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Our Podcasts are filled with valuable resources for prospective and current adoptive and foster families, as well as professionals.  They are packed with information to help you navigate the complexities and needs of foster care and adoption. Interested in our specific Foster Care 101 Podcast, click here!

Need credit toward your foster care license? Look below for podcasts that are eligible for a Certificate of Completion. You have the option of completing our Post Podcast Test to receive a Certificate of Completion. Please note, not all podcasts are eligible.

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Let's Talk - BTS of BTS Event!

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September 13, 2023
We’re going Behind-the-Scenes of FAM’s Back-to-School shopping event.  Kim Sacay from FAM will share how it all got started.  Emily, a Child Specific Recruiter, and Kim will share how it all works… and Emily will provide the youth’s perspective.

(15:50)

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Let's Talk - Homework for Parents

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August 30, 2023
We’ll get the inside scoop from a school teacher in Greater MN about how you can prepare for the upcoming school year. Maureen has been a teacher for 20-years, is an adoptive and foster parent, and ready to share how to get your family settled for school!

(32:40)

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Let's Talk - Preparing for School - At School

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August 16, 2023
Brenda Benning has five things to keep in mind as you help your child transition back-to-school.

Brenda works with families individually in home and group settings. Her primary focus is adoptive families with children healing from trauma histories and attachment issues. Brenda not only has extensive professional experience, but has real-life experience as an adoptive parent and family.

(38:26)

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Let's Talk - Design Flaws

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August 2, 2023
Join us for an adoption discussion centered around author Joe Golemo’s life as an adoptee, and in his new book Design Flaws, a murder mystery set in the Twin Cities.

Author Joe Golemo draws distinct parallels to his own life in his murder mystery Design Flaws. Joe grew up knowing he was adopted, but did not know his adoptive mother had stayed in contact with his birth mother. Through an ancestry website, he discovered his family tree and believes his birth father is either the Catholic Priest that brokered his adoption or the brother of the priest. In Design Flaws, brothers Grayson and Dean Doyle discover they were adopted just as their adoptive father was being laid to rest. After finding a prominent St. Paul attorney claiming to be their birth father through an ancestry website, the attorney is brutally murdered. The brothers realize they must find the murderer before they are the next victims.

(31:19)

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Let's Talk - Korean Adoptees in America – YangJu Sisterhood

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July 19, 2023
Please join us for a conversation between four Korean Adoptees from YangJu Orphanage who found each other after 50 years. They will candidly discuss transitioning from squalor to growing up as minorities within their own families while their subconscious and conscious memories still haunt them.

(47:54)

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Let's Talk - FAM's Foster Adopt Shop

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July 5, 2023
Please join us as we chat with two of FAM’s Information and Referral team members about our new Foster Adopt Shop.

(22:32)

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Let's Talk - Tom and Thom - Partners, Parents, and Patience

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June 21, 2023
Please join us as we chat with Tom Ewald and Joe Thom, partners and parents of a wonderful adopted son. They will openly share their opinions about the joys and challenges of raising a child with trauma history.

Tom Ewald and Joe Thom have been together 33 years. Eight years ago, they added their ten year old son to the family. Joe is a director in renewable energies and Tom is a pastor turned stay-at-home-dad. In retrospect, they have enjoyed the challenge of raising a wonderful child with a trauma history. At this point in their lives, they relish witnessing their son grow into a fantastic young man.

(41:28)

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Let’s Talk – Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda - Practical Advice for Parents

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June 7, 2023
Please join us as we have a conversation with FAM’s Jessica Miller, former foster youth and adoptive mother. Jessica will share her lived experience and reveal what she wishes her foster parents had known.

Jessica joined the Foster Adopt Minnesota team as an Education Coordinator in 2020. As a foster and adoptive parent, Jessica brings both experience and passion to our organization. She understands the unique challenges that foster and adoptive parents face and she is personally invested in creating opportunities for support, growth, and education. Originally from Nebraska, Jessica received her B.A. from St. Cloud State University and now calls MN home. Jessica has held a variety of titles including: County Eligibility Worker, Parent Educator, and her personal favorite – mom.

(21:36)

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Let’s Talk – [Communication Series] It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Right… Hear how two dads make it outta sight!

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May 24, 2023
There are many ups and downs adopting through foster care.  Pull up a chair and learn how two dads overcame additional challenges, barriers and stereotypes on their way to becoming a family of four.

Our guest, Jeremiah, has been a foster parent for many years.  He will share how to be an effective communicator to be the best advocate for yourself and your family.

