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The Forgotten PodcastFeb. 26, 2018

Strategies for Making Your Marriage a Safe Haven

Beth Guckenberger and her husband Todd have been married more than 25 years and, between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children. In addition, they also work together as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries, an organization that is dedicated to being a voice for orphans. They have found some unique strategies to keep their marriage strong and vibrant, enabling them to better serve those they have been called to serve. Beth shares these and other ideas in this can’t miss episode! We practice immediacy [in our marriage]—in a conflict or disagreement, we re-establish and affirm that you […]

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The Forgotten PodcastFeb. 12, 2018

Reframing Foster Care: Finding Hope in the Struggle

Jason Johnson shares highlights from his new book, Reframing Foster Care: Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the Gospel, to encourage us, whether we are in the trenches of foster parenting, considering becoming foster parents or trying to better support foster families. This is an episode full of hope and will remind you that you are not alone! God strategically and intentionally puts us in positions that we cannot handle without Him. That’s mercy. It constantly reminds us of our need for Him. –Jason Johnson Reframing Foster Care: Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJan. 29, 2018

A Peek into the Agency Workers’ World

Dr. Sharen Ford of Focus on the Family and her daughter, Jennifer Rice, both have experience in the “trenches” of agency work in the foster care system. They share what it’s really like, what the challenges are and even how the job can affect your personal life. This peek into “the other side” is eye-opening…and it’s encouraging to note that agency workers truly do want the best for each child on their caseload. If you [as a caseworker] come with a servant’s heart and meet the family where they are, you can make a real difference. –Jennifer Rice The various […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJan. 15, 2018

A Story that Starts in Brokenness and Ends in Hope

Rob Parker grew up in an abusive home and was headed for a life of ongoing generational dysfunction and abuse. Through the unconditional love of his two great aunts and the Spirit of God working through relationships and community, his life has instead become a message of hope, experiencing reconciliation in relationships, restoration in his heart and transformation in his life! The church is equipped like no one else to minister in ways that others aren’t, to make a real difference in people’s lives. –Rob Parker Growing up in an abusive home Rob recounts his childhood as a typical example […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJan. 1, 2018

The Benefits of Growing Up in a Fostering Family

People considering foster care often worry about how their biological children will be affected by having other children come in and out of their lives. Clayton Keenon’s story will help put many of those fears to rest. His parents fostered more than 350 teen girls over 35 years—virtually all his life. He knows he’s a better person for it. The greatest gift [my parents] ever gave me, other than introducing me to God, was to be a part of a foster family. — Clayton Keenon Growing up in a fostering family Clayton knew no other life than to be in […]

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The Forgotten PodcastDec. 18, 2017

Awareness Leads to Action

Courtney Strahm and her family didn’t know much about foster care until just a few years ago. But they became aware, and awareness led to action. Listen to Courtney’s story of how God called and provided for them, in good times and hard times, to make a difference in the lives of kids in foster care. My husband told me, ‘You never make a mistake taking in a child who needs a home.’ — Courtney Strahm Becoming aware of foster care Although Courtney knew about God’s heart for adoption (her mom was adopted as a baby), she really didn’t know […]

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The Forgotten PodcastDec. 4, 2017

Establishing a Meaningful Relationship with Birth Parents

Meet Wendy Carlton, a foster and adoptive mom who found joy in fostering, and in developing a meaningful relationship with her child’s biological mother. Learning more about the mother’s history helped Wendy understand the need for good mentors and role models. “She couldn’t be a good mom or role model because she never had that herself,” says Wendy. The story of how God orchestrated the details of their foster placement will help you grow your trust in God’s timing. While I was serving in his motherly role, I wasn’t trying to take her motherly role. –Wendy Carlton Wendy’s Story Wendy […]

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The Forgotten PodcastNov. 20, 2017

Navigating School Challenges with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Parents of foster and adoptive children often face additional considerations in school situations regarding the well-being of their child. Mike and Kristin Berry, adoptive parents of eight and advocates for foster care and adoption, talk about some of the things parents need to remember when talking with teachers or the principal, as well as delighting in and being an observer of your child. Maintain control of your emotions…if you go in crazy, crazy’s all they’re going to see…and the reality with your kid will get lost in that. Mike and Kristin Berry What are the challenges for kids who have […]

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The Forgotten PodcastOct. 23, 2017

Encore Episode | 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.” Jayne Schooler shares great information and advice in this Encore Episode from Season 3 of The Forgotten Podcast! 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 […]

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The Forgotten PodcastOct. 9, 2017

Adoption as a Picture of Redemption

Keith McAfee had a less than idyllic childhood—denied by his biological father, raised by several abusive step-fathers, made poor decisions, suffered various kinds of abuse. But one family saw through his pain and never gave up on being there for him, even when he was in and out of their lives. Listening to Keith’s story will give you hope that God is a God of details and He can make good out of any situation. There’s still things I block in the back of my head, not because I don’t want to think about them now, but… that’s behind me […]

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