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Welcome to What The Foster?, a podcast dedicated to giving a voice to the often voiceless population of foster children in the United States. This season we’re focusing on the often unheard and invisible population of current and former youth in foster care. What The Foster? Is produced by embrella, a NJ foster care non-profit.



For more information about our Future Is Family initiative, visit www.futureisfamily.org.



To learn more about embrella, or NJ foster care, visit www.embrella.org

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Welcome to What The Foster?, a podcast dedicated to giving a voice to the often voiceless population of foster children in the United States. This season we’re focusing on the often unheard and invisible population of current and former youth in foster care. What The Foster? Is produced by embrella, a NJ foster care non-profit.



For more information about our Future Is Family initiative, visit www.futureisfamily.org.



To learn more about embrella, or NJ foster care, visit www.embrella.org

    Stephanie, Part 3 – WTF? s01e09

    Stephanie, Part 3 – WTF? s01e09

    Since entering foster care, Stephanie had relied on her social skills to navigate her life.  Now that she was preparing for college however, all of the emotions and trauma that she had been running from were catching up to her.  This week, in our final episode of Season 1, listen in to learn how a..

    • 33 min
    Stephanie, Part 2 – WTF? s01e08

    Stephanie, Part 2 – WTF? s01e08

    In foster care after immigrating to the United States, Stephanie was determined to make the most of her life.  After being separated from her mother and siblings, Stephanie wound up in a transitional living home.  In this episode, Stephanie shares with us the ways her time in that group home affected her, and shows how..

    • 27 min
    Stephanie, Part 1 – WTF? s01e07

    Stephanie, Part 1 – WTF? s01e07

    This week, we meet Stephanie, a German immigrant who ended up in the New Jersey foster care system after her arrival in the United States.  Today, Stephanie works for Wells Fargo in public relations, but in 2006, that future seemed distant.  Separated from her family as a teenager, Stephanie found herself in a group home,..

    • 15 min
    Shakree & Ananda, Part 3- WTF? s01e06

    Shakree & Ananda, Part 3- WTF? s01e06

    In the last part of his foster care story, Shakree receives a book that inspires and shapes his life’s journey and he navigates state programs to help him pursue his dreams.  Meanwhile, Ananda also heads to college. She doesn’t share her past with her new friends out of fear that it will alter their perceptions..

    • 23 min
    Shakree & Ananda, Part 2 – WTF? s01e05

    Shakree & Ananda, Part 2 – WTF? s01e05

    Ananda is forced to reevaluate her idea of a “foster kid” when she becomes one. Shakree has to figure out where he, and his daughter, are headed in life.

    • 26 min
    Shakree & Ananda, Part 1 – WTF? s01e04

    Shakree & Ananda, Part 1 – WTF? s01e04

    Shakree’s mother died when he was five, leaving him to bounce from home to home for much of the next decade. Ananda’s mother’s troubles sent Ananda from New Hampshire to New Jersey to live with her stranger of a father. How do these adolescents respond to developmental years filled with turmoil and instability? Listen to..

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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Giving a “Voice” to a Vulnerable & Voiceless group

Great show with insightful dialogues about the challenges & adversity youth in foster care face. This is an often invisible, vulnerable demographic.

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