52 episodes

Comfort Cases founder Rob Scheer and media personality Dana McKay host this inspiring show about how communities can come together to bring dignity and hope to children in the foster care system. Guests will include former youth in foster care, foster parents, celebrities touched by the foster care system, child welfare advocates, and everyday people working to improve the lives of kids in care. Rob and Dana have a dynamic chemistry and bring a sense of positivity and humor to their conversations. If you have a story to tell as it relates to foster care, please email blog@comfortcases.org.
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    • 4.9, 21 Ratings

Comfort Cases founder Rob Scheer and media personality Dana McKay host this inspiring show about how communities can come together to bring dignity and hope to children in the foster care system. Guests will include former youth in foster care, foster parents, celebrities touched by the foster care system, child welfare advocates, and everyday people working to improve the lives of kids in care. Rob and Dana have a dynamic chemistry and bring a sense of positivity and humor to their conversations. If you have a story to tell as it relates to foster care, please email blog@comfortcases.org.
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    Episode 52: Rob's Son Alex Abernathy

    Episode 52: Rob's Son Alex Abernathy

    In this week's episode, Rob and Dana welcome the newest member of the Scheer family, 19-year-old Alex. Rob and Alex share the story of how they met and what life is like as a family of 7. Alex also talks about his struggles in foster care and what got him through the most difficult times in his life.
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    • 22 min
    Episode 51: Foster Strong with Ivymarie Washington

    Episode 51: Foster Strong with Ivymarie Washington

    On this episode, Rob and Dana talk to Ivymarie Washington about her journey in foster care and how she became a part of the Foster Strong organization.
    Ivy and her older brother were removed from their parents’ home when she was 6 years old. They were placed in a children’s home for the maximum 180 days and were then placed in a foster home when she was 7. She remained in that foster home until she aged out of care at the age of 18.
    She currently works as a foster care and adoption specialist at the agency that placed her when she was in care.

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    • 20 min
    Episode 50: Comfort Cases Ambassador Bryanna Williams

    Episode 50: Comfort Cases Ambassador Bryanna Williams

    In this week’s episode, Rob and Dana talk to Comfort Cases Ambassador Bryanna Williams. Bryanna talks about her role as a Comfort Cases Ambassador and why she has such a passion for children in foster care. She is the reigning Mrs. Tri-State All-Star United States and promotes both Comfort Cases and Ronald McDonald House as part of her pageant platform. Bryanna is a special education teacher at a residential treatment facility for at-risk youth and shares some of the experiences of the children and teens she works with.
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    • 27 min
    Episode 49: Smirna Savino

    Episode 49: Smirna Savino

    In this episode, Rob and Dana talk to Smirna Savino. Smirna told some of her story at our Comfort Cases Gala in 2018 and shares more with us on this podcast. She is one of 14 children, all of whom were removed from their mother and separated. Smirna was the only one to live with family for a few years, she was sent to live with her aunt and uncle. At the age of 5, she went into foster care. She reunited with her birth mother when she was 38 years old. One of her biological sisters is Carolyn Aronson whom we spoke with in Episode 41.
    Smirna talks about life with her aunt and uncle, her foster family, and what it was like to be reunited with her mother and siblings as an adult.

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    • 21 min
    Episode 48: Foster Strong - Lino Martinez

    Episode 48: Foster Strong - Lino Martinez

    In this episode, Rob and Dana talk to social worker and Foster Strong digital manager Lino Martinez. Lino talks about his experience in foster care and reflects on how he persevered through the many challenges that faced him early in his life. Lino is also part of Foster Strong, an organization with a mission to end the stigma about youth in foster care and to show them that a successful future is possible.
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    • 25 min
    Episode 47: Robert Selby from DADS

    Episode 47: Robert Selby from DADS

    In this episode, we shift focus from foster care to fatherhood and welcome Robert Selby, one of the dads featured in the DADS documentary on Apple TV. Through their participation in the film, Rob Scheer and Robert have become friends. We wanted to hear more about Robert’s story, his relationship with his son and his son’s mother, and what’s next for him and his amazing family.
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

bubritt85 ,

Talking to Those Making a Difference

What an amazing podcast that does such a great job of not just talking about foster care but putting action to it. Rob and Dana are so passionate about these kids and bring up the conversations that need to happen to start making a difference in the system. Love it!

Poop Butt Poop Fart Per Man ,

New

Just referred to your podcast by a friend. I will be catching up on past episodes this week. I really enjoyed what I listened to so far. Thanks for bringing awareness.

Jen L Cole ,

Listen, learn and grow

Rob and Dana are raising awareness of the challenges and successes in and around the foster care system. They are giving a voice to these children who so deserve it. The podcast is fun and engaging with the heavy topic and is an opportunity to learn about a very real part of our local and national communities. These kids are our future!

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