(33:46)

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[Communication Series] Finding Your Child's Lost Identity

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May 10, 2023
Children coming from adoption are at a crossroads between being content with having a safe and loving environment and missing their biological parents. This podcast will give listeners a glimpse into what adoptees feel. Breanna will present ideas on how to best support your child in discovering who they are.

Bre Gronli, LGSW MSW, uses her past to bring awareness to those who are experiencing trauma and has a special place in her heart for youth who have experienced foster care and adoption. She currently works with Sojourn Counseling Group as a private practice therapist, dedicating her time to learning more about trauma as well as educating parents with kids experiencing trauma.

(28:05)

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[Communication Series] Collaboration is the Act of Working Together

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April 26, 2023
Strong team communication skills support a culture of collaboration. For part one in our communication series, hear about the importance of communication within child welfare teams.

Our guest will be Stacy Gehringer, MSW, LICSW (she/her/hers), Director of Outreach for the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. We will discuss the interdisciplinary collaboration in child welfare and how to become an all-star member of the team.

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[Spring Summit Series] Dr. Chasnoff Shares Why Behavior Belongs in the Brain

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April 12, 2023
We will pick Dr. Chasnoff’s brain and learn more about his upcoming webinar that takes a deeper dive into prenatal substance exposure in children.

Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, is president of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation’s leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of environmental factors on the developmental trajectory of children and adolescents.

(47:12)

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[Spring Summit Series] From Freud to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross to Keiran Vitek…

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March 29, 2023
…Many of us recognize the names and overarching theories in grief.  We will have Keiran join us to talk about grief, and help us cope and carry our own individual and collective losses.  We will get a preview of her upcoming webinar “To Grief Theory and Beyond: Practical applications for coping and loving those who grieve.”

Keiran Vitek is a Clinical Social Worker at The Village Family Service Center. She has received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. After teaching Spanish Immersion at a Title 1 school she went on receive her Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on Traumatic Grief. She has gained experience working with all ages ranging from childhood to end of life care. Keiran’s clinical practice focuses on traumatic and unanticipated grief and bereavement experiences as well as supporting families affected by terminal diseases. Her professional experiences have included developing and facilitating grief support groups, providing individual and family therapy, and working in both inpatient and outpatient oncology. She has received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Meaning Centered Grief Therapy (MCGT). She is a certified Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider. Keiran has presented at past Symposiums, universities, and health care institutions.

(32:49)

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[Spring Summit Series] Concepts of De-escalation

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March 15, 2023
This podcast will explore frameworks for understanding escalation. In addition, we will discuss effective and corresponding interventions to match the level of escalation. Lastly, we will focus on self-management to enhance the de-escalation skills.

Jimmie Heags, MA LSC, LPCC, LADC, ACS is a trainer and consultant with 20 years of experience in Restorative Practices, Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI), and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Practices. Jimmie believes in the Adlerian principle that a primary source of struggles in life is caused by taking too many precautions which why he enjoys helping clients find the power to face their fears by embracing the courage to be imperfect.

(23:13)

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[Spring Summit Series] Two topics, Three Spring Summit Guests in One!

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March 1, 2023
Hear from child welfare professionals, Brianna Sigg and Stephanie Coleman, about their years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with marginalized identities.  They will also share the various types of safe care supports available in our communities.  You will leave feeling encouraged to open your heart and home to LGBTQ+ youth, and wanting to listen to their April webinar “Supporting Families Providing Care to LGBTQ+”.

Next up is Mariah Rooney.  Mariah will share how to bring more compassion and connection into our relationships through understanding complex inner worlds of young people and ourselves.  We will also learn more about Mariah’s inner world.

Brianna Sigg, MSW, LICSW (she/her) received her MSW from the University of Minnesota in 2018 and currently holds a LICSW. Brianna works as a licensed psychotherapist and provides educational trainings to a variety of different agencies and organizations. Brianna is the founder of Curiosity Counseling & Consultation and provides therapy through Lyn Lake Psychotherapy & Wellness. Throughout her career and personal life, she has expanded on her knowledge and experience providing a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ clients, particularly those who hold gender expansive identities, to explore themselves and navigate the unique challenges they face due to their identity. Brianna has grown passionate about working with children, adolescents, and adults who hold marginalized identities. Brianna operates through a trauma-informed lens with a particular focus on attachment, development and identity.

Stephanie Coleman, MSW, LICSW, works as the Director of Social Work for Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota where she oversees Foster Care Adoption, Domestic Infant Adoption, Pregnancy Services, and Education programs. She came to this role with experience directly working with youth in foster care seeking permanency, supporting adoptive families by providing attachment-focused and trauma-informed strategies, and providing education to adults considering adoption. Stephanie earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 2018 and is currently licensed as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. Stephanie completed the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare in 2019.

