Welcome Seven Homes Family and Friends!
A number of online resources are available for general information and training as a Seven Homes foster parent. Aside from the advantage of having support and advice at your fingertips, the convenience of online training and online registation for upcoming classes are hard to beat! Any Seven Homes foster parent who reads a parenting blog, discussion forum, or newsletter can receive training credit by filling out a Training sheet briefly describing the activity and what was learned.
Training sheets can be downloaded ---------.
The following are excellent sites and recommended by the Director:
|http://www.trainingmatters-nc.org/||An excellent resource is the North Carolina DSS training publication Training Matters|
|http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/fosterparents/onGoingVid.asp||Washington State has a website that includes short online videos on such topics as Behavioral Challenges in Foster Care, Brain Development, Destination Graduation and more.||
|Many parents are familiar with Dr. Thomas Phelan and his simple, straightforward parenting advice. Fans of his 1-2-3 Magic program were delighted this summer when he started a blog. The 1-2-3 Magic parenting blog. Is an entertaining and informative resource for parents.||www.parentmagic.com|
|See document below||9 Ways to Meet Your CPR and First Aid Requirement||from our Seven Homes Site|
SOME COMMON BOND EMOTIONS EXPRESSED HERE AT SEVEN HOMES -
Not Flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone, but still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, you didn't grow beneath my heart, but in it. ~Anonymous
A Single Starfish By Loren Eiseley
One day an old man was walking along the beach. It was low tide, and the sand was littered with thousands of stranded starfish that the water had carried in and then left behind. The man began walking very carefully so as not to step on any of the beautiful creatures. Since the animals still seemed to be alive, he considered picking some of them up and putting them back in the water, where they could resume their lives.
The man knew the starfish would die if left on the beach's dry sand but he reasoned that he could not possibly help them all, so he chose to do nothing and continued walking.
Soon afterward, the man came upon a small child on the beach who was frantically throwing one starfish after another back into the sea. The old man stopped and asked the child, "What are you doing?"
"I'm saving the starfish," the child replied.
"Why waste your time?... There are so many you can't save them all so what does is matter?" argued the man.
Without hesitation, the child picked up another starfish and tossed the starfish back into the water...
"It matters to this one," the child explained.
A poem from a Needing Child ~ Anonymous
I am so very special
I have been from the start
Before they held me in their arms
my family held me in their hearts.
And like a single drop of rain
that on still waters fall
My life and love will ripples make
and touch the lives of all.
So read this precious story
as step by step I grow.
I am a blessing and gift
as each page here will show.