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Comfort Cases founder Rob Scheer hosts 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 brings a sense of positivity and humor to his conversations. If you have a story to tell as it relates to foster care or any questions, please email fosteringchange@comfortcases.org. And please follow Comfort Cases @comfortcases.
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Fostering Change Rob Scheer

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    • 4.9 • 33 Ratings

Comfort Cases founder Rob Scheer hosts 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 brings a sense of positivity and humor to his conversations. If you have a story to tell as it relates to foster care or any questions, please email fosteringchange@comfortcases.org. And please follow Comfort Cases @comfortcases.
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    What Needs to Change in the Foster Care System - Cody Renegar

    What Needs to Change in the Foster Care System - Cody Renegar

    In this week's episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Cody Renegar, Hairstylist, Author and Artist.Cody is a hairstylist, fine artist, and author of the memoir "Changing the Stars." He currently lives in California with his husband, Terry. He has a son, Levi, who, with his partner, Alaya, has given Cody three grandkids. Cody is the hairstylist of choice for many Hollywood entertainment industry celebrities and A-listers. Los Angeles is his main stage, although he also maintains a large clientele in Washington, D.C., and Arkansas. He is a cosmetologist and master barber with twenty-five years of experience with unique cutting styles and techniques; he is a former cutting director for Aveda and Bumble & Bumble, Minneapolis. Cody began his career in 1996 in Arkansas. He moved to José Éber Salon on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills in 2004, where he had the honor of working alongside José on the main floor and in his own private barber shop, working with many high-profile clients. Cody has been featured in the documentary film Hollywood to Dollywood and the book Rainbow Relatives. A talented artist, Cody's paintings hang in private collections around the world.
    Story Key Notes:
    🖐️ The power of hope, optimism, and resilience; how we are in charge of our own destiny (the foundation of Changing the Stars)
    🖐️ Cody's experience in the foster care system and what he hopes to see change 
    🖐️ Cody's career & personal evolution - Army, Father, Hair Stylist, Artist, Author
    You can find out more about Cody by visiting:
    Website: www.codyrenegar.com
    Instagram: @hairbycodyrenegar (hair) & @codyrenegarart (art)
    Facebook: @CodyRenegarOfficial (hair) & @artbycodyrenegar (art)
    Tik Tok: @codyrenegar

    Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/


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    • 22 min
    Closing the Opportunity Gap with Rasie Bamigbade

    Closing the Opportunity Gap with Rasie Bamigbade

    In this week's episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Rasie Bamigbade ,Leadership Coach, Author & Speaker. Rasie is a leadership coach, bestseller author of Lead In Your Truth  and Speaker. She helps business and corporate leaders lead their teams more effectively through self leadership. Closing the opportunity gap in leadership is at the core of Rasie's work. She does this through her successful coaching program and youth mentorship program.
    Story Key Notes:
    🖐️ Clarity of where I am going - Goals
    🖐️ Self Belief – Doing the work to build on self belief
    🖐️ Lead In Your Truth – Accepting that you are different 
    You can find out more about Rasie and her books by visiting:
    Website: https://linktr.ee/rbjumpstartcoaching
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rb.jumpstart.coaching/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rasie-bamigbade/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsoWhVnw89NFbm6vwc4PB2g
    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/rbjumpstartcoaching
    Tik Tok: rb.jumpstart.coaching

    Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/


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    • 21 min
    On National Philanthropy Day We Talk About The Secret to Happiness: GIVING With Gideon Bernstein

    On National Philanthropy Day We Talk About The Secret to Happiness: GIVING With Gideon Bernstein