Mariah Rooney, MSW, LICSW is a psychotherapist who has practiced in outpatient, community, hospital and specialty care settings; an adjunct faculty member in the graduate School of Social Work at Winona State University; a past consultant for the NCTSN’s Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders; and was previously a fellow at the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. She has extensive experience in clinical work with children and adults treating the complex challenges that arise as a result of traumatic stress, attachment trauma, intergenerational trauma, and dissociation. Additionally, her research, consultation, and writing has focused on areas such as gender-related violence, military trauma, trauma-informed embodiment practices, developmental trauma, and systems-level interventions to prevent and address the impacts of trauma. Additionally, Mariah is a consultant with the American Institutes for Research. Her primary responsibilities include supporting capacity-building to prevent and address the effects of violence and trauma within individual agencies and schools, national and state agencies, state-wide coalitions, and multi-agency collaboratives. Additionally, she is the Co-Founder of Trauma Informed Weight Lifting, a program of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment.

(47:09)

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[Spring Summit Series] FASD Through the Eyes of Barb Clark

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February 15, 2023
We will take a deeper dive into Barb Clark’s personal passion, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  Learn how the world of FASD has changed throughout the years and what it means to parent those with FASD into adulthood.

Barb Clark works at the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) and provides training on trauma-informed strategies, post adoption support, & her personal passion, FASD. She is committed to improving the education and lives of individuals who were prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol. Barb has a B.I.S. in Youth Studies from the University of Minnesota but has learned more through parenting than any degree could ever teach.

(35:01)

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Creating a Crisis Plan For Your Family

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February 1, 2023
Noelle is back!  After attending Noelle’s webinar When in Crisis! Help for Families Formed Through Adoption & Kinship, attendees asked for more information about creating a crisis plan.  In this podcast, listeners will learn what they need to include in their home’s crisis plan.

You can watch her webinar here:

https://www.mnadopt.org/product/20220914-webinar-when-in-crisis-help-for-families-formed-through-adoption-kinship/

Noelle Palmer is an adoptive mother with a background as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Noelle’s life and professional experiences brought her to the Crisis Work field.  Noelle is PACC certified and continues in her passion to deliver her work with an adoptive focused lens.

(44:47)

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How We Became Foster Adopt Minnesota

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January 25, 2023
We are FAM-ily!  MN ADOPT is now Foster Adopt Minnesota! As we start a new year, we are excited to also begin this chapter of our organization. Since 1980, we have focused on the goal of ensuring every Minnesota child grows up in a safe and nurturing family. During this time, we have had several brand identities as an organization.  Hear from our guests Executive Director, Rachel Walstad and Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Jackie Brovold about what’s in a name!

(12:29)

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Goodbye Again

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January 18, 2023
Join us for a discussion of the memoir Goodbye Again. This book is the story of one birth mother’s relinquishment, reunion, secondary loss, and journey to acceptance and healing. Her heart-wrenching book details how she lost her son – twice. The first time to adoption and the second not long after reuniting with him.

Candace Cahill is a first mother and a late discovery step-adoptee. She’s a writer, silversmith, and park ranger from Denali, Alaska.

(39:40)

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The Making of “Flipping the Script” – Segment 4

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January 4, 2023
Please join us for a chat with Daisy and Coco as they relay their experiences of going back to their birth countries on a ten-month journey. Their long-term goal is to create and share “Flipping the Script” – a wellness workbook for young people. However, in order to help others achieve mental wellness, they will first deeply explore their own histories. We will follow them on their journey in uncovering and sharing their findings of the human condition, societal influences, and the stories we all hold.

Daisy and Coco of Minnesota are currently developing a new program on the power of story – as it shapes the lives of young people. Through their nearly completed emotional wellness workbook created specifically for youth (titled “Flipping the Script”), they will provide tools to help cultivate youth identity through their stories. Because Daisy and Coco were adopted from China and India, they understand the importance and urgency of their work – the deep emotional baggage that comes along with being adopted – the unanswered and unanswerable questions regarding their past. And yet, they continue to believe that owning our whole story lies at the crux of our identity, our mental well-being, and journey to self-actualization.

(30:05)

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The Making of “Flipping the Script” – Segment 3

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December 21, 2022
Please join us for a chat with Daisy and Coco as they relay their experiences of going back to their birth countries on a ten-month journey. Their long-term goal is to create and share “Flipping the Script” – a wellness workbook for young people. However, in order to help others achieve mental wellness, they will first deeply explore their own histories. We will follow them on their journey in uncovering and sharing their findings of the human condition, societal influences, and the stories we all hold.

