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Congratulations to A Fostered Life Podcast on being named among FEEDSPOT'S TOP 10 FOSTER CARE PODCASTS YOU MUST FOLLOW in 2020! Host Christy Tennant Krispin explores the various facets of foster care through the voices of people who participate in the system.

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    • 4.9, 22 Ratings

Congratulations to A Fostered Life Podcast on being named among FEEDSPOT'S TOP 10 FOSTER CARE PODCASTS YOU MUST FOLLOW in 2020! Host Christy Tennant Krispin explores the various facets of foster care through the voices of people who participate in the system.

    Ep 24: Dr. Samantha Coleman and Sandria Washington Take Us "Black to the Beginning"

    Ep 24: Dr. Samantha Coleman and Sandria Washington Take Us "Black to the Beginning"

    Special Thanks to my Patrons for supporting A Fostered Life!Episode 24In the non-adoptive world, where people only know of adoption but have not actually lived as part of an adoption story, there is often a romanticization of adoption. Adoption is often sentimentalized and treated as a “happily ever after” story. But anyone living inside of an adoption story knows that adoption is a really complex topic with multiple lifelong ramifications, and there is no single “Adoption Narrative.” And while there is a growing body of work that focuses on transracial adoption and amplifying adoptees’ voices, the unique perspective of Black adoptees and Black adoptive parents and Black birth parents is one that we don’t hear much about. Dr. Samantha Coleman and Sandria Washington aim to change that. After years of friendship, Dr. Sam and Sandria both discovered as adults they were adopted. Each quickly learned that Black adoption is an inaccurate conversation that often occurs through the voice of everybody except Black adoptees. They kept asking the question, "If every birth has a story, why is no one telling ours?" In 2019, Dr. Sam and Sandria partnered to create Black to the Beginning, an initiative to amplify the Black adoption conversation. Through videos, interviews, and social media connections using #BLACKANDADOPTED, Black to the Beginning aims to support, connect with, and amplify adoptees in the Black community.(One thing I’ll clarify before you get into the interview is that I was sitting in a room that got increasingly dark as we were talking and I realized that in my new office, I did not have a lamp or light. I usually work during the day, but we did our interview by Skype at night and by the end of the call, they could barely see me. We had a good laugh about that at the end of the interview, so I wanted to explain so it would make sense when we get to that part of our conversation.)I loved talking with Dr. Sam and Sandria and I’m so excited about what they’re doing with Black to the Beginning and the community they are serving with this resource, and I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.Black to the Beginning on InstagramBlack to the Beginning on Twitter# # #Be sure to subscribe to A Fostered Life podcast so you don’t miss a single episode. For more information and resources for foster parents, please visit afosteredlife.com, where you’ll find blog posts, recommended reading, youtube videos, and social media links all designed to help foster parents feel more equipped for their foster care journey.It’s my prayer that no foster parent ever feels like they’re going at it alone.  If you’re a foster parent who is feeling like you’re out there on your own, consider joining The Flourishig Foster Parent, a community designed to encourage, equip and connect foster parents.If you’re enjoying this podcast, please take a moment to rate A Fostered Life on iTunes. It would help me out so much.Thanks for listening and thanks for caring about foster care.*Let's Socialize*PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/afosteredlifeFACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/afosteredlifeINSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/afosteredlifeWEBSITE: http://www.afosteredlife.comYOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/afosteredlife 

    • 49 min
    Ep 23: Whitney King - Supporting Families in Crisis Before They Become Families in Crisis

    Ep 23: Whitney King - Supporting Families in Crisis Before They Become Families in Crisis

