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The Foster Parent Podcast
22 minutes | Apr 7, 2014
Episode 10 Short and Sweet
Today on the Foster Parent Podcast, Drew is just plum exhausted. We have a new placement, she just turned 1 month, and is still detoxing, so we have not had much rest here at Rescue Reef Studios. Never-the-less Drew is a soldier and has managed to fight through the fog of sleepless nights just enough to ramble on about Peter and Karen's goal switch to adoption, and what that actually looks like. Then we have some listener feedback from Sean of the Snowland, and he is gracious enough to lend us a great Parenting Tip From a Crazy Person! Hoping to be back to awesomeness next week!
49 minutes | Mar 23, 2014
Episode 9- Interview With A Counselor
After a few weeks of talking about Jennifer, Drew finally talks to her. Here is a list of questions he remembered to ask: My kid is having behavior problems as a result of a visit. Do we ignore? Correct? How do I get my foster child to open up instead of acting out? Is is a temper tantrum or a trigger? What do therapists expect/require from foster parents? What should foster parents expect from their therapist? Is therapy a magic pill? What is the One Thing you would change to affect a positive change for foster kids? We did have an Inspirational Quote this week: "As One Person I can not change the World, but I can change the World of One Person."
42 minutes | Mar 18, 2014
Episode 8 Little Boy Lost
If this episode sounds scattered, it is. We haven't gotten to LeeLee yet on the show. She was a short term placement just before Christmas, and she went to live with a family member. Well she is back and better than ever. Unfortunately I can't get much done around the house when she is awake, as I am her favorite thing. We are getting used to things and I expect to get back to my usual show prep and recording schedule going forward. Thanks for understanding! In this episode, Turtle leaves for rehab, and we are all devastated. I appeal to the Office of the Advocate but am underwhelmed by the results. Our long term placements have issues as well and have to help them realize that their parents are not doing everything they can to get them back. More and more Peter and Karen are pulling away from their parents, and it is happening right before our eyes. Inspiration on this episode- 'Little souls find their way to you. Whether from your womb or someone else's"- Sheryl Crow News this week comes from across the Pond, all the way from Great Britain. Basically a foster kid gets abducted by the biological mother and Drew wonders about how this happens, and relates a moment from early in their hosting Peter and Karen where this was a scare.
54 minutes | Mar 11, 2014
Episode 7 The Three Hour Tour
This week Drew talks about bringing kids to see whales in Massachusetts. Then we discover that despite professional opinions to the contrary a judge decides to award additional time to a biological family member, and it backfires. If you would like to go whale watching visit Cape Ann Whale Watch Jillian Michaels was the source of Inspiration this week:"Just because you get a flat tire doesn't mean you have to slash the other three." Drew talks about how this illustrates that a setback or mistake is not terrible provided it is an isolated incident, and not a catalyst for continued negativity. This week's news article was from The Chronicle of Social Change. The article is 7 Ways To Reform Foster Care by Georgette Todd, here is the list: Partner up with the Red Cross Investigative Think Tanks Hollywood Youth Consultants Parent Trainers Get Some Mad Men CASA Requirement While Drew enjoys taking full credit for his Parenting Tips From A Crazy Person, this tip came from the SMR Podcast. Basically you want to bribe your kids to be good in the car for long trips by paying them for every hour they don't ask dumb questions. This tip proved to work for almost 13 hours this past summer, but try quarters if your kids don't have any ideas about money... Coming up on future episodes will be a Q&A segment with Jennifer, a therapist who works with foster children. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Sorry for the delay in publishing, the job that pays the bills was selfish this week...
34 minutes | Mar 2, 2014
Episode Six- Unspecified Chaos
In this episode, we talk about a new placement as well as taking foster kids camping. We have an Inspirational Quote, but we look into RAD, or Reactive Attachment Disorder in place of our News Segment. Mayo ClinicAmerican Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry A different take on the BLT
43 minutes | Feb 23, 2014
EP5 The One Who Wasn’t
After teasing the audience in Some Assembly Required, Drew shares his research and mindset behind their decision to accept the newborn. Unfortunately the judge in the case has other ideas and decides a drug addict makes a fine mother. On behalf of the baby who never had a chance Drew issues his Call To Action. Please contact your state legislators and begin lobbying them to change how this broken system works. We also ask that you review the show where ever you find it to help it climb the rankings and get more notice. Reckless decisions need to be addressed and the rights of the children need to surpass the rights of their abusers. Dave Jackson's Logical Weightloss Podcast gives us this week's Inspirational Quote. "Though we can not go back in time to change the past, we can make positive changes now in order to change the future". Visit Dave's page if you need some inspiration or advice on losing weight. Two News stories this week, both short. One is a good story with a bad twist, the other is a bad story with a good twist. Drew also does his best to pay Canada a compliment, but just winds up making fun of them in the process. Meet Gina, The New Adorable Face Of Foster Care Meet Gina is the first story. Gina was adopted out of foster care on January 28th. Drew wonders why foster families are not allowed to publish photos of their kids when the bio families do not have the same restrictions. It is hard to treat kids like family if they are constantly excluded from family photos. The Age The second story comes from Canada and points out that the Victorian foster care system is bankrupt. Drew finds a ray of sunshine here though, at least the Canadian foster parents are not in it for the money! Parenting Tips From A Crazy Person makes its return as Drew quickly tires of nightmares. Jane Goodall is rolling over as he basks in the brilliance of his latest kid problem work around. Finally Drew talks about naming the production Rescue Reef Studios, and introduces the audience to his snakes, lizard and dogs, as well as Bonaire. Music on the show was downloaded under license from Music Ally.
