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Foster Care: An Unparalleled Journey

155 EpisodesProduced by Jason and Amanda PalmerWebsite

Foster care is truly an unparalleled experience. This is our journey as a foster and adoptive family that has seen and experienced a lot! We want to share our joy and heartbreak with the world to inspire others to join in our mission of providing strength to the weakest among us. We are sharing our … read more

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Releasing Adoption Trauma with Ann Hince

August 2nd, 2022


I am just like many other people. Just like you perhaps? I had a childhood with plenty of trauma and dysfunction. I had PTSD into my 30s, the result …

L.I.F.E. Adventures in Adoption with Anna Maria DiDio

July 12th, 2022


Anna Maria DiDio, MSW is an adoptive mother and was inspired to write her memoir, Love at the Border, An Adoption Adventure after her own family journey to Mexico.  Now her L.I.F.E.* Adventures children’s books feature …

Adoptee and Adoptive Stories with ReGina Smithwick

July 5th, 2022


ReGina Smithwick was born in Harlem, NY, raised in Mount Vernon, NY, and Teaneck, NJ. She now resides in Winterville, NC with her three children.

She …

Foster Parents Need Community Too with Marcy Pusey

June 28th, 2022


Marcy is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Trauma and Resilience Practitioner, speaker, Story Coach, and the best-selling author of …

Neurodiversity in Foster Care with The Mcleod Fam

June 21st, 2022


Eeka McLeod’s journey to building her family began when she made the decision to pursue her dream of adopting a child. After becoming a licensed …

Daily Struggles inside Foster Care and Adoption with Jilanna Goble

June 14th, 2022


Jillana Goble is a speaker, author, and advocate. She holds a master’s degree in teaching. Together with her husband, Luke, she parents five children …

Therapist, Foster and Bio-Mom Carrie Bock LCP-MSHP

June 7th, 2022

Carrie Bock, LPC-MHSP of By The Well Counseling is a Christian Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in helping clients with anxiety and OCD overcome wounding childhood experiences via online counseling across …

Trauma and Faith in Foster Care and Adoption with Kim Peacock

May 31st, 2022


Kim Peacock is the author of Victorious Heart, which details her handling of grief over the
loss of her 17-year-old daughter. It also provides …

Foster to Adopt with John and Shannon Sorenson

May 24th, 2022


John and Shannon Sorenson faced infertility and became foster parents. After a long journey, they became adoptive parents to a sibling group of …

Foster Care in Texas with Drs. Megan and Hailey Arnold

May 17th, 2022


Dr. Hailey Arnold is a chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner; however, she is best described as an entrepreneur. Constantly finding …

Understanding Grief and Trauma with Veronica Bratcher

May 10th, 2022

Veronica earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling She is an independently licensed therapist in three states, including Utah, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. She has been an active member in the adoption …

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption with Rita Sorenon

May 3rd, 2022

Rita Soronen is the President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which has just commissioned a Harris poll to survey Americans …

Miss Oklahoma's Journey Through Foster Care and Adoption With Morgan Wolf

April 26th, 2022


“Morgan Wolf is Miss Oklahoma for America Strong. Morgan works in veterinary medicine specializing in animal rehab. Going through foster care …

This Is Me I Am Adopted with Fiona Myles

April 19th, 2022

This is me Fiona Myles, born in the mid 60s. I'm married to the amazing Brian a gorgeous red head. We have one daughter Georgie and a son Connor.

Over 100 Foster Kids in 6 Years with Mr Jay

April 12th, 2022


Mr. Jay is a M.A.T. & Ministry Certified, Professional Relationship Coach, Certified Betrayal Trauma Practitioner, Certified Special Education Teacher, Author, Air Force/Army Veteran, Inspirational/Public Speaker, …

They Took My Baby! with Tina Fumo

April 5th, 2022


Tina is the first-born child of Italian immigrants. Her home growing up was busy, loud, and had the best meals known to mankind. Though Italian was her first language, Tina became an A+ student all through grammar, high …

Finding Bio Family After Adoption with Navy Commander Theresa Carpenter

March 29th, 2022

Theresa Carpenter is an active-duty Navy Commander where she has served for the past 25 years. Her passions include helping military women succeed and the professional development of the craft of public relations. As an …

A Seed of Hope for Foster Youth with Chaney Fletcher

March 15th, 2022


Chaney Fletcher's Bio:

Hey there I'm Chaney Fletcher I'm 28 years old, married and I have five biological and two bonus children, one who is an …

Empathy and Angst Through Group Homes with Shannon Weatherly

March 8th, 2022


Shannon is a former therapist turned COO, as well as an amateur podcaster.  Her career started in child welfare and made a series of twists and turns leading her to where she is today running clinical trials.


