75 episodes

A podcast devoted to the many voices in foster care and adoption. The hosts, Chris and Jihae, are former foster, and adoptive parents, with 7 kids. This podcast highlights personal stories, as well as many experiences from those in the foster/adopt community. Be entertained, inspired, and possibly get involved in the community yourself.

Fostering Voices Podcast Chris and Jihae Watson

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 78 Ratings

A podcast devoted to the many voices in foster care and adoption. The hosts, Chris and Jihae, are former foster, and adoptive parents, with 7 kids. This podcast highlights personal stories, as well as many experiences from those in the foster/adopt community. Be entertained, inspired, and possibly get involved in the community yourself.

    Episode 149: Interview with an Incredible Single Foster Mama

    Episode 149: Interview with an Incredible Single Foster Mama

    This episode features an interview with an AMAZING foster mama who happens to be single. Lina Bublys thought life would look differently than it does now, but she is still so grateful and so active in blessing those around her, especially her foster babes. We salute all you foster parents out there, but you single foster parents take the cake!
    Chapters:
    0:00 - Intro
    8:46 – What's Been Helping Chris This Week?
    14:15 – How Lina Came To The Fostering World
    18:18 – Examples of Challenges of Fostering Children
    24:51 – Examples of Beauty in Fostering
    26:09 – Advice for Anyone Thinking About or In Foster Care
    32:26 – Good Word of the Day!!!
    33:17 – What Has Lina Been Doing For Her Health?
    Links:
    Lina on IG 


    Good Word of the Day!!!
    Reinvent
    to invent again or anew, especially without knowing that the invention already exists. to remake or make over, as in a different form Thank you to our sponsor Showit!!
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    Fostering Voices on Instagram
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    hello@fosteringvoices.com
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    • 35 min
    Episode 148: Positive Imprints and Taking a Chance on Foster Kids

    Episode 148: Positive Imprints and Taking a Chance on Foster Kids

    We are so often triggered by negative things that happen, but what about the positive things? This episode features a story of our son and the time we picked up a homeless lady on our way to McDonald's, and how that left a serious impression on his soul. Our call to action - take a chance. Say kind things, do kind things for others. And also, don't discount foster kids as broken and bad. They are not castaways of people who don't want them. They are humans who are able to accomplish great things and to be great. We just need to take a chance on them.
    Chapters:
     
    0:00 - Intro
     
    1:13 – Being Open and Honest About Adoption
     
    9:01 – A Story About Birthdays and Imprints
     
    22:303 – Good Word of the Day!!!
     
    Links:
     
    The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
    by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
     
    Good Word of the Day!!!
     
    Isaiah 43:19 NIV
    19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
    I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.
    Thank you to our sponsor Showit!!
    Listen to Us on Spotify (and leave a review please)!!
    Connect with us!
    Fostering Voices on Instagram
    You can also email us! 
    hello@fosteringvoices.com
    We would LOVE it if you would SUBSCRIBE!
    AND please leave us a review on iTunes!
    This helps others to find our podcast so we can share these voices from the foster care and adoption community with more people!
    If you want to see how to leave a review, check out this handy little video!

    • 23 min
    Episode 147: Interviewing your host, Jihae Watson

    Episode 147: Interviewing your host, Jihae Watson

    This episode features an episode with host, Jihae! Join us as Chris grills Jihae on life's highs and lows. And you will even hear what Jihae's favorite physical attribute is of Chris'. It's very appropriate and clean.
    Chapters:
    0:00 - Intro
    1:30 – Jihae Describes Growing Up in Her Parent's House
    6:44 – What Has Been Your Biggest Challenge In Life?
    9:19 – What Helped You Overcome That?
    11:12 – What Time Did You Feel Most Fulfilled?
    13:36 – What Advice Would You Give To Teenage Jihae?
    19:58 – Good Word of the Day!!!
    Links:
    South Korea 
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Good Word of the Day!!!
    Joshua 1:9 NIV
    9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
    Thank you to our sponsor Showit!!
    Listen to Us on Spotify (and leave a review please)!!
    Connect with us!
    Fostering Voices on Instagram
    You can also email us! 
    hello@fosteringvoices.com
    We would LOVE it if you would SUBSCRIBE!
    AND please leave us a review on iTunes!
    This helps others to find our podcast so we can share these voices from the foster care and adoption community with more people!
    If you want to see how to leave a review, check out this handy little video!

