The Kids are Back in School and I’m Back on YouTube!

As you can imagine, filming videos with all of our kids home most of the time is pretty challenging. So, I took the summer off to focus on giving them a great summer (parks! playgrounds! beach! LEGO camp! zoo! arts and crafts! ping pong! swimming!) and to put any extra bandwidth I had toward my seminary studies, The Flourishing Foster Parent, and my new podcast.

But I have been collecting ideas and listening to your questions and will be working on some new videos starting next week!

For now, here’s a quick Catching Up & Checking In video just to say hi, share a bit about where you can find some more robust content and engagement specifically for foster parents, and share the news that, as of five weeks ago today, we are a family of seven! My husband and I have five children now, and we are doing our best to establish our “new normal” (again) and ensure everyone is getting the attention, love, support, and presence they need.

Do you have a question or topic you’d like me to cover in a future video? Please leave me a comment below or send me an email.

“Back to School” with Ernest Henderson, Jr. (Podcast)

It’s back to school time, and for youth in foster care, that can either be a really good thing or a really, really hard thing (or a bit of both.)

Today I’m speaking with Ernest Henderson, Associate Director of Eastern Washington Education Programs at Treehouse.

Ernest not only brings the professional insights of someone who devotes his career to helping foster youth succeed in school, but he also brings a background of being a former foster youth and a former foster parent. In this episode we discuss some of the ways a foster parent can support their child in school, how to navigate communicating with your child’s teachers and school personnel, and tips for preparing your foster youth to succeed in a new school. We also touched on positive discipline for youth in foster care and ways to empower and encourage our kids.

Ernest mentioned a few things for foster parents to learn more about, including the Every Student Succeeds Act, and I’ve included several helpful links in the show notes for this episode—so be sure to check those out.

I really appreciated what Ernest had to share, and I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!