Growing …

Adopted Twice to Post Traumatic Faith with Jill Riley

March 1st, 2022


Jill has over 30 years of experience as a minister. She has served as both
lead pastor and staff pastor over the years as well as been a part of
planting three churches. She now works with the Evangelical Covenant

College Money for Foster and Adoptive Families with Brad Baldridge

February 22nd, 2022

Ever wonder about college money for kids who have been in care, are currently in care, or your adopted kids?  Brad Baldridge specializes in just this …

Adoption and Trauma with Anastasia Lee

February 15th, 2022


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Foster Care as a Calling with Lindsey

February 8th, 2022


Lindsey and her husband decided at a young age that they felt called to serve as foster parents. She tells of their journey working with older youth …

Foster Care from Every Angle with Lily Cory

January 31st, 2022

Lily's story has foster care and adoption at the beginning, middle, and in her future. She is on the board for The Mockingbird Society. Check them out if you are interested in youth advocacy. Foster Care: An …

9 Pillars for Success for Foster Parents with Sandi Kwesell

January 25th, 2022

Sandra’s life journey is the result of her brother’s mental health issues that ended in his suicide at the age of eighteen. Sandra was determined to …

Foster Care Through the Eyes of Michael Unbroken

January 18th, 2022


Michael hosts the Think Unbroken Podcast. His life led him through trauma and a truly unique path through the world of foster care!

His story can …

Brain Science in Foster Care with Lauren Spigelmyer

January 4th, 2022


Parenting and educating children is one of the greatest experiences in life, but it comes with plenty of emotionally draining challenges. Join behavioral health specialist Lauren Spigelmyer each week as she discusses …

The Bond with Foster Care Author Angelo (AM) Grotticelli

December 28th, 2021


"The Bond" is a powerful memoir that chronicles the strength of the relationships formed among a collection of unrelated siblings who forged a …

Infertility and Foster Care with Shannon Ketchum

December 21st, 2021


Shannon Ketchum is a wife of 18 years, fur mom, foster mom sister and introvert! She has been dealing with infertility for 18 years due to endometriosis, hypothyroidism, PCOS and a pelvic spasm condition. She's the …

Journey To My Daughter with Jennifer Asher

December 14th, 2021


Jennifer tells her story of writing a book all about her adoptive daughter's story and Jennifer's journey to her. You can find her online at




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Success After International Adoption with Jonathan Joseph

December 7th, 2021


I am an international adoptee from Colombia who was adopted at 9 months with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy. My story is one of perseverance and the power of …

FFY Helping Kids in Care with Cheryl Williams

November 30th, 2021


Cheryl Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, but currently resides in Austin, Texas. She obtained a degree in early childhood education and has over 20 years of experience working with non-profit organizations before …

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November 23rd, 2021

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Diverse Foster Care Perspectives with Natasha and Rachel from the "Just as Special" podcast

November 16th, 2021


Natasha (a foster mom) and Rachel (a mentor to kids in care) are co-hosts of the Just As Special podcast which is the place to learn about foster care from diverse perspectives. Each episode, sisters Natasha and Rachel …

Talking Foster Care and Adoption with Turtle

November 9th, 2021


I decided to talk to my son this week about his feelings on Foster Care and Adoption since he is a subject matter expert (even though he is only 8).

