Fostering Conversations is a podcast produced by Seraaj Family Homes, Inc., a national therapeutic foster care agency established in 1984.
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.
A Foster Care Alumna Speaks About Foster Care Reform
Stephanie Byrd is a "foster care alum." She tells the story of how she was left at her birth hospital, adopted, then rescued by the state from an unhealthy adoption placement, and subsequently "aged forward" from the foster care system. Based on her experiences, she talks to her friend and interviewer Shay Stinson about her vision for foster care reform, including what proper trauma-informed care looks like. Byrd is a wife, mother of five, and active foster care advocate.
Let's Talk About "Let's Talk" Youth Group
Let's Talk is a virtual youth group geared towards youth in foster care to speak about a myriad of topics in a safe space. The group was founded by and is hosted by college friends Marini Woodland and Tim Davis.
Davis is a certified life coach and serves a variety of clients. Woodland is a licensed social worker and the Chief Administrator and Clinical Director for Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. In creating this group, Woodland did have hopes of better understanding youth in foster care through the open space this group provides.
Together these two are holding space for youth around the country to open up and express themselves about any- and everything. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign your youth up for Let's Talk.
The Future of Doulas in American Foster Care
Iman Seraaj is the founder of Full Circle Doula Services, a service providing expecting mothers will various forms of support and pre-natal and post-natal health care. Seraaj is an artist and full-spectrum doula offering services such as birth advocacy, pregnancy massages, belly casting, and more. She's also the Corporate Liason for Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. In this episode, she tells us about what being a doula entails, how she could be of service to teen moms in foster care, and her experiences as a doula.