Friday, August 23, 2019

Good News!


There is lots of good news:

  • One of our TFC kids is beginning her first semester in college
  • One of our former TFC kids has a new apartment
  • Two of our children have just new jobs
  • Several of our children went to guardianship
  • One of our TFC kids is in the process of purchasing a car
  • A few of our kids are going on fun vacations
  • One of our TFC kids is entering pre-kindergarten
  • We have a new placement
  • Three kids are starting their senior years in high school in September
  • One child is entering her freshman year in high school
  • One of our children is entering middle school
  • We welcomed several three foster families and are in the process of certifying several more. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a foster parent, contact Karen Guilbault at 443-412-5425 or at kguilbault@arcncr.org.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Weekend Events


Parents,

Are you looking for fun activities this weekend? Check out these events in Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore Counties! Some events are FREE and some cost a small fee. See vendor websites for details. There’s karaoke, a benefit brunch, and even a poker run. The fun begins tonight in Havre De Grace!

Karaoke Fun in Havre de Grace with Rotary


When:  (Tonight) July 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Where: Chesapeake Grill, 913 Pulaski Highway, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Contact: 410-942-0505



Wags & Wine - Sit, Stay, Drink Wine!

When: Sunday July 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Where: Fiore Winery & Distillery, 3026 Whiteford Road, Pylesville, MD 21132
Contact: 410-879-4007



Bel Air Corvette Club Car Show

When: July 20, 2019 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Boulevard at Box Hill, 3491 Merchant Boulevard, Abingdon, MD 21009
Contact: 410-679-5000



Milburn's Blackberry Bash Harvest Party & Pancake Breakfast!

When: July 20, 2019 from 9:00 AM  -  2:30 PM
Where: Milburn Orchards, 1495 Appleton Rd, Elkton, MD 21921
Contact: 410-398-1349



Harford Streams Summer Adventure Poker Run

When:  July 20, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Eden Mill Nature Center, 1617 Eden Mill Road, Pylesville, MD 21132
Contact: 410-638-3217 x 2448



Kid's Brunch! Benefiting the Believe In Tomorrow Children's House at Johns Hopkins

When: July 20, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: Lib's Grill of Perry Hall, 5009 Honeygo Center Drive # 101, Perry Hall, Maryland 21128
Contact: 410-513-7133



Fireworks in August:

Fireworks have been rescheduled!

When: August 24, 2019
Where: Concord Point Lighthouse, 352 Commerce St, Havre De Grace, MD 21078
Contact: 410-939-3213


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

To My Heros -By Kim Albert



A letter from our Director:

To My Heros:

I am not much for talking in front of people, especially about things I feel strongly.  So here is the speech I couldn’t give.  I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to work with the TFC team, the children but most of all you, the families.  In these times of turmoil in a country so divisive and divided, you give me hope.  As a stood at the dinner and looked around, I saw the most extraordinary people who have each done some extraordinary things this year.  Two of our children aged out and continue to consider their TFC family, their forever family. Those parents continue to support and advocate for them as they transition to adulthood.  Four of our children were facing a transition to family members they had never met in states far from here, more than that they were facing disruption to all the progress they had made with and because of their TFC families.  In the face of this outcome, two of our families said no, we will keep them as our own and took guardianship,  making a lifelong commitment to those children.  Three families opened their homes to children who were struggling in their placements which kept them in our program and gave them continuity.  One child needed more intensive services and supports than our program could provide.  Her TFC family has visited and kept in contact with them. Another family who had only every provided respite for this child and has a more suitable home situation has stepped up to become another support and potential placement after treatment, another child who wasn’t lost or forgotten when their needs rose and who knows they have value to those who have cared for them.  We accepted our first medically fragile child and her TFC mother has slayed dragons and insurance paperwork to get her the medical care and equipment she needs and has done so without the supports she  needs.  The school marvels at how much progress has been made in this child, from appearance to behavior.  

The acuity of children coming into Treatment Foster Care is rising and several families have faced behavioral crises of children that were unlike anything they had dealt with before. Every time they faced it with compassion for the child.  Their fellow TFC families stepped up when needed and provided respite to these children knowing what they could face. We took children from other counties further away then we are use to and the TFC family and Social Workers did what it took to support these children to maintain contact and connection with their bio parents. We have 5 families who are considering or preparing for the adoption or guardianship of children in their care, again making a lifelong commitment to care and provide for these children. One family whose TFC child was reunited with family and had his final court date, sent a letter sharing his joy and appreciation for all his TFC family did for him and for helping him find God, who he now says guides and supports him every day.  I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt every child in your home has improved and grown under the love, care and direction you have provided. You make my heart swell with gratitude and admiration.  I am truly humbled by what you do everyday to make this world and a child’s life better. 

Personally, I am grateful for the grace you have all shown me as I learn and make mistakes in this new role.  I hope you know, despite the Interim in my title, I am dedicated to the service and support of you and this program.  I would be remiss if I didn’t say,  none of this would be possible without the TFC Team.  Monique, who keeps us all straight and on track, plans trainings and events.  Karen, who sings your praises and is always out their looking for new families to support you and our children.  Briana, Nanette and Christanna have been a blessing to me in learning and growing in this role.  From what you have shared with me, I know each of you appreciates and value all that they do everyday for you and the children in our care. I value their dedication and commitment to you, the children and The Arc and their desire to always find new and effective ways to support everyone.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank each of them and each of you.  A dinner is the smallest of tokens to express my appreciation.

Please know you are all my heros!  Gratefully – Kim Albert

Friday, June 14, 2019

Happy Father's Day!


The treatment Foster Care department would like to thank all our wonderful foster fathers for all that you do.

Are you looking for Father’s Day events? Check out:


Happy Father’s Day!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Treatment Foster Care Open House


We hosted our Treatment Foster Care open house on Wednesday evening. We have had several families come out and a few of them have decided to come on board with our agency. We are looking forward to knowing more about them and how we can support them as Treatment Foster Care parents. If you are interested in becoming a Treatment Foster Care parent, please contact Karen Guilbault at 443-412-5425 or Treatment Foster Care at 410-836-7177.



Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Meet 'Honor'

We have a new friend, ‘Honor’. Honor was donated by Hero Dogs Inc. She is the sweetest black Labrador Retriever you ever did see! Be sure to come to the training nights…you never know when she will make an appearance!


Friday, April 26, 2019

My Intent

Dear parents,

If you have not already RSVP’d for the ‘My Intent’ workshop on Thursday, May 2, 2019…please do so. If you have any questions, please contact your worker or speak with anyone in the Treatment Foster Care department.