Daisy and Coco of Minnesota are currently developing a new program on the power of story – as it shapes the lives of young people. Through their nearly completed emotional wellness workbook created specifically for youth (titled “Flipping the Script”), they will provide tools to help cultivate youth identity through their stories. Because Daisy and Coco were adopted from China and India, they understand the importance and urgency of their work – the deep emotional baggage that comes along with being adopted – the unanswered and unanswerable questions regarding their past. And yet, they continue to believe that owning our whole story lies at the crux of our identity, our mental well-being, and journey to self-actualization.

(37:52)

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The Making of “Flipping the Script” – Segment 2

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December 7, 2022
Please join us for a chat with Daisy and Coco as they relay their experiences of going back to their birth countries on a ten-month journey. Their long-term goal is to create and share “Flipping the Script” – a wellness workbook for young people. However, in order to help others achieve mental wellness, they will first deeply explore their own histories. We will follow them on their journey in uncovering and sharing their findings of the human condition, societal influences, and the stories we all hold.

Daisy and Coco of Minnesota are currently developing a new program on the power of story – as it shapes the lives of young people. Through their nearly completed emotional wellness workbook created specifically for youth (titled “Flipping the Script”), they will provide tools to help cultivate youth identity through their stories. Because Daisy and Coco were adopted from China and India, they understand the importance and urgency of their work – the deep emotional baggage that comes along with being adopted – the unanswered and unanswerable questions regarding their past. And yet, they continue to believe that owning our whole story lies at the crux of our identity, our mental well-being, and journey to self-actualization.

(42:08)

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The Making of “Flipping the Script” – Segment 1

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November 23, 2022
Please join us for a chat with Daisy Leonard and Coco Leonard as they relay their experiences of going back to their birth countries on a ten-month journey. Their long-term goal is to create and share “Flipping the Script” – a wellness workbook for young people. However, in order to help others achieve mental wellness, they will first deeply explore their own histories. We will follow them on their journey in uncovering and sharing their findings of the human condition, societal influences, and the stories we all hold.

Daisy and Coco Leonard of Minnesota are currently developing a new program on the power of story – as it shapes the lives of young people. Through their nearly completed emotional wellness workbook created specifically for youth (titled “Flipping the Script”), they will provide tools to help cultivate youth identity through their stories. Because Daisy and Coco were adopted from China and India, they understand the importance and urgency of their work – the deep emotional baggage that comes along with being adopted – the unanswered and unanswerable questions regarding their past. And yet, they continue to believe that owning our whole story lies at the crux of our identity, our mental well-being, and journey to self-actualization.

(47:19)

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To Finalization and Beyond! (Part 5 of 5)

November 9, 2022
Finally, we have reached the final segment of our 5-part series for adoptive parents.
Now that we have come to the point of finalization, we will make sure you have the resources you need for your family after the child’s team exits. In this episode, we will discuss what typically happens at a finalization and more details about the HELP Post-Adoption Navigator program at MN ADOPT. This program is FREE and available to any family who adopted a child from Minnesota foster care within the past 12 months.

(22:30)

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It’s Placement Time! (Part 4 of 5)

October 26, 2022
Our series moves on to adoption placements. You are not alone in navigating the complexities of having a youth join your family. Learn from an experienced adoptive parent how you can advocate for your child and get the support you need to make the placement a success.

Jeremiah is an adoptive parent with years of experience with the foster care system and ICWA.

(39:11)

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What Goes into an Adoptive Transition? (Part 3 of 5)

October 12, 2022
Join us for part 3 of our 5-part series geared toward families who are licensed and starting the adoption process. We will hear from a Child Specific Recruiter (CSR) about what goes into transitioning a youth to an adoptive home. You will get a better understanding about the roles of a youth’s team during this time, the importance of a transition plan, what families can do to better prepare for the big day and how a CSR’s role is to find families for youth, not youth for families.

(25:33)

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Adoption Matching 101: A County’s Perspective (Part 2 of 5)

September 28, 2022
Learn from Becker County social workers about how they search for the best match for youth in their care.  We will talk about how they review home studies, what happens at collateral meetings, how they prepare to tell a youth about a potential family, along with advice for families who are in the matching process.

Together, our guests have 14-years of experience working at Becker County Human Services.