49 minutes | Feb 17, 2014
Episode Four- Some Assembly Required
This week on the Foster Parent Podcast we opened with more information about our long term kids. With both parents out of the picture for a period of time the behavior of both kids was drastically improved, but it was a little rough getting there. We learn that the DCPP only cares about the birth parents, it will force children to spend seven and a half hours in a car so that one parent can see his kids, rather than insist the father endures the travel time. It also doesn't care a bit about foster family plans, as both our birthday parties were interrupted at the last minute. If you think that the system values the children or the people who care for them think again. Sonya Hodgins is our news story tonight. As is the custom of the Foster Parent Podcast we go further into the story than just the article. In this case we ask why a convict sentenced to 15 years in prison should expect his toddler to put her childhood on home for him, call out the government for supporting this kidnapping, and then ask if any adopted child is safe from further abuse? We will finish the show with our Inspirational Quote, a departure from our typical format, because the news is just too depressing to end up on this week. Links from this weeks program include: The Tennessean articleSonya's Facebook Page Music on the show was acquired from http://www.music.podshow.com and includes songs by: 3 Minute Pop SongsBrandon Wolf:Finn Sound effect provided by: http://www.freesfx.co.uk
41 minutes | Feb 9, 2014
EP3 No Rest For The Willing
Episode 3 starts off admitting that foster parenting is a roller coaster ride of emotion. Drew points out that while normal parents have a ton of resources available to support them, foster parents don't have nearly as many places to discuss the things we deal with. There are resources on the Internet though:Google + Foster Parent Rescue CommunityGoogle + Foster Care Adoption CommunityFacebook Foster Parenting Toolbox Groups like these are important as they offer information and support for foster parents in real time about all the issues foster parents deal with. You name it someone in one of those groups has experienced it. Then we meet "Peter" and "Karen", our long term foster children. They are a brother/sister team that has spent every night for more than a year in our home. What in the world is that smell? Then Drew gets a crash course in foster/bio parent relations when we have to monitor nightly phone calls. At first a very awkward situation but it did pay off a few times. Peter and Karen have stories to tell us about their lives before coming to live with us, and not many of them are pleasant. Do bio families lie to foster parents? You bet, and they tell stories to their kids that make them think they are going to be leaving foster care very soon, even though there is no reason to think so. This episode covers the first two months of their time with us. We have another Inspirational Quote this week: "Family is not defined by genes. It is built and maintained through love."- Unknown Even though this quote fits our family, Drew points out that the kids resemble he and his wife to the point people question that they are not genetically related. Then we have our news story. This week Drew highlights the failure of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services as they place a four year old boy into the home of a convicted pedophile. Read all about it here: http://q13fox.com/2014/01/29/lawsuit-foster-parent-with-juvenile-history-of-sex-crimes-abuses-boy-in-his-care/#axzz2sscQQ3rf Finally Drew ends the show on a fun note, debuting a new segment called "Parenting Tips From A Crazy Person". This weeks tip is all about fumigating your home when foster kids come bring...ghosts into the house. Grab your can of air and
25 minutes | Feb 4, 2014
Episode 2- Hurricane Nono!
This week on the Foster Parent Podcast... Lessons from our first placement We take a placement in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy We introduce a new segment, Inspirational Quotes Finally we have a news story from Los Angeles county, we examine the issues surrounding Gabriel Fernandez and the lack of apparent urgency displayed by the Board of Supervisors. Links from the show were: LA Times article about GabrielWall Street Journal blog about sex re-offendersLA County foster care stats Music from the show: Angels Sing by 3 Minute Pop SongsJust Another Sunrise by Brandon WolfCloud 9 by Finn Sound effects on the show were used under license from: http://www.freesfx.co.uk
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