Fostering Conversations is a podcast produced by Seraaj Family Homes, Inc., a national therapeutic foster care agency established in 1984.
Disruptions in Foster Care
A member of our Continuous Quality Improvement team at Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. spoke with us about all things disruptions: what are disruptions in foster care, what causes disruptions in a foster home, what are some of the effects of disruptions on youth in foster care, how can we better avoid situations that lead to disruptions, and more.
Corporal Punishment in Foster Care & Raising Children
Brenda McCoy, a licensed social worker for Seraaj Family Homes, Inc.'s Maryland region, speaks to us about the types of corporal punishment, why it's detrimental, and how she helps incoming foster parents understand the difference between punishment and discipline during their training.
Mindful Stress Reduction for Human Service Professionals
Brenda McCoy is a licensed social worker for Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. and a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. In this episode, she talks about techniques we all can use to decrease and observe our stress levels daily, how stress can affect us, and she discusses more about the MBSR program that was developed by Jon Kabat Zinn.
Why Mentorship Is Critical For Child Development
Our Jr. Content Creator Shay Stinson talked with Alexis Bell, the founder & CEO of Camp Remain LLC and Black Kings & Queens, Inc. in Mobile, Ala., about his mentorship program for young men. They discuss the importance of having a mentor while growing up, the difference it made in Bell's life by having had a mentor and now being a mentor, and how others can help through programs like this or through fostering.
There's No Age Limit to Fostering
Meet Brenda Cope. She's a foster parent with Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. in Union Springs, Ala. with her husband Fred Cope. She'll be 70 years old in July 2021 and plans to continue fostering for as long as she can. She and Fred are currently fostering a nearly 13-year-old boy with medical complexities and plan to foster him until they can no longer. He's kept them young and healthy and loving life. Listen to their story.
An Adopted Mother Decides to Also Foster & Adopt
Mittie Smith is a foster parent with her husband Fred Smith in Union Springs, Alabama. They're in the process of adopting their infant foster son. Mittie was also adopted and says she has a similar story as her foster son. Listen to learn more about their family and their journey together so far.