In spite of a world that vastly misunderstands foster care, or it’s profound impact on the lives of vulnerable children, the movement is changing lives and reshaping the future landscape of humanity. Jason Weber is one person who is leading this charge. He is the national director of foster care initiatives for CAFO (Christian Alliance For Orphans), and a recently published children’s book author. His recent book, Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn is a fantastic true story of the impact many people can make when they come together and work for the common good. On today’s episode, Jason and I
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Sometimes all we can see around us are dark clouds and difficult circumstances. It leaves us defeated. Is there any way to find hope? As I look back over the course of the past 14 years, we’ve walked through more hopeless seasons than we have peaceful ones. It’s sorta the nature of parenting. It’s especially the nature of foster, adoptive, and special needs parenting. I yawn one of those deep yawns just thinking about it. There have been so many moments where all seemed hopeless, lost, and never-ending.
Over the last few years we’ve written several posts geared toward helping case managers and workers understand the perspectives of foster parents. The content gave thousands of people in the trenches a voice. But in the process, we had many case managers reach out and share insightful information that would help foster parents on the journey.
We’ve often asked the question of foster parents, “If you could tell your case manager anything, unfiltered, what would you say?” In this episode of Honestly Speaking, Kristin and I discuss this with our good friend, Nicole. Over our 9-year career in foster parenting we worked with so many wonderful people, case managers, guardian ad litems, CASA workers, attorneys and more. But we also faced our fair share of difficult people, namely misunderstanding case managers. It made the the road we were on difficult, isolating, and much longer than it needed to be.
Along with providing content that enriches the lives of adoptive, foster and special needs parents, we want to be proactive about creating resources you can pass on to professionals, like a teacher or coach. So when our friend Michele asked us to make a video explaining trauma to teachers, we jumped at the chance!