Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Forever Home



We would like to welcome our newest team member/recruiter Karen Guilbault. We are excited to have her join our team! Our TFC picnic is coming up soon. It looks like we will have a good turnout.
We have lots of fun with our foster families at The Arc. However, we know that often the goal is to find foster children “forever homes”. Whether it is with their biological families or adopted families, children just want to know that they are loved and have a place to call home.


Watch Jimmy’s story (in the video above) about his awesome foster mom and his journey to find a “forever home”. Do you have a heartwarming story? We’d love to hear about it! 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summertime Eats

We hope that you are enjoying your summer thus far. Often times, parents are super busy and do not have the energy to cook a huge meal after work. Kids sometimes forget that even though they are off for the summer, their parents are not. Here are some quick and easy recipes that parents can make after work; kids can also make these recipes (as long as it is okay with their parents).

Spaghetti Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Prosciutto


1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
1 red bell pepper
1 medium zucchini
10 asparagus spears
5 slices prosciutto
1 cup basil leaves
1 lemon
¼ cup red wine vinegar
½ cup olive oil
½ tsp each salt and pepper

Preparation
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Dice zucchini into quarters, halve the bell pepper, and cut asparagus spears into thirds. Drizzle with olive oil. Cook for 25-20 minutes. Let cool.
  • Meanwhile, bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add spaghetti and cook based on box directions. Drain.
  • Dice the roasted bell pepper into small diced pieces. Cut the prosciutto into small slices.
  • Add the roasted veggies and prosciutto to the pasta.
  • In a blender or food processor add the basil, juice from 1 lemon, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
  • Pulse until smooth for about 30 seconds
  • Toss 3/4 the dressing with the salad while the pasta is still warm.
  • Mix the remaining 1/4 of dressing in with salad when ready to serve (either that same day or at a later time!)
This recipe and all related images and content can also be found at: "Foodista.com – The Cooking Encyclopedia Everyone Can Edit".

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Morning Glory Muffins

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
3/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
3/4 cup oat bran
3/4 cup organic coconut sugar, Swerve, or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (or a bit more if you like them spicy like I do!)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup whole milk
2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup carrots, grated
1 large apple, grated
3/4 cup raisin or dried fruit of your choice (chop the larger ones into raisin-size pieces)
Optional: 1 cup walnuts or pecans, or a mixture of nuts and seeds, such as sunflower



Preparation
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. 
  • Combine milk, eggs, and vanilla. 
  • Add the grated carrots, apples, and raisins. 
  • Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Be careful to not over mix. Note: the consistency will be more like a dough than a batter.
  • Fill muffin cups almost full. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes for regular size muffins or 12-13 minutes for mini muffins, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
This recipe and all related images and content can also be found at: "Foodista.com – The Cooking Encyclopedia Everyone Can Edit".



Friday, July 28, 2017

TFC Picnic



We have finally locked down a date and time for our TFC picnic. It will be Friday August 25th from 3:30-6:30 pm. Please RSVP to reserve your spot. 

The first 5 families to respond will receive a FREE gift! Additionally, we will have a Back-to-School giveaway as well as a raffle at the picnic. 

This is one event you don’t want to miss! Check your inbox for details on how to RSVP for this event.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Congrats!



We would like to congratulate our newest high school graduate J.H. We wish her continued success as she embarks on her journey. We would also like to acknowledge our upcoming work program graduates. We are proud of all our TFC children. We would like to thank them for reminding us that anything is possible with perseverance.

Please help us welcome our newest temp. TFC team member DeShanda Johnson. Although her time here will be brief, we are confident that her expertise will have a lasting impact on our department.

Please remember to subscribe to our TFC blog for the latest goings-on in all things TFC!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

TFC Updates!



Thanks to our TFC families who attended the meeting with Shawn and Kevin. We truly appreciate your hard work, dedication, and feedback. Together we can continue enriching the lives of our foster families in order to ensure a brighter future.

UPDATE: We are hosting a TFC picnic for our foster families and prospective foster parents. Be sure to look for our email and let us know which day works best for you. Please respond no later than 7/7/17 via the email link.


Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Thanks Troop 750!


We would like to thank The Girl Scouts (Troop 750 in Havre De Grace) for their generosity.


 We appreciate their hard work and sacrifice. 



We have already been able to use several of the donated items/bags for our foster children. 


One of our newest children practically came in with nothing. 


Thanks to the Girl Scouts, we were able to provide her with a bag full of clothing and lots of other goodies!


Sometimes, when we volunteer or donate, it is difficult to know whether or not we are making an impact.



 However, thanks to these young ladies and others with giving hearts we can see the impact firsthand.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wrapping Up

As this month comes to a close we are still excited about what is to come. We have received several donations and would like to thank everyone who gave. 

We had lots of laughs, games, conversation, and coffee! We look forward to our seminar next week with Dr. Girio-Herrera from Towson University. Keep in touch as we will be hosting several seminars and events. We always accept donations as well so keep em’ coming J

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Our Winners!

Congrats to the winners of our FOSTERtration game! Thank you Sara G. for helping. Foster Care month isn’t over folks..you never know what we’ll have up our sleeves.!

Kate W.
Angeline H.








Monday, May 15, 2017

Thank You Parents!




We had such an awesome time at our Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner at the Greene Turtle in Bel Air, MD. When you put great people + a good cause + food together.. good things are bound to happen.

We can’t wait for next year! We want to say thank you to all our parents who go out of their way to make our kids’ lives a little brighter each and every day.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

We're Having a Blast!

The month has just kicked off and we are already having a blast while creating awareness. We are waiting to see who will win our foster trivia game ‘FosterTration’! We have already received a few donations and are so grateful to have received such great gifts for our children; we know that they will appreciate it.

This Thursday we will host our Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner. We are looking forward to spending time with the amazing parents who have opened their hearts and homes to those who need it.

Friday, May 5, 2017

It's National Foster Care Month!

We had a wonderful seminar on Thursday April 6th, 2017. The seminar was presented by Manolya Bayar and Regina Roof-Ray from Harford Community College. It was entitled ‘Challenges and Obstacles Faced by Children and Adolescents in Foster Care’.

We received wonderful feedback and are looking forward to our foster parent dinner on Thursday May 11th when  we will be celebrating National Foster Care Month!