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Comfort Cases founder Rob Scheer hosts this inspiring show about how communities can come together to bring dignity and hope to children in the foster care system. Guests will include former youth in foster care, foster parents, celebrities touched by the foster care system, child welfare advocates, and everyday people working to improve the lives of kids in care. Rob brings a sense of positivity and humor to his conversations. If you have a story to tell as it relates to foster care or any questions, please email fosteringchange@comfortcases.org. And please follow Comfort Cases @comfortcases. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Comfort Cases founder Rob Scheer hosts this inspiring show about how communities can come together to bring dignity and hope to children in the foster care system. Guests will include former youth in foster care, foster parents, celebrities touched by the foster care system, child welfare advocates, and everyday people working to improve the lives of kids in care. Rob brings a sense of positivity and humor to his conversations. If you have a story to tell as it relates to foster care or any questions, please email fosteringchange@comfortcases.org. And please follow Comfort Cases @comfortcases. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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English


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How Children and families affected by conditions such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome can benefit from exposure to farms and farm animals

4/23/2024
Today’s episode of Fostering Change is an in depth discussion with Susan Rich, founder and president of 7th Generation Foundation, about FAS: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. FAS is close to home to our host, Rob Scheer, as one of Rob’s children has FAS. And although the diagnosis for Rob’s son was that he may never walk, or even talk, his son has achieved amazing things in his life, including being the President of his Student Government in High School, and has been accepted into the college he’s loved for years. Susan and Rob discuss the importance of animal therapy on those diagnosed with FAS (one reason Rob and his husband Reece moved his family to a farm!) 7th Generation Foundation operates an inclusive, sustainable green care farm animal sanctuary with programming for children and youth. Author of The Silent Epidemic: A Child Psychiatrist’s Journey Beyond Death Row, Susan and Rob also discuss the thousands of inmates on Death Row who were in Foster Care and diagnosed with FAS at a young age. This is not a coincidence, and there is much that our society can do to curb this horrifying statistic. To learn more about or to purchase Susan’s book, please visit: www.prenatalalcoholexposure.com To learn more about 7th Generation Foundation, please visit: Website: www.7thGenerationFoundationInc.org or www.dreamcatchermeadows.org Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheDreamCatcherFarm Blog: www.bettersafethansorryproject.com Book: www.prenatalalcoholexposure.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:24:14

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From Rock Bottom to Bringing a Family Together Again: A Foster Care Success Story with Jackie Polk

4/9/2024
After you listen to today’s episode of Fostering Change, take a moment. Take a breath. Reflect on what you heard, and ponder how you would handle the situations that our guest Jackie Polk faced. Here is part of the note Jackie sent us when she inquired about sharing her story: I'm a boy mom of 3. I have 8 year old twins, and an 11 month old baby. 6 years ago I completely rebuilt my life from rock bottom. My rock bottom was filled with drug addiction, domestic violence and having my children removed from my care. I changed everything about my life and regained custody of my children and have been sober for almost 7 years. I'm happily married to an incredible man who's also in addiction recovery. I share my story in order to inspire and encourage others to never give up on themselves no matter where they find themselves in life. There's so much of my story that I could feel guilty or embarrassed about which would make it easy to keep to myself but there's so many people struggling the same way that I was and I want them to know that there's hope for a better life. I'm no more special than anyone else, I just decided I wanted a different life and I worked really hard to have it. In our interview, Jackie stated: “Foster care gave me the chance to be a better person… a better mom.” Our host, and founder of Comfort Cases Rob Scheer shared that “We all have the ability to change and write your own life chapters. Don’t let anyone else write them for you.” A reminder that Fostering Change now posts on alternative Tuesdays. Our next episode will drop on April 23! You can always catch up on previous episodes of Fostering Change by visiting www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write to us at info@comfortcases.org. As always, thank you for listening! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:29:27

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A Foster Care Journey and How Change Must Happen to the Broken System

