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Mentoring is a Two-Way Street

Mentoring is a Two-Way Street This summer I had the opportunity to spend the week with some kids in the LEAP program. This was a new and unique experience for me. I have always been a shy person who was the baby of the family, because of this I never really got to be...

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Staying Connected

Staying Connected

Still Here, Moving Forward, One Day at a Time Many times multiple agencies work together to help children. This example of that collaboration involves a child we will refer to as Jonathan, (whose name has been changed to protect confidentiality). Jonathan just turned...

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Overcoming Obstacles to Family Reunification

Overcoming Obstacles to Family Reunification

Overcoming Obstacles to Family Reunification   My very first case with Adoption Option Inc. was in August 2020 working with parents of two young children both under age 2.  In my first meeting with them dad expressed his distrust and frustration with “the system”...

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Helping a Teen with Transitions

Helping a Teen with Transitions

When I first was assigned to this foster case the previous worker told me that “Al”, an almost 17 year old, was not a very easy young man to work with because he did not talk much to the worker and was a very angry young man. My first few encounters with “Al” were...

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Meetings with Mom

Meetings with Mom

I received a referral for a case involving a mom and toddler. In the beginning of this case, Mom was not very willing to participate and did not understand why her child was removed from her care. The first phone call I had with her was difficult but I explained to...

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Help for Dan

Help for Dan

I starting working with Dan during the last quarter of 2020. When I first reached out to him, Dan was very hesitant to begin working with me. I explained our agency’s Advance-In-Home (AIH) program to him and we set up our next meeting. Once I shared with Dan the...

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Support for Susie

Support for Susie

I matched with my teen mentee, Susie back in May. Obviously, during a pandemic, it was hard to immediately connect since all activities were initially virtual. However, once the COVID guidelines changed and we could safely meet face to face, we hit the ground running....

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Helping AJ

Helping AJ

I have a 13-year-old boy on my caseload, we will call him AJ.  After his mother died, he was removed from his father for physical abuse and moved into a residential facility for a year and a half. AJ was eventually placed with a great uncle who had no idea whether he...

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Baby’s First Birthday

Baby’s First Birthday

I was assigned this PACT case back in January when I first started here at Adoption Option Inc. Child Welfare Organization. I was assigned to work with a child that was placed with their mom's sister. Mom and her sister do not typically get along well. They always...

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Overcoming COVID-19 Obstacles

Overcoming COVID-19 Obstacles

I Make A Difference Moment I was assigned this case April 7th, 2020 right in the middle of COVID-19 lock down. When the client and I first started working together, the visits were through phone calls with her 3 children. The calls were good but the client could not...

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