He is brutally honest sometimes and even though I don't always like …

Support For Bio Dads in Foster Care with Jason and Amanda

November 2nd, 2021


In the foster care system, the bio dad is often the forgotten parent. In our experience bio dads have had the highest rate of reunification. How can …

Jennifer Asher's Adoption Journey

October 26th, 2021


 My website is  I can be found on all social media by searching Jennifer Rose Asher.  I am listed under this name on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and I think I am the only one with …

One Foster Teen's College Success Story with Shari Walker

October 19th, 2021

An up-and-coming content creator, marketer, playwright/screenwriter, and columnist who is a fast learner, comfortable working with an array of …

Learning Thru LGBTQ+ Biracial Adoption with Scott Mason

October 12th, 2021


Scott Mason shares his story of navigating through biracial adoption while being a part of the LGBTQ+ community. He is also a podcaster himself. You can find his podcast on his WEBSITE or by searching for "Purpose …

Gruhit's Hope with Darren Fink

October 5th, 2021


Today's guest was Darren Fink (from Transfiguring Adoption), the author of Gruhit's Hope. It is about a group of siblings that are placed in a foster …

Building Relationships Thru Noble Goals with Darius Kimberling

September 28th, 2021


Darius Kimberling is a former foster youth (FFY) and a current foster parent as well. He and his wife of 8 years are helping kids in more than one way. His goal is to connect with each kid that comes through his …

The Road From Foster Care to Beauty Pageants with Jamerika Haynes

September 21st, 2021

A native of Tacoma, Washington, Jamerika Haynes-Lewis has more than ten years of experience as a journalist and advocate for children in foster care. While growing up in foster care, Jamerika was determined to have a …

How to Deal With A Broken Foster Care System with Amber Jewell

September 14th, 2021


Amber Jewell is a licensed master social worker with over 15 years of
experience working with youth and families in child protective services,
education, and mental health services. As an educator and an advocate
for …

How to Overcome Trauma Using the Little Things with Shenandoah Chefalo

September 7th, 2021


Shenandoah Chefalo is a graduate of Michigan State University, holding a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social …

Foster Parents and The Addicted Child with Richard Capriola

August 31st, 2021


Richard Capriola has been a mental health and addictions counselor for over two decades. He recently retired from Menninger Clinic in Houston Texas …

Dealing ACE's with Dr Bre Gentile

August 24th, 2021

Dr. Breanna Gentile, Ph. D. completed her bachelor's in psychology at Gonzaga University. She went on to receive two master's degrees, one from …

Adoptees and Adult Adoption with Tracy Lamorie

August 17th, 2021


Tracy tells 2 adoption stories at one time. Her husband found out that he was adopted as an adult and they went on to adopt a young lady who is one …

Colleen Puckett's Unparalleled Journey

August 10th, 2021


Colleen Puckett is the owner of Families’ Anchor and Podcast host on The “F” Word: Foster Care. Through her lived experience in the Child Welfare …

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth with Ryann Vernetson

August 3rd, 2021


Ryann Vernetson MA, LPC from Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) joins us to talk about what children and parents really need throughout the foster care system. SAFY specialize in therapeutic foster …

Trauma Drama University with Gina Heumann

July 27th, 2021


Gina Heumann and her hubby adopted two boys from Guatemala... her youngest was neglected by his foster mom, resulting in over a decade of chaos and …

Happiness After Trauma with Dr Marissa Pei

July 20th, 2021


Dr. Marissa, introduced to Oprah as the Asian Oprah, is an organizational psychologist and media personality who speaks and consults all over the …

Nipunika Coe's Foster Care Journey

July 13th, 2021


After spending time in an orphanage and 8 years in foster care, she hopes to give back to the foster
care community by highlighting other successful …

What is a Guardian Ad Litem in Foster Care with Shanelle Dupree

July 6th, 2021


Shanelle Dupree has deep Midwestern roots. She was born in Nebraska, raised in Oklahoma, and moved to Kansas to attend Washburn University School of …

All the Faces of Foster Care with Natalie Chavis Fisher

June 29th, 2021


Natalie Chavis Fisher is a best-selling author, third-generation attorney and executive producer for the feature documentary Foster Care: Perfect Imperfection. She is a leading expert in foster care adoption committed …

From Foster Kid to a Helping Hero with Patty Waters

June 22nd, 2021


Patty Waters enjoys bringing people, ideas, and inspiration together and hopes to form a dialogue that shares a unique perspective from an adopted teenager. Patty and her 3 siblings were adopted by the Waters family at …

Being a Bio Mom in Foster Care with Tamara Sipp

June 15th, 2021


This week we hear a story from Tamara Sipp. Her life was turned upside down by an event that could happen to any hard-working single parent doing the …