3/26/2024
Jerold Hawkins was introduced to Rob Scheer and Comfort Cases in 2023 when the company he works for, Aptiv, held a “Packing Party,” packing up backpacks filled with new essential items to be delivered to local social service agencies for distribution to youth entering foster care in Michigan. Following the event, Jerold reached out to us because he wanted to share his story: his experience in foster care, moving to a variety of homes over a 5 year period - recalling “all my life’s belongings dumped into a black trash bag.” Jerold shares his journey with Rob and also his now mission to help make positive change to the foster care system. We know you’ll enjoy today’s episode. A reminder that Fostering Change now posts on alternative Tuesdays. Our next episode will drop on April 9! You can always catch up on previous episodes of Fostering Change by visiting www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write to us at info@comfortcases.org. As always, thank you for listening! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:23:29

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The Importance of Talking About “Reunification” for Youth in Foster Care - A New Visit from Charell Star

3/12/2024
Today, we welcome back a wonderful guest, Charell Star. We first discovered Charell in 2021 from the “Humans of New York” column and video she was featured. We wanted Charell to come back on our podcast to give us an update on her work in the foster care system since then. Charell shares her common experiences with CASA and talks with Rob about the needs of youth in foster care, especially to promote reunification. “If we were looking to help people, and not penalize people for the unfair luck of being born poor in a system that doesn’t want to support those born without privilege. If we would spend even a fraction of what we spend to take their children away from them… we could actually solve this.” Later this Spring, Charell will be an Honoree at the 2024 CASA-NYC Gala. Charell has finished her autobiography. Once it’s published, you know she’ll be back on our podcast! You can learn more about Charell by visiting her here: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charellstar/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charellstar/ You can read Charell’s “Human’s of New York” story here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUK7yfSrFT3/?hl=en A reminder that Fostering Change now posts on alternative Tuesdays. Our next episode will drop on March 26! You can always catch up on previous episodes of Fostering Change by visiting www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write to us at info@comfortcases.org. As always, thank you for listening! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:22:48

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Creating a Warm and Safe Space for Children Transitioning into Foster Care

2/27/2024
Often times when children are removed from their homes and brought to a social service agency or law enforcement office, they are not placed in a foster home immediately, and have to spend hours, a whole night, or even days sitting on an uncomfortable office chair, a lumpy couch or maybe an air mattress tucked under a desk. No privacy, and no dignity. Jennifer Tice and her team at LilyPad: A Soft Place to Land have taken steps to end this practice in their home state of South Carolina, and soon throughout the country. Lily Pad volunteers are building comfortable living spaces, within the state’s Department of Social Service offices, for children to feel loved and valued during an uncertain time. Each Lily Pad space is unique to the DSS office it is installed in. You can click HERE to see a “before and after” of what a Lily Pad space is like (or visit this link: https://www.lilypadinc.org/lilypadroomsbeforeandafter) On today’s episode of Fostering Change, you will learn, as Rob Scheer did, more about Jennifer and her family’s road to foster care, and why the name “Lily” is so important to them. All Lily Pad funding comes from volunteers and good humans like you - our listeners. To find out more about LilyPad, volunteer, or see how you can get involved, please visit: https://www.lilypadinc.org/ You can also follow Lilypad on social media: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LilyPad.ASoftPlacetoLand Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lily.pad.inc/ A reminder that Fostering Change now posts on alternative Tuesdays. Our next episode will drop on February 27 You can always catch up on previous episodes of Fostering Change by visiting www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write to us at info@comfortcases.org. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:19:06

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Keeping Marriage Alive and a Strong as a Family with Adoptive Children

