Monday, January 22, 2018

Announcements

Are you one of our Treatment Foster Care parents? Earn gift cards and a grand prize by participating in our new ‘Compliance Rewards’ program! See anyone the TFC department for details.

Valentines Day is just around the corner. There is no greater love than the love we have for our children. You can open your heart and home to a child who needs love and compassion.


We just welcomed a new foster parent and are excited to have her on board. We are thankful for her commitment to our foster children and know that she will be a wonderful addition to our TFC family!

Friday, January 19, 2018

PRIDE Class Tomorrow @ The Arc

We are excited to  announce that our first PRIDE class of the year will be held at The Arc this Saturday January 20th at 10:00 AM. There is still space available if you are interested. For more details please contact anyone in the Treatment Foster Care department at 410-836-7177.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Announcements and good news


We hope that your holidays were merry and bright. For many of our foster children they were. However, there are still so many foster children who need loving homes. The holidays may be over but let’s continue the spirit of giving by opening our hearts and homes to those in need.

We have postponed out Foster Parent Support group which was scheduled for this Thursday January 4, 2018. We will have the group next Thursday January 11, 2018 from 5:30-7:30. If you are interested in attending any of our groups or an informational session, please contact the TFC department at 410-836-7177. Please see below for our current 2018 training schedule.

One of our foster children has been recognized and is receiving an award for helping others. We are encouraged by this young man’s heart and wanting to lend a hand.

2018 TFC Training Schedule

January 11, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 PM:
PRIDE Refresher/Arc Model of Trauma
There will be a refresher training on PRIDE concepts which will help our parents remain focused and sharpen their parenting skills. Included will be a presentation on the Arc model of trauma.

February 1, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 PM:
Flavors of Life: Diversity in an Ever-Changing World
Folashade Idowu will be presenting on diversity and why it is important to accept others’ differences even if we do not subscribe to their way of life. She will give practical advice on how to be inclusive and accepting of people from all walks of life.

March 1, 2018 from 5:30- 7:30 PM
Skillset part 1 (Internet Safety)
There will be a presentation on the importance of internet safety including keeping your personal information safe (social security numbers, addresses, etc.) and how to spot phishing websites that may compromise your information and overall safety.

April 5, 2018 from 5:30- 7:30 PM
Skillset part 2 (Social Media safety)
There will be a discussion on the importance of keeping certain information private, including names, locations, pictures, etc.
We will stress the importance of being careful about who we engage with online and why it is important to never meet strangers offline.

May 3, 2018 from 5:30pm-7:30 PM:
C.O.P.E -Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment
There will be a presentation on CBT techniques and learning techniques for behavioral crises and everyday stresses.  

June 7, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 PM
Sex Trafficking/Sex Addiction
Turnaround, Inc. will be presenting on Sex Trafficking and Addiction which will include what to look for and how to help combat the disturbing trend of Sex Trafficking. We will also explore what sex addiction looks like and how to treat it.

* Topics are subject to change

Friday, December 15, 2017

Low Budget Holiday Games and Activities


Are you strapped for cash this holiday season? Here are some low-budget games and activities:

Letter to Santa- Grab a regular envelope and decorate it and make an envelope with construction paper. Write a nice letter to Santa telling him what you want for Christmas.

** Make it a party- for added fun, bake some cookies (of course only parents or other adults should be around the stove), make hot chocolate with marshmallows, and put on Christmas music for a festive time!

Christmas lights tour- Do an internet search on different neighborhoods to see who has the best display this year. Hop in the car and take your family to that neighborhood to see nice holiday displays.

Holiday Pictionary- Check out:

You can adapt the categories to holiday terms.

Create Your Own Ornaments- The cool thing about this is that you can make ornaments out of just about anything (cardboard, straws, soda tops, etc.).

Improv Carols- Get into 2-3 teams and come up with a Christmas carol in 5 minutes. Designate a person who will time and judge the carols. For added fun, allow the judge to pick what the carols will be about (gingerbread man, snowflakes, etc.)


Ugly Christmas Sweater Game Night- have everyone get an old sweater (or shirt if you don’t have a sweater) and decorate it with silly things (cotton balls, yarn, etc.). Make some hot chocolate, pop some popcorn and play board games together.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Importance of Self Care

Last Thursday, we had a presentation on the importance of self-care. It can be difficult to juggle all the daily tasks involved when caring for children, especially treatment-level foster children since they may also have therapy and other appointments. 

No matter how busy life gets and how much we care for our children, we must always be sure to take time for ourselves. It is not selfish to want to recharge every now and then. This will ensure that we are being the very best that we can be for ourselves as well as our children. Remember, you are at your best when you are feeling your best!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Not Always so Merry

We wish you a merry..WAIT! while the holidays are festive and bright for some, they aren’t for everyone. Many foster children do not have warm and fuzzy feelings about the holidays; In fact, they can be downright depressing. While we are hanging mistletoe, many children are just looking for a place to hang their coats.

If you are a foster parent, be sure to address any feelings (good bad and in-between) he or she may be feeling. There is of course a caveat to that as well. Biological children might not understand special attention that is given to foster children so it is important to include them in activities and to show them just as much affection. After all, children are children and the last thing you want is for them to harbor resentment toward you or your foster child. Let’s make the most of this holiday season for everyone and spread joy!


Friday, December 1, 2017

It's a Foster Wear Party!

We are excited about an upcoming event. Several of our parents have agreed to host Foster Wear parties! The first party was today (Friday). The second one is on December 7th

Prospective parents can come out to get real-world views from our awesome foster parents. If you would like more information on hosting a Foster Wear party, please comment below. Alternatively, you may contact our recruiter Karen Guilbault at 443-412-5425.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sex Trafficking Resources and Information

Lately there have been more and more cases of sex trafficking throughout the country. Despite the increase in this horrific activity, resources and information is limited. Professionals in the legal, psychological, and social work fields are trying to figure out how best to address and combat this issue. In the meantime, we wanted to pass along some information that may be helpful:





Monday, November 13, 2017

$1 Days in Baltimore City!

We are always looking for fun things to do for our foster families that won’t break the bank. We found lots of cool stuff going on in Baltimore city in December. Some are free and some are paid including a cool Christmas town and $1 admission to the National Aquarium. There are so many fun events going on but make sure that you allow extra time to find parking. As you know, parking usually costs money. However, some of these venues validate which gives you a discounted rate on parking. Whatever you choose to do..be sure to have fun 😊. Check out the link below:



Do you have any free or low-cost family-friendly event ideas? Let us know in the “comments” section below!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Learning New Skills

We are looking forward to our kids’ report cards which will be coming soon. We are optimistic that they will do well and continue to thrive.

One of our foster children just got accepted into Cecil college..congrats to him!

Speaking of thriving, we stumbled upon this unique find while browsing websites. There are several online open-learning classes. However, this one was particularly interesting and seems to be pretty user friendly. It is called Skillshare. There are interesting classes ranging from photography to writing to everything in-between.  


There is sure to be something of interest to your kids or perhaps you may find classes that you would like to explore together. You both get to learn a new skill while creating a lasting bond. Have you tried the site or any other open-learning sites? We would love to hear about it!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Preparing your Child for an IEP/504

We have an exciting workshop during the family support group this Thursday November 2, 2017 from 6-8:30 PM. Heather Luke from Parents’ Place of Maryland. She will be discussing how parents can help their children prepare for their IEP/504 meeting. We are happy to have Ms. Luke at the Arc and are looking forward to an engaging event.


If you have any questions or would like to attend, please contact Monique Johnson at 410-836-7177 ext. 329 or speak with anyone in the Treatment Foster Care Department.