34 episodes

This is a show about how child welfare transformation actually starts with personal transformation. Follow Matt Anderson, a former child welfare executive with 20 years of experience, as he goes deeper into his own process of becoming who he needs to be.  Matt has conversations with creative disruptors who help us see how systems can harm and oppress people.  Each episode is an invitation to go deeper into your own process of being in service of people rather than systems. 

The Proximity Process 14th Street Studios

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 43 Ratings

This is a show about how child welfare transformation actually starts with personal transformation. Follow Matt Anderson, a former child welfare executive with 20 years of experience, as he goes deeper into his own process of becoming who he needs to be.  Matt has conversations with creative disruptors who help us see how systems can harm and oppress people.  Each episode is an invitation to go deeper into your own process of being in service of people rather than systems. 

    My Journal: Am I Afraid to Address Racism Publicly

    My Journal: Am I Afraid to Address Racism Publicly

    This episode is a follow up to the previous journal episode, Am I Biased? One of our ambitions with this show is to build community and engage the community in a conversation. So, the series of episodes about termination of parental rights led to some feedback that prompted the episode about my biases. And that episode prompted past guest Corey Best to send me a journal prompt that I used for this episode. I do have fears about addressing racism publicly, and I believe that I need to have con...

    • 7 min
    Ask Me Anything with guest host Kathleen Creamer

    Ask Me Anything with guest host Kathleen Creamer

    I'm super excited to bring you the first ever (but not the last) Ask Me Anything episode. We put out a call for questions and you all came through. We received more questions than we could get to in one episode. We also asked the Proximity Podcast Club if someone wanted to guest host. Again, lots of interest but there could only be one host. Kathleen Creamer is a parent defense attorney but has a real talent for hosting. Maybe she'll have her own show soon. Kathleen curated your questions, an...

    • 46 min
    My Journal: Am I Biased?

    My Journal: Am I Biased?

    In this week's episode I start with the journal prompt, am I biased? This was prompted by some of the feedback to our most recent episodes on Termination of Parental Rights. I thought I would let you all into my process of how I try to approach feedback that is critical or raises questions about my intentions. Rather than defending anything that is being said on the show my hope is to ask myself some questions about what I can learn from the feedback. You'll have to listen to the episod...

    • 12 min
    Termination of Parental Rights with Vivek Sankaran

    Termination of Parental Rights with Vivek Sankaran

    This week's episode continues our series of conversations about Termination of Parent Rights. I wanted to talk to Vivek Sankaran because he has a unique depth of knowledge to bring to the thought experiment that we've been bringing to these episodes, which is to imagine what if TPR was no longer an option. Vivek directs the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. We talked about TPR from the perspective of its morality, necess...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Termination of Parental Rights with Mollie Warren

    Termination of Parental Rights with Mollie Warren

    Today's guest, Mollie Warren, is the Director of Family and Children's Services in Boulder County, Colorado. I wanted to return to the conversation about Termination of Parental Rights with someone who is in a "practitioner" role and a position to make decisions about to the use of TPR on a regular basis. One of my goals in these conversations is to normalize a conversation about "what if TPR was no longer an option?" I think it's helpful if we can examine TPR from the perspective of what opp...

    • 52 min
    My Journal: Notes from the Podcast Club

    My Journal: Notes from the Podcast Club

    In today's journal episode I share some of the questions and ideas that came up on this week's Proximity Podcast Club conversation. The jumping off question this week was what shifts are happening for each of us as we think more deeply about prevention. In other words, what are we trying to prevent, how, and for whom? This led to a really dynamic conversation. We talked about why it is so important that we remain curios and flexible, particularly as leaders. We also talked about the role of t...

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Amy$$81 ,

Hooked

I identify with Matt and Episode 1 of the proximity process and ready for episode 2.

Lynn Ann 99 ,

Radical doesn’t mean right

Just because an idea is radical doesn’t make it inherently good. This podcast presets ideas without engaging other perspectives and without offering facts in support of claims. There is o question the foster care system is 100% failing kids and is getting worse every year but denying children the right to safety and permanency and ignoring the voices of adult adoptees that do not agree and do not echo these “radical” ideas is not the way to achieve meaningful change. Dismissing and refusing to discuss issues with anyone who doesn’t fully agree with Matt’s perspective is not the was to bring about meaningful change. Change needs to come by putting the focus back on the child in child welfare and to stop using kids lives as Guinea pigs for someone’s “radical” ideas.

do good anyway ,

Disappointing

This podcast advocates for extreme ideas without providing any peer reviewed data and evidence to support assertions or offering differing perspectives. One sided opinions are presented in a biased manner. That is not good a good approach for catalyzing discussion around child welfare reform.

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