2/13/2024
Happy Valentine’s Day! (one day early) On today’s special episode, of Fostering Change we bring in two of our favorite married couples: David & Julie Bulitt and Rob & Reece Scheer! Yes, our host and his husband - co-founders of Comfort Cases - discuss relationships, particularly the issues faced by parents who adopt children and how to keep the marital relationship going strong! David & Julie have appeared on Fostering Change before. They have a unique perspective based on their careers as Julie is a licensed clinical social worker and David is a Divorce Attorney. David and Julie have been married for more than 35 years. They have four daughters and three grandchildren and are the authors of two books: Secrets of Strong Couples and the recently released, Couple’s Journal - Goal Setting for Strong Couples. Rob & Reece are soon to be celebrating their 21st anniversary, and as you likely know are the parents of five children, all adopted through the foster care system. In today’s discussion, you will hear the Scheers and Bulitts discuss issues they are currently experiencing as married couples and the solutions they have - including compromise - that keep the lines of communication open and flowing positively. But they do admit that it’s not all “wine and roses” every day, and you need to work together and on a regular basis to keep the relationship going strong. The Bulitt’s new book, The Couple’s Journal is a terrific tool to do just that. It helps couples set goals and arranges “check-ins” to make sure you’re actually working on those goals. They also have a new podcast, Conversations for Couples that we encourage you to listen (after you finish this episode of Fostering Change, of course!) To learn more about David & Julie Bulitt: Website: https://thebulitts.com/ All social media channels: @thebulitts Conversations for Couples Podcast: https://audioboom.com/channels/5118597-conversations-for-couples A reminder that Fostering Change now posts on alternative Tuesdays. Our next episode will drop on February 27 You can always catch up on previous episodes of Fostering Change by visiting www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write to us at info@comfortcases.org. As always, thank you for listening! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:25:58

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Keeping Marriage Alive and a Strong as a Family with Adoptive Children

2/13/2024
Happy Valentine’s Day! (one day early) On today’s special episode, of Fostering Change we bring in two of our favorite married couples: David & Julie Bulitt and Rob & Reece Scheer! Yes, our host and his husband - co-founders of Comfort Cases - discuss relationships, particularly the issues faced by parents who adopt children and how to keep the marital relationship going strong! David & Julie have appeared on Fostering Change before. They have a unique perspective based on their careers as Julie is a licensed clinical social worker and David is a Divorce Attorney. David and Julie have been married for more than 35 years. They have four daughters and three grandchildren and are the authors of two books: Secrets of Strong Couples and the recently released, Couple’s Journal - Goal Setting for Strong Couples. Rob & Reece are soon to be celebrating their 21st anniversary, and as you likely know are the parents of five children, all adopted through the foster care system. In today’s discussion, you will hear the Scheers and Bulitts discuss issues they are currently experiencing as married couples and the solutions they have - including compromise - that keep the lines of communication open and flowing positively. But they do admit that it’s not all “wine and roses” every day, and you need to work together and on a regular basis to keep the relationship going strong. The Bulitt’s new book, The Couple’s Journal is a terrific tool to do just that. It helps couples set goals and arranges “check-ins” to make sure you’re actually working on those goals. They also have a new podcast, Conversations for Couples that we encourage you to listen (after you finish this episode of Fostering Change, of course!) To learn more about David & Julie Bulitt: Website: https://thebulitts.com/ All social media channels: @thebulitts Conversations for Couples Podcast: https://audioboom.com/channels/5118597-conversations-for-couples A reminder that Fostering Change now posts on alternative Tuesdays. Our next episode will drop on February 27 You can always catch up on previous episodes of Fostering Change by visiting www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write to us at info@comfortcases.org. As always, thank you for listening! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:25:58

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An Unlikely Journey to Parenthood Through America’s Broken Foster Care System with Mark Daley

1/30/2024
Today, on Fostering Change, Comfort Cases’ founder Rob Scheer has an enlightening conversation with Mark Daley, author of SAFE: A Memoir of Fatherhood, Foster Care, and the Risks We Take for Family. The book offers a deeply personal window into what happens when the universal longing for family crashes up against the unique madness and bureaucracy of a child protection system that often fails to consider the needs of the most vulnerable parties of all—the children themselves. You will hear Rob share that he believes that SAFE is an important resource for anyone who is interested in learning more about, or is actively participating in our foster care system. You will hear Rob and Mark discuss how having a community of support all around you is so important. In fact, finding community is “Step Number 1!” - be that community family, church, neighbors or others who can support you as you work to juggle this new lifestyle. You will learn so much more about Mark and his thoughts on our broken foster care system. We encourage you to write a review, and share this podcast with others you care about. Mark will be visiting a number of cities for book readings and signings. To see when he is coming to your city, or to invite him to your city, please visit: https://markdaley.us/ To purchase SAFE, please visit your local independent bookstore or purchase online on sites including: Amazon Barnes & Noble Bookshop.org You can follow Mark on Social Media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markdaley00/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markdaley00 A reminder that Fostering Change now posts on alternative Tuesdays. So our next episode will drop on February 13 - a very special Valentine’s Day episode! You can always catch up on previous episodes of Fostering Change by visiting www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write to us at info@comfortcases.org. As always, thank you for listening! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:24:41