Foster Care Inspiration with Juanita Grant

June 8th, 2021


Juanita H. Grant known as The Parent Mastermind is a Mother of 5, includes both bio and adoptive. Fostering 30 children in the past 25+ years. A Board Member of MAFF (Mass Alliance for Families). PAYA (Preparing …

Raising Other People's Children with Debbie Ausburn

June 1st, 2021


Debbie Ausburn is a social worker turned lawyer who has served as a house parent, foster parent, criminal prosecutor of crimes against children, and stepparent.  She now advises, and defends youth-serving …

Welcome to the Foster Lane with Sarah Salisott

May 25th, 2021

Sarah’s Links

The FosterLane Website

Welcome to the Foster Lane - Parenting Advice From a Coach Who's Been There

Chapter 1 - When it's hard, it's hard

Chapter 2 - When it's good, it's good

Chapter 3 - 3 Simple …

Karl Smith's International Adoption Story

May 18th, 2021


Karl Smith and his wife adopted their daughter as an infant from China. He details their journey to China to pick up their daughter and their family's journey beyond.

You can find his story on our website here.


Russian Orphanage to American Adoption with Oleg Lougheed

May 11th, 2021


His start in life was inauspicious. At 9 years old, he relinquished his parents' rights and entered the Russian orphanage. At the age of 12, he …

Extraordinary Unordinary Adoption Story with Simone Knego

May 4th, 2021


When I started this journey, I had no idea where my stories would take me. From learning to understand and appreciate entirely different cultures …

FASD Hope in Foster Care with Natalie Veccione

April 27th, 2021


Natalie Vecchione, Co-Founder of FASD Hope and Host of the FASD Hope podcast series is also a seasoned guest and conference presenter about the …

Victim - Victor - Vessel Gaelin Elmore's Foster Care Story

April 20th, 2021


Gaelin Elmore

Born the youngest of 5 to a struggling household, it brought many of its own complications. After spending over 10 years in the foster …

Large Sibling Groups in foster Care with Jessaka Clark

April 13th, 2021


I’m a wife and a mom of 9 beautiful children. 7 of which are biological siblings that we spent two and a half years working the foster care system to …

Georgia Hope Inc with Janine Porter

April 6th, 2021


Janine Porter has owned and operated Georgia Hope, Inc. formally Georgia Youth Network, Inc. from April 1998 to the present. She taught Mathematics …

Lessons in Life and Love with Riana Milne

March 30th, 2021


Riana Milne, CCTP, Cert. Global Life & Relationship Coach; 

Riana Milne is a Certified, Global Life & Love Trauma Recovery Coach, a Cert. …

Foster Care Success: Homeless to Professor with Katie Nall

March 23rd, 2021


Katie Nall, Ph.D., creates long-lasting change in the lives of the people in her audience. A sought-after speaker for colleges and universities, …

Heroes Fostering Superpowers Thru Trauma in Foster Care with Daniel Hall

March 16th, 2021


Daniel Hall is a former foster youth with a twist. He and his wife became foster parents and now they have 6 kids ages 5, 8, 10, 11, 17, and 20.

They …

Trouble Helping Kids in Foster Care with Sheila Duncan

March 9th, 2021


Sheila Duncan Bio

Creating a business and bringing an idea to life is a labor of love. When Sheila Duncan’s niece was 12, she found herself surrounded by adversity losing three family members to …

Following God's Call to Foster Care with Laura Hernandez

March 2nd, 2021


 My name is Laura Hernandez. My husband, Tony, and I are raising our ten amazing children in the Dallas area. In the past four and a half years we …

Foster Care 101 How to Become a Foster Parent

February 23rd, 2021


This week we are sharing a webinar that we hosted recently. It is all about the process of becoming a foster parent, and the questions that you might have. 
We hosted this project in hopes that people who are interested …

Faith Finds Hope Through Adoption with Faith Ehiozuwa

February 16th, 2021


Faith was born in Liberia and became an orphan at a young age. As a child she suffered  from :

  • the horrors of war
  • poverty
  • hunger
  • life in an orphanage

Understanding Attachment in Foster Care with Sarah Salisott

February 9th, 2021

Sarah’s Intro

As a parent to a young adult who was adopted through foster care and also is the parent that goes through attachment interviews and …

Emotional Detox for Foster Care with Sherianna Boyle

February 2nd, 2021


We talked with Sherianna Boyle about the emotional needs of foster kids and foster parents as well!

