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  • 01:27

    LIFE BEFORE & AFTER FOSTER CARE

    in Self Help

    In the U.S. and estimated 400,000 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system. 100,000 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 32% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted. 


    Statistics indicate that children from foster care make up 30% of the homeless population and are 30% more likely to be incarcerated before the age of 19.  In addition, young ladies are 2X more likely to become pregnant.  


    Join Butterfly Evolution in welcoming Tameka Anderson, Founder of Create It Kids Clubs and Parenting Confident Kids.  


    Tameka grew up in Foster Care and has had her share of up and downs; however, she is a survivor and has allowed her story to become one of Glory.  She is now a mother of three, yet she found time to pursue her dream and mission of being a Foster Parent. After more than a year of pursing this dream, Tameka recently and finaly received the wonderful news, she is officially a Foster Parent.   


    Join us as we discuss life in and out of the Foster Care System.  Listen live Monday November 2nd at 8 pm CST.  


    Listen/comment at 818-691-7406 or on line at www.blogtalkradio.com/butterflyevolution 


     




  • 00:05

    Extended Foster Care - Venasta Thomas

    in Lifestyle

    Former Foster and CASA VolunteerVenasta talks about the concern she had when she was aging-out of foster care, and how the militaryhelped her navigate the transition.  She also spoke about how her foster parents helping her through business school played a large role in her transition to adult life.


    If you would like more information about Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movment, please visit http://www.FosterLeaders.com or http://www.Facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS.

  • 00:05

    Extended Foster Care - Thomas Fair

    in Lifestyle

    Please listen in as Thomas discusses Florida's community-based foster care and the development of Florida's extended foster care law.


    If you would like more information about Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movment, please visit http://www.FosterLeaders.com or http://www.Facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS.

  • 00:09

    Extended Foster Care - Mark Clark

    in Lifestyle

    Foster Youth Advocate, Mark Clark, discusses his experience trying to get foster care extended until 26.  


    If you would like more information about Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movment, please visit http://www.FosterLeaders.com or http://www.Facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS.
     

  • 00:07

    Extended Foster Care - Danita Echols

    in Lifestyle

    Danita points to studies about developmental stages showing that the brain does not completely form until the age of 26 and asks why we are not doing more to extend foster care to that point.  She also stresses the need for the guidance of counselors as young adults are trying to reconnect with their birth families.


    If you would like more information about Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movment, please visit http://www.FosterLeaders.com or http://www.Facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS.

  • 00:05

    Extended Foster Care - Alexandria Zertuche

    in Lifestyle

    Alexandria discusses having non-familial support as she aged-out of foster care, and how she re-entered foster care after she experienced some independence.  She discusses how extended foster care can be somewhat restrictive (ie: not being able to go out of state for college).  She stresses the need for society to realize the responsibility they have in the lives of youth who have been removed from their family of origin, similar to the responsibility they have for veterans.


    If you would like more information about Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movment, please visit http://www.FosterLeaders.com or http://www.Facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS.

  • 00:03

    Extended Foster Care - Donald Smoot

    in Lifestyle

    The state does not just need to extend care until 21, they need to have the same standards that are set in the families of many young adults in supportive homes and still nurture support until they are in their mid-20's.  If you take a child from their home, you should be mandated to provide for them until
    they become self-sufficient adults.  - Donald Smoot


    If you would like more information about Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movment, please visit http://www.FosterLeaders.com or http://www.Facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS.

  • 00:08

    Extended Foster Care - Vicki Richardson

    in Lifestyle

    "Permanency needs to be based on youth's decision.  We need to make adult adoption easier to achieve and the state needs to pay for them.  We need to do a better job for our youth from 18 to 21, regardless of if they are in extended foster care or not.  Another interesting practice is the foster/adoptive parents opening dialogue with birthparents, and young adults receiving more support as they navigate through the process of reconnecting with their birthparents."  - Vicki Richardson


    If you would like to learn more about Ask a Foster Leader and the Foster Leaders Movement, please visit http://www.fosterleaders.com and http://www.facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS

  • 00:05

    Extended Foster Care - Valarie Anthony

    in Lifestyle

    Please listen in as Valarie shares her story about how abrupt the aging-out process can be, leading to homelessness.  She also stresses the importance of having an advocate guiding young adults through their transition to adult life.  


    If you would like more information about Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movment, please visit http://www.FosterLeaders.com or http://www.Facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS.

  • 00:05

    Extended Foster Care - Terry Harrak

    in Lifestyle

    Terry starts the podcast asking everyone to step back from extended foster care for a moment and to look back at the reason youth came into care to begin with.  She expands on children enter into foster care because they don't have a family or "home," and then relates it to the concept of extended foster care by suggesting that an unlimited number of resources is no good, unless a person isconnected to a family structure or "home."


    If you would like more information about Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movment, please visit http://www.FosterLeaders.com or http://www.Facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS.