Fostering Conversations with Utah Foster Care

Fostering Conversations with Utah Foster Care

Utah Foster Care guides real and raw conversations about parenting for bio, foster, adoptive or blended families to increase understanding of issues we all experience as families. Utah Foster Care's mission is to develop innovative strategies to help recruit, train, and retain foster families.

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January 6, 2022 25 min
Utah Foster Care believes every child deserves a safe home with a loving family. By becoming a foster parent, you are also sharing your strength, your home, and your future—making a commitment to help, heal, and enrich the lives of abused and neglected children. Children in foster care receive medical, dental, and mental health care through Medicaid. They qualify for free school lunches and various school fee waivers. Younger chil...
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Suicide is a public health problem and the leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide can also be prevented — more investment in suicide prevention, education, and research will prevent the untimely deaths of thousands of Americans each year.  In Utah, suicide is the #1 leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24.  There are many factors that contribute to suicide. The goal of suicide prevention is to reduce those ...
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November 2, 2021 48 min
In Utah, there are around 2,700 children in foster care at any given time and some 1,300 licensed foster/adoptive families. Children in foster care often have special needs due to neglect, abuse or separation. Substance abuse is a contributing factor in many foster care cases. Parenting a child with trauma can be challenging.  Luckily, our understandings of neuroscience gives us hope. In their collaborative book, 'What Happene...
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October 5, 2021 25 min
"The number of cases of children entering the foster care system due to parental drug use has more than doubled since 2000, according to research published in JAMA Pediatrics [...] A lot of the work out there [on the opioid epidemic] has focused on mortality and overdoses and how it affects adults," says Angelica Meinhofer, instructor in health care policy and research at Weill Cornell Medicine. "[It's] less known h...
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September 7, 2021 24 min
A college or trade school degree can be a game changer for young people who have experienced foster care.  In the September edition of our Fostering Conversations Podcast, we explore an innovative program at the University of Utah, designed to shepherd students to achieve success in higher education. For more information on these programs, please visit their respective websites below: First Star--Accepts 9th graders with an open ...
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  "Professionals who work with youth need to understand the lives and unique challenges of the LGBTQ youth they serve and the implications of policies, practices, and organizational climates on their experiences and outcomes. Many resources are available for caregivers and others in the child welfare workforce to develop competency and learn how to talk positively about issues that affect LGBTQ youth, including providing safe ...
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July 7, 2021 28 min
Did you know that 1 in 10 teens say that they don't have a trusted adult that they can turn to? The Utah Department of Health Family and Youth Outreach are seeking to change that statistic.  This month we are talking with Elizabeth Gerke from the Teen Speak program.  This training provides parents or other trusted adults strategies to communicate with youth. Being or becoming an ‘Askable Adult’ includes creating a safe environm...
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June 14, 2021 32 min

“Supporting a child and their family in reunification is a selfless and loving gift that foster parents offer to thousands of families every year. You're not just fostering reunification, you're fostering a future in which parents and their children can thrive" (Source).

Why Reunification is so important:

  • Positive impact on parents
  • Better Child Development Outcomes
  • Less Stressful for Children
  • Maintains Connections 
  • ABA Ce...

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    May is National Foster Care month! Join with us in honoring our most valuable resource: Foster Parents. This month's podcast focuses on where Utah's welfare system has come from, and the positive direction it is heading.  What was once seen as, merely, a protective measure is now being seen through the lens of trauma and healing.  Through that lens, strengthening the adults in a child's life becomes the focus for heali...
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    **UPDATE** We received some valuable feedback from members of the Autistic community that we wanted to share. The puzzle piece and color blue are no longer symbols the community recognizes.  The new symbol is the infinity sign and the colors are red or gold.  We were also made aware that the organization we linked in the show notes had some harmful ideologies and practices. We are updating our image and links to reflect this new in...
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