Sherianna Boyle has been featured in over ninety-articles, her Emotional Detox Radio Show on is in the …

A Foster Kid's Road to Success with Robert P K Mooney

January 26th, 2021


My name is Robert P.K. Mooney. My friends call me Rob.

I grew up all around Oahu, Hawaii, and throughout Utah.  From age six until eighteen, I was a foster kid, changing homes twenty times between Oahu and Utah. How did …

Young, Wild, and Safe in Foster Care with Emily Gaudreau

January 19th, 2021


Emily, a former playboy photographer,  now a child sexual abuse prevention educator and anti-pornography activist.

She is a woman on a mission to stop the cycle of sexual trauma and open our eyes to the high price we're …

Living with Rahab's Heart with Jennifer Wilcox

January 12th, 2021


Living with Rahab’s Heart


Jennifer Wilcox is an adoptive mom of 2 boys who are brothers.  She is a wife of 13 years to her husband David, a …

Sean's Gift to Foster Care with Wendi Friesen

January 5th, 2021


Wendi Friesen has worked with many people on working through their trauma through hypnotherapy. 

There are many ways to work through trauma and hypnotherapy is not always the answer for you. But, sometimes it is just …

Love Never Quits - RAD in Foster Care with Gina Heumann

December 29th, 2020

Gina is a mom who has overcome enormous challenges to help my child heal from trauma. Her boys were adopted from Guatemala, and her youngest was …

Giving Back with Foster Care Survivor and Author Danny Vann

December 22nd, 2020


Danny Vann is a musician, an Alumni of the Elvis Presley Impersonator Hall of Fame, author, and former foster youth. He tells his story of where he came from and the struggles that he faced. 

However, he doesn't stop …

Laugh or Die - How Suicide Affects Foster Kids with Frank King

December 15th, 2020


Frank King is a comedian, 20 veteran writer on the Tonight Show, has 5 TED talks, and suffers from depression and chronic suicidal ideation.

Frank says, if you are thinking about suicide, call the prevention hotline - …

Paul Mocsari's Journey Through Foster Care

December 8th, 2020

Paul Mocsari came into foster care at a young age. Listen in and he will unpack his story for you. Take this opportunity to listen to the lesson he …

21 Kids in 2 Years - A Foster Care Journey with Roman and Lindsay Prokopchuck

December 1st, 2020


Roman is a 1st generation immigrant from Ukraine. He
arrived in the US with 6 other family members in a 2 bedroom

Roman interned with the Secret Service and
held a top-secret government clearance. He was …

Redefining Normal After Foster Care with Justin and Alexis Black

November 24th, 2020


Justin and Alexis are authors, speakers, and business owners. Together, they've created The Scholarship Expert and The ROSE Empowerment Group to …

Blind Hope in Foster Care with Ashley Wayne

November 17th, 2020


Ashley is a wife, mother, writer, and former social worker who also happens to be totally blind.  She and her sighted husband are raising two …

Coping With RAD in Foster Care with Cheryl Ruzzo Part 2

November 13th, 2020


Cheryl Ruzzo is a registered nurse with a certification as a pediatric clinical specialist. She has worked with families of many backgrounds and with various needs, including safety planning for medically at-risk …

Coping with RAD in Foster Care with Cheryll Ruzzo Part 1

November 10th, 2020


Cheryl Ruzzo is a registered nurse with a certification as a pediatric clinical specialist. She has worked with families of many backgrounds and with various needs, including safety planning for medically at-risk …

Growing Up Black in White with Kevin Hofmann

November 3rd, 2020


An accomplished writer and public speaker, Kevin Hofmann has appeared across the United States sharing his experience and guiding parents, students, …

Foster Care Coaching with Mary Rose Maloney

October 27th, 2020


MaryRose is a foster parent coach and a former child welfare case manager. She owns and operates her own online coaching business that supports foster parents as they support children and families.

MaryRose works with …

Foster Care and Motherhood Confidential with Laurel Norris

October 20th, 2020


Foster care was not in Laurel's plans. Laurel had a young family member that needed a place to be safe and loved. 

She stepped up and provided a loving and safe place for her young family member to stay. As time …

Transfiguring Adoption with Darren and Margie Fink

October 13th, 2020


Darren and Margie Fink are an amazing couple who jumped into Foster Care and Adoption head first!

