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Unbelievably Resilient

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A podcast brought to you by alumni of foster care. Listen in as we show you what it means to embrace resilience as an identity. Come along as we share our journeys from trauma to triumph and introduce you to extraordinary alumni from across the country. Former known as Foster Strong. Support this po… read more

27 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Season 2 Finale - Episode 12 - Unpacking Resilience

September 15th, 2021


How do you define resilience? Join us as the team explores what it means to be resilient, what their personal relationship with resilience has looked like, and how they have defined resilience for themselves after a …

Season 2 - Episode 11 - La Tika Jeffery

September 1st, 2021


How do you define strength? What does it take to foster or adopt? Tune in, once again, to a raw and vulnerable exploration of the topics you all know …

Season 2 - Episode 10 - The Birds and The Bees

August 18th, 2021


Tune in this week about the birds and the bees, the grass and the trees, the wind and the breeze. Talking about sex can often stir up a myriad of emotions for people, even more so, for foster youth. With complex trauma …

Season 2 - Episode - 9 Josh Johns

August 5th, 2021


Meet Coach JJ, an amazing foster care alumni that takes us on the journey of his life and his love/hate relationship with growing up in the system. "Being a part of a team meant something to me. My teammates family …

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Lets Talk About Healing!

July 22nd, 2021


Join us as talk about their personal healing journeys. "Healing is not a linear process. You're not going to just wake up one day and be healed and never again experience a bad day. Healing and recovering from the …

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Cherish Fields

July 7th, 2021


Throughout this season, we often refer to foster youth as super hero's. In Episode 7, we have the pleasure of speaking to our very own super woman, Cherish Fields. She's a mom, wife, social worker, alum of the system, …

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Jaquia Wilson

June 23rd, 2021


Where you come from does not dictate where you’re going. In this episode, our Producer Candi Marie sits down with Jaquia Wilson a young resilient foster alum that works with The Institute for Family. Through her …

Season 2 - Episode 5 - CASA/GAL Volunteer’s Day Recap

June 9th, 2021


On this episode of the FosterStrong Podcast we pause to recognize and thank the time, commitment, and dedication of the CASA/GAL volunteer’s across …

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Brandon Phillips

May 27th, 2021


On this episode of the FosterStrong Podcast we take you on a journey from foster care to Hollywood. Buckle up for the unbelievably resilient story of …

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Ixchel Martinez

May 12th, 2021


A licensed social worker and alumni of care, Ixchel is a healing guru. Ixchel's story is one of mental fortitude and tenacity. She has advocated for …

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Cordelia Cranshaw

April 28th, 2021


Tune in to hear from our guest Cordelia Cranshaw, former Miss District of Columbia USA 2019, also a former foster youth and now a foster system …

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Sean Anders

April 14th, 2021


In the first episode of Season 1 we spoke to Sean Anders about the vision of FosterStrong this season we start off by diving into his story. In Season 2 we focus on the Unbelievably Resilient. Join us as we dive into …

Episode 15 - Season 1 Finale

November 18th, 2020


From what we've learned to what we are. From our "family" to yours this movement is growing. Join us for some of the funniest moments of the season, as we recap a few things from our wild ride. Since the beginning we've …

Episode 14 - Voting for Child Welfare

November 3rd, 2020


What is the Foster Youth Vote? How is child welfare on the ballot when it comes to election season? When the government legally becomes your "parent" or when you are "raised" by a system such as the child welfare …

Episode 13 - Meet Ria

October 20th, 2020


Meet Ria, an advocate through and through, she's always got your back and will not hesitate to extend her compassion. Her ability to set boundaries and face tough situations is surely some of her greatest attributes. …

Episode 12 - Meet Maraide

October 6th, 2020


Meet Maraide from Foster youth to the film industry, she's seen it all. Tune in to catch a glimpse of how she has turned her shame into her greatest …

Episode 11 - Meet Carloe

September 22nd, 2020


Meet Carloe, our resident "servant leader". With a devotion akin to no other, he will show you what it means to see "the light in the dark". Seeing the light in himself has helped him overcome and he believes the world …

Episode 10 - Meet Slam

September 8th, 2020


Meet Slam the poet, at any moment she can be found spreading love and happiness. She sheds light into the world with her words and her wisdom clearly …

Episode 9 - Meet Ivy-Marie

August 18th, 2020


She's a firecracker with a heart that's the size of the moon. They say everything is bigger in Texas, well her dedication to others, lives up to that tale. From foster kid to Foster Care and Adoption Specialist, there …

Episode 8 - Meet Nate

August 4th, 2020


He's down to earth. He's got a big heart, a bigger personality, and an even bigger smile. Tune in to catch a glimpse of how Nate broke the cycle and became the person he is today. From detention centers to a life of …

Episode 7 - Meet Candi Marie

July 22nd, 2020


Tune in this week to catch our very own co-host Candi Marie as she shares about her journey from trauma to triumph, from Florida to Hollywood, from …

Episode 6 - Being Brave with Boundaries

July 14th, 2020


Tune in this episode to hear how the team has dealt with boundary setting and how they have benefited from healthy boundaries with themselves and those around them. Learn more at

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Episode 5 - Relationships: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

July 8th, 2020


It is the presence of relationships and sometimes the lack thereof that make a difference in our lives. Hear from the team as we share about our relationships growing up in care...the ones that were saved, the ones that …

Episode 4 - Strong Minds, Mental Health, and Self-Care

June 30th, 2020


Enduring trauma is commonplace in the life of youth growing up in foster care. Listen in as our team members talk about their relationships with …

Episode 3 - Black Lives Matter, Race, and Foster Care

June 19th, 2020


With demonstrations going on around the world and in the wake of continued racial injustices our team members Adrian, Slam, Ivy-Marie, and Candi provide their perspectives on the intersection of race, foster care and …

Episode 2 - Trials, Tassels, and Triumphs

June 9th, 2020


On this episode, the FosterStrong team discuss the huge accomplishment that graduation is for youth coming from the foster care system. Listen in to hear from two of our team members, Maraide and Slam, as they talk …

Episode 1 - Introduction to FosterStrong

May 29th, 2020


On this episode, you will meet FosterStrong team Keri, Adrian, Ria and Lino. They will explore what FosterStrong is and how it all got started. Tune in to hear from Ria, on her experience entering the foster care system …

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