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Episode Info: Usually, on Thursdays, we do Giving Back Insights, my solo cast supplement.  Today we’re doing something different.  I saw an awesome video on Upworthy.com about a man’s journey from foster care child to adoptive parent and his story inspired me to reach out to him.  Our conversation was as wonderful as you might expect with a gentleman who is committed to improving the lives of foster children throughout the DC metropolitan Region and today’s episode will feature his interview.  Key Takeaways: Their story is about courage, diversity, and most of all, love.  Fair warning about our interview before we start: there’s some profanity, there’s some discussion about child abuse, there are a few long pauses & shared indignation, and there’s some crying by a couple of middle aged guys.  You’re about to hear a really personal conversation between two dads, no edits.   Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of Comfort Cases and the Scheer family and in honor of National Foster Care month, I am pleased to introduce Rob Scheer! “We just got some new statistics” about foster kids and education & incarceration 2.15: foster care system is shattered, not broken 4.15: difference for Rob and his kids is not about color, it’s education and opportunity 5.45: adults who have been in foster care suffer PTSD at twice the rate of combat veterans 8.00: the University of Maryland chose Comfort Cases as their example for students of giving back 9.10: “therapeutic” foster kids are kids being kids.  Hoarding food is a way to feel safe when food was withheld in their lives. 10.45: Comfort Cases is a national charity run completely by volunteers, www.NoMoreTrashBags.org” 12.30: Rob became homeless at 18 with a trash bag as a suitcase.  30 years later, his kids came with trash bags.  Shenendoah Chefalo wrote about that in her book, Garbage Bag Suitcase, www.GarbageBagSuitcase.com  14.30: items in each comfort case are intentional and important to help kids transition to foster care 18.45: the blanket is about showing love for each child, which is what community is about 21.15: privilege to give back 25.45: Makai the Chicken Whisperer 29.15: “Blood does not make a family.  It’s the love in your heart that makes a family” 30.00:Read more »

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