    In this week's episode of Fostering Change, we celebrate National Philanthropy Day by bringing on a return guest. Rob Scheer talks with Gideon Bernstein, Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy and the author of The Workbook for Giving: Exercises for identifying the resources, giving goals, and giving strategies for you and your family.
    Gideon Bernstein has served as a trusted financial advisor to families in Orange County, California, for decades.
    Currently a Principal and Chief Investment Officer at Leisure Capital Management, his passion is working with nonprofit boards, families, and private foundations to help them achieve their philanthropic missions. 
    Gideon has served as a board member of numerous charitable organizations and as Vice President of Investments and Chairman of the Board for the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County. He holds designations as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP).  
    Gideon is also the author of Giving: A Handbook to Happiness for the Modern Philanthropist.
    Story Key Notes:
    🖐️ The Secret to Happiness: Its Giving.
    🖐️ The new Workbook that was just published
    🖐️ What inspired you to write the book?
    🖐️ What does it take to be a philanthropist? NOT Millions of $!
    You can find out more about Gideon and his books by visiting:
    Website: www.thejoysofgiving.com

    Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/

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    • 24 min
    The CEO of the National Council for Adoption shares how they advocate for positive adoption experiences

    The CEO of the National Council for Adoption shares how they advocate for positive adoption experiences

    In this week's episode of Fostering Change,  Rob Scheer talks with Ryan Hanlon, President & CEO, National Council for Adoption.Ryan worked in the field of adoption since 2004 and he is a social worker / adoption researcher previously at an adoption agency, but with NCFA since 2017.  We advance our mission through research, education, and advocacy. 
    Story Key Notes:
    🖐️ Families utilize post-adoption resources at relatively high rates.
    🖐️ Private domestic adoption includes more situations where adoptive family and birth family have ongoing contact/relationship.
    🖐️ Overall, parents report high satisfaction rate with their decision to adopt.
    To learn more about the research report Rob & Ryan discussed, please visit:
    https://adoptioncouncil.org/profiles

    You can find out more about Ryan by visiting:
    Website: www.adoptioncouncil.org
    Instagram: @adoptioncouncil
    Facebook: @adoptioncouncil
    Twitter: @adoptioncouncil
    Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/

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    • 24 min
    Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis Shares his Journey on the Season 4 Premiere of Fostering Change

    Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis Shares his Journey on the Season 4 Premiere of Fostering Change

    Today, November 1, 2022, we are so thrilled to launch our 4th Season of “Fostering Change.” Over the past 4 years, we have spoken with more than 150 Good Humans, who have shared their missions and inspiring stories For our premiere episode of Season 4 we could not be more excited to have Olympic Gold Medalist, Greg Louganis as our guest. Enjoy!

    In this week's episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Greg Louganis, Louganis was adopted at 9 months by Frances and Peter Louganis, who lived in Lemon Grove, CA, just outside of San Diego. Teased and bullied as a child for the dark skin he inherited from his Samoan father and for his learning “differences,” he turned to what he could do well: sport. His first love was gymnastics and by nine years old, he was a “seasoned performer on the local talent show and convalescent-home circuit.”
    Considered the greatest diver in history, Greg Louganis is the only male to win gold medals on both 3 meter springboard and 10 meter platform in consecutive Olympic Games (1984, 1988).
    Across the globe, billions who watched either the 1984 or 1988 Olympics were enthralled by the poetry that was Greg Louganis: the beauty and power of his diving captured the world.
    With a total of 5 Olympic medals, 5 World Championship titles and 47 national titles, more than any person in U.S. history, his records remain unbroken.
    Today, as a coach, speaker, author, actor, activist and humanitarian he continues his tradition of excellence.
    A trained actor, dancer, model and spokesman, Greg’s wide repertoire of skills keeps him in demand and in the public eye. 
    As the undisputed GOAT of mindset, Greg shares his knowledge and wisdom through his meditation and mindfulness course, as well as through his books, interviews and speaking engagements.
    Causes close to his heart include HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+, Adoption/Foster Care, Mental Health/Addiction, Human Rights, Animals, Environmental Issues and Climate Change. 
    Story Key Notes:
    🖐️ Dogs/Animals
    🖐️ HIV/AIDS/LGBTQ+
    🖐️ Adoption/Foster Care Environmental Health & Wellness
    🖐️ Mental Health
    You can find out more about Greg by visiting:
    Website: https://greglouganis.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greglouganis/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greglouganis
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gregorylouganis
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/greglouganis
    Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/

