- Amanda and Matthew: Taking On a 15-yr Old Foster Teen Was Not What She Expected…
- Meet Kip: A Former Foster Child Speaks Out
- Simple Steps to Set Up Your Charity Runner Page
- Two Teens Save a Life
- November Trainings
Amanda thought she just wanted to foster babies, but then she met Matthew…From Amanda:
“My experience with Matthew has been an exciting roller coaster ride. Started out as a temporary transition, and turned into a long windy ride full of surprises. I did not start this ride thinking I would have a fifteen-year-old male who was so much like my own family but I found that the comedy routine was well worth it. Although we have had our ups, downs, and looped de loops, we have learned how to trust each other despite the system that causes so many stresses. He has been an awesome young man to bond with.”
Anna, Matthew’s MC Social Worker, had this to say, “I have been Matthew’s social worker since the middle of last December, and have really noticed a transformation, and special bond develop between he and Amanda. Matthew has been in foster care, and in and out of group homes since he was about 7 years old. Matthew is particularly weary of women, due to the experiences he had with his mother when he was a little boy. She actually left him out in the woods while she would run off with boyfriends and do drugs… I think the statement Amanda made about them trusting each other phenomenal. As their relationship has developed, I can see that Matthew does trust her, and that is an amazing feat.
“Each month, I am required to ask the foster children how they are feeling about their placement. In February, Matthew’s response was, “mutual. Last month (September) it was, “content.” That may not seem like a big deal, but to me it is. For a child that has moved around so much, and for so long, to actually be content in his environment is a monumental feat! October 6th, they celebrated Matthew being in the home for one year, and that is the longest placement he’s ever had. Another dynamic which makes this story unique is Amanda wanted to do foster care for infants…not teenagers, and certainly not an unruly teenage boy. She was all set up with a crib and everything baby, and it wasn’t a big deal when she got the call for Matthew, as she said, it was just supposed to be temporary, a short-term emergency placement more or less. Last little piece of input, is just how much I enjoy seeing Matthew and Amanda interact. It really is a comedy show the way they tease each other back and forth. It is heart-warming to this Social Worker to see a young man that carries so much pain and fear be able to smile and be carefree, even if it’s just for a moment.”
A Former Foster Child Becomes a Hero to Others
“I heard about Running with the Bears from my girlfriend. Her sister Nancy runs in it every year, and I wanted to donate to her Charity Runner page. My connection to foster care is that I was a foster child. My mother left me to fend for myself when I was in 9th grade. Through school I was introduced to a foster family in Klamath falls Oregon. They had three children of their own but still found a way to take me in and make my life somewhat whole again. To this day I am a part of the family. I am 52….
My life was changed by kindness and I want to do the same for children! They are the future of this great nation and we as a whole need to step up and make sure we take care of OUR kids. Anything I can do to help even one puts a great big smile on my face. I hope to attend this next years run! And will continue to support with my United Way contributions on a monthly basis, as well as support Nancy in her efforts at the run each year, it gives me great pleasure to help! Thank you very much for your dedication to children, my Hats off to you and your staff!”
How to Become a Charity Runner? It’s Easy!
1.) All registered runners can be Running with the Bears Charity Runners– simply activate your fundraising page: $100 raised earns a special goody bag, $500 a RWTB Sweatshirt and a ticket to the Post-Race Hoedown. Every single dollar makes a difference! How to edit or activate your fundraising page:
- Go to www.raceplanner.com. Click on ‘Sign in to RacePlanner.’
- Enter username (enter temporary password of your email address, password is rwtb2016 (all lowercase)
- Click on Fundraiser Properties to make edits
2.) Make your fundraising page your OWN with your photo and a little about yourself, then email or facebook the link to your friends. Ask them to donate $5, $20, or $26.2! Remember: employer matching gifts count too!
3.) If you need a little support, just contact Josie
*All contributions are 100% tax deductible.
