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Are you thinking about adopting or fostering a child? Confused about all the options and wondering where to begin? Or are you an adoptive or foster parent or kinship caregiver trying to be the best parent possible to this precious child? This is the podcast for you! Every week, we interview leading experts for an hour, discussing the topics you care about in deciding whether to adopt/foster or how to be a better parent. This podcast is produced by www.CreatingaFamily.org. We are the national ...
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Host Sandra Flach is a mom of 8 children, 5 through adoption—one kinship and 4 international. Her youngest 2 are teens diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). With over 30 years of parenting experience and 20 plus years as an adoptive and kinship parent, she’s made mountains of mistakes and learned loads of lessons. She understands the difficult road of parenting children with trauma histories—and she is still in the trenches! The Adoption & Foster Care Journey is a podcast ...
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**The Go-to Podcast for Christian Women Who Want to Grow Their Family through Foster Care or Adoption** Do you struggle with constant overwhelm or have way more questions than answers while navigating the foster care system? Are you feeling like you’re losing yourself while trying to help your foster child or heal your adopted children? Do you feel completely ill-equipped with the needs of the kiddos in your home or like you took on more than you should have? What if there was a way that you ...
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Stories from Foster Care

Irish Foster Care Association

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Stories from Foster Care is a podcast brought to you by The Irish Foster Care Association. Join host Niamh Barrett as she meets people from all walks of life who have different experiences of foster care in Ireland. Listen to Stories from Foster Care on Spotify, Apple, Nearcast or wherever you get your podcasts. Be sure to subscribe for all the latest episodes. Stories from Foster Care is produced with the Nearcast podcast network, and is made in association with the Department of Children E ...
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Welcome to the Journey House/ Beyond Foster Care podcast!. here we will be discussing future events as well as current ones. We will have special guests on every other episode. #Educate #Advocate #Empower give us a follow!
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From Families' Anchor, join us as we navigate through the Child Welfare system. Hear stories from parents, Parent Navigators, service providers, attorneys, judges, the Department, family & friends, foster parents, and more. Come be part of the positive conversation and change of Child Welfare to a family well-being system.
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We are a group of Independent Fostering Agencies; Time For Children, Fostering Options, Foster Care Solutions and Futures For Children, We were built by those who know fostering best and are here to talk about all things 'foster care'; from the moments that test us to the ones that truly amaze us. Take a seat, pop the kettle on and join us for a quick chat.
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Let It Be Us: A Foster Care and Adoption Podcast was launched in 2022 by the Illinois nonprofit organization Let It Be Us. Foster Care professionals and parents speak on issues important to the journey of foster care and adoption. If you live in the State of Illinois and want to become a foster parent or learn about waiting children, go to www.letitbeus.org
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Foster care is truly an unparalleled experience. This is our journey as a foster and adoptive family that has seen and experienced a lot! We want to share our joy and heartbreak with the world to inspire others to join in our mission of providing strength to the weakest among us. We are sharing our personal experiences as a foster and adoptive family and the stories that other brave souls are willing to generously share with us. Our goal is to help potential foster families take that next st ...
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Do you want to help your adopted or foster child work through the big issues they may face in life? Join our discussion of the seven core issues with Allison Davis Maxon, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the co-author of Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency, The Seven Core…
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"Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." 1 Corinthians 13:7 Welcome to The Adoption & Foster Care Journey—a podcast to encourage, educate and equip you to care for children in crisis through adoption, foster care and kinship care. On this week’s episode host Sandra Flach talks with Todd an…
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On today's episode, we will conclude this 2 part series and talk about parenting children with attachment disorders. We will cover 6 key points to helping foster children feel safe and secure, comforted and supported, connected, experience consistency, feel encouraged and help you as the foster parent maintain boundaries in the foster home. All of …
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Are you in infertility treatment but possibly considering adoption? Dawn outlines what couples may be considering, which indicates they are ready to consider adoption. Resources: Parenting After Infertility Types of Adoption Affording Adoption This podcast is produced by www.CreatingaFamily.org. …
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Join us to talk with Dr. Kimberly McKee about her book, Adoption Fantasies: The Fetishization of Asian Adoptees from Girlhood to Womanhood. In this episode, we cover: This book explores how Asian women and girls, specifically Asian adoptees in the US, negotiate the sensationalism and fictional po…
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"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content, with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am stron…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. As a mom of four children through birth and adoption, I’ve been there and done that in terms of parenting. I’ve made more than my share of mistakes and have had my share of successes as well. I’ve also had the privilege of interviewing the top parenting experts over the last almost 17 years we’ve…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Children adopted from foster care or from abroad have often experienced abuse, neglect, or trauma. These children require a different form of parenting. In 2015, we interviewed Dr. Karyn Purvis, author of The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family, and the founder and Dir…
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"In You, LORD my God, I put my trust.” -Psalm 25:1 Welcome to The Adoption & Foster Care Journey—a podcast to encourage, educate and equip you to care for children in crisis through adoption, foster care and kinship care. On this week’s episode host Sandra Flach talks with adoptive mom, Dr. Melody Aguayo. Dr Aguayo is a parent consultant for overwh…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Question: My foster child only likes junk food and will not eat anything that doesn’t come out of a box. We aren’t fanatics, but we try to eat pretty healthily. I don’t want to feed the rest of my family the boxed junk, and I don’t want to feed him separate stuff. Help! Resources: Food Issues (Re…