    Special Thanks to my Patrons for supporting A Fostered Life!Episode 23When people think about foster care, we usually imagine children removed from situations where they are being severely abused or neglected by their natural parents. We hear stories in the news about examples of horrific abuse or neglect, and we celebrate that these children have been rescued and placed in a loving and safe foster home. But this narrative, while certainly sometimes true, is an oversimplification of the circumstances that lead to children being removed from their parents. It might surprise you to know that about half of the children in foster care have an intellectual disability that can make caring for them difficult. If we’re willing to go upstream of the foster care system, we would likely find families that could actually remain intact with some outside help. In the foster care world, this is known as “family preservation.” An important questions we should be asking is, “How could this child have avoided being in foster care in the first place?” What can be done for a family in crisis before they become a family in crisis?In today’s episode, I’m speaking with Whitney King, a Behavioral Specialist and CEO of LEAF Behavior Support, LLC, whose life and work is devoted to supporting nontraditional families impacted by intellectual, developmental, learning, and/or mental health challenges. In this conversation, we took a deep dive into the challenges of parenting children with special needs and how being part of someone’s village of support could make all the difference in helping keep families together. I really appreciated Whitney’s perspective, and I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did! # # #Be sure to subscribe to A Fostered Life podcast so you don’t miss a single episode. For more information and resources for foster parents, please visit afosteredlife.com, where you’ll find blog posts, recommended reading, youtube videos, and social media links all designed to help foster parents feel more equipped for their foster care journey.It’s my prayer that no foster parent ever feels like they’re going at it alone.  If you’re a foster parent who is feeling like you’re out there on your own, consider joining The Flourishig Foster Parent, a community designed to encourage, equip and connect foster parents.If you’re enjoying this podcast, please take a moment to rate A Fostered Life on iTunes. It would help me out so much.Thanks for listening and thanks for caring about foster care.*Let's Socialize*PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/afosteredlifeFACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/afosteredlifeINSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/afosteredlifeWEBSITE: http://www.afosteredlife.comYOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/afosteredlife 

    • 43 min
    Ep 22: Jason Johnson on the Unique Role of the Foster Father

    Ep 22: Jason Johnson on the Unique Role of the Foster Father

    Special Thanks to my Patrons for supporting A Fostered Life!Episode 22It’s June, the month when many families celebrate Father’s Day, and in today’s episode, we’re focusing specifically on the role of foster fathers. My guest Jason Johnson is a writer and speaker who encourages families and equips churches in their foster care and adoption journeys.Jason currently serves as the Director of Church Ministry Initiatives with Christian Alliance for Orphans, where he speaks and teaches at churches, conferences, forums and workshops, as well as encouraging families that are in the trenches and those who are considering getting involved.Jason and his wife, Emily live in Texas with their daughters. He has authored 3 books: Reframing Foster Care, Everyone Can do Something, and ALL IN Orphan Care and he blogs regularly at www.jasonjohnsonblog.com.I really appreciated Jason’s perspective as a foster father and I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did!  # # #Be sure to subscribe to A Fostered Life podcast so you don’t miss a single episode. For more information and resources for foster parents, please visit afosteredlife.com, where you’ll find blog posts, recommended reading, youtube videos, and social media links all designed to help foster parents feel more equipped for their foster care journey.It’s my prayer that no foster parent ever feels like they’re going at it alone.  If you’re a foster parent who is feeling like you’re out there on your own, consider joining The Flourishig Foster Parent, a community designed to encourage, equip and connect foster parents.If you’re enjoying this podcast, please take a moment to rate A Fostered Life on iTunes. It would help me out so much.Thanks for listening and thanks for caring about foster care.*Let's Socialize*PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/afosteredlifeFACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/afosteredlifeINSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/afosteredlifeWEBSITE: http://www.afosteredlife.comYOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/afosteredlife 