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Feeling Wanted, Love & Safe: Stories to Change the Lives of Children in Foster Care… FOR THE BETTER!

1/16/2024
Comfort Cases is so lucky to have many friends and supporters from around the world. In 2022 we opened our first international center, Comfort CasesUK (https://comfortcasesuk.org/). On today’s episode, we welcome a guest from England, our friend Kevin Leslie. Kevin is known for many movie and tv roles, most recently appearing in the Christmas movie: Christmas at the Holly Day Inn. Today on Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks to Kevin about the new children’s books series he wrote, Granddad Brian & His Stories. Kevin wrote these books as a creative way of dealing with loss and grief, following the loss of his grandfather to covid. His grandfather loved telling stories and Kevin wanted to share the warmth from his “granddad” with children around the world. He partnered with Comfort Cases and has donated numerous books to our center in the UK! We know you’ll enjoy today’s episode! To find out more about Kevin, please visit him on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KevinLeslieActor/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kevinleslieactor/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheKevinLeslie If interested in getting one of Kevin’s books, reach out to him directly at: https://www.instagram.com/grandadbrianstories/ If interested in making a donation to our center in the UK, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/comfortcasesuk A reminder that Fostering Change now posts on alternative Tuesdays. So our next episode will drop on Tuesday, January 30. You can always catch up on previous episodes of Fostering Change by visiting www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write to us at info@comfortcases.org. As always, thank you for listening! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:13:00

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Parents: Today we Give you “Permission to Rest”!

1/2/2024
Welcome to 2024! The entire team at Comfort Cases hopes you had a festive, and happy holiday season. Note that we didn’t write “restful”, as we know the past few weeks are generally the busiest time of year. This is why we are starting off our 2024 season right, with an interview with Ashley Neese, author of Permission to Rest: Revolutionary Practices for Healing, Empowerment, and Collective Care. Ashley Neese is a renowned breathwork teacher, author, parent, and land steward. She has spent over a decade working at the intersections of embodiment, transformation, and renewal. Ashley is host of The Deeper Call podcast, where she shares restorative conversations to support connection and healing. Ashley is a foster parent, as well as adoptive parent and biological parent. She has recently brought a foster son into their home as part of an emergency foster care situation and understands that all parents need to find time for rest in their lives. In this interview, host Rob Scheer and Ashley discuss how resting as a practice is a portal to grow ones capacity to be with hard things , which in turn gives you the capacity to be there for your kids and partner when they are going through hard things rather than dismiss, shame, or try to make them feel differently - it allows one to meet them where they are. To learn more about Ashley, please visit: Website: https://www.ashleyneese.com/ Instagram: ashley_neese About her books: https://www.ashleyneese.com/books * We want to share one note about Fostering Change. Starting this week, we will be posting episodes on a bi-weekly basis (we all need a little rest, right?) So our next episode will be posted on January 16. But you can always catch up on previous episodes of Fostering Change by visiting www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write us at info@comfortcases.org. As always, thank you for listening! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:19:07

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Bananas Foster: Making a positive impact, and spreading joy throughout the foster care community to inspire others

