186 episodes

Podcast by Cathleen Bearse

The Fearless Fostering Podcast Cathleen Bearse

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 32 Ratings

Podcast by Cathleen Bearse

    The Joys and Hardships of Foster Care with Abby Mortensen

    The Joys and Hardships of Foster Care with Abby Mortensen

    Today's guest is Abby Mortensen, a mama who entered the world of foster care after being a victim of adoption scams. Since becoming foster parents, she and her husband have fostered many children in two states. Abby shares about how her faith plays a vital role in her ability to keep fostering, despite how difficult it can be, and encourages us all to get support, ask for help, and make self-care a priority. You can follow Abby's journey here: https://www.abbymortenson.com/

    AND, I'm now accepting applications for my 6 month Fearless Fostering group and retreat! You can learn more and apply here:
    https://fearlessfostering.selfcarebestie.com/fearless-fostering

    • 30 min
    What Adoptive Parents Need to Know with Melody Welles

    What Adoptive Parents Need to Know with Melody Welles

    I absolutely couldn't wait to share this conversation I had with former foster youth, adoptee and advocate (and Ivy League college student!!) Melody Welles. Melody was so gracious to share vulnerably about the trauma she endured growing up in an adoptive home where she didn't feel part of the family or wanted, and how she is today using her platform to show foster youth what is possible when they believe their story is just part of their experience and it doesn't define them. She also shares amazing wisdom for foster and adoptive parents, so you don't want to miss this episode!!
    Follow Melody here: https://www.instagram.com/melody.adoptee/
    Get more support on your foster care journey here: https://stan.store/fearless_fostering

    • 23 min
    What is a CASA with Joan Ulsher

    What is a CASA with Joan Ulsher

    On today's episode, former foster youth and Court Appointed Special Advocate Joan Ulsher shares her experience and expertise on two different sides of the foster care system. Particularly passionate about advocating for teens, Joan highlights the influence a CASA can have in the life of a foster youth and their family.

    You can connect with Joan and read her book here: https://www.joanulsher.com/

    For more support on your foster care journey click here: https://stan.store/fearless_fostering

    • 25 min
    Keeping The Faith In Foster Care

    Keeping The Faith In Foster Care

    What do you do when bio parents do a little at the last minute and the case drags on and on? How do you handle burnout in foster care? And how do you keep the faith when it seems like everything is SO broken about the system and the world? I'm answering all these questions and more on this episode of the Fearless Fostering Podcast.

    Sign up for your FREE 15 minute call with me right here: https://stan.store/fearless_fostering

    • 10 min
    Q+A: Feeling Pressure to Adopt, Feeling "Done" with Foster Care (but there's no end in sight) + more

    Q+A: Feeling Pressure to Adopt, Feeling "Done" with Foster Care (but there's no end in sight) + more

    In today's episode of the Fearless Fostering Podcast, I'm sharing a live Q+A I did on Instagram: feeling pressure to adopt, hoping to spread the word about foster care, feeling like you're ready to be done but the end is nowhere in sight.

    Find info on my free resources and groups here: https://stan.store/fearless_fostering

    • 6 min
    Every Voice Matters in the Foster Care Triad

    Every Voice Matters in the Foster Care Triad

    No matter which part of the foster care triad we embody, it's important to recognize that our own lived experience is valid AND so are the experiences of the other members of the triad. We cannot say one voice is more important than another without invalidating and tearing another part down. What are your thoughts on this?
    Find more support on your foster care journey here:
    https://stan.store/fearless_fostering

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

CarrieTran ,

Foster Mom Friend in Your Phone

Sometimes the journey of fostering seems so lonely if there’s no one in your close circle who’s done it or is in the weeds. Being able to plug into the Fearless Fostering Podcast helps me know that I’m not alone as well as answering questions I’ve had or haven’t even thought of yet. Thanks for sharing your heart with us!

hanwoulddothat ,

Makes me feel a little more sane

Love love love! A podcast that gives me quality advice and comfort! Love!

kristencrew ,

Foster mom + therapist is the best combo!

There’s no podcast quite like it foster and adoptive moms to my knowledge. Having the professional experience as a therapist and lived experience of a foster and adoptive mom makes this always worth a listen!

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