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    • 29 min
    Best of “Fostering Change” Season 3 | Rosie Wainwright

    Best of “Fostering Change” Season 3 | Rosie Wainwright

    A Regional Manager at a Social Mobility Charity, Ambassador for Comfort Cases UK, Panel Advisor, Coach & Mentor with lived experience of going through the foster care system. Rosie has experience in both the private and non-profit sectors, and she is an advocate for positive change in society. She has a bachelor's degree in Law, a Postgraduate Certificate in International Business Law. She has recently completed a Level 5 Coaching Qualification to help individuals and businesses to achieve their goals.
    🖐️My journey into & through foster care/ overcoming perceived barriers/ importance of 
    🖐️Education  Why I’m involved/ an ambassador for comfort cases/ our mission/ what we’ve achieved so far
    🖐️How other people can get involved and support our mission
    You can find out more about Laura by visiting: 
    Facebook Rosie Wainwright
    Instagram @queenrozza
    Other Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosiewainwright1/
    Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ 
    and for information regarding Comfort Cases UK, please visit: https://comfortcasesuk.org


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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Renerd11 ,

Amazing, FINALLY giving us all voice!

This podcast has made me feel less alone.
I was an unconventional “aged-out” foster youth who was placed “permanently” with my bio dad at age 17.5 (ending all foster child support services I’d had) Reunification wasn’t the right choice and at age 18 I wasn’t eligible for any service related to assisting aged out FFY because I didn’t formally age out. I had no safety net like so many others from the system, and I ended up chronically homeless and couch-surfing for several years after turning 18. I could never understand why FFY resources were so fragmented and hard to find, and why red tape excluded me from FFY services. I feel the system did a disservice to me by “placing” me with my bio dad right before 18 and I had no legal help or representation to help with the choice, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has experienced this rushed improper reunification. When I asked people for help/direction in my late teens and early 20s people didn’t know what to do with me since I didn’t formally age out, or they would suggest things I didn’t have access to. I thought the problem must have been me because I didn’t fit anywhere. So for a long time I slipped through the cracks time and time again.

Although I’ll always personally feel that being a FFY is ingrained in my identity, FFY statistics don’t have to define us even if we check off many of the boxes.
Yes, I was a high school drop out, yes I was homeless, yes I have been arrested, and fit more of the disheartening statistics. BUT I got my GED, and after a mentor took interest in me I became the 3% of FFY who have graduated college, and I am now a successful scientist with a stable career and desire to make the world a better place. That said, the college experience was terribly lonely as a FFY, and the 3% graduation statistic makes my stomach turn; It’s unacceptable and I can’t believe that colleges aren’t doing more to help kids from the system (I plan to address this with my alma mater now that they might listen to my voice this time around). Now, 15 years after “not formally aging out, but aging out” I have some ground to stand on and I have every intention to change the system and share with other kids in care and FFY what I can, and tell them that they can achieve their goals too. I can’t wait to make a difference within this community (beyond zip codes!)

Lastly, I am SO grateful you are bringing these amazing people together and connecting people and organizations!!!
Until now I have looked around and thought, “Where are all the other people from the system like me, I know there’s stigma but I when I share my story I don’t find others like me” and now I am finding them through your podcast and seeing that people actually do CARE, we are just finally finding one another. From the bottom of my heart I am so grateful you’re out here making changes. Please KNOW you are making a difference, on the hard days remember that!!! Thank you <3

Jltruman ,

Fantastic Podcast

Your podcast is amazing!

USBaller ,

An Important & Informative Podcast

The Foster Care system needs to change. That's obvious. Rob Scheer, founder of Comfort Cases, brings on terrific guests that talk about their personal experiences with foster care. Rob was in foster care and adopted 5 kids as well! Sometimes it's a tough, emotional listen. But well worth it for sure!

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