12/26/2023
Today is a special episode of Fostering Change (well, all our episodes are special, but this one has a very special significance!) It’s the final episode of 2023 AND, today’s episode marks the 200th Episode of Fostering Change. Amazing that we’ve reached this important milestone in our 5th season! And the past 3 seasons, we’ve been named the #1 podcast for issues about Adoption and Foster Care! We couldn’t have achieved this without the amazing support from our amazing guests and all of the positive feedback we’ve received from you, our viewers and listeners. Thank you so much! And what a way to mark this milestone, with another GOOD HUMAN, Emily Cole. You may not know Emily’s name (yet), but surely you’ve heard of the organization she and her husband Jesse run: The Savannah Bananas (https://thesavannahbananas.com/), known as “The Greatest Show in Sports!” The Cole’s started the organization with the goal to make baseball fun and bring families together. And beyond the entertaining brand of baseball the team plays, Emily and Jesse founded Bananas Foster,, an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to Bringing Families Together by focusing on celebrating those who are doing amazing things in the foster care world while educating and inspiring others to get involved. In 2020, the Cole’s became a licensed foster family, an action that would truly change their life. Emily shares her story with Rob on today’s podcast. We know you will find it inspiring and hopefully motivate you to become involved in your community - be it foster care or some other form of charitable act. To learn more about Bananas Foster, please visit: https://bananasfoster.org/ and visit https://thesavannahbananas.com/ to learn more about the Savannah Bananas Baseball team! You can follow Emily and the Bananas on Social Media: Instagram: @EmCole3 @thesavbananas @bananasfosterinc TikTok: @SavBananas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSavBananas To listen to previous episodes of Fostering Change, please visit: www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write us at info@comfortcases.org. Thank you for listening and we’ll see you next Tuesday! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:27:36

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Adopting Through Foster Care: What to Consider, and Why it May Change Your Life for Good!

12/19/2023
If you’ve watched or listened to Fostering Change before, or you’ve seen Rob Scheer speak at an event or a Comfort Cases “Packing Party”, you know that he loves to promote people who are doing great things for others - what he calls “Good Humans.” Well, on today’s episode you’ll meet one of the “goodest of them all,” Marcy Bursac. Scaling her lived experience as an adoptive mom of a sibling pair, Marcy advocates for the more than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system that are waiting to be adopted through her free app, books, monthly podcast, speaking engagements, and TV, radio, magazine, and podcast appearances. Marcy’s latest book, "What to Know When You Adopt Through Foster Care" is available now - and we highly recommend that if you’ve given any thought at all to adopting that you order this book today. This honest guide covers how to handle the ups and downs, behaviors, and realities involved in raising children adopted through the foster care system who may have experienced neglect, abuse, trauma and/or loss. Inside you'll learn: - what foster care adoption is and which children can be adopted - why some families waited and how some pursued this path after facing infertility - how some had to be persistent and how they endured the process - tips for parenting children who have experienced neglect, trauma, alcohol exposure - tips for parenting children who have mental health or medical needs and more! Marcy is a recipient of the Angels in Adoption® Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute from Missouri with Senator Blunt. She was crowned United States of America’s Mrs. Ohio 2022. She founded the organization The Forgotten Adoption Option. She is the creator of the Foster Care Adoption Awareness Reading Program. Most recently, Marcy was interviewed and announced the winner of the Pilot Pen G2 Overachievers Grant on The Kelly Clarkson Show on October 26th, 2023. To learn more about Marcy, please visit her website: https://forgottenadoptionoption.com/ You can also follow Marcy on social media: Instagram: @marcybursac Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ForgottenAdoptionOption LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcybursac/ To listen to previous episodes of Fostering Change, please visit: www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write us at info@comfortcases.org. Thank you for listening and we’ll see you next Tuesday! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:30:58

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A Coming-Of-Age Story of Tenacity, Hope and Impact!

