Intensive Foster Care Blog

Preparing for an Arrival

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Jan 17, 2019 12:46:58 PM

You’ve taken the classes.  You’ve been fingerprinted, interviewed, reference-checked.  You’ve watched the “Removed” movie fourteen times.  You’ve read blogs and are part of foster parent support groups on social media.  Your agency calls you and says, “Congratulations, your home has been approved.  You are open to provide foster care!  We will call you when we have a match,” and they hang up the phone.

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

A Wish for 2019

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Dec 31, 2018 11:59:00 PM

A New Year’s Wish

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Jumbled

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Dec 13, 2018 2:07:40 PM

He won’t sit still.  He shifts in his chair constantly, folding a leg under himself, then unfolding, folding the other leg.  His backpack is a whirl of chaos.  There is always something forgotten, either at home, at school, on the bus, or whereabouts unknown.  He looks up with giant eyes, a blank expression on his face, as his caretaker repeats herself for the seventeenth time. 

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Program Positives

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Nov 1, 2018 11:57:32 AM

There is a whole lot of good happening for our kiddos and families!  The tough stuff sometimes bogs us down and takes center stage, but we need to work harder to shift that focus.  Let the sun shine, as they say.  So here it is, our listicle of positives:

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Helping Hands

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Oct 23, 2018 3:06:16 PM

There are so many wonderful people out there who want to support the children and families with whom we work.  Many want to help, but aren’t in a place in their life where foster care is the right choice.  We are often asked, what else can I do?  How can I help?  Well, friends, here are some ideas!  Hopefully one will be right for you.

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Begin Again

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Aug 31, 2018 3:53:57 PM

Back to School  

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Back To School Buddies

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Aug 1, 2018 4:07:26 PM

They are at summer jobs, summer school, summer camp.  They are playing outside, riding bikes, splashing in sprinklers and pools, awaiting the chimes of the ice cream truck.  Every sign points to summer.  But the sun is setting slightly earlier every day, aisles of the grocery store are filled with school lunch snacks, and clothing stores have fall attire on display.  The school year, my dears, is coming.

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Overnight Vigil

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Jun 29, 2018 11:18:49 AM

The hallway light shines through the rectangle window, illuminating the little room.  The fifteen inch tube television is on, but it is just black and white “snow,” as we used to call it, no tape in the VHS player.  My ears are appreciating the break from the noise of the classic Disney movies that were playing.  The hours have slogged by, the early hours of the morning now upon us.  I arrived at 11PM, relieving my co-worker who’d been here since the little girl’s arrival. 

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Wild Girls

Posted by Courtney Edge-Mattos on Jun 18, 2018 3:35:44 PM

“Let’s be wild girls!” she crowed excitedly, prancing around the basketball court like a horse.  I had a hoop skirt of toddlers clinging to my legs. 

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Topics: Foster Care, Adoption, Lifebooks

Know No

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

No.

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