Posts tagged foster care
41. Maryssa Vasquez, President of PUSH and Former Foster Youth

In today's episode, we have an inspiring conversation with former foster youth, Maryssa Vasquez, as she shares with us about her past, growing up in foster care, and how an organization she joined in college has changed the direction of her life! Now, as the president of PUSH, Persevere UNTil Success Happens, Maryssa supports former foster youth by encouraging them and creating a space for them to heal by surrounding them with community. Maryssa is helping these youth overcome the odds and make it through college!

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40. Foster and Adoptive Parents Going From 0-6 kids in 3 Years!

In today's episode, we have an inspiring conversation with Daniel and Shellee Hyde! Daniel and Shellee went from 0 to 6 kids in just 3 years! They share with us how they made the jump from 0 to 6, and what becoming foster parents was like for them and how it lead to the adoption of 4 of their children! During our conversation, Daniel and Shellee open up and give us a front row seat to what it was like to just show up and be consistent with the kids that came in and out of their care, even when there wasn't certainty or permanency in their journey.

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39. Give Bio Families A Chance - An Inspiring Conversation With Foster Mom, Sherry and Bio Mom, Kami

In today's episode, we interview foster mom Sherry and bio mom Kamey. Sherry and her family entered their foster care journey when Kamey's newborn son was placed with Sherry's family in kinship care, which later lead to foster care. These two women living in polar opposite worlds, yet miles a part, walked through the same season, yet experienced radically different emotions, feelings and desires... and against all odds, they became friends. We are inspired by Sherry's desire to encourage and fight for Kamey and Kamey's family, even when the odds were heavily stacked against them. Kamey's passion and drive to get her life back together and fight to get her son back inspires us beyond words. 

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38. Sisters That Live Together, Foster Together

In today's episode, we interview not 1, not 2, but 3 sisters living together... and fostering together!!! We are inspired by their commitment to the betterment of vulnerable children and their willingness to sacrifice comfort to care for these kids. Life can be crazy with "3 bosses" as they like to call themselves in their home, but they are quick to express that although challenging at times, foster care is the most rewarding and beautiful thing they have ever done.

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36. Hallie Graves, Single Foster Mom and Lawyer Extraordinaire!

In today's interview we have an inspiring conversation with one of our dear friends, Hallie Graves! Not only is Hallie an intentional friend, but she is a full time lawyer and a single foster mom, just to name a few. Hallie shares some really practical advice for how to set your life up to receive a foster child and walks us through what a day in the life looks like for her and her 3 month old foster son.

Make sure you stick around to the end of our conversation as Hallie encourages us with some ways that we can all get involved in foster care without becoming a foster parent!

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28. What It's Like Growing Up In Foster Care With Former Foster Youth - Carlina

During our time with Carlina we talk about the day when she and her four siblings were separated, the different homes she was placed, the raw emotions she felt and still feels today, her current relationship with her biological mother, and the book she wrote to inform and inspire people about the desire foster youth have for a family! 

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27. What You Need To Know About Foster Care With Foster Parents Cara & Nick

Today we hear Cara’s passion about giving her entire heart to her children, we hear the couple’s desire for more people to get involved in foster care, we discuss how foster care has changed their biological children for the better, we hear about what it was like bringing a 14 year old into their home and how they have fallen head over heels for her!

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25. What It's Like Growing Up In Foster Care With Meaghan Martin

Today, we are so honored to start the month off with our guest, Meaghan Martin, who is a former foster youth. Meaghan shares with us today what led to her entering the foster care system on her 15th birthday, what it was like entering new homes and how she over came the odds and is a strong and successful woman today. 

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24. What Does Family Preservation Look Like In Burkina Faso?

Streams of Burkina Faso has an orphan care portion of their organization and they are raising up the local villagers to foster and care for orphans. They are not an orphanage, rather they find families willing to care for vulnerable children until that child can be safely resettled back with it's biological family! 

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20. Adopted From Russia At One Then Put Into Foster Care - Adult Adoptee Julia Blasdel

Julia was adopted as a one year old from Russia. From there, her family life was unhealthy and after a hard night and broken arm, Julia was removed from her home and placed into foster care and then a children's home. After feeling like she was in prison, Julia was placed in a new foster home where her foster dad's sister fell in love and asked if she could be her new mom. 

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18. How I Became A Single Foster and Adoptive Mom With Kaley Eggers

Well, today, in our episode 18, we introduce you to Kaley Eggers, a single foster/adoptive mama! Kaley shares so much wisdom on entering the foster system as a single woman in her 20's and we greatly encourage you all to share this podcast with anyone you know considering foster or adoption, especially as a single adult! 

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15. Advice From Foster and Adoptive Dad - Randy Doleman

In our interview with Randy we hear what made him take the plunge into foster care, what advice he would give parents just entering the foster care, what advice he would give to a friend of a foster family, why he believes community is essential in orphan care and about his amazing nonprofit, The Orphan Care Network!

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14. A Behind The Scenes Look Into The Foster Care System With Judge Martinez Jones

In today’s interview we cover how Judge Martinez Jones actually became a judge, what the legal system is when a child is removed from their home, how the system works with biological families, why family visits and bonding are so important, and how to best approach a loving and healthy relationship with a child of trauma and their biological family. 

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13. The 411 on Foster Care With Social Worker Kayleigh Cunningham

Listening to Kayleigh’s wisdom and insight from a behind the scenes perspective is heart breaking, inspiring and so insightful. In today’s episode we cover what you need to know about the foster care system works, why children are taken from their families, insight on birth parent’s perspectives, some beautiful moments of healing in children of trauma, how you can learn more about fostering in your state and what the first steps are to get more information on foster care! 

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12. Growing Up Adopted - Jeanette Jolley

Jeanette takes us through the emotions of growing up knowing she was adopted but not knowing where she came from or her family heritage. Jolly sheds an important light on using your life and skills to advocate for others and even shares about the time she met her birth mom on live T.V. with Richard Simmons

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