    • 55 min
    Ep 21: Marvin Charles on Reuniting Fathers With Their Children

    Ep 21: Marvin Charles on Reuniting Fathers With Their Children

     Special Thanks to my Patrons for supporting A Fostered Life!Episode 21It’s June, which means that Father’s Day is upon us. For many children in foster care, Father’s Day is a loaded holiday. Some have never met their fathers, if their fathers have even been identified. Others have fathers who are completely “out of the picture,” meaning they are no longer involved or engaged with their children’s lives. But why is that so common? Do the dads just not care? My guest today is going to challenge every preconceived notion you have of the men whose children are in foster care. Marvin Charles has emerged as a community and national leader in  creating stronger fathers and healthier families. Because of his own powerful story of separation from and then reunification with his own family, parents and children, and his 15+ years of helping others reclaim the positive role of fathers to their families, he is an experienced and trusted mentor and advisor. He has traveled all over the U.S. to speak about empowering fathers, to learn from other national leaders and to share our successes with other organizations hoping to implement fatherhood programs.Marvin Charles is an ordained minister and his extraordinary effectiveness comes from his ability to see through the pain and threats of those he counsels to the powerful change made possible by embracing a living God and larger purpose. Today’s podcast features a man who stands as living proof of what’s possible for the men whose children are in foster care. As a foster parent, I am humbled and challenged by his story, and I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did!  To read more about Marvin Charles's remarkable story, check out these stories from The Seattle Times:'Baby, I'm So Sorry' -- Woman Finds Child She Lost 43 Years Ago; He Grew Up Blocks Away (Seattle Times, August 12, 1999)South Seattle's DADS Unites Men in Fatherhood and Brotherhood (Seattle Times, March 20, 2017) Be sure to subscribe to A Fostered Life podcast so you don’t miss a single episode. For more information and resources for foster parents, please visit afosteredlife.com, where you’ll find blog posts, recommended reading, youtube videos, and social media links all designed to help foster parents feel more equipped for their foster care journey.It’s my prayer that no foster parent ever feels like they’re going at it alone.  If you’re a foster parent who is feeling like you’re out there on your own, consider joining The Flourishig Foster Parent, a community designed to encourage, equip and connect foster parents.If you’re enjoying this podcast, please take a moment to rate A Fostered Life on iTunes. It would help me out so much.Thanks for listening and thanks for caring about foster care.*Let's Socialize*PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/afosteredlifeFACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/afosteredlifeINSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/afosteredlifeWEBSITE: http://www.afosteredlife.comYOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/afosteredlife 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep 20: Rena Konomis of Project Search and Reunion

    Ep 20: Rena Konomis of Project Search and Reunion

     Special Thanks to my Patrons for supporting A Fostered Life!Episode 20Anyone who is involved with the world of adoption knows that adoption has lifelong implications for everyone involved: birth parents, adoptive parents, and, of course, the people who are adopted from one family into another. Until very recently, adoption was almost always shrouded in secrecy. The link between the birth parent and the adopted person was held in file boxes on the shelves of adoption agencies, paperwork that connected the adopted child to the parent or parents they came from. In order to access that information, adoptees and birth parents had to pay money. Had to know where to start. And had to rely on the cooperation of whomever received their request for information. Nowadays, we recognize the importance of transparency in adoption and the benefits of a child knowing about their birth family and even having relationships with them. Most adoptions today are open, with contact between birth and adoptive families, but that leaves thousands of adopted adults with gaping holes in their life stories. In response to this, in 2018, Amara, a foster care and adoption agency in Seattle,  launched Project Search and Reunion, a ground-breaking initiative that aims to audit 3,100 of their own adoption files between the years of 1950 and 2000 to ensure that adoptees and birth families receive the information and support they requested, especially in regard to searching.  In March, just before the world shut down and we all went into quarantine, I had a chance to hear a presentation about this important work, and in today’s episode of the podcast, I’m speaking with Rena Konomis, a Washington state court appointed Confidential Intermediary and Project Director of Project and Search and Reunion. In this episode, Rena explains the goal of the project and why it matters for everyone involved with the world of adoption.I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did! Be sure to subscribe to A Fostered Life podcast so you don’t miss a single episode. For more information and resources for foster parents, please visit afosteredlife.com, where you’ll find blog posts, recommended reading, youtube videos, and social media links all designed to help foster parents feel more equipped for their foster care journey.It’s my prayer that no foster parent ever feels like they’re going at it alone.  If you’re a foster parent who is feeling like you’re out there on your own, consider joining The Flourishig Foster Parent, a community designed to encourage, equip and connect foster parents.If you’re enjoying this podcast, please take a moment to rate A Fostered Life on iTunes. It would help me out so much.Thanks for listening and thanks for caring about foster care.*Let's Socialize*PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/afosteredlifeFACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/afosteredlifeINSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/afosteredlifeWEBSITE: http://www.afosteredlife.comYOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/afosteredlife 

