Friday, October 12, 2018

Be Safe this Halloween

Halloween is upon us. There are scary ghosts, goblins, and witches. Remember that Halloween can be lots of fun but only if your family is safe. Remember to have a plan when your children go out trick-or-treating. Make sure that they stay with you (or trusted friends/family) and have a place and time to meet up in case anyone gets separated. Make sure that your children have several contact numbers with them (written on a post card) and to dial 911 if they are ever in danger.

Ensure that there is at least one responsible adult in the group who can keep tabs on the little ones and make sure that you have their contact number in case you need to contact them. Remember to inspect all candy and do not let your children eat any until you have done so.

When your children return home, you can select a few pieces to inspect right away so that you can give them to your children (provided they are safe to eat); this will allow you time to inspect the rest of the candy and keep those little hungry ghouls at bay.

A few rules to discuss with your children:
  •       Always stay with the group
  •       Never go inside anyone’s home or vehicle
  •           Do not eat any candy before returning home and having it inspected
  •       If something doesn’t seem right…get away immediately and tell a trusted adult or police            officer

Monday, October 8, 2018

Awesome News!

One of our foster care children has made significant progress!  Before coming into The Arc NCR it was challenging to regulate his emotions and behaviors and he had some difficulty interacting with others.

Since coming into care, he has made great strides towards his goals. His teachers report that he has been interacting more and has been making new friends. He is very helpful and is doing well in school overall. We are excited about this good news and are excited about his and our other foster children’s futures.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Time to Warm Up!

With the Winter season fast-approaching, the weather is changing. Temperatures are getting cooler but you don’t have to! Stay warm with some hearty soups that are sure to please even the most discerning palates. We’ve found several kid-friendly soups that are easy to make and will stretch your dollars as well. Check out these recipes below:

This last recipe is not a soup but…who doesn’t LOVE chili right?

Friday, September 21, 2018

Weekend Fun

Friday is here and the weekend is near! Get out with the family and do something fun! Check out the events below (click the links for even more fun events).

Note: Some events begin tonight (Friday, September 21, 2018):

The Addams Family- A New Musical

Dates and times:
  • 9/21/18, 9/22/18, 9/28/18 and 9/29/18 at 7:00 PM
  • 9/23 and 9/30/18 at 2:00 PM
Price: $16.00 - $20.00 per person

Location: Harford Community College - Chesapeake Center, 401 Thomas Run Rd, Bel Air, MD


Contact:  443-412-2211

The Magic School Bus

Date and time:
  • 9/21/18 at 7:00 PM
Price: $10.00 - $16.00 per person

Location: Harford Community College - Chesapeake Center, 401 Thomas Run Rd, Bel Air, MD


Contact:  443-412-2211

Art Show and Sale

Date and time:
  • 8/30/18 – 10/28/18 (please call- times vary)
Price: FREE

Location: 37 North Main Street in Suite 104 of the Armory Marketplace (behind the historic Reckord Armory) Bel Air, MD 21014

Website:  http://www.artinharford.orgContact:  Alexandra Knapp at 410-420-9499

For more fun events check out these websites:

Visit Harford

Live at Harford Community College

Monday, September 10, 2018


1    We will be having foster parent support group on Thursday September 13, 2018. The topic is TBA. Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm and training will begin at 6:00 pm. An email will be sent out shortly. Please be sure to RSVP by letting your worker know or via the link within the email. We will need to know the number of attendees in your party. If you have any questions, please contact anyone in the Treatment Foster Care department.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Thank you to Riverside Community Church!


      Many of our children have already started school. They are meeting up with old friends and making new friends as well. This is an exciting time for them and being prepared is key. Thanks to the generous donations from Riverside Community Church in Aberdeen, MD our children have the tools that they need to succeed. 

