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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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The Forgotten PodcastMay. 8, 2017

Season 2, Encore Episode | Foster Care, Adoption, Runaway: The Story of One Child’s Reality

Join us for this Encore Episode of Jami’s conversation with Emma Williams. Emma lived in several foster care and adoptive family situations as a child. Her story will give you amazing insight into the sometimes hard realities facing children in foster care. I remember getting in the back of a police car and looking at her while she was standing there watching us drive away…and then I remember waking up in a shelter the next day. –Emma Williams Emma’s Early Years—How She Got into Foster Care Emma’s first experience in foster care was the result of her mother’s attempt to protect Emma and […]

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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 get […]

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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. Soon […]

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