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The Forgotten PodcastApr. 24, 2017

Season 2, Episode 12 | Trauma: How You Can Help Your Child and Family Survive

Sometimes parents feel like they’ve done it wrong—but they need to give themselves so much grace. They are responding to a history they did not create. –Jenn Ranter Jenn Ranter is a therapist who has specialized in working with children in foster care who have experienced trauma. After working with kids and seeing how their foster parents, who wanted to help and were doing the best they could, she realized that they were not well supported and often became isolated because of fears regarding how their kids would act or react in certain situations. This caused them to feel even […]

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The Forgotten PodcastApr. 10, 2017

Season 2, Episode 11 | Through the Eyes of an Investigator—Working to Protect Children

My job and my role is to ensure kids’ safety, and that is my goal every time I walk out of my door, knock on a door or sit in someone’s living room. — Molly Evans Molly Evans knew working with kids was what made her heart beat with excitement and purpose. In college, she interned in a DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) office and took a class in child welfare that solidified her goal of working with families and one-on-one with kids. After college, she worked at a private agency as a Family Enhancement worker, helping intact families […]

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The Forgotten PodcastMar. 27, 2017

Season 2, Episode 10 | Overcoming the “I Could Nevers” of Foster Care

The reality is, it’s very hard to bring a child into your home. Your inadequacies will be stretched in places you thought you were better at. –Fawn Kieser Baby Steps Into Foster Care Fawn admits she was one of those parents who said with firm conviction, “I could never do foster care—I could never give them back.” But as she and her husband, Brent, took baby steps of faith, starting with just being willing to be moved by God to a new place that they never thought they’d be, she realizes that they have become survivors and overcomers. “Giving them […]

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The Forgotten PodcastMar. 13, 2017

Season 2, Episode 9 | Navigating the “Messy and Complicated” Path of Foster Parenting

  There’s a tension in foster care because you love the child and want to keep him, but you also want to see the parents do what is necessary to heal and recover.  — Brittany Lind Motivation to Become a Foster Parent Brittany and her husband, Joel, didn’t overthink the idea of becoming foster parents. Adoption was part of the church culture she experienced in college—it was preached and lived out on a regular basis. When they married and planned for their family, they didn’t see a difference between having biological children and adoption—they were both equally good and beautiful. […]

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The Forgotten PodcastFeb. 27, 2017

Season 2, Episode 8 | Conversation with a Pediatrician: Physical Issues Common in Children in Foster Care

As a pediatrician, I’m not judging you—I want to support you! –Dr. Andrea Kane Didn’t win the Free CAFO Summit Registration? No Worries! You can still save $20 on your registration fee by being a TFI Fan! Use this code: TFIFANS20 Register soon! Common Medical Issues for Children in Foster Care Kids from hard places, whether they are in care due to neglect or abuse are at higher risk for a variety of health issues. “We see more issues of asthma, skin problems, nutritional deficiencies—things like that,” says Dr. Kane. These physical issues are often more prevalent in children from lower […]

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The Forgotten PodcastFeb. 13, 2017

Season 2, Episode 7 | TFI Advocate Roundtable

More than just a network, TFI Advocates become like a family. It’s something special—we want each other to succeed. –Angie Grant, TFI Advocate CAFO Summit Contest Email us at to find out how to win a FREE CAFO SUMMIT REGISTRATION AND TSHIRT! Becoming TFI Advocates Mark Rudd, TFI Advocate in Mobile County, Alabama, shares that they saw a need for a parachurch organization that could bridge the gap between the foster care community and the church. TFI provided the opportunity to network with other churches as well as offered resources. “It’s been great to see how well TFI has been received in churches […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJan. 30, 2017

Season 2, Episode 6 | Making Foster and Orphan Care a Priority to the Church

God is in the business of taking seeds and growing remarkable things…so continue to sow seeds. -Jedd Medefind CAFO Summit Contest Email us at to find out how to win a FREE CAFO REGISTRATION AND TSHIRT! Life Before CAFO Before our guest, Jedd Medefind, joined Christian Alliance For Orphans (CAFO) to serve as president, he lead the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Jedd says of his time in the White House, “It was a great privilege learning and working with high energy people who really knew what they were talking […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJan. 16, 2017

Season 2, Episode 5 | The National Foster Care Initiative—Helping Others Engage in Caring for Kids

We realized that God’s invitation to us was not just an invitation to foster, but also an invitation to help other followers of Christ engage in caring for kids who needed families. – Jason Weber Jason’s Story Jason and his wife, Trisha, married six days after graduating college and went into full-time inner-city ministry. They moved into an inner-city community in Denver where they worked with kids and families—a large percentage of whom had been touched by foster care at some point. “That experience gave us not only a heart for kids, but for families as well,” says Jason. The […]

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The Forgotten PodcastDec. 19, 2016

Season 2, Episode 4 | You’re Never Too Old to Foster!

I’ve heard that people who help people live longer—and there’s probably some truth to that. The more you give and help people, the more it brings life to you. Jami’s conversation with Mary Slager will challenge your thinking about getting involved in foster care. You’re never too old to get involved somehow…and it may be that you’re called to foster children even after your own children are grown and gone. Listening to Mary’s experiences erases some of the age constraints you might be feeling! Mary’s Story Mary and her husband, Stan, have been married 51 years, and according to Mary’s […]

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The Forgotten PodcastDec. 2, 2016

Season 2, Episode 3 | Getting the Local Church Involved in Foster Care Ministry

It’s not social justice—it’s about the love of Jesus working through his church. The church is God’s Plan A—there is no Plan B to reach the broken and hurting Jami’s conversation with Chris Shandrow will encourage you to get your church involved in serving the foster care community. Chris is the Lead Pastor of Compass Church in Normal, Illinois. Compass was planted in 2013 with the goal of connecting people who are unchurched to the God who loves them. Compass and The Forgotten Initiative One of the ways Compass found to build a bridge to people in need was through […]

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