JRI Foster Care Blog

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

By Courtney Edge-Mattos on April 11, 2017

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

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Ten Small Steps and a Leap of Faith

By Courtney Edge-Mattos on April 3, 2017

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!

  1. Call or e-mail the Homefinder

The first step is simply reaching out.  Some people are phone people, some are e-mail people.  Either is fine, but nothing can happen until you do one or the other.  Our online interest form can

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Who We Are Not: Three Hots and a Cot

By Courtney Edge-Mattos on March 28, 2017

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

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2AM People

By Courtney Edge-Mattos on March 20, 2017

They are the folks you know will answer the phone any time you call, who will drive to pick you up if your car breaks down, will bring you soup and make you tea when you are sick.  We have nicknamed them within our program.  We call them “2AM People.”  Take a moment.  Picture your person, or, if you are very fortunate, people.  Who are they?

For a lot of us, our 2AM People are

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From A to Z

By Courtney Edge-Mattos on March 13, 2017

The little one-story ranch house is unassuming from the street view.  What it fails to tell passers-by is that it is a place of healing.  The walls are filled with artwork creations, from paintings to crayon drawings to wind chimes and sculptures made of natural elements picked up on wilderness walks.  It is a cozy jumble, messy to some, but the personification of love and home to the child who lives here.  Just outside the

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Foster Care...Foster Hope

A Blog to Support Foster Parents

Our foster care program is rooted in the principle that every child deserves to feel safe, to be nurtured, and to thrive. Our foster families and staff are committed to maximizing each child's potential within our stable and loving foster homes.


  • Stable homes nurture neglected children.
  • Compassionate homes mend painful pasts.
  • YOUR home can change the life of a child.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please complete our foster care interest form.

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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.