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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

Faith and Fairy Dust

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on May 9, 2017 11:00:01 AM

On Friday, May 5th, we celebrated our amazing parents at the annual "Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner."  Program Director Bob Costa thanked our parents with this speech we thought we'd share with you.  Enjoy!

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Setting the Tone

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Apr 27, 2017 1:03:42 PM

The gatherings were once small, just a few parents and kids.  There was no real zest or enthusiasm for extra-curricular activities.  That attitude was coming from us, the staff, and it wasn’t okay.  We had to change, we had to set the tone for the program we wished to be a part of.  Three years ago, we decided we needed to amp up the joy and we have never gone back.  Our Halloween party in 2014 brought together four groups of parents and six kids, that was it.  The staff on site out-numbered them, no question.  But wait, we said.  Word will spread and next year, we’ll be spilling out the doors.  Halloween 2015…we ran out of pumpkins for kids to decorate, polished off eighteen pizzas, innumerable cookies, and poured countless cups of juice.  Kids were in costumes, parents were in costumes.  The next year (October 2016), we realized that the office was just too small to contain our team, so we decided to host Autumn Fest on the grounds.  Scores of children, families, and friends gathered on a sunny (though super windy!) day to celebrate and enjoy togetherness.  Parents pitched in and helped, staff members got to be silly and just have fun with their kids, and we all ended the day a little lighter in spirit.  This past fall brought a rainy Autumn Fest, but the weather didn’t stop us, it just made us get creative with space and stand a little closer, huddled under umbrellas.  We sang karaoke in the hallways, danced “the bump” in the foyer, and had games in every office.  You know you are in the right place if, even soaked to the bone, you are happy to be there! 

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What Is IFC?

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A blog from Jared Pacheco, our other Home Finder!

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Apr 11, 2017 9:28:30 AM


At an adoption finalization last spring, I had the privilege of witnessing the union of a family.  It was a little gal I knew from a previous work-life, who wandered her way back in my direction.  She found her forever home with one of the most loving, big-hearted families I have ever had the honor of knowing.  Her present and future were immediately wrapped in love and were more clearly planned out, yet much her early years were lost.  She bounced from home to home eight times before she landed on their doorstep.  They could not tell her when she started crawling, where her first step took place, what her first word was, whether she cried or smiled on Santa’s lap for her first Christmas.  It is a loss common for children in foster care.  This time, however, we were in luck: she had been born at a teen living program, the program for which I previously worked.  The program that was shutter-happy and took pictures as often as young moms and their babies would sit still.  A call to the program on that spring day produced two photos, which the staff combed through archives to find.  Only two pictures, but those pictures meant something.  They meant that she would be able to see what she looked like as a baby.  She would know that her first Halloween costume was a bumble bee.  She would know her mother, a young lady with the best of intentions but enormous barriers, had selected that costume carefully and had beamed with delight at the sight of her in it.  She will be able to look back and know that she has been loved her entire life, right from the start, and that she has mattered.  Her parents will tell her the story of how she entered their home, but they will also have a piece of her history and be able to show her a small piece of her puzzle.

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Ten Small Steps and a Leap of Faith

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Apr 3, 2017 4:36:53 PM

Many folks consider becoming a foster parent, but often aren’t sure if they are eligible or what will be involved.  Are you one of the wondering?  Well, read on for the answers to your questions!

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Who We Are Not: Three Hots and a Cot

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Mar 28, 2017 4:24:02 PM

I heard this phrase recently from a social worker.  When asking about a foster family, she asked if they were a good family or just a “Three Hots and A Cot” home.   The phrase startled me.  There was no malice or ill-will intended, but she wanted to understand the type of home in which our child had been placed.  I was able to immediately answer her back that the home was devoted, supportive, and loving to the two boys.  Since hearing that phrase, though, my wheels have been turning.  How do we know the difference? 

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