Resources

People:
Barb Clark, JaeRan Kim
Angela Tucker (adult adoptee: many trainings, podcasts, documentary, etc.)
Megan Montgomery-The Baggage we carry: creating an awareness of how our past impacts our parenting and making it work
A.J. Zehner: Preparing Children already in home for new foster/adoptive siblings

Books:
Wounded Children, Healing Homes

Additional things waiting families can do:
Learn the court process

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While You’re Waiting (and still waiting) for an Adoptive Placement (Part 1 of 5)

September 14, 2022
“I’m licensed and there are hundreds of children in Minnesota who need adoptive families immediately.  Why is this taking so long!”  Many adoptive families find themselves asking this question after becoming licensed.  The first of this five-part series will provide adoptive families firsthand experience of what can be expected after the much-anticipated official licensing date.  Listen to our conversation with an adoptive parent to hear how this can be the hardest and most confusing part of the adoption process and for tips to get through the wait.  The series will continue down the road of the adoption process from matching to finalization and beyond!  Let’s start with While You’re Waiting….

Today we are joined by Amy Arntson, an adoptive parent who was selected by Voice for Adoption’s Family Portrait Project to represent Minnesota at the adoption awareness event in D.C.  Their story captured the attention of Adopt US Kids who filmed a short video about their experience.   Amy and her husband are often lovingly referred to as parents of the year by their three children.

https://blog.adoptuskids.org/firsts-with-the-arnston-family/

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An Intro to Defiance & Disrespect: Battles with Homework and Chores

August 31, 2022
We’re back with Brenda Benning discussing topics we’ll cover in our September 13th webinar: Defiance & Disrespect: Battles with Homework and Chores. Listeners, be sure to register for the webinar on our website: mnadopt.org.

Brenda Benning works with families individually in home and group settings, both in person and virtually. Her primary focus is adoptive families with children healing from trauma histories and attachment issues. Brenda not only has extensive professional experience, but has real-life experience as an adoptive parent and family.

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The Back-to-School Transition

Aug 17, 2022
With school days just around the corner, families would like more than just a back-to-school supply list to help them prepare. For the first of our two-part series, we will discuss how to get ready for the school days transition.

In our follow-up podcast with Brenda Benning, we will discuss topics that Brenda will cover during her webinar titled, Defiance & Disrespect: Battles with Homework and Chores. Listeners can get a preview of Brenda’s Sept. 13th webinar to help better prepare for the start of the school season.

Brenda Benning works with families individually in home and group settings, both in person and virtually. Her primary focus is adoptive families with children healing from trauma histories and attachment issues.  Brenda not only has extensive professional experience, but has real-life experience as an adoptive parent and family.

(19:59)

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Know Your Rights: Kinship

Aug 3, 2022
Join us to learn more about the law for relatives or kin who are a permanency resource for a child in foster care.

Professor Natalie Netzel is an assistant professor at Michell Hamline School of Law where she serves as co-director of Clinics and Advocacy and Education Director for the Institute to Transform Child Protection.
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Zero Kids Waiting Series: Episode 2: Commonly Asked Questions

July 20, 2022
Join our Q&A to hear what adoptive families are asking, resources available for potential adoptive parents and those inquiring about waiting children.
(14:26)

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Autism: What You Need to Know

July 6, 2022
What is Autism?  How is it diagnosed?  Why is it so prevalent?  These questions will be addressed by an expert on the topic.

Dr. Reeve is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and has worked for HealthPartners for over 30 years. She has held a variety of positions in research, teaching, and administration in the past but is currently primarily involved in patient care.  Dr. Reeve has a special interest in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.  She is the co-author of the “Survival Guide for Children on the Autism Spectrum.”
(21:52)

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Disruption/Dissolution of Adoptions

June 22, 2022
Join us for the very complex and difficult topic of disruption and dissolution of pre-adoption or adoptive families. We’ll look at the grief, trauma, and how to hold compassion for all members of the family.

Amber Morrighan, MA, LMFT, has been working with children who have been adopted or are in the foster care setting, their families, and caregivers for 20 years. She is deeply committed to assist children and their caregivers in healing the impacts of trauma at any age.
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Zero Kids Waiting Series: Episode 1: Recruitment

June 8, 2022
Join ZKW Recruitment Coordinator, Kim Sacay, to learn more about the many Minnesota children waiting for safe, loving, and permanent families. Kim will fill us in about the need, the path to more information, and the many ways that you can help!
(10:30)

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Family Matters: A Conversation About Transracial Families and Kinship Care

May 25, 2022
Nefertiti Austin, author of the bestseller Motherhood So White joins us today to discuss the complications and nuances of providing kinship care and caring for children of color in white spaces.

Author and memoirist, Nefertiti Austin writes about the erasure of diverse voices in motherhood in the critically acclaimed Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender and Parenting in America. Nefertiti is the proud adoptive mother of two children and lives in Los Angeles, CA.(24:14)

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Foster Care 101 – Part 13: Family Impact on Foster Care

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May 11, 2022
Join us as Brandon Jensen helps foster parents navigate the impact of foster care on their relationships.
(21:25)

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Foster Care 101 – Part 12: Children’s Mental Health

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April 27, 2022
Children and youth coming into out of home care often have deep experiences of trauma which can lead to or exacerbate underlying mental health concerns.  Join us to learn more about how to identify and address mental health concerns in children you care for.

