FosterStrong

FosterStrong

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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/urfosterstrong/support

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September 15, 2021 43 min

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 childhood in foster care. You also won't want to miss the discussion about the relationship between resilient superheroes and their representation as "orphans" in the media. 

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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 and love. This week La Tika lays it all out there for the world. So pull up a chair, get comfortable, and grab your pencils because you will want to jot down some of the silver bullets from this episode - there are plenty.

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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 and a variety of safe and unsafe relationships, it is extremely crucial that foster youth have a healthy age-appropriate relationship to sexuality and sexual health. You will end this episode feeling better equipped ...

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August 5, 2021 41 min

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 would come together to make sure I had the things that I needed." Listen as our hosts dissect romantic relationships in its many capacities. Enjoy!

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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 experiences of our life, requires time, new experiences, new input and emotionally repairative experiences."

~ Ixchel Martinez; Licensed Therapist and former foster youth

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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, and foster parent. Listen as she takes us on a journey of healing and resilience. Enjoy!

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June 23, 2021 37 min

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 testimony and experiences she helps us redefine our idea of family. Enjoy!

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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 the country as we recap the first-ever CASA/GAL Volunteer’s Day that FosterStrong patterned to host. FosterStrong’s team members know first-hand the impact these caring relationships can have on a young person's life. Listen in to hear more about our partnership with the National CA...

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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 actor and comedian Brandon Phillips. Thank you for listening and remember YOUR STORY MATTERS. Enjoy!

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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 youth at both a local and federal level, always pulling up a chair for the foster youth around her. Her specialty is childhood trauma and crisis intervention and she eats, sleeps, and breathes resilience. Tune in to hear about how Ixchel's education gave language to the grit sh...

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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 advocate; motivational speaker; and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  With many words to the wise Cordelia embodies resilience in her everyday. Tune in to hear about how you can build strength and persevere from the mouth of a resilient warrior. 

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April 14, 2021 33 min

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 the stories of those who exude confidence and breathe resilience. We have new segments for you about aging out of the system and the next generation of great foster care leaders.

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November 18, 2020 43 min

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 said that we are building this plane as we fly. The difference now is that there's space for you to climb aboard. Be part of the mission, help us rewrite the narrative of what it means to be from...

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November 3, 2020 40 min

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 system, what does it mean for you to have a voice and to be an advocate?

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October 20, 2020 41 min

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. Tune in to this episode to see it all in action. To find out more visit us at www.urfosterstrong.org.

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October 6, 2020 38 min

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 pride and learn how, from a life filled with chaos, she gained control of her life and embraced empowerment. For more info visit us a urfosterstrong.org

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September 22, 2020 41 min

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 would better if everyone could see their inner jewel. But where did this come from, did he just wake up one day and be able to do this, not quite, tune in to find out how. For more information visit u...

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September 8, 2020 47 min

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 shines through. From "foster solider" to dreamer she has managed to hold onto the fun and the things that matter in life-things she says helped her and her siblings throughout their most trying times. To learn more visit us at urfosterstrong.org

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August 18, 2020 43 min

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 is clearly something amazing about Ivy's ability to overcome adversity. Tune in to hear more about how she managed and what she has learned throughout her time in care.

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August 4, 2020 28 min

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 management and public speaking Nate's story is testament to his grit, easygoing attitude and ability to roll with the punches.

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