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  • 02:00

    Black Love &Relationships: Adoption, Foster Care and the Black Family

    in Culture

     


    Generation after generation,our Black families have suffered through slavery, poverty, and drug addictions.


    With that being said, there have been instances where Black children have been placed in the system under the umbrella of foster care and then sometimes adoption. What is the system like that has been taken from their family? Does it matter that their are cultural differences between what white people think and what Black people think is different such as the way you discipline your child? What is a CASA or Guardian Ad litem?


    We will discuss this matter and discuss how we can be more involved in caring for our own.

  • 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 


     




  • 00:44

    The Special Needs of Foster Care Children with Expert Dr. John DeGarmo

    in Parents

    Dr. John DeGarmo is a popular speaker and trainer in the foster care system, meeting regularly with foster parents, child welfare workers, churches, schools, and organizations. He is also the host of his own podcast, The Parent Factor with Dr. John, a call-in show about all things parenting.


    Dr. John wrote his doctoral disseration on the challenges that foster children face in public schools, and has personally fostered over a dozen children. He has a passion for all things foster care.


    Dr. DeGarmo is the author of several foster care books, including the training book The Foster Parenting Manual: A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe, and Stable Home,  as well as the foster care children's book A Different Home: A New Foster Child's Story. He writes regularly for the Huffington Post, as well as several other publications and newsletters, both in the United States and Europe.


    Dr. John DeGarmo and his wife have six children, both biological and adoptive. They are currently foster parents to three siblings, bringing their household to nine children.


    Today Dr. John will engage you from beginning to end with personal, humorous and emotional stories that will forever leave their mark on you.


    To learn more about Dr. John DeGarmo, please visit http://drjohndegarmofostercare.weebly.com.

  • 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.
     

  • 01:02

    Foster Parenting 101

    in Parents

    Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. John DeGarmo is a leading expert in foster care and parenting.


    For a discussion of this show, go to our blog tomorrow http://creatingafamily.org/blog/. 


    Creating a Family has many free resources related to this topic on our website at www.CreatingaFamily.org. 


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  • 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.

  • 00:07

    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 - 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.

  • 00:03

    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.