12/12/2023
Prepare yourself for an interview with a woman who defines the term “resilience.” Regina Calcaterra’s memoir Etched in Sand, A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island is a #1 international best-seller and a New York Times best-seller. As a result of Etched in Sand’s messages of resilience, optimism, the plight of foster children, that no child is a lost cause and how we can all positively impact the life of a child in need, it has been integrated into college and high school curricula throughout the U.S. and been selected for community reads. She is also co-author of Etched in Sand’s sequel which she wrote with her younger sister Rosie Maloney, Girl Unbroken, A Sister’s Harrowing Journey from the Streets of Long Island to the Farms of Idaho. Girl Unbroken has also been integrated into college curricula alongside Etched in Sand. Regina speaks nationally about her books’ messages and how we can all impact the life of a child in need. To learn more about Regina, please visit: https://reginacalcaterra.com/ We encourage you to follow Regina’s journey on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Calcaterra.Regina/ Instagram: @regina_calcaterra LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/regina-calcaterra-1a9608285/ To listen to previous episodes of Fostering Change, please visit: www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write us at info@comfortcases.org. Thank you for listening and we’ll see you next Tuesday! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:24:23

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Lifting Each Other Up to Make the World a Better Tomorrow for Youth in Foster Care

12/5/2023
“Understand there is more of a reality out there than you’ve been living through.” Today’s episode of Fostering Change will truly inspire you! Rob Scheer interviews Lisa Cohen, someone he shares much in common. They were both in foster care, both from Washington, DC and following foster care, both joined the Navy. They also both have “bucked the trend” and have been successful in business and in life. They share how they moved forward in their careers, they didn’t talk about their experiences in foster care, as they didn’t want it to be used against them. Lisa has also loved sports her entire life and was a “Muhammad Ali addict”, and became a championship boxer! She writes about these experiences in her memoir, “Being Too Fierce”. Lisa holds the esteemed position of President of the Rotary Club of Washington DC. Under her leadership, she has spearheaded an initiative called "Rotary's Championship Fight for Youth," which aims to provide essential services to foster youth in the Washington DC metropolitan area. She also works as a Behavioral Clinician for Sasha Bruce Youthwork, an organization that is the leading provider of homeless youth services in the DC Region and have opened their first Foster House. This episode will truly inspire you! To get in touch with Lisa and/or order a signed copy of “Being Too Fierce,” please email directly at: lisac.dcrotary@gmail.com. To learn more about Sasha Bruce Youthwork, please visit: https://www.sashabruce.org/ To listen to previous episodes of Fostering Change, please visit: www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write us at info@comfortcases.org. Thank you for listening and we’ll see you next Tuesday! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:24:32

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A Truly Corporately Responsible Organization and How they Support Youth in Foster Care

11/28/2023
Corporate Responsibility. You hear that phrase often. But how many businesses truly follow through on being good corporate citizens? On today’s episode of Fostering Change you will meet one organization that does just that: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Indiana Medicaid Health Plan. In fact, this organization was Comfort Cases’ very first corporate sponsor - we are celebrating working with them for six years! You will hear Rob Scheer speak with April Lam, Chief of Staff for the health plan. April has a strong connection to Comfort Cases’ mission, as she not only works closely with non-profit organizations, but has also been a foster parent and adopted a child out of foster care. Since the partnership with Comfort Cases began 6 years ago, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has packed more than 7,000 Comfort Cases® to support youth living in foster care. The partnership between Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Comfort Cases has grown since 2018. Since the expansion, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s affiliated health plans have hosted 24 packing parties across 16 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico, providing over 12,000 Comfort Cases and XL duffel bags to youth in foster care nationwide. To learn more about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana, please visit: https://mss.anthem.com/in/indiana-hom... To listen to previous episodes of Fostering Change, please visit: www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write us at info@comfortcases.org. Thank you for listening and we’ll see you next Tuesday! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:18:16

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Changing the Narrative: Questions About Race & Other Challenges a Single Black Father Who Adopts & Fosters Children of Various Races Faces

11/21/2023
We hope you are ready for an especially inspiring episode of Fostering Change. Today, Rob Scheer interviews Peter Mutabazi: entrepreneur, international advocate for children, and the founder of Now I Am Known, a nonprofit that supplies resources that encourage and affirm children and families. A single adoptive father of three and foster dad to many (34 as of this date!), Mutabazi is a former street kid originally from Uganda who has worked for World Vision, Compassion International, and the Red Cross, and has appeared on media outlets such as the BBC and The TODAY Show. Rob and Peter discuss his book, Now I Am Known: How a Street Kid Turned Foster Dad Found Acceptance and True Worth, how Peter’s organization is helping countless youth in foster care, and what it takes to be a single parent / foster parent. To learn more about Peter and Now I Am Known, please visit: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fosterdadflipper Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fosterdadflipper/ Website: https://www.nowiamknownfoundation.org/ To listen to previous episodes of Fostering Change, please visit: www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write us at info@comfortcases.org. Thank you for listening and we’ll see you next Tuesday! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:21:33

