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Nationally recognized thought leader, April Dinwoodie, hosts a personal journey while exploring her adoption experience. We follow her as she examines her efforts to find love, identity, family, and connection. Each month April will candidly interview, discuss, and unravel, all matters surrounding adoption.
 
Caring for orphaned and vulnerable children is one of the most important jobs in the world, but often people are too overwhelmed to get involved or lack the support they need to keep going. Our podcast is a place where the powerful stories of real people will inspire, encourage, and support you in your journey. Because when you thrive, children thrive.
 
Foster care is truly an unparalleled experience. This is our journey as a foster and adoptive family that has seen and experienced a lot! We want to share our joy and heartbreak with the world to inspire others to join in our mission of providing strength to the weakest among us. We are sharing our personal experiences as a foster and adoptive family and the stories that other brave souls are willing to generously share with us. Our goal is to help potential foster families take that next st ...
 
After we shared our story in written form in May 2017, we wanted to expand our audience by turning it into a podcast. We decided to split our story into three separate episodes: Entering the System, Dealing with the System, and Surviving the System. At the end of each episode we have our roundtable discussions, where we [the Junket Crew] compare our own experiences in the foster care system with what the character in our story goes through. Through our podcast, we hope to shine more light on ...
 
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In the first episode of season 6 host April Dinwoodie sits down with adopted persons Christian and Anni to discuss all things love and adoption. This is the first time that April has been in conversation with a couple that shares the experience of being adopted and it was such a joy to have them on. Christian slid into Anni’s DMs and the rest is hi…
 
Something you may not realize is that a large number of adoptive parents enter into adoption with trauma of their own. Jordan Tate was no exception as she experienced incredible loss before quickly entering into a domestic adoption. She is here to help us understand how we can better navigate our own pain and trauma which will allow us to more heal…
 
This week we are sharing a webinar that we hosted recently. It is all about the process of becoming a foster parent, and the questions that you might have. We hosted this project in hopes that people who are interested in the idea of becoming foster parents could find some information to help them start on their journey. If you would like to watch …
 
Today’s guest truly is an inspiration. Dani Brewer is a full-time wedding and family photographer, a single foster parent, as well as a transracial adoptee. She shares about how God prompted her to step in to foster care even though she didn't feel ready and she shares honestly about how she’s been able to effectively care for a now-16-month-old an…
 
Our guest today, Julie Kouri, is an adoptive mom and founder of an adoption and foster care organization called Fostering Hope. In this podcast Julie shares wisdom that only comes after years of being in this field and we learn how Fostering Hope is restoring broken families.By The Archibald Project
 
Faith was born in Liberia and became an orphan at a young age. As a child she suffered from : the horrors of war poverty hunger life in an orphanage trauma She was adopted into a family in America and she has been changing the world ever since Faith's Links Find her on Social Medial @liftallvoices Subscribe to her podcast https://podcasts.apple.com…
 
We could not be more delighted to present this interview with THE Jason Johnson! He is the author of the incredible book "Reframing Foster Care", and he is also the Director of Church Ministry Initiatives with Christian Alliance for Orphans. He has an incredible blog that is a fantastic resource for families, individuals,, and churches alike. We ho…
 
When looking for a preschool when a child has experienced trauma you will want to consider the environment, type of care, whether state subsidies will be accepted, and many other factors, which can all be overwhelming. Enter Petra Preschool! Our guest today, Mindy Jones shares how she and her team at Petra have created a community for families in t…
 
Sarah’s Intro As a parent to a young adult who was adopted through foster care and also is the parent that goes through attachment interviews and experienced supervised visits and phone calls with a child at a residential facility, I am uniquely poised to discuss what it is like to be the observer and observee in parent/child interactions. Professi…
 
I am so excited to be sharing this episode! My guest today has such a powerful story that needs to be shared. Born in India, Shreya Ramachandran was brought to the U.S. at only two years old. She struggled with her identity and culture growing up. She lost her father when she was ten years old. After this, a series of events led her into foster car…
 
Sometimes it can feel like the only way to help vulnerable children is by fostering or adopting, but nothing could be further from the truth. One of the most practical ways you can start getting involved is by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA volunteer. Our guest Maddy Wellum is here to tell us about her experience with CASA and …
 
We talked with Sherianna Boyle about the emotional needs of foster kids and foster parents as well! Sherianna Boyle has been featured in over ninety-articles, her Emotional Detox Radio Show on healthylife.net is in the top five, her revolutionary method (CLEANSE Method®), Emotional Detox Coaching® services giving her worldwide recognition. Yet, Emo…
 
Too many of us prioritize big events as major milestones. Like a family trip to Disneyland. Or a romantic getaway to Hawaii. If this is you - then this last year of not being able to travel and experience monumental wins must have really sucked, eh? What if we found as much joy in washing our face at home every day, as we did in having a spa day? C…
 
Jacari Harris endured an unstable home, two years in foster care, an adoption, and the death of his father. His anger, depression, and pain caused him to call the police on his adoptive parents and get kicked out of class. But through the consistency of his adoptive mother and a new found determination, Jacari has become an inspiration to foster pa…
 
