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Utah Foster Care guides real and raw conversations about parenting for bio, foster, adoptive or blended families to increase understanding of issues we all experience as families. Utah Foster Care's mission is to develop innovative strategies to help recruit, train, and retain foster families.

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    • Kids & Family
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Utah Foster Care guides real and raw conversations about parenting for bio, foster, adoptive or blended families to increase understanding of issues we all experience as families. Utah Foster Care's mission is to develop innovative strategies to help recruit, train, and retain foster families.

    Understanding Substance Use Disorder

    Understanding Substance Use Disorder

    "The number of cases of children entering the foster care system due to parental drug use has more than doubled since 2000, according to research published in JAMA Pediatrics [...] A lot of the work out there [on the opioid epidemic] has focused on mortality and overdoses and how it affects adults," says Angelica Meinhofer, instructor in health care policy and research at Weill Cornell Medicine. "[It's] less known how the epidemic might spill over to children. (source). "

    The Health Extension: Advocacy, Research, and Teaching Initiative, also known as HEART is a new pilot initiative through Utah State University Extension. This cutting-edge, 4-year pilot program is aligned with National Cooperative Extension’s recently instituted essential focus area in health and wellness. HEART serves as a model of how Extension can join community partners to better address the health and wellness needs in our state. HEART brings unique academic resources into the community, partnering locally and nationally to address the opioid epidemic and other pressing public health issues. Learn More at USU Heart

    If you or someone you love struggles with substance abuse disorder, these resources may be helpful:

    Understanding Drug Use
    Words Matter: Preferred Language for Talking about Addiction
    USU HEART Youtube playlist
    10 Ways to Support Someone in Recovery

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    • 25 min
    First Star Academy and Impact Scholars

    First Star Academy and Impact Scholars

    A college or trade school degree can be a game changer for young people who have experienced foster care.  In the September edition of our Fostering Conversations Podcast, we explore an innovative program at the University of Utah, designed to shepherd students to achieve success in higher education.

    For more information on these programs, please visit their respective websites below:

    First Star--Accepts 9th graders with an open DCFS case

    Impact Scholars--Accepts anyone over 18 who has experienced foster care during their life

    DCFS also supports youth in care through the Transition to Adult Living program (TAL).  You can learn more about the resources available through TAL below:

    Transition to Adult Living
    In-Service Presentation:

                 Resources for Teens: Transition to Adult Living Services

    Presented by Darcie Peterson, SSW Salt Lake Valley TAL Coordinator

    November 9, 2021; 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Transition to Adult Living Services are available to support youth at risk of exiting foster care without a permanent home or were adopted after the age of sixteen. TAL utilizes a network of organizations for youth ages 14-21.  Come see what services are available.

    Register in advance for this meeting:


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    • 24 min
    LGBTQ Kids: What Foster Parents Need to Know

    LGBTQ Kids: What Foster Parents Need to Know


    "Professionals who work with youth need to understand the lives and unique challenges of the LGBTQ youth they serve and the implications of policies, practices, and organizational climates on their experiences and outcomes. Many resources are available for caregivers and others in the child welfare workforce to develop competency and learn how to talk positively about issues that affect LGBTQ youth, including providing safe and supportive environments. Like all youth, LGBTQ youth need a safe and stable place to live; freedom to express themselves; and structure and guidance to support them in becoming responsible, healthy adults.

    Several studies have found that LGBT young people are overrepresented in child welfare systems, despite the fact that they are likely to be underreported because they risk harassment and abuse if their LGBT identity is disclosed. For example, although approximately 4-10 percent of the total population is estimated to be LGBT,5 a study in Los Angeles estimated that LGBT youth represent 19 percent of those placed in out-of-home care.6 In other research on youth aging out of foster care, 34 percent reported a sexual orientation other than heterosexual.7 These data suggest that LGBTQ youth are at risk for overrepresentation in child welfare systems and are disproportionately likely to leave the foster care system without a permanent family.

    Unfortunately, a high percentage of LGBT youth continue to experience verbal harassment or physical violence after they are placed in out-of-home care due to conflicts related to their sexual orientation or gender identity.8 In the Los Angeles study, 13 percent of LGBT youth reported being treated poorly by the foster care system compared with 6 percent of non-LGBT youth.9

    Many LGBT youth experience multiple disrupted placements, compounding the trauma associated with leaving their families of origin and increasing the chances of homelessness.10 For example, 78 percent of LGBT youth in one study were removed or ran away from foster placements because of the caregiver’s hostility toward their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Furthermore, LGBT youth in foster care are less likely than other youth to find a permanent home, whether through reunification with their birth or kin families or through adoption.15"  -Child Welfare

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    • 29 min
    Teen Speak

    Teen Speak

    Did you know that 1 in 10 teens say that they don't have a trusted adult that they can turn to? The Utah Department of Health Family and Youth Outreach are seeking to change that statistic.  This month we are talking with Elizabeth Gerke from the Teen Speak program.  This training provides parents or other trusted adults strategies to communicate with youth. Being or becoming an ‘Askable Adult’ includes creating a safe environment for youth to feel comfortable to ask any type of question. Data shows that supportive adults can have a profound impact in a young person and their behavior. Classes and materials are free of charge.

    Family and Youth Outreach of Utah Website


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    • 28 min
    1st Anniversary

    1st Anniversary

    “Supporting a child and their family in reunification is a selfless and loving gift that foster parents offer to thousands of families every year. You're not just fostering reunification, you're fostering a future in which parents and their children can thrive" (Source).
    Why Reunification is so important:

    Positive impact on parents
    Better Child Development Outcomes
    Less Stressful for Children
    Maintains Connections 

    ABA Celebrates Reunification Month
    For wonderful stories, resources, and reunification information from the American Bar Association 
    Rise Magazine
    Rise recognizes the need to support and organize BIPOC parents impacted by the child welfare system to effect systemic change.
    Birth Parent  National Network (BPNN)
    BPNN promotes birth parents as leaders and strategic partners in prevention and child welfare systems reform.
    Utah Courts-Navigating your Child Welfare Case

    Want to learn more about becoming a foster parent in Utah? 


    • 32 min
    Utah's Child Welfare Landscape

    Utah's Child Welfare Landscape

    May is National Foster Care month! Join with us in honoring our most valuable resource: Foster Parents.

    This month's podcast focuses on where Utah's welfare system has come from, and the positive direction it is heading.  What was once seen as, merely, a protective measure is now being seen through the lens of trauma and healing.  Through that lens, strengthening the adults in a child's life becomes the focus for healing families.


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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Lionel/ Leo ,

Great resource for ALL parents

I came to learn more about fostering, but stayed because of the amazing parenting/relationship advice. The conversations are so insightful. Thank you Utah Foster Care!

Mandyjwalk ,

Raw and Educational

The conversations are always inspiring and insightful. I’ve learned a lot.

brysand95 ,

Real, Raw and Inspiring

I teared up multiple times listening to this. It’s so moving to hear the perspective of both the foster mom and bio mom. The hosts asked really wonderful, insightful questions that gave me answers to questions I wouldn’t have thought to ask.

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