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Mentors Make a Difference!

It’s hard to target just one moment for our YIT youth that a difference in their life is made. From the excitement of a successful mentor match and the smile on the youth’s face on the car ride home from the match, as they discuss what they’re excited most about. To...

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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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