Together they created Transfiguring Adoption.

Darren received his bachelor's degree in visual fine arts. Since …

My Patchwork Family with Ginger Baerg

October 6th, 2020



Ginger Baerg is a wife, mother, and high school math teacher.  God called Ginger and her husband, Dustin, to grow their family, by fostering and …

Foster Care - We are the village with Travis and Whitney Creasy

September 29th, 2020


Travis resides in Fayetteville, Tennessee, and is a jack of all trades. He preaches, coaches, teaches, parents, and finds a way to still rock the social media world. He is married to Whitney and they have two awesome …

Healing after foster care and Wise Old BadassWarrior of the Light Souls with Allana Pratt

September 22nd, 2020


Intimacy Expert, Allana Pratt is a global media personality and go-to authority for those who have suffered heartbreak and are ready to live …

Foster Care to the NFL and Beyond with Anthony Trucks

September 15th, 2020


Anthony Trucks talks about his own Unparalleled Journey from foster care, through the NFL, and beyond. That journey allowed him to become the amazing and inspirational human that he is today! Along the road, he was met …

A Lifeline on the Road of Brokeness

September 8th, 2020


Sonia joined Lifeline in July of 2019.  She is from Montgomery, Alabama, …

Foster Care Advocate Jen Lilley in Washington, DC

September 1st, 2020


Foster Care Advocate Jen Lilley in Washington, DC

Jen Lilley is an actress known for her roles on Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and numerous …

Foster Care and Infant Felonies with Ruben Jay

August 25th, 2020

Foster Care and Infant Felonies with Ruben Jay

Ruben Jay grew up in foster care and was eventually adopted into a family where he was raised by David …

Promoting Presence in Parenting with Bryan Post of The Post Institute

August 18th, 2020


Bryan Post has been working in the homes of low-income families bringing mindfulness and presence for 20 years. He helps parents learn that stress …

Surviving Abuse in and Out of Foster Care with Heather

August 11th, 2020


Heather's story of trauma began at birth. Being born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was only the beginning of her struggles that have followed her …

A Story Of Hope with Eric MacDougall

August 4th, 2020

A Story of hope

Eric MacDougall was in foster care for 3 1/2 years between the ages of 10 1/2 and 14 years old.
While in foster care he found some …

Connected Parenting with Melissa Corkum

July 28th, 2020


Melissa drops wisdom on us this week about the intricacies of parenting for adopted, foster, and transracial families! We covered:

  • The Guilt of …

How to Become a Foster Parent

July 24th, 2020


In this episode, I delve into the steps involved in becoming a foster parent and there is also some news about the show as well!

I discussed some of …

Helping Family Heal with Ryan Greenwood

July 17th, 2020


Ryan and his wife became accidental foster parents. They took his great-niece into their home when she needed a place to stay. They already had a daughter and it changed the face of their family.

Foster care created …

The Uncommon Path with Christine Pienkowski

July 10th, 2020


Kristine Pienkowski has a dual role in the foster care system. She was both a child in care and a helper of children who are currently in foster …

Strong Fathers with Barry Farmer

July 3rd, 2020


Foster care is always challenging for all parties involved.

At this point in time, we as a nation need someone to exemplify humanity done right. 

Your Power is on the other side of forgiveness with Brian Haisch

June 26th, 2020


Brian tells his story of spending almost his entire childhood in the foster care system. After 20 placements, he has many stories to tell. If it had not been for his last and longest placement, he may have never found a …

Immediate Opportunity for Older Foster Youth in Care! Life That Counts with founder John Wiliams

June 24th, 2020


Providing Continuity of Community for Older Adolescent Teens in Care


•offering an online virtual community delivering evidence based curriculum …

From Foster to Family with Dr John Degarmo

June 19th, 2020


Born in 1969, leading international foster care expert and consultant and TED Talk speaker Dr. John DeGarmo has worn many hats throughout his life. …

Put on your BATTLE SHOES - with Karin Davis-Thomas

June 12th, 2020


Karin Davis-Thompson has experience as a foster, adoptive, and a special-needs mom. In this episode, she tells her story of what it takes to fight for the best outcomes for your child - especially when they can't fight …

Bio-Mom by Choice with Caroline Ritenour

June 5th, 2020


Caroline wasn't in a good place to parent a child - and she knew it. Shame kept her from sharing her story until one day when she made the decision …

Overcoming the Chaos of Foster Care with Nick Sotelo

May 29th, 2020


Dr Nick Sotelo joins me this week to discuss the tie between kids in Foster Care and kids in the juvenile justice system. He works as a counselor at the Oregon Youth Authority.

