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Becoming Fosters

A Kids, Family and Religion podcast
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If you are a foster or adopted parent, our hope is that this podcast reminds you that you are not in this alone. I hope you find yourself laughing, crying, and connecting to our guests who are sharing a piece of their journey. Maybe you are someone interested in learning how to become foster parents, partner with those in the throes of foster care, OR maybe you are simply listening to this because you know our guest, welcome! We hope to provide you with deep truth, fill you with compassion, and leave you feeling motivated with practical ways you can impact those in the trenches around you.


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Recent Episodes

They Thought We Were Crazy... We Are.
Soooo… I can’t even with today’s podcast. It is one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Adrian and I were able to steal a few minutes away with our Nanny and Papa. They are my maternal grandparents and, without a doubt our largest supporters and loudest cheerleaders when it comes to foster care. Nan and Pop would tell you that without question, without a doubt, I am their favorite grand-daughter… and it’s true, I am also their only granddaughter but honestly that is neither here nor there. It was hard work being the oldest and the only girl, ya know? Anyway, Nan and Pop are what Adrian and I strive to be. There is no doubt that they are full of wisdom and experience and my favorite part is I don’t question for a second that they are in constant prayer for all of us. What a cool security to know their prayers are there, even through the days we can muster our own.Just like the rest of our extended family, NaN and Pop were thrown into the world of foster care and they took one look and said, “We’re in! We don’t know what this is going to look like but you can wholeheartedly count on us.” And honestly there are a number of kids it would have been impossible for us to say yes to without Nanny and Papa. Their support made what we have done possible. I hope you are so encouraged over the next several minutes as you listen to my grandparents unexpected but beautiful journey.
Love Does Hard Things
Sometimes I wish this was a video podcast, you can’t see the excitement on my face when I talk about our Becoming Fosters guest today. Heather O’Keefe is a Kid’s Pastor in the Kansas City Kansas area. Her heart is pure gold. When we spoke shortly before recording this podcast, I reminded her of some precious word she shared with my youngest daughter when our family was saying goodbye to a sibling set of foster children. This is a phrase that my daughter still remembers and I do as well because we all need the reminder sometimes, “Tears are an overflow of the emotions in our hearts”. Heather always took the best care of my special visitors, I remember one, he was a 10 year old little boy, he had never been to church. I text her when he told me that and that Sunday she had loved on him deeply and provided him with a Kids Bible and candy. Heather loves kids hard and she made the decision to bring that into the most intimate parts of who she is and opened her home to children who need a place to find deep rest and immediate love. When I first heard that she was on this journey my first thought was, “Yep. She’s going to kill it.”  She is brand new to her foster care journey, so she offers a new and fresh perspective to our conversation today. She is currently caring for a little man who was placed in her home just weeks ago. There is something unique and special about your first placement. They are a game changer. They take what you thought you knew, everything you thought you were prepared for and flip it upside down, in the best possible way. So before I take up the whole hour, let me introduce you to Heather with her story of Becoming Fosters.
Mi CASA es su CASA
You guys, I am kind of excited about today’s episode. I was able to steal a few moments away with the one and only Dena Russell. This was a fun one because Dena and I have known each other since our HIGH SCHOOL (EEK!) daughters were starting elementary school. We ended up working together at SOS CASA of the Flint Hills for some time before we moved to help launch one of our church locations in Kansas City. We continue to keep in touch, mostly making each other laugh excessively hard. Dena is the director of the top CASA organization in KS. So what is a CASA? CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. Dena has an incredible team around her and they work to mobilize those in the community to volunteer to advocate on behalf of children who need a voice. Most of their cases are Child In Need of Care Cases or CINC cases or children in foster care. Dena has an incredible wealth of knowledge that will benefit those who are foster parents, those who are working towards becoming foster parents, AND those who think becoming a CASA may be the role they want to play to impact the foster care system.Resources:www.casaforchildren.orgYouVersion Bible App
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Mar 11th, 2019
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Aug 5th, 2019
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