Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Schools are Closed this Friday..check out these fun activities!

Don’t forget that all schools are closed this Friday for a teacher state conference. Here are some cool things (some activities are free) to do on your day(s) off (be sure to check hours of operation for each venue):

Harford County:

Concord Point Lighthouse

Harford Lanes (bowling)

Broom’s Bloom Dairy

Rocks State Park

Activities @ Havre Dr Grace

Baltimore County:

Valley of the Haunted @ the Boys and Girls Club

Ladew Topiary Gardens

National Aquarium

Amped Up

Shaw Orchards

Sky Zone:

Cecil County/Delware:

Delaware Rock Gym

Millburn Orchards

Millburn Stone Theatre

Painting with a Twist

Mid Atlantic Grand Prix

Friday, October 13, 2017

Foster Parent Information Session

A few days ago, we had a foster parent information session. Even though the weather was bad, we still had a few interested prospective foster parents. We hope that they decide to go on this wonderful journey and are looking forward to providing them with the tools that they need to succeed. 

Interim report cards just came out. We are happy to report that our foster children are doing well in school. This is possible because of our Rockstar foster parents and other professionals in the field who create a dedicated support network for the kids. 

If you would like more information on any of our info. sessions or becoming a foster parent, please contact Karen Guilbault  at 443-412-5425.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Great News!

This past Thursday, we had a great foster parent support group about behaviors in children with developmental delays. We had a good turnout and are looking forward to our next group. Last week, one of our children went to guardianship. 

We are so happy for her and wish her and her family all the best!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

What's New?

Recently, we were able to reunite two brothers in Harford County, MD.

We have two new foster children which we placed in loving foster homes. We are looking forward to hearing about the new memories that will be created and new relationships that will be developed between these children and their foster families.


One of our foster children recently embarked on a new journey by attending college. We wish her success as she continues her studies and are excited to see the wonderful milestones that she and our other foster children will experience.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Announcements

On Thursday September 14th, we had our first foster parent training of the fiscal year. It was an engaging presentation on sex trafficking by Araminta. We learned several things including the difference between prostitution and trafficking. 

As always, we received great feedback from our foster parents. We are looking forward to next month’s presentation by Kennedy Krieger!


As a reminder, if you are due for any paperwork, please reach out to the TFC department. Additionally, we have training articles available on our blog via clickable links. 

If you need a hard copy of an article or need an article or training summary sheet emailed, please contact us at 410-836-7177 ext. 329 or ask for anyone in the TFC department.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rachel's Story



Being a foster parent is sometimes challenging. However, the relationships that you build can last a lifetime and have a lasting impact on foster children. Check out Rachel’s inspiring story!


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Good Luck!

We had a very successful picnic on the last Friday in August. A good time was had by all. There was plenty of food, games, and activities and we are looking forward to our next event. We have great things in store for our foster families!


We would like to wish everyone a happy new school year! What is great about beginning a new school year is that everything essentially starts anew. You will gain new friends, new teachers, new experiences, and new knowledge. We know that you will do very well.

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".

Click for Foodista.com Recipe
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!