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By Courtney Edge-Mattos on January 10, 2022
It is a term that is used often in foster care, right from the first MAPP class and all along. There’s good reason, too. Humans thrive on structure- a predictable routine and environment of known factors. For children and youth who have experienced countless changes and trauma, structure helps reset the brain and allow it to regulate emotions, learning, and expectations.
That’s all fine and well, but if you’re new to the world of
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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 July 1, 2021
The goodbye was a hard one. As soon as the kids learned that they were going to live with their relatives, behaviors that had long since stopped began cropping up again. The cuddly children who once snuggled in for stories and movies, who danced in the living room to music, who were joyful turned angry and closed off. Hurtful words were flung about, tantrums were common, and fists were even raised at Mama T. “You’re
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By Courtney Edge-Mattos on June 17, 2021
A buffet of food, laid out on a beautiful table. Aromas of savory dishes, sweet treats, and spicy appetizers tease the nose. The mouth waters, the stomach rumbles. A starving person throws himself at the feast, grabbing with both hands, barely chewing, barely registering all that he is taking in, barely able to breathe around this life saving relief. Other diners step back, wide-eyed at the sight, but politely understand. He is the guest of
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.