How The Foster Care Movement Is Changing The Game For At-Risk Kids.

Season 4, Episode 36- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

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.

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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 discuss this.

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  • Allisonm

    I heard Jason speak at a conference in November 2015. Very inspiring! I’ve been thinking about ways to spur a “dry barn” initiative to overhaul the child welfare system in my state. We have some good adoption support resources, but for families like ours who live daily with the ongoing challenges related to childhood trauma, monthly support is not enough.

    After Christmas, I have made a commitment to start an informal “drop-in” foster and/or adoptive parent support/community group here by simply showing up at a location provided by another foster-supporting entity and being there for three hours, one day a week. No reservations or sign ups or obligations (except for me to show up, put on some coffee and make sure at least one person is there). It will be on the entity’s FB page and, hopefully spread by word of mouth.

    I’m just a parent. But when things were at their worst for us, we had daily in-home support and twice monthly parent support group back where we used to live. Support has to be frequent enough that everyone in the group isn’t in crisis every time. It’s hard to help each other when we are all drowning. This is a baby step toward a system that works better and won’t stand in the way of a complete system overhaul.