Kicking off the new year, April Dinwoodie sits down with transracially adopted person and host of Los Angeles’s Good Day LA, Michaela Pereira. In a deeply personal and spirited conversation the soul sisters in adoption reflect on the search for belonging, the importance of representation, and the both/and of adoption.…
 
My name is Robert P.K. Mooney. My friends call me Rob. I grew up all around Oahu, Hawaii, and throughout Utah. From age six until eighteen, I was a foster kid, changing homes twenty times between Oahu and Utah. How did a foster kid from Hawaii end up in Utah? After my siblings and I went into state custody, my mother developed cancer and died. Befo…
 
To kick off Season 10, meet Toni Collier. Toni experienced a lot of brokenness in her home life growing up and is now the Co-Lead Pastor of Hillsong Atlanta and the Founder of Broken Crayons Still Color. In today’s conversation, she shares openly about tending our own brokenness, finding hope in the midst of pain, learning to value excellence over …
 
Emily, a former playboy photographer, now a child sexual abuse prevention educator and anti-pornography activist. She is a woman on a mission to stop the cycle of sexual trauma and open our eyes to the high price we're paying for our pornified culture. Website http://howtoraiseamaverick.com Young, Wild, and Safe course https://www.ywsedu.org/yws-de…
 
Before we kick-off Season 10 of The Forgotten Podcast, I have something special for you! I recently brought one of our podcast guests from Season 8, Gaelin Elmore, to the stage at an event that is dear to me with our friends in ministry, Lifesong for Orphans. Gaelin gave us insight into his experience of foster care. Beyond sharing his experience, …
 
Happy 2021! We recorded this episode on December 30th, 2020, with the intentions of releasing it the next day... Well, here we are almost 3 weeks later! Gotta love those good intentions! So welcome to season 7. We had an absolutely incredible season 6, and we are so thankful for all of the new listeners who joined us on our journey this last year. …
 
What happens at the U.S. and Mexico border is complex and highly debated. But no matter your opinion it doesn't change the fact that there are vulnerable women and children living there that need help. Our guest today, Alma Ruth has fully embraced that call and is using her time and resources to support the people living in these desperate circumst…
 
Living with Rahab’s Heart Jennifer Wilcox is an adoptive mom of 2 boys who are brothers. She is a wife of 13 years to her husband David, a homeschool mom, non-profit founder, and author. Jennifer took her adoption journey and what she has lived through in her past and started a non-profit in 2018 to help women break the chains of poverty and abuse …
 
Parenting is hard work, and sometimes we wish there was a perfect formula we could use to make it easier. We seek parenting hacks and different tips to help streamline our lives, and while some of those things are helpful, most of the time, we still feel there’s something missing. We’re left wondering, “What’s the formula for success in parenting?”…
 
Wendi Friesen has worked with many people on working through their trauma through hypnotherapy. There are many ways to work through trauma and hypnotherapy is not always the answer for you. But, sometimes it is just what you need. Finding a highly trained and experienced therapist is the key to success. She gave us some advice on finding the best f…
 
Susan Harness faced many complexities and challenges growing up as an American Indian transracial adoptee in the 1960’s and 70’s. From years of experiencing racism, poor U.S. policies, an abusive father, and a journey to meet her mother, Susan has become gracious and an important voice for the adoptee community.…
 
Gina is a mom who has overcome enormous challenges to help my child heal from trauma. Her boys were adopted from Guatemala, and her youngest was neglected by his foster mom before they got him. This trauma resulted in severe anger, anxiety, and violence, which made her afraid of her own child. He would frequently destroy property, punch holes in th…
 
Today, I get to introduce you to someone who means a lot to my family. Brayden has been a part of our extended family for a long time through his mentor relationship with my dad. And let me tell you—we love this young man. Brayden’s journey through the foster care system started when he was only eight years old. Recently, we sat down to talk throug…
 
In Episode 160, Dr. Rick and Phil look back on 2020, talk about the ups and downs of this crazy year, opportunities that have arisen because of the lockdowns and travel restrictions, a passage about eagles that has really spoken to Rick this year, and resources that have impacted them over the past 12 months. They also have a fun conversation about…
 
Danny Vann is a musician, an Alumni of the Elvis Presley Impersonator Hall of Fame, author, and former foster youth. He tells his story of where he came from and the struggles that he faced. However, he doesn't stop there. He is actively trying to give back and help current foster youth. His ebook is aimed squarely at kids aging out of the system a…
 
If there is anyone out there who has advice to give it is author, TBRI Practitioner, and certified Enneagram coach Lisa Qualls. She carries with her the wisdom that comes with being a mother to 12 through birth, adoption, and foster care. But she is also well acquainted with the deep pain that accompanies being a birth mom and losing another child …
 
Frank King is a comedian, 20 veteran writer on the Tonight Show, has 5 TED talks, and suffers from depression and chronic suicidal ideation. Frank says, if you are thinking about suicide, call the prevention hotline - they are professionals. If you are having a bad day, call a crazy person. Then he gives out his personal number: 858-405-5653 Frank …
 
My guest, Vermon Pierre, understands foster care because not only does he live it as a foster parent, but he is leading his church and community to think about foster care through the lens of the gospel. And what is at the heart of the gospel message? Redemption and Restoration. In today’s conversation, we talk through the difference between foster…
 
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