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“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women have done excellently, but YOU surpass them all.” -Proverbs 31:28-29 Welcome to The Adoption & Foster Care Journey—a podcast to encourage, educate and equip you to care for children in crisis through adoption, foster care and kinship care. On this week’s ep…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. We talk a lot about the child's experience in foster care, but what is this experience like for the child's birth parents? You may be surprised! Join our conversation with Dr. Darcey Merritt, a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Work who researches this topic. In this episode…
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"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. What are the red flags that may alert that a potential agency may not have the child’s or your best interest in mind? Your adoption agency will guide your international adoption, so choose wisely. Dawn highlights some of the red flags to be aware of and Creating a Family has a 3-step process for …
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Have you ever considered being a foster parent but thought that it was just too hard? You need to listen to this podcast with a group of experienced foster parents sharing the joys of being a foster parent. In this episode, we discuss: Why did you become a foster parent? We talk a lot about the c…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Question: My husband and I have been matched with a mom expecting twins any day now. One topic that was a particular stress point for us that we found difficult finding resources on was the logistics of flying/traveling with a true newborn, let alone two, and handling the waiting period for ICPC …
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Join us to talk about the very important topic of youth suicide. Our guest will be Dr. Angela Tunno, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Duke University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. One of her areas of specialty is trauma-informed suicid…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Question: I was the one who wanted to adopt. My husband agreed because I wanted it so bad, but now, I’m the one who wishes we hadn’t done it. We adopted a 5-year-old little girl, who is now 7. The awful truth is that I don’t love this child. I don’t even like her very much. I wish I could turn ba…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Are you confused about having an open adoption? Do you worry about what this means for your family. Join us today to talk about open adoption with Sara Easterly, an adoptee, Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard, a birth parent, and Lori Holden, an adoptive parent. In addition to co-authoring the book, "Ad…
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"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!" -Psalm 127:3-5a Welcome to The Adoption & Foster Care Journey—a podcast to encourage, educate and equip you to care for children in crisis through a…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Question: Hubby and I are finally ready to take the plunge and become foster parents. We wanted to wait until our youngest was in high school. We’ve started listening to your podcast, and you’ve mentioned on several of the shows that we would likely have a choice between the local county child we…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Do you worry about applying the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard as a foster parent? Check out this interview with Rhonda Serrano, a senior attorney at the ABA Center on Children and the Law, and Kate Schultz, the Deputy Director at Foster Family Alliance of North Carolina and a licensed fo…
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"We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you." -Psalm 33:20-22 Welcome to The Adoption & Foster Care Journey—a podcast to encourage, educate and equip you to care for children in crisis through adoption,…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Question: We’ve been waiting for 15 months for an expectant mom to choose us to adopt her baby. We finally got chosen, but I’m filled with fear. Are we the right family for this baby? Are we up to parenting her? Will we be ruining our lives and maybe hers? Resources: Evaluating Risk Factors in Ad…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Are you parenting an adopted teen or young adult? Check out our interview about important conversations we need to make sure we have. Our guest is Katie Naftzger ,an LICSW, an adult adoptee, and the author of Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Ye…
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"Cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7 Welcome to The Adoption & Foster Care Journey—a podcast to encourage, educate and equip you to care for children in crisis through adoption, foster care and kinship care. On this episode host Sandra Flach talks with foster mom and author, Autumn McKay. Autumn is an author and ea…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Question: My husband and I are seriously considering domestic infant adoption. In my research I have found grants are available for people who want to adopt. We make decent money, but do not want to spend all of our savings on adoption fees when we know expenses will only go up when we have a chi…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Foster youth or children who have been in the foster care system make up over 80% of children being sexually exploited. What can you do to prevent this from happening to your child? We talk with Audrey Morrissey, Co-Executive Director of My Life My Choice, a survivor-led nonprofit fighting sexual…
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In this episode which is part 1 of a 2 part series, we talk about attachment disorders commonly observed in foster and adopted children. Attachment disorders relate to the bond children form with their primary caregiver right from birth, which significantly impacts their behavior. Children subjected to neglect, abuse, or abandonment often develop a…
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"Now all glory to God,who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think." Ephisians 3:20 Welcome to The Adoption & Foster Care Journey—a podcast to encourage, educate and equip you to care for children in crisis through adoption, foster care and kinship care. On this episode host Sandr…
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Send us a topic idea or question for Weekend Wisdom. Question: I am a nurse and am very aware of the benefits of breast milk. I always imagined I would get breast milk from a milk bank if I adopted. Just recently, I read there aren’t many milk banks around, and they can have a supply issue and be very expensive. I then stumbled upon adoptive parent…
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