    • 23 min
    Episode 146: Interviewing your host, Chris Watson

    Episode 146: Interviewing your host, Chris Watson

    This episode is a quick interview with your host, Chris Watson! Get to know Chris and what drives him to be a WINNER at all times. We hope you enjoy getting to know Chris a little better! Next week will be Chris interviewing Jihae.
    Chapters:
    0:00 - Intro
    3:01 – Thank you, SHOWIT!!
    4:27 – Story From This Week
    5:12 – Showit EDM and Plank Challenge
    10:07 – What Makes Chris a Winner?
    12:00 – What is a Hard Thing That You Overcame During Childhood?
    15:22 – What's One Thing People Do Not Know About Chris?
    17:44 – Good Word of the Day!!!
    Links:
    Spark – A conference for Showit creatives 
    Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurant 
    Good Word of the Day!!!
    Romans 12:2 NIV
    2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
    Thank you to our sponsor Showit!!
    Listen to us on Spotify (and leave a review please)!!
    Connect with us!
    Fostering Voices on Instagram
    You can also email us! 
    hello@fosteringvoices.com
    We would LOVE it if you would SUBSCRIBE!
    AND please leave us a review on iTunes!
    This helps others to find our podcast so we can share these voices from the foster care and adoption community with more people!
    If you want to see how to leave a review, check out this handy little video!

    • 19 min
    Episode 145: Strokes, Bio Families, and Other Highs and Lows as a Family of 9

    Episode 145: Strokes, Bio Families, and Other Highs and Lows as a Family of 9

    In this episode we share some highs and lows of the last month. Highs include seeing our big kids become amazing big kids. Not without faults and failures, but as young people who are trying to figure out what it looks like to be a loyal, kind person who has integrity. Church camps and cousins are also very high on the list. And in the lows category, Chris' dad had a stroke, Chris and Jihae have been feeling disconnected, and a meet up with a bio family got cancelled at the last minute and basically the wheels fell off for a minute. But we are all trying to weather these storms together, with grace, open communication, and community. So we encourage you to do the same!
    Chapters:
    0:00 - Intro
    1:14 – Thank you, SHOWIT!!
    2:19 – Chris's Highs of the Week
    9:20 – Jihae's Highs of the Week
    11:52 – Chris's Lows of the Week
    21:36 – Jihae's Lows of the Week
    27:36 – Good Word of the Day!!!
    Good Word of the Day!!!
    Persevering
    James 1:2-4 NIV
    2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
    Hebrews 12 NIV
    7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 
    Thank you to our sponsor Showit!!
    Listen to Us on Spotify (and leave a review please)!!
    Connect with us!
    Fostering Voices on Instagram
    You can also email us! 
    hello@fosteringvoices.com
    We would LOVE it if you would SUBSCRIBE!
    AND please leave us a review on iTunes!
    This helps others to find our podcast so we can share these voices from the foster care and adoption community with more people!
    If you want to see how to leave a review, check out this handy little video!

    • 29 min
    Episode 144: Football, Faith, and Purpose

    Episode 144: Football, Faith, and Purpose

    This episode features an incredible interview with Ben Malcolmson, author of Walk On: From Pee Wee Dropout to NFL Sidelines: My Unlikely Story of Football, Purpose, and Following an Amazing God. Ben has seen some major lows in his life, starting with having an alcoholic mom, and being thrust into college life a year early. But God was with him every step of the way, and brought him through so many dark days, to so many glorious days. You will learn so much from this former USC football player, and Pete Carrol's right hand man of 10 plus years on the Seattle Seahawks. If you have ever questioned your purpose in life, you will want to listen to this episode!
    Chapters:
     
    0:00 - Intro
     
    1:13 – Welcome Ben!
     
    2:45 – Ben's Journey
     
    7:22 – Talking About Faith
     
    12:10 – The Intersection of Journalism and Football
     
    28:53 – The Bible Story – From the Book
     
    44:39 – Good Word of the Day!!!
     
    Links:
     
    Ben Malcomson
     
    Walk On: From Pee Wee Dropout to NFL Sidelines: My Unlikely Story of Football, Purpose, and Following an Amazing God
     
    Clay Mathews Chunky Soup Commercial
     
    Good Word of the Day!!!
     
    Habakkuk 1:5 NIV 
    The Lord’s Answer
     
    5 “Look at the nations and watch—
    and be utterly amazed.
    For I am going to do something in your days
    that you would not believe,
    even if you were told.
    Thank you to our sponsor Showit!!
    Listen to Us on Spotify (and leave a review please)!!
    Connect with us!
    Fostering Voices on Instagram
    You can also email us! 
    hello@fosteringvoices.com
    We would LOVE it if you would SUBSCRIBE!
    AND please leave us a review on iTunes!
    This helps others to find our podcast so we can share these voices from the foster care and adoption community with more people!
    If you want to see how to leave a review, check out this handy little video!

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

laughs Duck Irving ,

Great podcast!

As a single young adult who wants to foster/adopt at some point, I love this podcast! It’s also helpful for people working with troubles teens, as a respite worker I find the information helpful.

Sahamann ,

Thankful for your Podcast

Thankful for your all’s podcast. You’re voices speak helpful tips and truths in a gracious, gentle way. Appreciate your work. Thank you from a foster Mama in Colorado.

Khooper621 ,

You need to listen

I recently binged every episode after starting classes last spring and getting certified last September. So grateful for the Watsons!
Usually when I start hearing a lot of gospel in podcasts I end up unfollowing them because I just can’t relate at all, but this one is different. I feel like, although we have wildly different beliefs, we have so much in common! This has been such a helpful part of our foster care journey.

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