Best foster parents podcasts we could find (Updated October 2018)
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This is a Podcast devoted to helping Foster Parents deal with the frustrations and struggles involved with Foster Parenting. The podcast focuses on parenting techniques that work, along with frequent interviews with people who have a great deal of experience with foster care. Join us on our journey and Subscribe Today!
 
We make foster care fascinating by telling the stories of excellent local foster parents, and the village supporting the kids they love.
 
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Building on our last episode, David and Lynn share a few simple tips that they used with all 23 kids they fostered. 1. The one phrase every kid expected (and how it helped them succeed at work). 2. Only three home rules. 3. Empathy for rough childhoods, and realistic expectations for healing. Listen by clicking PLAY above, or find us on iTunes: ...…
 
Photo courtesy of the Broomfield Enterprise I met David and Lynn at a foster family matching party in Northern Colorado (to sponsor a match, click here). As we introduced ourselves, Lynn said, "I've been a foster mom for 15 years, but we don't have the numbers." Intrigued, I asked what she meant. She explained that some veteran foster parents f ...…
 
I am so thankful we made a date to get Adam’s perspective as a foster dad on tape, because his life tells a needed story that being a dad is about being present and attentive to a kid, more than it is about his own ego in biologically fathering a child, or even having memories of baby-hood and toddler antics to keep him invested through the puz ...…
 
Kate and Adam did not plan to have kids. But, Kate says, "I became a mom at age 29. and our baby came to us at 16 years old." On today's episode, we talk about: How they met A (their daughter--not by adoption, but by A's choice in claiming that identity) What prepped Kate and Adam know how to navigate the system What the system could do to make ...…
 
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) His desire to present a "put together" image and have control over a situation, and how that was ch ...…
 
The first time I heard from Justin, I was surprised. Usually, almost always, it's the foster moms who get in touch with me. As we started talking and strategizing (Justin and his wife Megan have lots of ideas on how to stop the cycles of child abuse) I realized that we need to be purposeful in sharing the mic with the dads involved in foster ca ...…
 
"When I was 12, two little girls came into our home. They were distant relatives of a Hollywood actor, and my mom's first comment was, "Rich people don't even want their own relatives." Now if I remember that comment, I GUARANTEE, that comment went straight into the hearts of those little girls who were 7 and 11. My family was not very connecte ...…
 
If you listened to last week's episode, you know that Joy is a foster mom in Colorado Springs, who teams up with her teen daughters to foster young siblings. This week, we continue our conversation, and I ask Joy what she thinks about the push to recruit foster parents of color. Surprisingly, Joy doesn't know of even one fellow foster parent wh ...…
 
Big news! Foster Together Colorado storytelling is hitting the next level. First, a little of our WHY, then, I'll introduce you to our first podcast guest and you can listen in on our chat. If you just want the podcast, SCROLL way down! Or listen in iTunes here! WHY A PODCAST? For me, a foster mom, my world is naturally full of other foster par ...…
 
Nice is Not Always Easy We know that being nice to our kids is not always the easiest thing to do. We get grumpy and we get emotional and we say or do things that we regret and are not nice at all. We get very complacent in our parenting sometimes and those emotions take Continue Reading … The post TFP058-9 Tips: How to Be Nice to Your Kids app ...…
 
Get them to Listen Without Yelling Every parent wants to get their kids to listen. Sometimes we just don’t know how to get the results we want. Sometimes I just want to amp up the volume and get them to hear what I’m saying. By the way…It.Never.Works. Follow through on Consequences – Your kids need Continue Reading … The post TFP057-5 Ways to G ...…
 
Foster parenting is hard, and we’ve enjoyed helping other foster parents. One thing that we’ve noticed is that when it comes to solving problems, it helps to try something new. This has worked for us, and it has worked for other foster parents that we have worked with. Get out of your comfort zone! Have Continue Reading … The post TFP056-It’s T ...…
 