Heather Siek, Psy.D. LPCC is a licensed outpatient therapist. She primarily works with children, adolescents, and families. Her specialty is working with childhood trauma, anxiety, and children with behavioral difficulties. Heather is also an adoptive mom.

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Foster Care 101 – Part 11: Trauma 101

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April 13, 2022
When caring for children in foster care, it is important that foster parents understand trauma.  Join us as Kirsten Langerman helps us unpack the basics of trauma in foster care.
(17:06)

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Parental Postadoption Depression: Reframing Expectations

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March 30, 2022
In this podcast, featuring Karen J. Foli, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, an expert on parental postadoption depression (PAD), the discussion will include a description of PAD symptoms, and the research conducted by Dr. Foli. Findings reveal that parental expectations are associated with depressive symptoms in adoptive parents. Suggestions on how to reframe expectations of themselves as parents, of the child, of family and friends, and of society will be explored.
(20:40)

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Foster Care 101 – Part 10: Grief & Loss in Foster Care

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March 16, 2022
Grief is part of the foster care journey. Dr. Kathryn Markell and Dr. Marc Markell will help us explore how grief impacts foster children, foster parents, and families of origin including how to support the children and families experiencing grief.

Kathryn Markell has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Loyola University-Chicago.  She presently teaching in the psychology department of Anoka-Ramsey Community College, where she teaches Death and Dying and Child and Adolescent Development classes, in addition to many other courses.  She is the co-author of the book: The Children Who Lived: Using Harry Potter and Other Fictional Characters to Help Grieving Children and Adolescents.

Marc Markell teaches at St. Cloud State University in the Department of Special Education. He also teaches at Worsham College of Mortuary Science. In addition, Marc teaches an online class for a university in Korea. He is a certified Thanatologist through the Association of Death Educators and counseling and certified in Death and Grief Studies from Colorado State University through the Center for Loss and Life Transition. Marc has published three books on grief, book chapters, and numerous articles.
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Foster Care 101 – Part 9: Navigating Complex Relationships in Foster Care

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March 2, 2022
Join us as Brandon Jensen talks about the complicated relationships in the foster care community.
(24:00)

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Foster Care 101 – Part 8: The Many Moves of Foster Care

This podcast is not eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

Feb 16, 2022
Learn what happens when a child is removed from their home, how it impacts children, and how we as foster parents can help them navigate these moves more effectively.

Wendy Wolff, MS, is an expert on family visiting and maintaining healthy birth family connections. She has consulted with county and private agencies about the complex relationships between primary families and resource families and has developed training for resource parents and social workers on best practices and strategies to overcome challenges in these relationships. She and her husband have three adopted children and 2 dogs.
(25:20)

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LGBTQ+: Understanding and Support

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Feb 2, 2022
This podcast will inform and inspire our thought processes regarding the unique impact of LGBTQ+ identity on many aspects of development and relationships in foster and adoptive families.

Brianna Sigg is a licensed social worker and therapist, dedicated to building awareness around the unique impact of identity and gender for those living their truth in marginalized identities. She works with children, adolescents, and adults, particularly with those who identify within the LGBTQ+ community.
(25:20)

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LGBTQ+: Understanding and Support

This podcast is not eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

Feb 2, 2022
This podcast will inform and inspire our thought processes regarding the unique impact of LGBTQ+ identity on many aspects of development and relationships in foster and adoptive families.

Brianna Sigg is a licensed social worker and therapist, dedicated to building awareness around the unique impact of identity and gender for those living their truth in marginalized identities. She works with children, adolescents, and adults, particularly with those who identify within the LGBTQ+ community.
(25:20)

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Foster Care 101 – Part 7: Foster Care & Court

This podcast is not eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

Jan 19, 2022
Joins us as we talk with Kirsten Langerman, LICSW about the court process involved in foster care in MN.
(13:36)

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Partnerships for Permanence: Developing Young Leaders

This podcast is not eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

Jan 5, 2022
Lola Adebara will explain how Partnerships for Permanence is dedicated to bringing formerly fostered young adults together to raise awareness and work to improve the child welfare system.
(16:23)

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Put on Your Air-mask: Self Care Through the Holidays

Dec 22, 2021
Self-care for foster & adoptive parents is needed year-round, but during the holidays it is particularly important to create space to care for ourselves.

