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Tune in each week to listen to the latest foster care news, information, resources,and GREAT guests in foster care today. Join show host Dr. John DeGarmo, leading foster care expert, and foster parent, as he shares information on how to take care of children in foster care.
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.
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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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.
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Stephanie Lynch (pictured L), has devoted her life to creating impactful, systemic social change. She started her career in human services in 2006, working and volunteering for various nonprofits throughout Richmond, while receiving her undergraduate degree in Psychology/Women’s Studies and African American Studies. She was hired as the Student Services Coordinator for a Career Technical Institute, during which time, she started several support groups for women experiencing domestic violence, ex-offenders, and survivors of childhood trauma, in addition to providing intense case management services to homeless, pregnant and uninsured students. While pursuing her Masters in Social Work, Stephanie worked under Paul McWhinney, Deputy Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Social Services. Upon graduating, she played a role in the implementation of Affordable Care Act in Virginia under the leadership of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources. She is currently positioned at the Virginia Department of Social Services as a Senior Program Administrative Specialist working on several statewide projects, including the “campaign for enrollment” an outreach effort to promote awareness of the new Medicaid covered group for former foster care youth.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact: Stephanie.Lynch@dss.virginia.gov
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.
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