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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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The Forgotten PodcastSep. 25, 2017

A Reunification Story

Greg Cox shares the story of losing his eight children into the child welfare system due to his neglect brought about by substance abuse. The situation became a catalyst in his own life to get clean and sober, and more importantly, to do what was necessary to be a full-time father to his children. Greg now serves others by being a parent mentor and coach. God gave me the opportunity to mend some damage that I caused as a result of my substance abuse. –Greg Cox Losing the children…and getting them back “God gave me the opportunity to mend some […]

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The Forgotten PodcastSep. 18, 2017

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

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

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

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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