As a child, he experienced a lot of the …

Beautifully Broken for God with John and Val

May 22nd, 2020


John and Val have been working for the cause of the orphan for many years. They have a nonprofit organization that serves the orphans of Kenya, Africa. 

In 2018 they were called to help a little boy named Jesse. They …

Grief, Growth, and Human Sacrifice with Madame Voodoo

May 15th, 2020


Madame Voodoo is an amazing woman that we met through her business in our area. She has a tattoo shop in Warrenton, MO where Amanda and I met her. 

She has a heart for helping others and leaving the world a better place …

Being a bio mom in adoption with Lauren

May 8th, 2020


Lauren Bujorian is an adoptee and a birth mom who realized her own limitations at a time in her life when she became pregnant. 

She had a hard choice to make - and her decision has shaped many lives! 

She has become …

Trauma Informed Humans with Robyn Gobbel lcsw, rpt-s

May 1st, 2020


Being a trauma-informed human is all about learning what trauma is and the best way to handle people (kids in the foster care system, adopted kids, …

A Foster Care Journey with Darren and Theresa Carter

April 24th, 2020


Darren W Carter and Theresa Carter join us in this episode to talk about their lives, struggles, and joys through the lens of being foster parents. They are both strong parents and business owners located in Cleveland, …

The life of a caseworker with Libby

April 17th, 2020


Caseworkers in the foster care system get a bad rap. To be fair, there are a few turds in every group of employees. 
Most caseworkers are …

Finding Strength with Janielle

April 10th, 2020


This episode contains stories that allude to sexual violence against children. If you have children in the area or are strongly affected by this …

Stable Moments with Rebecca Britt

April 3rd, 2020


We talked with Rebecca Britt from Stable moments a little while back on her podcast. This week we talk to her about how she is helping kids with her …

Jeremy Roadruck Talks Trauma and understanding kids

March 27th, 2020


Trauma-informed parenting requires us to understand our kids and how they see life through their filters. This week on Foster Care: An Unparalleled Journey we talk to Jeremy Roadruck about understanding those traumas …

Social Media Dangers with Beka Dominguez at

March 20th, 2020


This week on Foster Care: An Unparalleled Journey we talk with Beka Dominguez at about the frightening realities of the dark side of social media and internet access for children. In this episode, we talk about …

Foster Care News

March 16th, 2020


Foster Care news isn't all bad! Jason and Amanda talk about stories we found in the news around the country related to foster care!




Fostering hope in the city of sin

The Lost Children of Los …

Giving your family to a child with Sean

March 13th, 2020


Sean and his wife devastated when infertility took away their chances to build a family. That was until a movie by The Dave Thomas Foundation "A Home …

Sharing God thru Foster Care with Luke Zitzman

March 6th, 2020


Luke Zitzman is a pilot with the US Coast Guard and a foster dad. He is literally protecting our country from threats, both foreign and domestic! Luke and his wife have had many placements in their home since being …

Zoe finds God in Foster Care

March 6th, 2020


Zoe, a 16-year-old girl found herself in a difficult situation trying to be an adult before her time. After a volatile situation in her bio-mom's …

Stable Moments Podcast With Rebacca Britt

February 28th, 2020


Today we talked to Rebecca Britt from The Stable Moments Podcast. She found our podcast and wanted to talk to us about our involvement with kids who …

Tom and Courtney Gilmour's amazing journey.

February 21st, 2020


This episode of Foster Care: An Unparalleled Journey was Amanda and I talking with another crazy couple of foster parents. Tom and Courtney Gilmour have an amazing story about coming from foster care and becoming foster …

Erin Reader

February 14th, 2020


Erin was adopted as an infant from South Korea. Being raised in Minnesota, she was obviously different from most of the kids around her. However, her family and friends made it an enjoyable childhood. Listen as she …

Foster Care: An Unparalleled Journey Presents - Regulation, Dis-regulation, and Re-regulation for kids and adults.