      Check out pictures of the backpacks they sent (see picture above). Many of the backpacks have already been given away and they absolutely LOVE them! If you have not picked up your backpack please contact anyone in the Treatment Foster Care department for pickup. You may also pick them up at the Foster Parent training on September 13, 2018.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

As summer winds down parents are getting their littles ones ready for the new school year. The days will get shorter and your task list is getting longer. The best thing that you can do is manage the time that you have and organize as much as you can. Setting your week up for success will help your family stay on track. Here are some things that you can do to make life a bit easier:

1.    Plan your meals

While it seems like a daunting task to map out your menu for the week…knowing that tacos are always served on Thursdays will not only help your children know what to expect (children love consistency), but it will help you prep ahead of time. You can cook in large quantities, portion everything out for the week, and thaw as needed. Ground turkey, ground beef, and roasted chicken go a long way and you can buy most of your toppings already prepped (shredded cheese in a bag, salsa in a jar, and bagged salad). You may prepare fresh toppings as well if you would prefer.

Each night can have a theme:

Meatball Mondays
You can use Swedish meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs, stuffed meatballs, etc.

Tuna Tuesdays
You can prep tasty tuna salad ahead of time and add some healthy options on the side (baby carrots, fresh bell peppers, fresh broccoli, etc.)

Wild Wednesdays
Anything goes! Have easy-to-prepare items available (veggies with ranch and cold cuts, peanut butter and jelly, etc.) Let your children decide what they would like that night and let them help you with preparing their meal. Kids love to help, and they may be more inclined to eat the culinary masterpiece that they created. They may eat leftovers from the previous days or choose from the available options for that night.

Taco Thursdays
You can use chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, etc.

It has been a long week and who doesn’t love French fries? You can oven bake French fries (frozen or fresh-cut) with olive oil and top them with things like leftovers from Taco Thursdays, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, spinach dip, gravy, bacon, etc.

Spaghetti Saturdays
Spaghetti doesn’t have to be boring, you can use spaghetti squash or zucchini instead or traditional pasta. You may also add mixed veggies, baby spinach, shrimp, baby clams, mozzarella or parmesan cheese, etc.

Slow Cooker Sundays
You must get a lot done for the week. Why not make it easy on yourself by using your slow cooker? You can make soup, chili, or even lasagna!

Do you need inspiration? Check out these awesome kid-friendly recipes below (including some amazing slow cooker recipes). Don’t forget to post your Menu in the kitchen.

Print a calendar or get dry-erase calendar and post it in either the kitchen or living room. You can plan things for each family member like: 
  • Activities (dance class, football practice, doctor visits, etc.)
  • Chores (trash removal, dish washing, etc.)
  • Homework/projects, etc. 

    3. Wardrobe please!

Preparing your wardrobe ahead of time will save you loads of time in the morning. On Sunday, you can wash, dry, iron, coordinate, and hang your clothes (outfits for each day including tops, bottoms, and undergarments) for the week (be mindful of the weather).

While these things take a bit of prep work, the amount of time that you will save will be worth it. You can use this time to spend more time with family, work on a personal project, or just relax and do nothing for a change; after all…you deserve it!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Awesome Announcements

Our kids rock! Check out some of the amazing things that they have accomplished!

AJ: Maintained honor roll all year while participating in sports. He also received the Personal Growth award from The Arc NCR and is currently studying for his permit.

TW: Graduated from high school, obtained his license, and has found full-time employment.

SE: Sang in the summer church choir, obtained a summer job mentoring youth, and is studying for her permit.

JF: Graduated from the summer youth employment program and is studying for her permit

NH: Graduated from the summer youth employment program; practicing for license.


8 children/teenagers were promoted to the next grade.
4 teenagers have graduated from the summer youth employment program.
4 teenagers participated in college tours.

We are inspired by our youth and enjoy watching them excel despite the odds.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Thank you Mt. Zion Church


 Thank you to Kathy Pitrat and Mount Zion Church in Bel Air, MD for all the wonderful donations!

We appreciate all the work that you put into making the blankets and the gift bags. Our children will be comforted by your thoughtful gifts.