Practical Strategies To Help Parents Who Are Raising Children With FASD.

Season 5, Episode 40- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

Parenting children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders can often feel hopeless and void of answers. In the debut of Season 5, Mike and Matt discuss practical strategies to help parents form a plan and find answers.

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There are an estimated 40,000 infants born every year with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. As we’ve mentioned many times the past on this blog and podcast, this is a disorder that is widely misunderstood and even judged. But there is new light being shed on the subject and it’s helping parents find resources and answers. We know how difficult it is day in and day out, to parent a son or daughter who suffers from this disorder. That’s why we’ve dedicated this episode to walking through some very practical and helpful strategies to help parents, on the journey of foster care and adoption, who feel helpless and hopeless as they parent children with FASD.

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10 Things You Can Do To Support Foster Families.

Over the past several months, we’ve received many messages from folks who say, “I’m not called to be a foster parent, but I’m called to help in some way. How do I did that?”

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According to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, there are over 397,000 children in the foster care system right now. There are simply not enough qualified homes to care for all these children. Our hearts should be moved to compassion. We cannot sit idly by while even one child goes without a home. We know we must do something, but what? Should everyone be a foster family? The short answer is, no. Should everyone do something? Without a doubt, the answer is a resounding yes!

We are excited to announce that Kristin will be speaking at Deeply Loved, a retreat for foster and adoptive moms, in Whitefish, Montana, October 28-29, 2017. Deeply Loved is an event sponsored by Child Bridge in Montana.

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Date: October 28, 2017—October 29, 2017
Event: Deeply Loved Retreat
Location: Whitefish, Montana
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

We are both excited to be speaking at the first ever Take Heart And Thrive Conference in Walnut Creek, California on April 28th and 29th.

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Date: April 28, 2017—April 29, 2017
Event: Take Heart And Thrive Conference
Location: Walnut Creek, California
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

6 Adoption Do-Overs I’d Take If I Could.

We all wish we could go back in time and change something we did wrong, or didn’t do at all. While it’s not possible, we can certainly learn from past mistakes and grow as we move forward.

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Oh how I wish time machines were real. Like, for real, real! I’m not even kidding. I’ll admit it openly here…I secretly watch Back To The Future with a bit of wishful thinking. I think through some of my royal screw-ups from the yester-years, shake my head, grit my teeth, and think, If only! If only I could hop into that glorious Delorean with Marty and bust a move back to that instance, that one moment, that day I said something I didn’t mean, or that traumatic fall out with one of our kids, and do things differently.

How To Parent When Your Child Can’t Live At Home.

It’s a trial many parents find themselves in when their child ends up in residential treatment or juvenile detention. How do you continue to be a parent when your child lives somewhere other than home?

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Twice a week, I visit my son. Twice a week, I sign myself out on a lined piece of paper. Twice a week, I retrieve my belongings from a locked box as a staff member walks me to the door. Twice a week, the door swings shut behind me and as I cross the parking lot. Twice a week, my eyes well up. Twice a week, I turn the key in the ignition and catch my breath as the tears are too much to hold back.

Mike will be co-leading and teaching at back-to-back Road Trip: Colorado experiences, this October in the mountains of Colorado. Road Trip is an exclusive event designed by foster and adoptive dads, for foster and adoptive dads. To learn more, click here.

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Date: October 8, 2017—October 14, 2017
Event: Road Trip: Colorado
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Kristin will be speaking at the brand new Rejuvenate Retreat for foster and adoptive moms this October in Eastern Pennsylvania. To learn more about Rejuvenate, click here.

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Date: October 20, 2017—October 22, 2017
Event: Rejuvenate Retreat- Pennsylvania
Location: Quarryville, Pennsylvania
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.