nights), the fall and winter months bring holidays and great expectations.  Here’s a little glimpse into what you missed…

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Snow Days Haze

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Jan 4, 2018 2:59:48 PM

Blizzard season is upon us.  Just as kiddos were adjusting to being back to school, they are back home, faces pressed to windows, hands pressed to sliding doors.  Some are sleeping the snow day away (looking at you, teens), while others are begging to romp in the cold.  The snow is tumbling, whirling its way down, blanketing the world around us.  The barometer has dropped alarmingly (who even knew that a Bomb Cyclone was a thing?) and the wind is tearing through the atmosphere.  

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

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

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Remember:
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