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May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. In this country, on any given day, there are over 400,000 children living in a home other than their own. Their caregiver is someone other than their parents.
Today we take a look at a system that has faced the praises and condemnation by many people.
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Join us as we welcome Capri Cruz. She is a two-time published author, empowerment speaker, and life coach with an incredible personal story of strength, courage and resilience. She is a professional certified counselor, holds a masters degree in counseling, and is a proud retired Navy Veteran.
She has been featured on television, radio and in print publications and has a lengthy list of accomplishments. Seeing her in all her glory, you would never imagine that she grew up on the streets of New York as an abandoned child in the Foster Care system. But she didn’t allow her past to determine her destiny. With her most recent book, which is entitled, “From Foster Care to Fabulous”, Capri joins the Priceless Perspective Show to share insight on how to not allow your past to determine your destiny.
Leigh Esau was born in Lincoln, NE and spent the first six years of her life as a foster child. She was adopted and raised in Colorado, but Nebraska and the issues in foster care remained close to her heart. Leigh married and returned to Nebraska with her husband, Patrick, to raise their two sons. From 2000-2002 Leigh worked with teens in a group home which inspired the Esaus to pursue their foster parenting license. Through the next several years Leigh and Patrick fostered over 20 youth who benefitted from their stable and loving home. The Esaus were blessed to complete their family by adopting four of their foster children.
Through her foster parenting experiences, Leigh realized the need for foster children to receive good quality clothing of their own and the need foster parents have for support. Out of this realization, the Foster CARE Closet was born. Since its opening in 2006, The Foster CARE Closet has served over 10,000 children and families in Nebraska by providing them with needed clothes and supplies. The Foster CARE Closet has been recognized in the State of Nebraska as a 2012 Charity Integrity Award winner from the Better Business Bureau and nationally as an Angel in Adoption award winner. When Leigh isn't busy advocating for the needs of foster children, you can find her spending time with her kids, cheering on Husker athletics, or riding her ElliptiGO bike.
Join Host, Nina Fitzhugh Wells as she and Shakeema Love share with you the plight of youth who age out of foster care. In celebration of the month of May as Foster Care Awareness Month, Nina and Shakeema advocate for youth as they transition from state support to self-sufficiency. Listen in as they share about the "i Excel HIGHER" Book Project and the Community Collaborations initiative sponsored by Excel HIGHER, Inc. Hear all about the "EHI Church Challenge" and how you can help support programs and services for former foster care recipients.
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Join us as we interview two more authors of the "i Excel HIGHER" book. Korrine Hallen and Davon Mitchelll are two foster care advocates who are making a difference by raising awareness to the plight of foster youth and alumni everywhere. Tune in and be enlightened.
In Celebration of National Foster Care Month and National Mental Health month Ms. E Interviews
"The Real" AMARU
former Foster Youth, Comedian, Author, Music Producer/ Publisher, and Screenwriter/Producer of the Movie:
"Annie Was A Liar: The Truth About Foster Care"
"If you needed a license to be a comic, this guy has one!
His father was a notorious, devilish, and volatile pimp
and his mother was a Jehovah's Witness-- a schizophrenic Jehovah's Witness...
...which means, if she knocked on your door, she'd answer it too!
If that doesn't earn him the right to do stand up, then nothing will! "
Tune into the Every Woman Talk Show as our ladies will have a open discussion about abdoption and foster care in America.
Tonight's episode is about adoption and foster care. What is it like be a foster parent and what is it like as a child to grow up in a foster home? Millions of children experience foster care every year and from reports, there are a lot of unpleasant experiences.
On the flipside, there are lots of families who adopt with great results and some people would never even be able to tell that the child was adopted. These are amongst the fortunate adoptees as dozens of horriffic cases are reported daily.
Tonight we want to speak on these cases and try to grasp the concept of what it's like to be an adoptee and what it's like to be a foster parent. So we welcome you to join us in another discussion here at It's Real Talk Radio. You can call the live show by dialing (347) 838-9540 and air time is 9PM EST.
Kristyann D'Errico - Hairdressing experiences/dating
Georgette Todd - A Memoir about Foster Care
Jade Galgano - Inspiring journey of weight-loss.
MiMi Paris - Communication in relationships.
Judi Baller-Fabian - Brings Army Wives from two different generations together.
Juice Cannon - "Starin' From My Rooftop."
Nichole Marie Merrilees - Decorative magnets made with bottlecaps
During the last 20 minutes, Guests will be available to answer Phone Calls and posts on www.facebook.com/MagBlogRadio
With alarming frequency, foster and health care providers are turning to a risky but convenient remedy to control the behavior of thousands of troubled kids: numbing them with psychiatric drugs that are untested on and often not approved for children. Nearly 1 out of every 4 adolescents in California foster care system is being drugged , 3 times the rate for adolescents nationwide. Even more alarming is that of the tens of thousands prescribed psychiatric drugs, nearly 60% were prescribed powerful antipsychotics which have been documented by 72 international drug regulatory warnings to cause heart problems, stroke, diabetes, convulsions and sudden death.
According to IMS Health, the leading vendor of all US prescribing data, nearly 9 million children currently being prescribed psychiatric drugs—with more than 1 million are under the age of five.
Our guest, Sonya Muhammad's holds a Master's degree in marriage, family, and child counseling from Pacific Oaks College, in Pasadena, California. As a marriage, family, and child counselor for more than twenty years, Ms. Muhammad has provided counseling services to children of all ages, varied cultures, and varied socioeconomic status, as well as, their parents and other concerned persons.
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We will be addressing the issues surrounding Foster Care. Some have wonderful stories and others down right horrific.
Our guest speaker for the evening will be Shirley Williams. She will be sharing her testimonial as to how she overcame being raised in the foster care system. (Age 3 until she maxed out at 19)
She will discuss the sexual assault, physical abuse and neglect, that oftentimes happens and gets overlooked in the system, (just like in regular family units). We will also hear her account of how the events effected her behavior growing up and how she is today....mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Tune in at 7pm EST You can either CALL IN @ (267-521-0178) OR Simply press on the blog address. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/newdawnministriesllc
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