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Whether you are a part of the foster care community, passionate about serving or simply interested in learning more, we are here for you!

The Forgotten Podcast The Forgotten Initiative

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 456 Ratings

Whether you are a part of the foster care community, passionate about serving or simply interested in learning more, we are here for you!

    Foster Care 101: Becoming a Middle Family

    Foster Care 101: Becoming a Middle Family

    Welcome to Season 12 of The Forgotten Podcast! To kick it off, I have a helpful conversation with Emily Smithhart, an incredible woman who is a biological and foster mom, as well as a TFI Advocate in Sacramento County, CA! In addition to hearing her story and experiences fostering, we’re breaking down what it looks like to get involved with foster care! You’ll hear Emily share about adjusting expectations, how to get started, navigating placement calls, learning to root for reunification, and more. This is one you don’t want to miss!
    (And if you’re currently considering foster care, this episode is an especially great place to start.)

    • 50 min
    Our Favorite Moments From Season 11

    Our Favorite Moments From Season 11

    We just closed out Season 11 of The Forgotten Podcast, and it was our most listened-to season of the podcast ever! SO exciting! In today’s bonus episode, I am joined by Mitch Nelson, our Creative Director here at TFI, to reflect on some of our favorite moments and takeaways from Season 11.

    Creating and sharing this podcast is such a privilege and honor to us, and we hope revisiting some of these conversations and highlights is as encouraging for you as it is for us. We can’t thank you enough for listening, sharing, and supporting this podcast, and we look forward to experiencing Season 12 alongside you in the new year!

    Want to catch some of the episodes we talked about today? You can find them here:
    S11E4: Prayerful Decisions: Saying Yes and No (w/ AJ & Katrina Nowaczyk) S11E7: The Road Back to Reunification (w/ Brenna Hunter) S11E8: Scarred Hands: How Ministry Through Foster Care Changs Us (w/ James Drayer) S11E6: When God Directs Your Passion (w/ Leah Johnson)

    • 34 min
    When God Opens Unexpected Doors

    When God Opens Unexpected Doors

    Tod and Gretchen Sawyer’s world was turned upside down when they lost their first biological daughter. They decided to honor her memory by sponsoring a child through the local Department of Social Services, which was the beginning of their foster care journey. God led them to become aware, which led them to take action. In addition to being some of our newest TFI Advocates in Aiken County, SC, Tod & Gretchen have been foster parents for ten years now. Above all else, God has shown them again and again how His plan for their life was different, and better, than their own. I hope this conversation will be an encouragement to you!

    • 38 min
    When God Transforms Your Story for Good

    When God Transforms Your Story for Good

    Content / Trigger Warning: This episode does contain mentions and descriptions of abuse, rape, attempted suicide, self-harm, and trauma. If any of this may be triggering for you, we recommend you either listen carefully, listen with someone else, or you may even consider skipping this episode.
    Tricia Collins’ primary memory from her childhood was one of fear. Tricia grew up in and aged out of the foster care system after she was the victim of horrific abuse at the hand of her dad. But through the people God placed in her life, she overcame obstacles and started to find healing from what was done to her. In this conversation, Tricia openly shares her story, how God worked through other people to pursue her, what it has looked like for her to experience healing, and the eternal impact one foster family had on her life. Today, she is the Director of Missional Impact at Child Bridge in Montana, connecting the church to the needs of children in foster care and asking them to step in and make a difference like Jesus did for us. Tricia’s story is an absolute glory to God, and we are grateful to share it with you today.

    • 52 min
    Human Trafficking: Protecting the Vulnerable & Providing Healing

    Human Trafficking: Protecting the Vulnerable & Providing Healing

    Did you know there’s a lot of crossover between the characteristics that make someone vulnerable to human trafficking and common characteristics of children in foster care? Did you also know that a significant percentage of victims nationwide have a history in the child welfare system?

    Whether you are a foster parent, adoptive parent, or someone that wants to learn how to spot the warning signs of human trafficking, we all have a duty to be aware of what those are. In this episode, I’m talking with Meghan Reedy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and the Clinical Director of Eden's Glory, a restoration home for adult survivors of human trafficking. She shares about the women they have been able to support at Eden’s Glory, how traffickers will typically prey on disadvantaged people, common red flags you should be on the lookout for, how she remains
    hopeful through the heartache, and a whole lot more.

    If you are a victim of human trafficking or know someone else who may be, call the Human Trafficking Hot Line at 888-373-7888 or text 233-733

    • 46 min
    Finding Hope After Experiencing Trauma

    Finding Hope After Experiencing Trauma

    Trent Taylor’s earliest memories are filled with abuse and extreme neglect. These circumstances led to entering foster care at the age of four where he would remain until he was nine years old. After he was adopted, it was a long and painful process to establish trust and work through the trauma he had experienced, but he found that there was hope. In this episode, Trent shares some of the common misconceptions people have about foster children, how to support a child working through trauma, the reality that healing requires pain, and a look back on his own story and how God is using his life in some incredible ways.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
456 Ratings

456 Ratings

ShelbyFosterMomma ,


Even if you are not a foster parent, this is a fantastic podcast! Personally, I am a foster parent and it is such an INSPIRATION. Honestly, when I’m having a hard day within the system, I listen to an episode in order to center myself and refocus. I definitely recommend!

eak0408 ,

Amazing podcast

This is the best podcast out there! Listening to the stories of former foster children is so eye opening and really helps spread awareness that leads to action in supporting this community. I’m so thankful for this podcast, as it has also provided encouragement and helpful information for our respite foster care journey.

mtchnelson ,

You need to listen!

This is a great podcast for those in the trenches of foster care AND for those interested in learning about how to support and love this often forgotten community in our world. You need to listen to this podcast!

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