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  • Mag Bloggin' in the New Year

    in Lifestyle

    Please join Mag Blog Radio, as we recap our first year and look forward to 2015.  During this show we will talk 
    about the importance of Goal Setting and talk about our goals for the upcoming year.


    Our guests will include: Sara Brooke, Dr. Greg Manning, Jamole Callahan, and Juice Cannon


    Richard Sirgiovanni will also be on hand to discuss his creation, The Grimps


     

  • 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 on Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movement, please visit http://www.fosterleaders.com and 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 to learn more about Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movement, please visit http://www.fosterleaders.com and http://www.facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS
     

  • 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 on Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movement, please visit http://www.fosterleaders.com and 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 on Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movement, please visit http://www.FosterLeaders.com and http://www.Facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS

  • 00:07

    Extended Foster Care - Anthony D. McKinley

    in Lifestyle

    Please listen in as Anthony shares a powerful story about how foster care can take a physical, mental,   AND spiritual toll on the lives of youth and young adults, and how he overcame the memories of foster care by facing his experiences and allowing himself to become vulnerable.


    If you would like more information on Ask a Foster Leader or the Foster Leaders Movement, please visit http://www.fosterleaders.com and 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 - 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."


    For more information on Terry, Ask a Foster Leader, and the Foster Leaders Movement, please visit http://www.fosterleaders.com and like our page for the most up to date news at http://www.facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS

  • 00:10

    Extended Foster Care - David Hall

    in Lifestyle

    In this segment, former foster youth David Hall notes that we should not be looking at why we need to extend foster care, but what we need to do when we extend foster care.  In addition to not often being able go get a driver's license to transport oneself to work, it is very hard to get two forms of ID put together when applying for jobs.  Here are some other ideas that David suggests during his segment:


    - Whenever the young adults reach 18, they need parents who are willing to keep them until 21 when policy does not prohibit continued support given by foster parents.  


    - There needs to be specialized workers for young adults between the ages of 18 and 21.  Some of his other suggestions include:


    - We need to look at a Housing First Model


    - We need to look at placing youth in extended foster care in roles where they can mentor younger foster youth and start assisting in the life skills development of younger foster youth.  


    David Hall is the Co-Founder of a statewide student organization at Oklahoma City University, called R is for Thursday, which supports and promotes foster youth who are in college or currently going into college.  You can find out more about the organization by going to http://education.okstate.edu/risforthursday


    For more information on David, Ask a Foster Leader, and the Foster Leaders Movement, please visit http://www.fosterleaders.com and like our page for the most up to date news at http://www.facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS

  • 00:07

    Extended Foster Care - Maurita Miller (North Carolina)

    in Lifestyle

    Please listen in as Maurita Miller, a foster parent from North Carolina and founder of In Our Shoes Inc., describes her experience with her youth who "aged-out" of foster care.  She describes how she was told "if she kept a youth who emancipated form foster care in her home, the other foster youth in her home would be placed into a different home."  She also poses several important questions, such as:


    - If we are going to extend foster care to 21, what are we going to change about the system?  Are we going to just prolong what happens to young adults at age 18 to when they are 21?


    - What are we doing to help insure that youth are not going straight into homeless shelters or the judicial system, because they do not have a place to stay after they emancipate?


    - How are we going to increase normalcy for teens in foster care (hanging out with friends, first hand learning experiences, driving education, etc.)?



    Please comment with your thoughts below


     


    For More information on Maurita or In Our Shoes, please visit www.InOurShoesInc.org


    For More information on Ask a Foster Leader and the Foster Leaders Movement, please visit www.FosterLeaders.com and get the latest updates on www.facebook.com/FosterLeadersUS


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  • 02:00

    Ask a Foster Leader, Episode #9

    in Motivation

    Please join our panel of Foster Leaders to get insight from former foster youth about important foster youth advocacy and foster care reform issues. If you have a question to ask our panel, please post on this page with that question. You can also call the show live at (646) 652-2296