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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.
 
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As a child, very few adults took the chance to help Gaelin in his situation. This resulted in over 20 foster homes, homelessness, and abuse. But despite all that was against him Gaelin did not become another statistic of the system, and his story is further proof that kids in foster care are more than what their case file says. They are strong, res…
 
Cathleen Bearse is a licensed therapist who decided to become a foster parent, yet before she even received her first placement she started therapy herself. Cathleen shares with us the power of having a safe place for your feelings and emotions during foster care.By The Archibald Project
 
In episode 181, you’ll hear from Ian Forber-Pratt who serves as the CEO of The Institute for Child Welfare Innovation, the Director of Global Advocacy at CERI, and also teaches at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. We talk with Ian about the work that he and his team are undertaking in domestic and international reform to “Prot…
 
In episode 179, you'll hear from Pastor Evans Baggs who serves as the Pastor of Mobilization at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. We talk with Evans about the recent research from Barna Group, Faith to Action and Changing the Way We Care on Christian giving to orphanages. We'll also get his thoughts on the role of the Americ…
 
Travel with us from the busy streets of Bangkok to a border town dump to hear the work of a man and his team who are empowering families and protecting vulnerable children from trafficking. At the time this episode was recorded, the organization was called Compasio. They are now called Global Child Advocates.…
 
In episode 176, you will hear from Dr. Greg Burch, Chair of the Global Studies Department at Multnomah University and expert on issues surrounding children at risk. He's talking with us today about issues facing street connected children, the problems with statistics when it comes to at risk children and the role education plays to equip practition…
 
Sri Lanka is strikingly beautiful, but it has a complicated history. This has had the greatest effect on the vulnerable children who call this place home. We travel from the oceans to the mountains to hear the compelling stories of children and the people working to help them thrive.By The Archibald Project
 
One of the problems with foster care is that the cycle tends to repeat itself. A child who doesn't have a consistent family has a child of their own and then isn't equipped or supported to care for that child. But you know what can help break that cycle? A loving family. This is why Jaymi and her husband continue to say yes to fostering teens.…
 
Finding a foster home for a teenager is almost twice as unlikely as finding a home for children 12 and under. Yet, despite this trend, Maranda Karenbauer and her husband have welcomed four children (ages 17, 16, 13, and 11) into their home. Despite the stereotypes and fears around fostering teens, Maranda and her husband have instead found deep lov…
 
When a child in foster care must transition out of your home, (hopefully to be reunited with family) it can still be difficult for everyone involved. But we can help the children we love and set them up to thrive in their new home by creating something called a transition plan. Hallie Graves is here to share how a successful transition has helped h…
 
From the age of eight Kylee had children from foster care in her life and her home. Her parent's decision to make this a part of the DNA of their family had major effects on Kylee's childhood, teen years, and who she is today. Her story and experience may not be what you expect.By The Archibald Project
 
Even though Ligia Cushman was an adoption social worker when she adopted, she still wasn’t fully prepared for all the feelings of grief and loss that her son would experience. But over the years she has never stopped leaning in, listening, and learning. She now knows that adoption requires deep love, compassion and action. She is here to show us wh…
 
If you aren't able to foster or adopt, one of the most important and impactful roles you can play is supporting someone who is. But it’s not always clear what you should do or how to best help. To help with this we sat down with our own friend and employee Allie Chandler who has been supporting us in our adoption for 3 years now. Our candid discuss…
 
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