February 11th, 2020


Jason and Amanda on a Youtube Live talking about the effects of trauma on adults and the children they are trying to raise. You can see the video on …

Caroline Bailey from Barren to Blessed

February 7th, 2020


 Caroline Bailey is from Southwest Missouri. She has worked in child welfare for 18 years. She runs the blog and Facebook Page or …

FMLA - with Foster Care: An Unparalleled Journey

February 3rd, 2020


This is a youtube live with Jason and Amanda where we are discussing the benefit of FMLA surrounding new placements and needed time off of work and …

Youtubelive - Saying No

February 3rd, 2020


This week's show is all about saying no. Always be willing to say no if it is the best thing for the kids! This was the audio from a Youtube live video we tried. I think it is going to be a new weekly feature.

Trauma and ramen with Aubren Dudley

January 31st, 2020


Aubren Dudley tells the story of trauma and ramen. Her son opens up and tells her the story that inspired millions of views on her Facebook Post and was featured on Good Morning America. Her training and years of …

Case Workers not getting things done quickly enough??

January 31st, 2020


On this Youtube Live, we talked about the struggles of dealing with and being a social worker or case manager. This topic was inspired by a social media post we saw from this week's guest on the big show. Be sure to …

Youtube Live - Saying No

January 27th, 2020


We are trying something new. We are uploading a video version of these shorter podcasts to youtube on our channel Foster Care: An Unparalleled Journey! Let us know what you think!

Hope for Amy Part 3

January 24th, 2020


In this episode of Foster Care: An Unparalleled Journey "Amy" finishes telling her story. She is a rare case of a biological parent with issues that …

IntervIew With Lifestyle Savant

January 22nd, 2020


I talked with Mark Savant from the Lifestyle Savant Podcast. We talked about foster care, podcasting, social media and how it affects our ability to get our message out to the masses. It was a great chance to connect …

Hope For Amy Part 2

January 18th, 2020


In this episode of Foster Care: An Unparalleled Journey "Amy" tells her story. She is a rare case of a biological parent with issues that she is …

Hope For Amy Part 1

January 11th, 2020


In this episode of Foster Care: An Unparalleled Journey "Amy" tells her story. She is a rare case of a biological parent with issues that she is …

The Legacy Of Standing With Turtle Part 5

January 5th, 2020


Foster care began as a passion for us and has led us into adoption as well. This is the finale of Turtle's story. This story is as true and accurate …

The Legacy Of Standing With Turtle Part 6

January 4th, 2020


Foster care began as a passion for us and has led us into adoption as well. This is the finale of Turtle's story. This story is as true and accurate …

The Legacy Of Standing With Turtle Part 4

December 28th, 2019


Foster Care is a wild ride. Listen to part 4 of Turtle's exciting and sometimes dangerous journey with us through his time as a foster kid! 

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The Legacy of Standing With Turtle Episode 3

December 21st, 2019


Foster care is a tricky business that takes you to places and experiences that you never expected. Whether you are looking at domestic adoption, foreign adoption or a kinship adoption there are certain to be surprises …

The Legacy of Standing with Turtle Episode 2

December 14th, 2019


Episode 2 of The Legacy of Standing With Turtle. In this episode, we talk about drugs, gang affiliation, and death. Turtle finally comes into care and we are relieved to finally have some authority figures step into his …

The Legacy of Standing With Turtle Episode 1

December 7th, 2019


The foster care system brought us a little guy we called "G," this is the first of a 5 part series telling his story. We are talking drugs, prostitution, gangs and plenty of other twists in his origin story. 

Interview with Jahnyia Palmer

December 2nd, 2019


Jahnyia found herself in foster care at 2 years old. She and her brother were witnesses to their father's murder. Their mother was a heroin addict. …

Carl's Story

December 2nd, 2019


Amanda and I had the joy of fostering "Carl" in our home for almost a year. Here is one of our stories that was beautiful and hard at the same time!

Interview With Turtle

December 2nd, 2019


Foster care and adoption are deep topics, so I decided to interview a subject expert: my 6-year-old son. He spent 2 years in foster care in our home, …

Our Origin story

November 30th, 2019


Jason and Amanda talk about the reasons why foster care became a part of their life. 


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