    • 50 min
    Ep 19 Virtual Visits in Quarantine

    Ep 19 Virtual Visits in Quarantine

     Special Thanks to my Patrons for supporting A Fostered Life!Episode 19You don’t need me to tell you that we are living in unbelievable times. The world is, in many ways, at a stand-still while people are strongly encouraged and even mandated in some places to stay home in order to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19. While this time of social distancing is affecting every sector of our world, for children in foster care and their parents, this season of quarantine means the suspension of in-person visitation, which is an integral part of reunification efforts. In some areas, visits are suspended altogether at the moment, but in most places, from what I can tell, families are now having all of their visits virtually. I’ve received questions from a number of foster parents who are trying for figure out how to handle virtual visits. Virtual visits place a greater responsibility on foster parents. Whereas in normal circumstances the foster parent is not involved with family visits, under current circumstances, foster parents have to be very involved. One caregiver reported to me that instead of weekend visits that happen for several hours and give the foster parents a break, their kids now have hour-long visits every weeknight that have to be managed by the foster parents. For that family, at least, these visits are disruptive for everyone involved—the foster parents, the children who have to drop what they’re doing each evening and get on the phone, and for the parents of the children, who find it challenging to maintain the schedule. I thought it might be helpful to hear from a few foster parents who are currently managing virtual visits for their foster youth and their parents, so in this episode you’ll be hearing from five foster parents in California, Oregon, Indiana, Virginia, and Maine. I asked them to tell me a bit about what visits looked like before the time of the virus, and how they look now.This episode features the voices of foster parents, but I would also love to hear from — and give my platform to — parents whose children are in foster care, who are trying to stay connected with their kids now that many, if not all, states have banned in-person visits. If you or someone you know are a parent whose child is in foster care, and you would like to share about your experiences on this podcast, please contact me. Be sure to subscribe to A Fostered Life podcast so you don’t miss a single episode. For more information and resources for foster parents, please visit afosteredlife.com, where you’ll find blog posts, recommended reading, youtube videos, and social media links all designed to help foster parents feel more equipped for their foster care journey.It’s my prayer that no foster parent ever feels like they’re going at it alone.  If you’re a foster parent who is feeling like you’re out there on your own, consider joining The Flourishig Foster Parent, a community designed to encourage, equip and connect foster parents.If you’re enjoying this podcast, please take a moment to rate A Fostered Life on iTunes. It would help me out so much.Thanks for listening and thanks for caring about foster care.*Let's Socialize*PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/afosteredlifeFACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/afosteredlifeINSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/afosteredlifeWEBSITE: http://www.afosteredlife.comYOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/afosteredlife 

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

BethA.K. ,

So Happy To Find This Podcast!

Awesome podcast! The host is so thoughtful and eloquent. Even though you have stated you are a Christian, thank you for not making this totally faith-focused. My husband and I are not religious and it’s been hard to find a podcast, blog or book about foster care that does not completely revolve around the Christian faith. I’m slowly working my way through every episode and can’t wait to see what’s to come!

hopegirl3 ,

The best fostering podcast out there!

I have listened to numerous fostering podcasts and while all are doing a great service to this selfless cause, I must say that A Fostered Life is by far the most informative, real, and helpful one out there. I’m in the final stages of being licensed and also a teacher at a low-income school. Any teacher will tell you that they’ve experienced these children in their classrooms. Christy’s podcast really goes deep into the real issues many kids face AND their parents! Above all, Christy shares how her journey in foster care has opened her eyes to a different way of looking at things. However, she is unique in that she also shares the realities of fostering. Some of the things I’ve been most scared of (that other people say will probably never happen) Christy shares but through the eyes of Christ. It has given me the confidence I need to move forward because I always questioned if I could handle those moments. Christy shares her relationships with bio parents, speaks to guest who have experienced time in the foster care system, talks to those (experts and non experts) working in the field. Her and her guests offer ideas, advice, and relevant up-to-date information on all things Fostering! This is not a silly “top 9 reasons you should foster” with the number 1 “surprise” being because you’ll fall in love with the kids. Duh! 😋 This is a real place with a positive outlook on a system that has its share of flaws. I can honestly say that this podcast will help you to better understand the system, the children, their parents, trauma, your own family, yourself, and that you’re not alone! Thank you Christy!!! Keep up the great work!

Teachy1 ,

Great for foster parents

Another great podcast to add to my repertoire of interesting and helpful strategies and info about foster care!

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