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By Courtney Edge-Mattos on September 28, 2021
At age 91, Nana decided it was time to retire. She turned 90 last year during the early days of the pandemic. We couldn’t celebrate her in the way we’d wanted. Nana called us early on. “I don’t think I should take any children right now. It just doesn’t seem safe.” We agreed.
Nana was in her 60’s when she started fostering. She’d always wanted to, but hadn’t had the time. Her children were grown
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By Courtney Edge-Mattos on August 18, 2020
“I’m her seventeenth.”
Foster mom’s voice was full of emotion. My eyes widened, my skin prickled. “Seventeenth? Home?”
“Yes, she’s seven, her sister is four, and I’m their seventeenth.”
A is seven years old and has lived in seventeen homes. D is four years old and has lived in nearly as many. For the seven year old, that means a new home roughly every four months. For the four year old, that means a new
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By Courtney Edge-Mattos on February 13, 2020
I love words (which should be of no surprise to those of you who follow this blog- I use a lot of them!). The words we choose, the phrases that have become engrained in our cultures mean so much.
“To raise a child.” It is such a common statement. But what does it mean? Why not “build a child,” “complete a child,” “construct a child,” or something else that describes the work and effort that
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By Courtney Edge-Mattos on January 14, 2020
We call an Uber or a Lyft for a ride to the airport. We call AAA if we get a flat tire. We call DoorDash if we are sick and don’t have the energy to cook a meal for our family. We nod to our neighbors but don’t know their names or invite them in for coffee. We connect with family and friends via social media, but rarely reach out in person. The days are
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By Courtney Edge-Mattos on July 23, 2019
“Mommy Wine Time” seems an increasingly common piece of our culture. Memes about the frustrations of parenting populate social media. Mom's Night Out Groups are popping up. Man Caves are a thing. Parents are tired. Parents are venting.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. It is a pressure release valve and we all need that.
Recognizing when you need a break, recognizing when things are hard, recognizing when you may LOVE the little people you
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By Courtney Edge-Mattos on June 21, 2019
It is an undertaking that can be hard on the heart. When we mention good self-esteem as a quality we seek for potential foster parents, people often give us a quizzical look. Why would that matter? Well, let’s explore that.
When kiddos lack control in life, they often seek to find ways to create control. For children placed in foster care, all of the control of their lives has been stripped away. Where
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
There are so many wonderful people out there who want to support the children and families with whom we work.