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Real and raw conversations about parenting.

For bio, foster, adoptive or blended families to increase understanding of issues we all experience as families.

Hosted by: Liz Rivera, Director of Education, and Deborah Lindner.

Fostering Conversations with Utah Foster Care
Fostering Conversations with Utah Foster Care
Ep. 48: Mama Dragons: Celebrating LGBTQ Children
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  • Ep. 48: Mama Dragons: Celebrating LGBTQ Children

    Ep. 48: Mama Dragons: Celebrating LGBTQ Children

    Jun 4, 2024 • 00:26:54

    Mama Dragons, supporting LGBTQ children, fostering acceptance, family challenges, and resources available from Mama Dragons and Utah Foster Care.

  • Bonus Episode: Special Hearts

    Bonus Episode: Special Hearts

    May 21, 2024 • 00:25:17

    Inspiring stories of foster parents caring for children with special needs, emphasizing the importance of love, support, and community involvement in foster care. Guests share their experiences and challenges, encouraging more people to consider becoming foster parents.

  • Ep 47: Utah's Foster Parent Shortage

    Ep 47: Utah's Foster Parent Shortage

    May 7, 2024 • 00:28:06

    The conversation highlights the importance of foster care and how the shortage of foster families impacts the system's ability to care for children in need.

  • Ep 46: Cultural Perspectives in Foster Care

    Ep 46: Cultural Perspectives in Foster Care

    Apr 2, 2024 • 00:26:31

    Delve into practical insights on embracing cultural diversity, fostering inclusive environments, and promoting empathy to support children in care and create positive outcomes.

  • Ep 45: Shifting the Focus

    Ep 45: Shifting the Focus

    Mar 5, 2024 • 00:22:17

    The Open Adoption Project podcast encourages listeners to engage in conversations that shift the focus and actions that prioritize the well-being and rights of adoptees and birth parents.

  • Ep. 44: Attachment

    Ep. 44: Attachment

    Feb 6, 2024 • 00:26:48

    Optimize your foster parenting journey with expert insights on child attachment. Nurture secure bonds today for lasting impact. Listen now!

  • Ep 43: Curly Me!

    Ep 43: Curly Me!

    Jan 9, 2024 • 00:29:35

    Curly Me! is a nonprofit that’s a resource for Utah families with children of color – specifically black girls between the ages of 5-14 years of age.

  • Ep 42: The Gift of Presence

    Ep 42: The Gift of Presence

    Dec 12, 2023 • 00:29:24

    Explore the transformative power of the gift of presence in this episode featuring special guest Ilse DeKoeyer. Delving into the challenges of staying fully present, especially amidst holiday chaos, the conversation unfolds with insights on parenting, mindfulness, and fostering connections.

  • Cadon Riley: Searching for You (Bonus Feature)

    Cadon Riley: Searching for You (Bonus Feature)

    Nov 14, 2023 • 00:14:17

    We were honored to have Cadon Riley join us to talk about his new song, Searching for You, which he hopes will inspire other young people going through the foster care experience.

  • Ep. 41: Open Adoption

    Ep. 41: Open Adoption

    Nov 1, 2023 • 01:21:37

    This month we are airing an episode from the podcast Open Adoption Project by Lanette and Shaun Nelson. This episode shares the story of two mothers connected initially through their shared love for their children.

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