Amy Bailey, LMSW is a child welfare program director for Arbor Circle, based in Michigan. She is a licensed master’s level social worker and private practice clinician. Additionally, Amy is a foster parent and has worked in the child welfare field for over 20 years.
(21:58)

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Foster Care 101 – Part 6: Foster Care Licensing: Agency vs County (2)

Dec 8, 2021
When considering foster care in MN, you have the option of licensing through your county of residence or though an agency. Join us as we navigate the different options to help determine which option may be best for you. In this two-part series, we are joined by Erin Etter (agency Social Worker) and Michelle Brown (county Social Worker).
(24:40)

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Foster Care 101 – Part 5: Foster Care Licensing: Agency vs County (1)

Nov 24, 2021
When considering foster care in MN, you have the option of licensing through your county of residence or through an agency. Join us as we navigate the different options to help determine which option may be best for you. In this two-part series, we are joined by Erin Etter (agency Social Worker) and Michelle Brown (county Social Worker
(22:52)

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Conversations with the HELP Program (Part 6)- Strengthening Families Who Adopted an Infant through an Open Adoption

Nov 16, 2021
In the final episode, Program Manager, Heather Van Brunt and HELP Specialist, Andrea Brubaker explore common themes, concerns and challenges that may bring a family who adopted through open adoption to reach out for some assistance and what that support looks like from the HELP Program to help strengthen a family.
(23:30)

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Conversations with the HELP Program (Part 5)- Strengthening Families Who Adopted Internationally

Nov 16, 2021
It’s part 5 of Conversations with the HELP Program.  Program Manager, Heather Van Brunt joins HELP Specialist, Andrea Brubaker to explore common themes, concerns and challenges that may bring a family who adopted internationally to reach out for some assistance and what that support looks like from the HELP Program to help strengthen a family.
(14:30)

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Conversations with the HELP Program (Part 4)- Strengthening Foster Families

Nov 16, 2021
In this episode, we bring you part 4 of Conversations with the HELP Program.  Program Manager, Heather Van Brunt joins HELP Specialist, Amy Turgeon to explore common themes, concerns and challenges that may bring a family who is providing foster care to reach out for some assistance and what that support looks like from the HELP Program to help strengthen a family.
(15:43)

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Conversations with the HELP Program (Part 3)- Strengthening Kinship Families

Nov 16, 2021
We bring you part 3 of Conversations with the HELP Program.  Program Manager, Heather Van Brunt joins HELP Specialist, Danielle Lewis to explore common themes, concerns and challenges that may bring a family providing kinship care to reach out for some assistance and what that support looks like from the HELP Program to help strengthen a family.
(11:51)

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Conversations with the HELP Program (Part 2)- Strengthening Families Who Adopted through MN Foster Care

Nov 16, 2021
In this episode, we bring you part 2 of Conversations with the HELP Program.  Program Manager, Heather Van Brunt joins HELP Specialist, Gail Swenson to explore common themes, concerns and challenges that may bring a family who adopted through foster care to reach out for some assistance and what that support can look like from the HELP Program to help strengthen a family.
(15:28)

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Conversations with the HELP Program (Part 1)- Services to Strengthen Your Family

Nov 16, 2021
We kick-off the HELP Program Podcast Series by bringing you part 1 of Conversations with the HELP Program.  Program Manager, Heather Van Brunt joins us to provide an intro regarding the HELP Program and its services to strengthen your family.
(12:46)

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Foster Care 101 – Part 4: Current Foster Care Need

Nov 10, 2021
Jessica Brogger from DHS joins us to have a conversation about the need of foster care in MN. Jessica will share with us the common reasons youth come into care, the need for more foster families across the state, and how you can help meet that need.
(13:20)

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The 30 Days After: Adjusting to Life and Family After Placement

Oct 13, 2021
In this podcast, we’ll discuss the first thirty days following an adoptive or foster placement. What happens when your best laid plans get torn up and tossed to the wind? Join us for the second part of this two-part series to discuss crisis, adjustment, and adaptation.
(21:59)

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The 30 Days Before: Counting Down to Adoptive/Foster Placement

Sept 28, 2021
In this podcast, we’ll discuss the final stages of preparing for a foster/adoptive placement. We’ll explore some of the most common hopes, fears and questions families have, as well as the conversations, reflections and preparations that can best support you and your growing family.
(28:30)

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Anxiety!

