The More Than Enough Podcast introduces those passionate about children and families to the tools and people that can help them transform foster care in the community where they live.
When Children Sleep in Offices
When two College Station, TX residents realized the number of children who were sleeping at their local child welfare office due to a lack of available foster care placements, they knew that they needed to do something about it. In this episode, Jenni Olowo and Lauren Falcone share their incredible 3 month journey from seeing the problem, to activating their community and opening The Haven, a temporary home for children and caseworkers to stay while awaiting a foster care placement. Their inspirational story demonstrates how communities can take ownership of the foster care problem in their area and come together to provide a solution.
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Connecting Children's Needs to Community Resources
In this episode, Adrien Lewis and Lisa McNearney share some of the powerful stories behind the development of CarePortal, a technology connecting platform that brings the needs of hurting children and families in a community to the attention of the Church. The impact that CarePortal has created in Missouri and throughout the U.S. demonstrates how providing more than enough for children and families in foster care can be possible when there is a way for a community to cultivate proximity to the needs of others and an opportunity to support.
Foster Care as Hospitality: With Guests Dr. Sharen Ford and Helen Parks
Dr. Sharen Ford, a former child welfare administrator, and Helen Parks, a former foster youth turned advocate, share their unique insights on how the church can successfully partner with government to show hospitality to children in foster care. They offer practical tools and helpful reflections based on what has worked well in their own state of Colorado, which we hope can equip listeners across the nation to collaborate effectively with churches, government agencies, and organizations alike in an effort to provide more than enough for children and families in foster care in their own communities.
Against All the Odds with John Buultjens
John Buultjens shares the powerful story of his journey from enduring childhood in an abusive home, to spending time in juvenile detention and foster care, to meeting and experiencing the love of his foster and adoptive parents, and to later finding purpose and joy in his passion for BMX riding. He also discusses the newly-released film, The Ride, and shares a preview of this inspirational movie based on the events of John’s own life.
Rooting for Rivals with Authors Peter Greer & Chris Horst
We are joined by Peter Greer and Chris Horst as they share about their book, Rooting for Rivals, and discuss the importance of collaboration and unity. Peter and Chris recount various stories from non-profit organizations across the country as well as their own leadership experiences that demonstrate the multiplying power of working alongside, rather than against, one another. They also offer several practical steps toward better collaboration among non-profit leaders, churches, and individuals who are all committed to providing more than enough for kids and families in their local communities.
Adjustment vs. Change
For decades, the Palmer Home for Children had been known in Mississippi for its role as a traditional, residential home, but in recent years, the leadership of Palmer Home began to discuss the best way to provide for children and started to re-think their organization’s original model. As Drake Bassett and his team started to expand their approach to include a focus on family strengthening and foster care, it made a way for families like Amy’s to become invested and involved in the lives of the children that Palmer Home cares for. Palmer Home’s story demonstrates the importance of making big changes, despite what has always been done, to act in the best interest of the child.
Love in action
When the church unites, More Than Enough happens for those who need it most. These stories illuminate what’s happening and what’s possible. You’ll dig it.
Real life people in the foster care world wanting to make a difference.
This podcast has so much heart and is filled with awesomeness!