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A podcast by the SMU Child Advocacy Clinic created to raise awareness regarding the child welfare system while giving youth who aged out a voice to transform it

If you are a former foster child who aged out of the system and want to share your story, email us at agedoutproject@gmail.com! You deserve to be heard.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SMU or the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation

Aged Out: The Stories that Built Us SMU Child Advocacy Clinic

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A podcast by the SMU Child Advocacy Clinic created to raise awareness regarding the child welfare system while giving youth who aged out a voice to transform it

If you are a former foster child who aged out of the system and want to share your story, email us at agedoutproject@gmail.com! You deserve to be heard.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SMU or the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation

    Jimmy Pt. 1

    Jimmy Pt. 1

    In Part One of Jimmy’s story, he recounts entering the foster care system at age 7 and being placed in 6 different foster homes. During his stay in foster care, he was physically abused in one home, ran away from another, and while in a shelter, lost touch with everyone that he cared about. After being moved from the shelter to a home, he found a supportive foster family who encouraged him to go to college, but their foster license expired, and Jimmy could no longer stay with them. Jimmy’s next foster family dropped him off at a church after he graduated from high school, and suddenly he was a homeless college student fighting to make his way in the world. Jimmy’s story will continue in the next episode.
    If you are a former foster child who aged out of the system and want to share your story, email us at agedoutproject@gmail.com! You deserve to be heard. 
    Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
    Credits:
    Jimmy Vaughn Recording team: Bryan Kelly & Jennifer Reeves Recruiting:  Jacqueline Juhn Editing team: Thomas Samuelson & Jennifer Walters Interviewer: Lauren Zang Music Credit: “Nostalgia” by Tobu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fFMjGs2mvs The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SMU or the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation

    • 25 min
    Tony Pt. 2

    Tony Pt. 2

    In part 2 of Tony's story, the focus shifts to suggestions on how the foster care system could be reformed from the perspective of someone who has lived through it. Tony shares his experiences and current involvement with aged out youth in the community and discusses the resources available to them. With the overarching message of not giving up during hard times, Tony bravely conveys the experience of being a product of the foster care system. 
    If you are a former foster child who aged out of the system and want to share your story, email us at agedoutproject@gmail.com! You deserve to be heard. 
    Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
    Credits:
    Tony Darrah Editor: Soheil Abdmousavi Editing team: Jennifer Walters and Thomas Samuelson Interviewer: Jeffrey Allcorn Music Credit: Nostalgia” by Tobu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fFMjGs2mvs  
    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SMU or the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation
     

    • 25 min
    Tony Pt. 1

    Tony Pt. 1

    In part 1 of Tony’s brave story he recounts entering the foster care system at a very young age due to neglect by his mother. Tony bounced around between 18 different foster homes before being adopted with his siblings at the age of 6. Tony, however, could not escape the abuse which continued during the term of his adoption. Prior to being emancipated at the age of 17, Tony was returned to the foster care system and continued to jump between placements. Tony shares how his relationship with God grew into what fueled his ability to release the anguish of his past and choose forgiveness in his life moving forward. Stay tuned for part 2 to hear the conclusion of Tony’s courageous story.
    If you are a former foster child who aged out of the system and want to share your story, email us at agedoutproject@gmail.com! You deserve to be heard. 
    Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
    Credits:
    Tony Darrah Editor: Soheil Abdmousavi Editing team: Jennifer Walters and Thomas Samuelson Interviewer: Jeffrey Allcorn Music Credit: Nostalgia” by Tobu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fFMjGs2mvs  
    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SMU or the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation.

    • 30 min
    End of Season 1

    End of Season 1

    Hello listeners, we're taking a break from releasing episodes. We will be back in August! 
    If you are a former foster child who aged out of the system and want to share your story, email us at agedoutproject@gmail.com! You deserve to be heard. 
    Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

    • 21 sec
    Krystal

    Krystal

    Krystal
     
    Krystal was removed from her home at a young age due to physical abuse. She was transitioned in and out of different shelters, RTCs, and group homes throughout her youth. She is now a senior at the University of North Texas and hopes to turn her love for writing and poetry into a career.
    If you are a former foster child who aged out of the system and want to share your story, email us at agedoutproject@gmail.com! You deserve to be heard. 
    Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
    Credits:
    Krystal Holliday Recording team: David Parsi & Kyle Kertz Recruiting:  Ayu Fitzgerald Editor: Mark Zamora Editing team: Erin Leamon & Shelly Buchanan Interviewer: Niki Akhaveissy Music Credit: Nostalgia” by Tobu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fFMjGs2mvs  
    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SMU or the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation

    • 20 min
    Joan

    Joan

    After multiple challenges and trauma, Joan chose to be placed in a group home rather than foster care. She tells us about her pleasant experiences growing up there compared to her tumultuous past in foster care and her opinion on the Texas Legislature’s ban on group homes.
    If you are a former foster child who aged out of the system and want to share your story, email us at agedoutproject@gmail.com! You deserve to be heard. 
    Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
    Credits:
    Joan Recording team: David Parsi & Kyle Kertz Recruiting:  Ayu Fitzgerald Editor: Mark Zamora Editing team: Erin Leamon & Shelly Buchanan Interviewer: Niki Akhaveissy Music Credit: Nostalgia” by Tobu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fFMjGs2mvs  
    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SMU or the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation.

    • 23 min

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