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The Forgotten PodcastSep. 18, 2017

Season 3, Episode 10 | Josh Shipp, Part 2: Help for Parents of Teenagers

Josh Shipp admits to being a hard to handle teen in foster care. He had “mastered the art” of getting kicked out of foster homes, but his life changed due to a caring adult who wouldn’t give up on him. Josh has become an advocate for teens and those who love them. His new book, The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans releases September 19, 2017. The teenage years are nothing if not a roller coaster—high highs, low lows… When so many things are uncertain, they push, prod and test to see if you are certain, if you are stable, if you […]

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The Forgotten PodcastSep. 11, 2017

Season 3, Episode 9 | Josh Shipp: Foster Care and One Caring Adult

Josh Shipp is an author, global youth empowerment expert and acclaimed speaker. A former at-risk foster kid who “mastered the art of getting kicked out” of foster homes, he is renowned for his documentary TV series on A&E that followed his ground-breaking work with teens. His new book, The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans releases September 19, 2017. Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story. I was that kid—that’s my story. –Josh Shipp Josh’s Life in Foster Care Josh doesn’t remember “coming into” foster care—he was basically in care since birth. From some digging that he’s […]

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The Forgotten PodcastAug. 28, 2017

Season 3, Episode 8 | Aurie Good – Foster Care Basics: Everything from How To Be a Foster Parent to Staying Organized

Aurie Good is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of five children, two biological, one adopted from foster care and two in the process of adopting from foster care. She has developed great strategies to help you keep your sanity while parenting and maintaining the mountain of paperwork required while fostering. She and her husband, Ken, have fostered 11 children during their nine years of foster parenting in New Jersey. All of the children who have come into their home have been medically fragile, requiring even more paperwork and organization. Aurie shares not only great tips, but she’s included a […]

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The Forgotten PodcastAug. 14, 2017

Season 3, Episode 7 | Jamie Grace – A Conviction to Help Kids in Care

Jamie Grace is a Grammy nominated, Dove award-winning contemporary Christian/Christian rap musician who has big dreams and plans beyond music. Raised in a household in which her parents took in more than 25 children, she has a huge heart for foster care and is determined to make a difference in others’ lives in tangible ways. It’s crazy how often times our sacrifices can lead us to a much greater calling. –Jamie Grace Jamie Grace has a unique perspective on the effects foster children can have on biological children. She and her older sister, Morgan, are the two biological children of […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJul. 31, 2017

Season 3, Episode 6 | Dr. Lynne Ellis-Gray: What Adoptees Wish We Knew

Lynne Ellis-Gray knows what it feels like to wonder about biological parents. Adopted as a baby, her parents did the “right” things by sharing her story in a positive way and made her feel chosen and wanted. As she grew, she wondered and explored for information about her birth mother. Her interest in adoption led her to write her master’s thesis on adoption issues that adoptees face. What she found is eye-opening and can be very helpful for adoptive and foster parents, as well as adult adoptees who still find certain things trigger feelings that are based deep inside. I […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJul. 17, 2017

Season 3, Episode 5 | How Jim Daly’s Story of Foster Care Became a Passion to Help Others

Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, shares his personal journey of being a child in foster care and explains how going through that painful time created a passion in him to work on behalf of children in foster care and how, even as an adult, he still feels the effects of foster care in his life. We spent the night on the floor that night, covering ourselves up in clothes out of the boxes and the next day, I was off to foster care. –Jim Daly Jim’s story Jim was four years old when he first experienced “the […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJul. 3, 2017

Season 3, Episode 4 | Mother to Many: Doing Life with Nine Children

Kirsten Smith believes her past experience prepared her for her present reality, although “nothing could fully prepare me to be the mother of nine!” She grew up with an idea of what foster care was, and after college she worked as a social worker with families in crisis, aiding in reunification, but also seeing the effects of child abuse and neglect. “It was a hard job,” she says. “I remember thinking, ‘I don’t know why God put me here.’” A few years later she realized that some of her own children came from those scenarios. I would rather have people […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJun. 19, 2017

Season 3, Episode 3 | CAFO’s Aging Out Initiative: Helping Teens Transition into Adulthood

Scott Brown, Coordinator of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) Aging Out Initiative, gathers success stories of organizations that are helping aging out youth and are creating solutions. Approximately 24,000 youth age out of the foster care system every year, and about 70% of those young adults are falling through the cracks of making a successful transition into adulthood. God has a plan for every child, and the church is uniquely positioned to help. –Scott Brown How the Aging Out Initiative Came to Be Scott’s passion for youth transitioning into adulthood came to life in 2002 during a short-term mission trip to […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJun. 5, 2017

Season 3, Episode 2 | Keeping It Real for Foster and Adoptive Dads

Foster and adoptive fathers have very few resources to help them deal with the feelings and struggles that often arise when caring for children from hard places. Andrew Schneidler is trying to change that. Men need a core group of guys, an inner circle, where they can just be real; a place to be honest about what is going on. –Andrew Schneidler More than 25 years ago, before they were married, Andrew’s then-girlfriend Michele dreamily talked about adopting “some day.” Andrew, more out of wanting to say the right thing to his girlfriend than really committing to the idea, would […]

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The Forgotten PodcastMay. 22, 2017

Season 3, Episode 1 | Helping Your Foster and Adoptive Kids Tell Their Story

Many foster and adoptive parents are unsure of the best strategy regarding when and how much information to tell a child about their background, or their “story.” As adults, we need to initiate the conversation. It’s our job to tell, not their job to ask. –Jayne Schooler Talking with kids about their story Tapestry Books provides some excellent resources to help start discussions, and these discussions need to start early. According to Jayne, “Adoptive and foster parents and their children need to become comfortable with the topic very early—when the children are toddlers.” Of course, the child’s story should be told […]

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