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Exploring the Passion in Being a Resilient Caregiver

11/14/2023
In a discussion that covers everything from medicare filings to the resources necessary for caregivers of all kind to thrive, today Rob Scheer speaks with Mike and Kristin Berry, the co-founders of The Resilient Caregiver, a global initiative that helps foster and adoptive caregivers build resiliency through understanding, education, and support. There are so many hoops one must jump through when becoming a foster parent or adopting, many just don’t know where to start. Kristin and Mike, have been there and done that, and through their recently rebranded organization, The Resilient Caregiver, they provide many of the resources that will make this journey at least a little bit more sensicle. You can find out more about the resources they provide, including workshops and their very own podcast by visiting: www.resilientcaregiver.org University VIP Link: www.resilientcaregiver.org/universityvip You can also follow The Resilient Caregiver on social media, here: Facebook: www.facebook/resilientcaregiver Instagram: @resilientcaregiver To find out more about Comfort Cases, please visit our website: www.comfortcases.org. You can also follow us on our social media channels: Facebook: www.facebook.com/comfortcases Instagram: @comfortcases Twitter: @comfortcases TikTok: @comfort_cases To listen to previous episodes of Fostering Change, please visit: www.comfortcases.org/podcast or your favorite podcast outlets. If you have any comments, questions, or guest suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! Please write us at info@comfortcases.org. Thank you for listening and we’ll see you next Tuesday! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:23:12

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Steps to Youth Can Take to Overcome Bullying

11/8/2023
Today, Rob Scheer talks with a real “go-getter”. Someone who doesn’t take no for an answer and truly reaches for the stars. Haley Marguerite is a motivational speaker, a publisher and an author. In fact, she published her first book at the age of 11! Haley is the talented author behind the beloved Charlie Takes an Adventure book series. Through her captivating stories, children learn important life lessons while joining Charlie, the adventurous penguin, on his incredible journeys and heartwarming experiences with his loving family. Haley’s passion for empowering kids to believe in themselves and chase their dreams shines through in her writing. She says: “From elementary school through high school, I encountered the harsh winds of bullying – targeted for my appearance, round glasses, and the struggle to comprehend words until the 10th grade. Yet, I've emerged not broken, but resilient, a testament to the power of inner strength.” You can often find Haley speaking to school and community groups about overcoming bullying, and building up self-esteem. Today, we are lucky to have her as a guest on Fostering Change. The latest book in the series is titled: “Charlie Takes an Adventure to the Moon”, where Charlie faces bullying and tries to learn how to deal with and overcome it. More about Haley and the “Charlie Takes an Adventure” book series can be found here: Website about the book: https://www.charlietakesanadventure.com/ Website about Haley and her publishing programs: www.haleymarguerite.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/haleymargueritepersonal/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HaleyPublishing Twitter: https://twitter.com/Charliepenguin2 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officalhaleymarguerite/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@haleymarguerite LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/haleymarguerite/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-8g8ADbMc-vzV-3nTMRO3A For more information about Comfort Cases, or to listen to previous episodes of Fostering Change, please visit: Website: https://comfortcases.org/ Podcast Archive: https://comfortcases.org/podcasts/ If you have any questions or comments about this episode, please write to us! info@comfortcases.org. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:15:40

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Overcoming the Challenges of Youth Exiting Foster Care

