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This podcast is from a foster, adoptive, and biological mother who shares her experiences, as well as the experiences of others, to correct misconceptions and provide information about what it means to be a foster or adoptive parent. Some themes will be controversial and include Christian content. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maisha-murray/support

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This podcast is from a foster, adoptive, and biological mother who shares her experiences, as well as the experiences of others, to correct misconceptions and provide information about what it means to be a foster or adoptive parent. Some themes will be controversial and include Christian content. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maisha-murray/support

    Basics of Foster Parenting

    Basics of Foster Parenting

    This episode discusses the process in becoming a foster parents as well as some essential viewpoints before starting the process. I briefly go over supporting the foster child's religion and reunification as the goal. I also talk about the difference between getting licensed from an agency vs. DCS. 

    Music Credit: bensound.com: New Beginnings


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    • 32 min
    Empathy for Biological Parents

    Empathy for Biological Parents

    This episode is not a complete look into why we should support the biological parents of the children we care for. This is just the beginning. I strongly believe in doing what we can as foster parents to keep adoption open and to include biological parents in these kids lives. I also support reunification which is the goal of foster care. Listen to this episodes and future episodes on this topic to understand why this is so important. Thank you to everyone who has supported this podcast so far. Please share this and/or leave a comment. 

    Music credit: Bensound.com: New Beginnings. 


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    • 25 min
    What Doesn't Help

    What Doesn't Help

    No amount of stuff will ever heal the trauma these kids go through. Find out in this episode why donating things is not as valuable as teaching these kids to be prepared for adulthood. If you think others will benefit from this podcast, please share it. Also feel free to leave a comment or review. You can also send me a private message on Facebook if you have questions. I would love to hear from you! 


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    • 20 min
    Words from a Former Foster Youth (FFY)

    Words from a Former Foster Youth (FFY)

    This episode will contain potentially triggering topics such as sexual abuse, self harm, suicide, and other forms of trauma. This episode includes the story of a Former Foster Youth who later became a foster parent. Her story is one of triumph and success despite so many traumatic and awful experiences. She is obviously a strong and intelligent woman who overcame all the roadblocks she could not control. 

    Music Credit: Bensound.com "New Beginnings" 


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    • 31 min
    Favorite Fostering Experiences

    Favorite Fostering Experiences

    In this episode I will talk about a few of my favorite days as a foster parent. Every-day moments are great and I have so many memories to cherish, but it was the hard days and the growth that resulted that stands out to me the most. I love being a foster and adoptive parent. I hope you enjoy hearing these stories. 


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    • 23 min
    What Not to Say to a Foster Parent

    What Not to Say to a Foster Parent

    In this episode I will discuss how certain questions can create awkward conversations. I will also cover more about what it is like to be a foster parent and common misconceptions about foster care. Themes of this episode include; reunification, fostering teens, open adoption, and challenges of parenting. This episode is still a little broad and introduces many topics I will cover in depth in future episodes. 

    Show note: I mention being selfish and I want to clarify that I believe everyone is selfish to some extent. This is not meant to be a personal attack. Personally my goal is to learn to make choices in a way that benefits the most people including myself, but I still often find myself making selfish choices that do not benefit others in the way I would hope. I think it is okay to care for ourselves and make selfish decisions because without that, we would not be able to help others. I think it is also important that we contribute our time and talents to create a well balanced community. We are all selfish and we could all improve this in some way or another. I do not believe I am in any way superior and I'm very aware I have many flaws. When I state that we should contemplate whether or not the word selfish applies to us, I include myself. 

    Music for this episode is derived from www.bensound.com. 

    Episode photo credit: Sky Lisonbee, photographer at Fotofly. 


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    • 26 min

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