In which RD3 explains the 4 phases of Skookum Kids
In which RD3 explains why pledges of financial support are so valuable to Skookum Kids.
Parents First. Children Second.
Today's unpopular opinion: I think it's a mistake to put the needs of children first.
The Road to Becoming a Foster Parent
Here's a walkthrough of the foster parent application packet, and a description of the homestudy process.
The Evolution of a Foster Placement
Based on foster parent's responses to a survey, at the beginning of a placement, a foster parent is willing and even eager to help out. But over time their mindset begins to change.
Last week, Governor Inslee signed into law House Bill 1661 which creates a new department of state government called the Department of Children Youth & Families. It's a big change. So I wanna talk a little about it.
State or private agency
In my home state (and in most states) there are 2 ways to become a foster parent: with the state agency or with a private agency. I'd like to explain some of the differences.
Skookum Kids and Secret Harbor
Skookum Kids & Secret Harbor are working together more and more, so I thought I'd tell you a little about them.
200 new foster families by December, 31 2020 isn't a goal that I made up at random or picked just because the numbers were all twos and zeros.
The Whole Stack!
THIS is what we've been working toward. Give at Skookumkids.org/200by2020 and your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar during the month of June.
Welcome New Friend
This is the kind of thing that happens almost weekly at Skookum House. It's a wonderful place of healing and hope and childhood, and there's room for you.
Skookum Kids Mid-Year Update
We started the year with 4 high-level goals. It's nearly the halfway point, so let's check in on them.
200 by 2020
What would a surplus of foster homes look like? We wanna find out.
Meet Kyle, the newest member of Skookum Kids' staff. Kyle runs the show at Perch & Play.
The Value of Time
I've been catching up on some accounting projects this week. For the most part, that is about as much fun as it sounds which is to say: not at all.
Of course the goodbyes are uncomfortable, but they are possible.
Sausage Making (or a 1624 Update)
Update on what's happening with 1624.
Lonely jobs have gathering places
Take better care of foster parents; Make more foster parents. Those are the two birds Skookum Kids is trying to hit with every stone that it throws.
An announcement about the future
Skookum Kids is now the proud owner of an indoor playground & cafe. This purchase unlocks a ton of new opportunities for us to fulfill our mission in some new ways.
What would you like me to tell the department?
Foster Parents, have something you want me to pass along?
You've gotta hear the story of how she came to Skookum.
I think you're going to like what we make together.
Skookum Parents | Program Overview
Here's a rundown of the whys and hows behind our newest program—Skookum Parents.
FIRSTEVER Foster Parent Interest Meeting
November 8 is the day! 7p @ Fairhaven Public Library—hope to see you there.
We Did It! Fall Fundraiser Update #2
Wow! Thank you to everyone who gave to help us reach our goal.
I want you to meet Nichole. She's the newest member of the Skookum Kids staff.
4 Strategic Priorities
Here's an overview of our mission and 4 strategic priorities.
September Donations Count Twice
Thanks to a generous gift from the Jerry H. Walton Foundation, all donations made to Skookum in September will be matched 1:1!
9 Misperceptions about Foster Parenting
Wanna talk more about foster care? I'd love to meet.
Thank you for covering the bill
On behalf of a very frugal 12 year-old: thank you for covering the bill.
Use this link to help us fuel this little rocketship! skookumkids.org/give
And all of you who have given gift cards to keep us well fed!
What is it like to be a Skookum volunteer
Here's what you can expected from a normal day at Skookum. Interested? Here's the paperwork you need to get started: http://bit.ly/1LMUdq4
Is Skookum a Religious Organization?
I get this question a lot, so I thought I'd answer it here.
Here's what I mean when I say, "we're close"
It takes 72 volunteers to staff a weekend at Skookum Kids. Will you be among them?
Fire Marshal Fiasco
We've had a roller coaster week.
What is Skookum Kids?
You've heard the funny name. Now learn what it stands for.
When Will the House Be Open?
It's the question I ask myself almost every morning. Here is my best answer.
Building to Last
Become a Sustaining Partner at SkookumKids.org/Give. About 200 children will enter foster care from Whatcom County in 2015, and if we stay the course we're on now, many of them will benefit from a short stay in our care.
It's Ray Training Time
Learn a little about the training that I need before we can open our doors.
It's Volunteer Training Time!
There are 4 steps to becoming a Skookum Kids Volunteer.
1.) Interest Meeting
3.) Training Day
4.) Shadow Shift
Thoughts on Foster Parent Training
First impressions of foster care training, and a progress report on the Skookum Kids house.
It's Official, We Have a Skookum House!
An Update in 3 Parts
1.) We've raised $7,000 so far through Indiegogo! Thank you for your support of Skookum Kids.
2.) The results are in from our email newsletter survey, and you said: Do Both!
3.) One of our next big tasks is to get a license, and it could get bumpy.
The Skookum Adults
Meet the men & women working to make Skookum Kids happen. They're a great team, and I am honored to serve with them.
The Skookum House
This week we got a chance to tour what we hope will be the Skookum Kids facility. Take a look with us.
10 Famous Foster Kids
This week, let's talk about some of the adults that foster kids have grown into.
Skookum Kids Values
I've been thinking a lot about the values of Skookum Kids. We don't know them all yet, but here are 3 that I am sure about.
What does Skookum mean? (and other frequent Qs get A-d)
Here are answers to some of the most common questions we've heard so far.
In which a man without pants asks you for money
Visit SkookumKids.org to learn more. I'm very excited to launch this project. With more than 250 children in foster care throughout Whatcom County, it's been a long time coming.