Scott’s Blog

Sharing our journey with serving foster families in Colorado.

I believe…

every child deserves a healthy, loving and safe home. 

Much trauma for kids in foster care

Much trauma for kids in foster care

When a child is taken into the foster care system they have already experienced trauma and now they're subject to be removed from the only family they know–more trauma. If parents are struggling to care for their children it's likely there's neglect, illegal activity,...

New video respite launch

New video respite launch

Kids at Heart is launching video programs to bridge the gap respite for foster, kinship and adoptive families. Kids at Heart is excited to unveil a new video respite experience for kids from 4 to 12 years of age. The introduction of online services is new for the...

Re-Opening is like a moving target

Re-Opening is like a moving target

As Covid-19 case numbers continued to decrease in Colorado, Kids at Heart was on track to re-launch Fundango on July 11.  After the last 2 weeks of rising Covid-19 cases, we're postponing it again 🙁 With case growth in Colorado and across the Nation, it's simply too...

I wear a mask

I wear a mask

The mask debate started in March 2020 shortly after Covid-19 was discovered in the United States. From the CDC guidelines to Trump’s mockery of wearing masks... there are many people expressing their reasons for and against mask wearing in public and within close...

Former Chamber exec heads respite non-proft

Former Chamber exec heads respite non-proft

Fort Collins, CO–After spending over 8 years as a chamber ceo, Scott Soldat-Valenzuela is the new full-time Executive Director of Kids at Heart. The organization recently celebrated twelve years of primarily serving Larimer County as a respite non-profit for foster,...

Re-Opening is like a moving target

Governor’s order and Kids at Heart

The latest changes from Governor Polis outline a timeline for the Safer at Home strategy.  It begins with retail businesses providing curbside delivery starting today. Gradually this week the restrictions are reduced in order to allow businesses to...

It’s definitely a snow day

It’s definitely a snow day

A snow day in Northern Colorado is not unique but in April is definitely less normal. It serves as a good distraction from Covid-19. Being from the Phoenix metro area, the snow is still exciting for us. Every time it snows I bring the kids to the window to watch it....

Our new reality feels unreal

Our new reality feels unreal

Finding meaningful engagement has temporarily changed. As American's we often feel invincible. Our ability to overcome challenges sometimes appears to be unmatched by any situation. Yet today we find ourselves in the midst of a health crisis that threatens to shutdown...

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