Wahoo!! Jason’s Shoes Arrive!! A gift from Vicky, this year’s ‘Last to Finish.’
Vicky, What does Running with the Bears mean to you?
(1) I have friends whose license plate reads UMATTER. This is what I felt crossing the finish line…I mattered.(2) I would like to gift my shoes to a foster teen or to one in the transition program. I would like to tell them “grit” (mental toughness and courage) will take them far.(3) At the end of the race, the mobile aid stations were a physical and emotional godsend. One of Mountain Circle‘s Social Workers, Curtis, (pictured below at right, with the Race Director Josie) supported me those last few miles- he even played a happy and encouraging song as I shuffled along. Please let him know “I luv him”.(4) The one take away my family had was that not only was RWTB a community event but we felt part of the community.(5) Thank you for it all…Vicky…the last runner and I matter
Two Foster Teens Save A Life! We interview their foster parents:
1.) What are some of the influences, morals, and life skills you teach the foster children in your home?
We teach the children to start believing in themselves, to work as a team, and be an active family member. All these things play a vital role in our family. However, first and foremost, we teach them the love of God.
2) What kind of support does MC provide for you and your family? How does MC exceed your expectations?
Stephen and I have gotten eight years of support from Mountain Circle. We have been in contact with some great caseworkers that over the years have not only been there for the children but also for us parents. We have worked together hand in hand in order to help our family work for so many foster children who have come through our doors.
3)What are the positive experiences or life lessons you learned from being a foster parent with MC?
A positive life experience occurs everyday in our lives with these wonderful children. They have constantly given us as much as we give them. In having these children in our home, there is a warmth and love that can be felt.
4) Recently we heard of Joseph building a deck in your backyard, how did he get interested in learning this skill? He is so mature and doing so well in your home. What other accomplishments has he made?
Joe has eventually shown interests outside of the typical teen activities. One of these activities has been woodworking and building. This activity has been fostered by our son in law, KC Wiser, who enjoys having a helping hand. Joe has really come out of his shell. Aaron has also been a huge help in our family business with photography. He is learning the trade and is doing very well.
5) Heather and Megan called 911 and helped save a man’s life. Please tell us the story. They are outstanding citizens in our community for helping this elderly man who fell. How have you taught them to be such positive addition to our community?
Heather (17) and Megan (13) came upon an elderly man who needed some medical attention. The girls had the wherewithal to call 911 and give the needed information for help to arrive. They then both stayed with the man and comforted him until the ambulance came. We have taught them to give back to the community in any way possible since the community has given us so much. Do the right thing and good things will happen!
The Blakeman’s are wonderful in so many ways. They have taught the kids how to be a positive influence in the community! Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement, and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.
MOUNTAIN CIRCLE TRAININGS
In Our Chico Office:
FP4- Adoption Training
November 14th 10am-3pm
November 21st 10am-noon
FP2- Policy, Procedure, Documentation
November 21st 1pm-7pm
Foster Family BBQ Potluck and “Eat Happy” Food Distribution
November 21st 11am-1pm
In Our Reno Office:
Tuesday, November 3rd 10-2
Friday, November 6th 9-12
Thursday, November 12th 2-5
Friday, November 13th 9-12
November 30th: Pizza party for all foster parents and parents in training.
Saturday, October 17th 10-3 (Susanville) Pre-certification Training #2: “Policies, Procedures and Documentation”
Saturday, October 24th 10-3 (Greenville) Pre-certification Training #2: “Policies, Procedures and Documentation”
Saturday, November 7th 10-4 (Susanville) Pre-certification Training #3: “Parenting a Foster Child”
Saturday, November 14th 10-4 (Susanville); Pre-certification Training #3: “Parenting a Foster Child
Saturday, November 21st 10-4 (Susanville) Pre-certification Training #4: “Adoption”
Saturday, December 5th 10-4 (Greenville) Pre-certification Training #4: “Adoption”
HOLIDAY CLOSURE: MC Offices will be closed November 25th-November 29th!