We've talked about in the past about how we do family meetings and why they are important in our home. On today's podcast we are going to talk about how we do family meetings in our home in 5 simple steps and how you can make them work in your home as well. Family meetings have a big role in helping the kids in your home feel like they a part o ...…
 
Struggles are okay, everyone has them! In this episode we are talking about some of our latest struggles and what we do to handle them when they come up. What we’ve been struggling with during the past week Moody teenager Getting nervous about graduation and what happens afterward No motivation to do anything after school Continue Reading … The ...…
 
How are you helping? Welcome back to episode 53 of The Foster Parents’ Podcast! We are excited to be able to talk about this topic. Here is what you are going to learn on this episode: Why it is important to support Bio Parents & Families. Some ways that we try and help Bio Parents The Continue Reading … The post TFP053-Helping Bio Parents appe ...…
 
Family Activities makes foster care more FUN! I know we are here to talk about family activities, but our podcast is 1 and we’re excited. In the immortal words of the cartoon Frosty the Snow Man, “Happy Birthday!” That’s right, our podcast is now 1 year old. So, we’ve got a gift for our listeners. Continue Reading … The post TFP052-Making Foste ...…
 
Episode #51 – Our Rewards System, and Making Them Work! It’s hard to create a Rewards System without some idea of what one looks like. Here’s some examples of some of the rewards and systems that we’ve used in the past and tips for making it all work. By the way, you can still claim your FREE 6 Continue Reading … The post TFP051-How we use a Re ...…
 
Episode #50 – How to Create a Rewards System Part 2 Wowsa! Thanks to all of you who have already downloaded your FREE 6 Step Guide Creating Rewards Systems. We appreciate your support. If you haven’t downloaded this yet, what are you waiting for? Download it HERE Today! Anyways, sorry to leave you hanging. We try and keep our podcast at a Conti ...…
 
Episode #49 – How to Create a Rewards System Part 1 One of the questions that we get the most is something along these lines: “My foster kid won’t do [fill in the blank]. What punishments should I use?” The answer is simple. Stop punishing and build a rewards system. Benefits of the Rewards System Continue Reading … The post TFP049-How To Creat ...…
 
Episode #48 – How to Foster a Family with Kelsey Flannery We are so lucky to have Kelsey Flannery with us to share her amazing story. Kelsey is licensed to take kids from 0-5 and has 2 placements right now. She is 23 and found her calling to help other people already, even though she Continue Reading … The post TFP048-How to Foster a Family app ...…
 
Episode #47- 5 Tips to Teach your Foster Kids Responsibility Teaching responsibility as your youth gets older gets harder and harder. Here are some quick tips to help your foster youth learn responsibility: 1. Start as soon as you can. – I know that you all get kids at different ages, so the best way to Continue Reading … The post TFP047-5 Tips ...…
 
Episode #46- Getting out of Debt! We have Michael Taylor from Householdbudgetcoach.com here to talk to us about how to get out of debt! How did Michael and his wife pay off $34,000 in 21 months? Michael grew up seeing his parents struggle financially. They were poor. He wanted to escape that struggle. That drive spilled into my adult Continue R ...…
 
Episode #45 – Time for Taxes with Michael Taylor Michael’s Background: Married for 21 years and was a foster parent for 6 years during that time. He and his wife were able to adopt 1 of their sons from foster care. They were invested in having good communication with the bio families. Foster care is Continue Reading … The post TFP045-Time for T ...…
 
Episode #44 – Why You Shouldn’t Label Your Kids What are labels? A label is an idea that we assign to ourselves or other people. Usually this has to do with something that you have done. Where we place someone in a role. -Messy eater, Bossy, Always Late, etc. Here is a link to the Continue Reading … The post TFP044-Why You Shouldn’t Label Your ...…
 
