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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.

  • 01:01

    Foster Care and the "Parent House" Project

    in Relationships

    Join us as we talk with Nisa Wheeler, CEO and Founder of En'viZHen, LLC. Nisa will share her experiences working in foster care system and the "Parent House" project she is sponsoring to support these special blended families in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Listen in and learn more about the foster care system and what you can do to partner with Nisa in supporting these families too.

  • 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.

  • 01:27


    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 


  • 00:02

    Adoption from an Adoptive Families Perspective

    in Family

    Discussion with Mark Livings an Adoptive Father of two boys.   Mark and his wife adopted both boys from different birthmothers.    Mark provides a unique perspective having worked with multiple agencies and adopted children from different states.    

  • 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

  • 01:59

    Ask a Foster Leader - Building Homes for Teens in Foster Care

    in Lifestyle

    Thank you to Terry Harrak of the Youth Law Center for Suggesting this Topic

    Please join us as we discuss the following questions:

    How can we recruit foster homes for teens?

    What do teens need to be prepared for a foster family placement?

    What would help transition teens from group homes settings to foster care?

    If you would like to join in the conversation, please call 646-652-2296 or comment on the questions that are posted on https://www.facebook.com/events/1710849002483793/

  • 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 - 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.

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