11/7/2023
Comfort Cases is thrilled to be working with the team from Amerigroup Georgia Families 360 on a powerful new initiative. Launched at the start of National Adoption Awareness Month, Comfort Cases and Amerigroup Georgia Families 360 are committing to get a Comfort Case(™) to every youth in foster care in the state of Georgia, finally ending the practice of black trash bags being given to youth who are entering or transitioning into foster care. This first-of-its-kind initiative, https://comfortcases.org/press/amerigroup-georgia-leads-the-nation-in-providing-comfort-cases-to-every-child-in-georgia-foster-care/, showcases the power of collective action and sets an inspiring precedent for other states to follow. To learn more about this exciting and ground breaking program, and how you may be able to help, please click on https://comfortcases.org/amerigroupgatakeover/, or visit our website. On today’s episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer speaks with Eshontee Rowe, a member of the Amerigroup Youth Advisory Board. This dynamic young woman sets the standard for what being a “Good Human” is all about. Eshontee not only amplifies the voices of young people who have faced adversity but also actively engages in crafting solutions to enhance the lives of those presently affected by the system. Yet, her dedication extends beyond these roles. Eshontee also serves as a member of Foster Youth In Action's People Agenda Team, an international network of independent foster youth-led groups across the U.S. and Canada, where she diligently works to bring about positive change within the foster care community. Rob and Eshontee’s conversation will truly motivate you to go out and get things done. We encourage you to share today’s podcast with your children and young colleagues. It’s people like Eshontee will truly change the world. To learn more about Amerigroup, please visit https://www.myamerigroup.com/ga/georgia-home.html To follow Eshontee’s journey on LinkedIn, please https://www.linkedin.com/in/eshontee-rowe To learn more about Rob Scheer and Comfort Cases, and the Georgia Takeover Program, please visit us at: https://comfortcases.org/ If you have questions or comments about today’s episode, the foster care system, or how you might volunteer or donate to help youth in foster care, please write to us here: info@comfortcases.org You can find previous episodes of Fostering Change at https://comfortcases.org/podcasts/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:16:03

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Zion Clark: Learning to Leverage Struggles to Survive and Thrive at the Highest Levels

10/31/2023
You may know the name Zion Clark, whose catchphrase is: “You Don't Need Legs To Leave A Footprint On Earth” Did you watch his documentary on Netflix? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRvGlB1-Ku8 Maybe you saw him on America’s Got Talent? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRA3t_9hX50 Or, you read his book, “Work With What You Got: A Memoir”, https://www.amazon.com/Work-What-You-Got-Memoir/dp/1536224219 Today, Rob Scheer speaks with this amazing All-American wrestler, MMA fighter, Guinness World Record holder, and an internationally acclaimed speaker who infuses humor, wit, powerful life lessons, and infectious energy into each and every presentation that he gives—allowing him to connect with audiences on a level that is undeniably unparalleled. ​ Perhaps most importantly, he is singularly—and uniquely—ZION. Standing at just over three feet tall and weighing 110 pounds, he competes against "able-bodied" athletes and has his eyes set on competing in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024. ​ Born into the foster care system with a rare birth defect called Caudal Regression Syndrome that left him without legs, Zion has faced countless struggles that he has not only had to overcome to survive, but that he has learned to leverage in order to thrive at the highest levels against all odds. ​ His overriding winning-mentality has made him an inspiration to millions of people around the world, and he is just getting started. ​ Zion boasts over one million Instagram followers, two million followers on TikTok, and has amassed over 40 million YouTube views of his Guinness World Record achievement. These are the 3 things Zion leveraged in order to create the life he has for himself. It’s through these you’ll be able to gain: ✅ A new perspective on life ✅ Confidence knowing you can accomplish what you set your mind to ✅ Freedom to live without limitations… with no excuses You can learn more about Zion on his social media channels: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigznoexcuses Instagram: @bigz97 Twitter: @bigz97 TikTok: @bigznoexcuses For more information about Comfort Cases, or to listen to previous episodes of Fostering Change, please visit: Website: https://comfortcases.org/ Podcast Archive: https://comfortcases.org/podcasts/ If you have any questions or comments about this episode, Comfort Cases, or if you have a suggestion for a guest for an upcoming episode, please write to us! infor@comfortcases.org. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Duration:00:10:27