Episode #42- The One Thing You Should Start Doing in Your Home Today! This is something that we have done in our home for quite awhile. It is called Compliment Time! This is something that we feel has made one of the biggest differences in our home. What is compliment time? We meet together every day Continue Reading … The post TFP043-The One T ...…
 
#42 – How To Build Success Through Failure One of the things that we’ve noticed since becoming foster parents is that everyone is afraid of letting foster kids fail. We’ve seen teachers who are willing to just hand them a grade because they don’t want them to fail, caseworkers and foster parents who won’t allow Continue Reading … The post TFP04 ...…
 
Episode #41 – 7 Tips to Handle Hard Caseworkers As we’ve fostered for almost 7 years, we’ve noticed that it is often hard to get along with caseworkers. So, we thought that it might be helpful if we came up with a list of things that we do that help us get along with caseworkers. Continue Reading … The post TFP041-7 Tips to Handle Hard Casework ...…
 
Episode #40 – I’ve Been Rewarding…Now What? Awesome Question! We got an email the other day from one of our listeners about rewards and transitioning away from rewards. Here’s the question: “How do you transition from giving rewards for things [your foster kids do, to] foster kids doing that thing without a reward? So for example, if Continue R ...…
 
Episode #39 – Self -Care in Foster Care So it’s a new year!! Welcome to 2016. We are so excited to see what the new year brings for The Foster Parents, for our family, and yours! With a new year comes resolutions. In this episode we talk about how we can make healthier choices so Continue Reading … The post TFP039-Self-care in Foster Care appea ...…
 
Episode # 38 How to Empower Your Foster Kids – Part 2 We always talk about developing basic skills like “Accepting Feedback” and “Following Instructions”, but also it’s important to develop skills like cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and others. When you are confident in your skills, you have the power to go forth and do something. Continue Readi ...…
 
Episode # 37 How to Empower Your Foster Kids So many foster kids have all but all of their power stripped away from them. As a result of this, they feel powerless, and they often give up and quit trying. It is our job as foster parents to empower our foster kids. We need to Continue Reading … The post TFP037 How to Empower Your Foster Kids appe ...…
 
Episode – 36 Don’t forget your bios! One of the questions that we get asked all the time is about how foster parenting has affected our biological children. So, in short I’ll just say that it has been one of the best things to happen to them; however, it is also one of the hardest Continue Reading … The post TFP036 – Don’t Forget Your Bios! app ...…
 
Seems like now a days, everyone between the ages of 5 and 105 years old has a cell phone. Naturally, with everyone else having cell phones, your foster kids will want cell phones. So, here’s some things that you need to know if you are considering allowing your kids to have cell phones. There are Continue Reading … The post TFP035- Cell Phones ...…
 
Episode 35 How to Manage Cell Phones With Foster Kids Seems like now a days, everyone between the ages of 5 and 105 years old has a cell phone. Naturally, with everyone else having cell phones, your foster kids will want cell phones. So, here’s some things that you need to know if you are considering Continue Reading … The post TFP035-How to Ma ...…
 
Episode # 34 How to Set Boundaries and Why It’s Vital! When we have struggled as foster parents, it is usually because we have not do a good enough job at setting boundaries. When we have spoken to foster parents who are struggling, it is often due to a lack of boundaries. As a principal, Continue Reading … The post TFP – 034 How to Set Boundri ...…
 
Episode #32 Boys n’ Girls, Kids n’ Teens, & What’s the Difference? So, we’ve done foster care for about six and a half years. In that time we’ve had teenage boys, teenage girls, young boys, and young girls. There are pros and cons to each group. So, here’s the our take on it. Teenage Boys Continue Reading … The post TFP – 033 Boys n’ Girls, Kid ...…
 
Episode 32 – The Power of an Attitude of Gratitude We firmly believe that attitude can change everything. Every day is either awesome or awful, but it depends on how we want to view it. I have noticed in my life that I can completely change my attitude, but it’s not easy. And, it usually Continue Reading … The post TFP-032 The Power of an Attit ...…
 
