Real Foster Parents of Colorado
By Hope Forti
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We make foster care fascinating by telling the stories of excellent local foster parents, and the village supporting the kids they love.
||CleanSixteen Things a Teenager Wants in a Foster Family||A boy (I should start saying "young man") we fostered last year just came over for backyard archery and a campfire. As we made lunch, I asked him what he'd want every foster family to know. What makes a great foster home? He gave me a 16-point list, which is a telling view of his life in and out of foster homes. If you want to hear more stories like this in 2019, check out our end of year plan and sign up as a monthly donor: fostertogether.co/2018||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat did we do in one year? (and a big thanks-giving on Black Friday)||Hope explains the success stories of 2018, the plan for 2019, and gives thanks for just a few of the dozens of people who gave (financially and of their energy) to make this year excellent. To view testimonials and stats in more detail, go to fostertogether.co/2018. If you'd like to consider a year-end gift or join "The Neighborhood" at $600 this year, please email Hope to request a copy of our detailed budget for each 2019 project.||11/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Make it Easy for Me to Say Yes": How Foster Parents Set Rules||In this second part of my talk with David and Lynn, they tell us how they set clear, kind expectations with each new kid in their home.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Your Groove as a Foster Parent||How do you find your niche, your “thing,” your groove, your expertise, as a foster parent? David and Lynn spent the past 15 years figuring that out.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Memory of Adam||I ask them what it's like to go from dog-parents to parents of a teenager overnight. They outline the differences between fostering younger kids and fostering teens, how it works as young professionals with lots of business travel, and (my favorite part), share their only two house rules.||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6, "Surprise! You're having a teenager!"||Kate and Adam tell us why they decided to foster as young professionals, how they met their daughter, and what they wish would change in the system.||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Foster Dads Need To Do (Episode 5)||I can't create a series about foster dads in Colorado without interviewing the foster dad I know best: my husband, Kyle Forti. Today, we had a chat about: His "side of the story" from our first time as foster parents (my own reflections are here) Three things he recommends to up your chances of successful foster parenting What we needed in our marriage to be a great foster family What Millennials can do if they're bored/annoyed/left empty by "Instagram life" (don't get too mad at us! ;)) + our favorite blow-it-outta-the-water account: @fostermoms How to support/connect with foster parents Sponsor a Foster Dad project at FosterTogether.co/dad Listen in and let us know what you think!||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4, "Why We Didn't Quit"||Justin and Megan fought "the system" and the result was clearly not in the best interest of the child. They tell us why they didn't give up on foster care.||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Second-Generation Foster Mom on What I Learned from Watching My Parents||Hope reads Christie M's story of learning how NOT to be a foster mom.||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2, Representation Matters: Race and Grandmas in Foster Care||We ask Joy what she, as a black foster mom, thinks of the statewide push for black, latino, and native American foster parents.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1, Foster Parent Chill: A Colorado Springs Mom & Her Teen Daughters||When a veteran decides to be a foster mom, Semper Gumby, is the name of the game! We talk about the hardest and most joyful moments, and what it's like to send kids home to mom.||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I love the reality of the stories told on this podcast about how we impact our community through our actions and love for each other.
Best foster care & parenting podcast out there
Every interview is a worthwhile listen. Host does a stellar job interviewing, keeping the dialogue on point, and the pace just right. A needed subscription for anyone and everyone who cares about child welfare. Love it!
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