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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 • 31 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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    Fostering Change Podcast: Harvey Gallagher- Campaigning for youth in foster care and foster agencies

    Fostering Change Podcast: Harvey Gallagher- Campaigning for youth in foster care and foster agencies

    In this week’s episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Harvey Gallagher, Chief Executive, Nationwide Association of Fostering . Harvey began his career volunteering to support disadvantaged children. He has worked for local authorities and national charities in the UK. He holds an MBA, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, charity trustee, volunteer and chair of school governors. He comes from a care-experienced family, is a father of five, grandfather, runner, cyclist, vegan and Newcastle United supporter!
    Story Key Notes:
    🖐️ Foster care works really well for most children most of the time
    🖐️ Administrative chaos in the care system leading to children feeling they
    don’t have a voice
    🖐️ Too few options to find the right foster career for each child - a lack of
    ‘sufficiency’ and too little time
    You can find out more about Harvey by visiting:
    Website: www.nafp.org.uk
    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/theNAFP 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenafp/
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/theNAFP
    Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/nationwide-association-of-fosteringproviders/
    Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/

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    • 28 min
    A Dedicated Shopping Experience for Youth in Foster Care at The Twig

    A Dedicated Shopping Experience for Youth in Foster Care at The Twig

    In this week’s episode of Fostering Change,  Rob Scheer talks with Lindsey May, Program Coordinator at The Twig, & Nicole Britton, Director of Development at The Twig. They share the history of The Twig and how it remains a resource for children in foster care where their needs are met and provided with love and encouragement.
    “Twig” stands for: “The Way to Inspire and Give.” Twig shops are located in Venice and Bradenton, Florida.  There are designated “shopping days” for youth in foster care.
    Nicole Britton: Starting as a volunteer which turned into her role as the 1st full time paid employee of The Twig in 2017. “As a mom in a house full of kids including children in foster care the heart of The Twig’s mission is so important to me. I enjoy sharing with our community how everyone can make a difference in the lives of children in foster care.”
    Lindsey May: A social Worker since 2009, Lindsey May has worked front line as a case manager, case manager supervisor and in program development for nonprofits focused on addressing the needs of children and families within the child welfare system. I am a strong advocate in all areas related to child welfare and believe in the importance of The Twig’s mission to encourage & inspire foster families.
    Story Key Notes:
    🖐️ What The Twig does to support children in foster care and those who have aged out.
    🖐️ How everyone can make a difference in the lives of children in foster care…whether that's being a foster parent , supporting foster families, or supporting organizations that serve.
    🖐️ How Comfort Cases is partnering to help The Twig
    You can find out more about Lindsey and Nicole by visiting:
    Websites: www.TheTwigCares.com
    Facebook: @theTwigCares
    Instagram: @thetwigcares
    Twitter: @TheTwig316: 

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

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    • 30 min
    Fostering Change | Joseph Toles

    Fostering Change | Joseph Toles

    In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Joseph Toles, Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Rob and Joseph talk about Joseph’s life living as a former foster child, working in the system, and now adopting kids from the system.
    Story Key Notes:
    🖐️ Joseph’s Experience in Foster Care and How it Informed Childhood Decisions and Choices
    🖐️ How did Joseph’s Experiences Impact Career, Family, Identity Choices?
    🖐️ Why did Joseph Decide to Adopt
    You can find out more about Joseph by visiting:
    Websites: Josephtolesfoundation.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joe.toles.3
    Instagram: Instagram.com/tornadotoles
    Twitter: Twitter.com/joetoles
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-toles-3b120414/
    Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/

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    • 23 min
    Fostering Change | Keri Vellis

    Fostering Change | Keri Vellis

    In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Keri Vellis,
    Biological, Adoptive, Foster Mom, Author & Advocate. Keri has 3 biological children & adopted three from foster care. She has fostered over 20 children, written 3 children’s books: Sometimes - for foster children; When I Was Little - for children who have suffered from trauma & abuse, and her latest book, Tummy Mom for adoptive children. Keri has a NonProfit Keris Kids which distributes the books nationally.  To find out more about these titles, please visit: https://www.kerivellis.com/
    Story Key Notes:
    🖐️ “Tummy Mom”
    🖐️ “Sometimes”
    🖐️  Stigma Around Abuse, Foster Care and Adoption
    🖐️  Changing the Laws Around Child Abuse and Visitation Went in Reunification.