Episode #31 Foster Kids and Depression and What You NEED to Know Have you ever felt down and depressed? Depression is a common thing in the lives of foster kids. There area few things that you should know when dealing with depression. Have you seen Disney/Pixar’s movie Inside Out? I know that there are people Continue Reading … The post TFP-031 ...…
 
Episode #30 – Communicating during the Holidays Continuing on with our theme of making sure the holidays are relaxing and not super stressful, one of the big things we recommend is to communicate. Who should you be communicating with? The Foster Youth in your home: Let them know what the plan is or give them Continue Reading … The post TFP030- ...…
 
Episode 29- 4 Tips for Holiday Survival: Holidays can be stressful times. Here are 4 tips that we use in our home to help us and our foster youth relax a little more during the holidays. Focus on things the kids liked to do, how they celebrated when they were at home. Have them make Continue Reading … The post TFP029- 4 Tips for Holiday Surviva ...…
 
Just a quick note to let you guys know we will be moving our podcast release days to Thursdays! We aren’t skipping out on you today. Hope to see you guys on Thursday!! The post Moving to Thursdays appeared first on The Foster Parents.
 
Episode 28- How to Use the Honeymoon Phase When foster kids are brought into a new home they often go through a phase called the “Honeymoon Phase.” This is normal, and it is actually a good thing. Here are a few things you should know about the Honeymoon Phase. Some people don’t like the honeymoon Continue Reading … The post TFP 028- How to Use ...…
 
Episode 27-Keeping Kids Safe This is one of the concerns that I hear the most. “How do you keep your kids safe?” or, “Do you worry about your own kids’ safety?” Not only is this a common concern, but it is a legitimate concern as well. You are bringing someone into your how who you Continue Reading … The post TFP027 – Keeping Kids Safe appeared ...…
 
Episode 26-How To Decide On A New Placement: What We Look At. When we first started foster parenting, over 6 years ago, we were extra cautious about the kids that we let into our home. We looked into their background to try to ensure that they were a good fit for our home. Now that Continue Reading … The post TFP026- How To Decide On A New Plac ...…
 
Episode 25-How “Doctor Who” Helped Motivate Our Foster Kids We enjoy celebrating the seasons and the holidays that fall in them. A couple of years ago we had a sibling group that was into this weird TV show that we had only just heard about. It was called “Doctor Who.” We never really watched it Continue Reading … The post TFP025-How “Doctor Wh ...…
 
Episode #24 – What Works for Us & What Hasn’t Some things we have done have really worked for us and the foster children in our home. Other things have not! You can check out one of our biggest wins in Episode 4 HERE. CALL TO ACTION: As we move into another month, we Continue Reading … The post TFP024-What Works & What Doesn’t appeared first on ...…
 
Episode 23 – Power Struggling: Pick Your Battles We’ve been focusing on doing things that will improve our home for the month of September. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve talked about power struggling. We’ve identified how you get sucked into it and how to realize when that is happening. We’ve also talked about Continue Reading … The post ...…
 
Episode 22 – How to Prevent and Manage Blowups Last week we talked about power struggling. Power struggles are unnecessary, and they are tough on relationships. It is important that we recognize when we are engaging in power struggles so that we can avoid them. That being said, you cannot simply allow your Continue Reading … The post TFP022 – H ...…
 
Episode 21- Do You Power Struggle? What is a Power Struggle? Power Struggling occurs often in foster care. It is important to realize that foster kids often feel like they have power over nothing. Make an effort to allow them power over some things. It takes two to power struggle. And out of those two, Continue Reading … The post TFP021-Do You ...…
 
Episode #20- This HAS to Change! We want things to change…We want things to Improve! Change is Possible! You can only change YOU! No matter what you do, you can’t force someone else to change. You have to BELIEVE that you can change something. You may have to try 100 different things before something will Continue Reading … The post TFP020- Thi ...…
 
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