Yearly Archives: 2013

Sensory Training Hits a Home Run

This past March, the Foster Care department hosted its first sensory training for foster parents. The parents brought their entire families to learn and engage in therapeutic, fun activities that support children who have experienced trauma in managing stressors in addition to building positive experiences within relationships. (Any child who is removed from his or her home and placed in … Continue

Safe Sleeping Advice from an EMT, Foster Parent

My name is Melanie Paolo. I have been a foster parent for three years, have adopted three beautiful children and am working on adopting our fourth. Being a foster/adoptive parent has given me a whole different appreciation for being a mom. I’ve felt pain I’ve never felt before. I’ve had many sleepless nights full of fear and uncertainty. I have … Continue

Focus on Positives Brings Success

I’ve recently had a chance to experience great success with the boys I work with in our Residential Treatment program. As an occupational therapist, I run groups that provide therapeutic shifts in mood and feelings to enhance overall participation in all kinds of life skills. Recently, I’ve been incorporating into the groups principles of the Nurtured Heart Approach, which has … Continue

As Foster Parents, it’s Important to Maintain Biological Family Ties

Connecting with parents and families of the children in your care can be challenging at times but we all know how important it is for the children. My partner and I have actually had a wonderful experience and have built a strong relationship with one parent and grandparent, despite being warned that boundaries had not been respected in the past. … Continue

So … I’ve Been Thinking … About Foster Care and Adoption

I had the opportunity to attend a foster/adoptive parent orientation and informational session recently. It was truly inspirational on so many levels. I met a room full of people who took time out of their busy schedules to come and learn more about foster care, the licensing process and have their many questions answered. I also had the opportunity to … Continue

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