Sept 15, 2021
Join in this podcast to learn more about what contributes to your toxic stress and how it impacts you. Dr. Tami DeCoteau, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) will share strategies for self-care and managing stress. 
(11:25)

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Back to School: Ideas to Create Your New Normal

Aug 31, 2021
Join Christina Haddad Gonzalez and Chantelle Vaughn, education professionals experienced with supporting children and families, for a conversation filled with ideas and strategies to smooth back to school stress in these challenging and unprecedented times.
(21:50)

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Foster Care 101 – Part 3: Q & A

Aug 17, 2021
We are finishing our Foster Care 101 podcast series with Kim Young and Brenda Sandquist.  If you missed Part 1 and 2, we encourage you to listen.  We are going to finish our conversation with Kim & Brenda by answering questions that were submitted by potential & current foster providers.
(27:22)

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Foster Care 101 – Part 2: Licensing

Aug 4, 2021
We are continuing our Foster Care 101 podcast series with Brenda Sandquist & Kim Young.   if you missed the Foster Care 101: Part 1, we highly encourage you to check out Part 1 from July 21.  If you have already listened to Part 1, welcome back!  We’ll continue our conversation with Kim and Brenda.  Today we focus on what it looks like to be a licensed foster provider.
(23:58)

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Foster Care 101 – Part 1: The Need

July 21, 2022
In this episode we are joined by Brenda Sandquist and Kim Young to learn what it means to be a foster parent. They help us answer the most commonly asked questions about starting the licensing process.
(28:03)

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All Behavior Has Meaning with Adrian McLemore

Jan 25, 2022
Adrian McLemore is back with us!  He highlights strategies & techniques parents can use who are struggling with behavior at home and ways to communicate with youth.
(5:10)

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Help for Your Child with Sensory Processing Challenges - 4-part Series

Oct 8, 2020
A conversation with Maude Le Roux on her upcoming series, describing OT and the impact of the senses on life skills and attachment.  Maude Le Roux, OTR/L, an internationally acclaimed occupational therapist and expert on sensory integration and human development.
(4:21)

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De-Bunking the Myths of Foster Care

Sept 22, 2020
Common myths can make the prospect of fostering/adopting more intimidating than it should be.  We go over 5 common myths about foster care.

If you are interested in fostering, complete our foster care inquiry form:  https://fostercare.mnadopt.org/v2/?c=fc_inquiry

Foster Care information:  https://fosteradoptmn.org/fostering-network/
MN ADOPT HELP Programhttps://fosteradoptmn.org/help-prog/
MN ADOPT Post-Adoption Navigator:  https://fosteradoptmn.org/pan-overview/
(4:21)

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Interview with a Foster Mom: Back-To-School Shopping Experience

June 22, 2020
Interview with a Foster Mom: Back-To-School Shopping Experience
(7:41)

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The Reel Hope Project

May 13, 2020
Kaycee Stanley joins us!  Kaycee is an adoptive mom and founder & director of The Reel Hope Project.  Reel Hope makes videos of kids in foster care in MN who are waiting to be adopted, partnering with counties and faith communities to help MN kids find forever families.
(12:46)

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MN ADOPT’s Fostering Network Program

May 7, 2020
We chat with Kim Young:  our Foster Care & Kinship Specialist.  In honor of National Foster Care Month, we wanted to have Kim on to tell us more about our Fostering Network program and how families can get started with becoming foster parents even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn about our 2021 Back To School Shopping Event to help Minnesota kids in Foster Care.

You can contact Kim by calling 612-746-5133 or by email:  fosteringnetwork@mnadopt.org

The foster care inquiry form is also available:  https://fostercare.mnadopt.org/v2/?c=fc_inquiry
(6:21)

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Sensory Interventions to assist children in achieving greater regulation

Apr 29, 2020
Amie Summers, LGSW, SEP will introduce Sensory Motor Arousal and Regulation Treatment, a technique that teaches caregivers how to use sensory interventions to help children regulate, create stronger attachment bonding and heal trauma.
(18:22)

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Finding Compassion and Space for children and caregivers during COVID-19

Apr 20, 2020
In this podcast, we welcome Mariah Rooney to talk about how caregivers can find compassion and spaciousness for themselves and the children in their care.
(18:34)

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Helping Foster Parents Address COVID-19 with Their Children

Apr 15, 2020
In this podcast, we talk to Marc Markell, who teaches at St. Cloud University and at Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Marc is certified in Death and Grief Studies from Colorado State University through the Center for Loss and Life Transition.
Marc addresses strategies and suggestions for coping with the additional stress of COVID- 19, for both foster parents and foster children.
(9:51)

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Coping with Covid: A Conversation with Brenda Benning

Apr 4, 2020
In this podcast episode HELP Specialist Andrea talks with adoptive parent and therapist Brenda Benning on the common experiences families are having with the unique challenges of the Covid 19 pandemic. In this conversation Andrea and Brenda explore topics of anxiety, self-regulation, self-care and more.
(13:35)

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