How To Find Freedom In-Spite Of A Devastating Past [Podcast]

Season 1, Episode 4- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

We hear it all the time in the news- child grows up witnessing domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, is abused themself, lands in foster care, and goes on to repeat the cycle. On today’s podcast we share the story of a woman who faced all of this but has broken the cycle and beat the odds!


The house she was sleeping in was engulfed in flames. If it weren’t for the heroics of a neighbor boy, Nikka Palmer would have been dead. That night she actually wished she would have died. The painful reality of her life was too much to take- watching her biological parents abuse drugs and alcohol, living through domestic violence, even facing abuse herself at the hands of someone she should have been able to trust.

7 Monumental Things You Should Know About The Foster Care Journey

Every month we dialogue with foster parents over email, face-to-face, or at speaking engagements, and the the common theme we hear is, “I had no idea what I was getting into.” We understand. Once upon a time, we felt that way. But we learned some valuable lessons that are important to understand before starting foster care.


Adventure. Frustration. Joy. Anger. Hope. Fear.

Six words that evoke so much emotion. Six words that possess power. And six words I would use to describe the past decade of foster parenting for us. It’s been quite a journey. There have been mountain top experiences and valley low trials. Several times, we almost quit and walked away for good.