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Meet Rana O’Connor, Recruitment Supervisor, Treatment Foster Care 

By December 19, 2019 Blog

Meet Rana O’Connor, Recruitment Supervisor for Treatment Foster Care. Rana began working with Spurwink in November 2013 as a Resource Coordinator for Treatment Foster Care.  Since then, she has become the Recruitment Supervisor and also works with A Family for ME Maine on various aspects of advertising and social media outreach.

When I’m outside of work I’m: Likely to be playing with scraps of fabric or am otherwise involved in the world of fabric art as an artist, teacher, or exhibit coordinator. The most recent exhibit I coordinated hangs at the Portland Public Library children’s room through January and continues on a statewide tour through June of 2020.

Spurwink program that I connect with most deeply: Treatment Foster Care and A Family for ME are where I spend my time and energy. I’ll try anything to spread the word about the need for foster parents in Maine and to help people make the commitment to give children a safe and stable home.

Why behavioral health matters to me: What I have learned in over 25 years of recruiting and working with foster families is children do best when they know they are part of a family. A foster home is the bridge to family—whether that is a return to birth family and relatives or an adoptive family; or the foster home becomes the child’s life-long family. We all need to belong.

My favorite ways to de-stress: Swim. Ride a roller coaster. Eat a good meal with friends. I could go on. I believe in not stressing.

Words to live by: All life at the subatomic level is interconnected and communicates. Think Quantum Physics, String Theory, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being.

Most interesting thing I’ve read recently: Tony Horwitz: Spying on the South. Subtitled “An odyssey across the American divide,” it resonates with current events and is a fun read, in inimitable Horwitz style. Sadly, he died soon after this book came out. His insightful voice will be missed.

The music I jam to alone in the car is: 60’s Rock

Favorite ice cream: Hood Chippedy Chocolate, now renamed Chocolate Chip. Seriously. Luckily, the formulation hasn’t changed.

Recent Netflix obsession: The Great British Baking Show

Sweet or salty?: Salty and very sour

Mountains or beach?: Beach, especially if the water is warm enough to swim and the waves are conducive to body surfing.