    You can find out more about Keri by visiting:
    Websites: Www.kerivellis.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kerivellisauthor/
    Instagram: @Kerivellisauthor

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

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    • 30 min
    Fostering Change | Jodi Grinwald

    Fostering Change | Jodi Grinwald

    In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Jodi Grinwald, Founder & Change Agent, Today is the Day, LLC,CEO & Co-Founder, Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation.Jodi has over 17 years of experience as a not-for-profit (for-impact) organization expert and has won several benchmark awards. After working in leadership positions for two national not-for-profit (for-impact) organizations, Jodi, became the Ceo & Co-founder of the Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation. The organization provides 100% funding to children who meet the financial needs requirements to take ongoing lessons in the performing arts in a unique way. The organization funds the lessons for up to 15 years, provides all the necessary resources a child needs to be successful, and places the child in a pre-approved performing arts studio. Which means the organization is also financially supporting local businesses. 
    Jodi is also the Founder and Change Agent for Today is the Day LLC. From keynote speaker, to serving on panels at multiple non-profit events and serving clients as a Certified Professional Coach that focuses on Change Management Consulting and Connection Coaching, In late 2020, Jodi started the Today is the Day Changemakers podcast that highlights changemakers, self-starters, and those who are disrupting the status quo. She has had the honor of interviewing CNN Heroes, CEO's, authors, TEDx speakers, celebrity band members, former FBI Agent, Executive TV Producer and writer, entrepreneurs, artists, Coaches, and those who are truly making a difference in the world. In 2022, Jodi launched the inaugural International Changemakers Forum that brought together over 150 people from 6 countries for the 5 hour Zoom Forum. Jodi is launching a new Changemakers Membership Connective this Summer to help people from around the world connect and bring their authenticity to their “A" game
    n 2021 Jodi received the Athena International Leadership Award from the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Henderson Promos Casting Light Award. In 2022 Jodi received a Certificate of Appreciation for being an Unsung Hero from the Russ Berrie Foundation.
    The Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation is celebrating 5 years this year. We have grown from funding children dealing with financial constraints to take ongoing performing arts lessons in one county to now 9 in NJ.
    Story Key Notes:
    🖐️ Why the Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation was founded, who it serves, and why it is unique.
    🖐️ Who we work with and how we identify children that need our programming?
    🖐️ How Today is the Day Changemakers is also helping to bring awareness to not only the Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation, but other not-for-profit organizations around the world.

    You can find out more about Jodi by visiting:
    Websites: https://todayisthedayliveit.com & www.applaudourkids.org
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/todayisthedayliveit and www.facebook.com/applaudourkids
    Instagram: @todayisthedayliveit and @applaudourkids
    Twitter: @jodigrinwald
    LinkedIn: Jodi Grinwald & Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation
    Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/

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    • 20 min
    Fostering Change | Jen Lilley

    Fostering Change | Jen Lilley

    In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Jen Lilley. In 2007, Lilley married Jason Wayne. In 2016, Lilley and her husband became foster parents through the organization, Childhelp. In June 2019, Lilley and Wayne adopted their two foster sons and in July 2019, she gave birth to a daughter. And just 2 months ago in May, she gave birth to another daughter!
    A star on both the silver and small screens, including the Academy Award-winning film THE ARTIST, NBC’s iconic daytime series “Days of Our Lives,” ABC’s “General Hospital,” and a regular leading lady on the Hallmark Channel and GAC, actress/singer/philanthropist Jen Lilley has tackled countless roles throughout her illustrious career. Jen Lilley’s creative prowess does not end when the director yells cut, she is also a singer and songwriter. Her music exudes the same sultry ferocity of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, with Phil Spector’s wall of sound treatment via Rosie Danvers and her 50-piece orchestra. ​AXS.com said, “Lilley conjures up the sound of a 1960s girl group and embodies the same essence of Amy Winehouse. She takes a nostalgic twist on a modern song that will remind you of what classic music sounds like and have you longing for the days of Motown."
     
    When Jen Lilley is not busy in front of a camera, or perfecting her vocals in studio, she can be found hosting her podcast, "Fostering Hope with Jen Lilley" to demystify the foster care system and encourage loving people to get involved in the cause. She is a true champion for charities. In addition to donating 100% of her music profits to create a neighborhood model of safe loving foster homes, she co-founded Christmas is Not Cancelled, Inc.: A marketing company that raises awareness and funds for amazing causes and nonprofits while giving participants the chance to win huge prizes! The next Christmas is Not Cancelled event is coming up THIS MONTH. In fact, Comfort Cases is partnering with Jen and her team for a "Christmas is Not Cancelled Packing Party" at the end of July. We will be packing up 2022 backpacks filled with school supplies to deliver to students in need in the Washington, DC Metro area.
     
    As a teenager, Jen garnered the National Educators Award for her work in Guatemala. She is known for advocating children’s rights and supports charities that focus on protecting children against physical and sexual abuse, human trafficking, and the world water crisis. Truly selfless, she is a foster and adoptive parent herself and is a celebrity ambassador for the child abuse and treatment organization Child help, Project Orphans, ECPAT, Olive Crest, The Dave Thomas Foundation, The Thirst Project, The Los Angeles Mission, Oneless, A21, Children of the Night, and the Innocent Justice Foundation. 

    Story Key Notes:
    🖐️ Jen Lilley and her Husband Became Foster Parents through the Organization, Childhelp
    🖐️ A star on Both the Silver and Small Screens
    🖐️ "Fostering Hope with Jen Lilley"
    🖐️ July Christmas is Not Cancelled - Big event with Comfort Cases in July!
    🖐️ Camp Christmas in July
    You can find out more about jen by visiting:
    Website: https://christmasisnotcancelled.com/
    Facebook: @jen_lilley
    Instagram: @jen_lilley

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

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 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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