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Fostering Change

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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Actor, Author Mike Provenzano talks about giving back to youth in foster care
In this week's episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Mike Provenzano, Actor and Spokesperson. Mike is a father of 4 boys who became an award winning actor later in life and has been at it for about 6 years now. Mike is someone who enjoys helping others any way that he can, be it advice or any other way. He lived in foster care as a child and always looking for ways to give back.Story Key Notes:🖐️”Roxy the Reindeer’s Magical Christmas Journey”🖐️ Giving back and helping others🖐️ Grew up in Foster CareYou can find out more about Mike by visiting:Website: www.mikeprov.comInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/mikeaprovenzano https://pro.imdb.com/name/nm2697626?ref_=hm_nv_usr_profileFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/mikeaprovenzanoLinkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeaprovenzano/Twitter: @mikeaprovenzano Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18:13 12/06/2022
What Needs to Change in the Foster Care System - Cody Renegar
In this week's episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Cody Renegar, Hairstylist, Author and Artist.Cody is a hairstylist, fine artist, and author of the memoir "Changing the Stars." He currently lives in California with his husband, Terry. He has a son, Levi, who, with his partner, Alaya, has given Cody three grandkids. Cody is the hairstylist of choice for many Hollywood entertainment industry celebrities and A-listers. Los Angeles is his main stage, although he also maintains a large clientele in Washington, D.C., and Arkansas. He is a cosmetologist and master barber with twenty-five years of experience with unique cutting styles and techniques; he is a former cutting director for Aveda and Bumble & Bumble, Minneapolis. Cody began his career in 1996 in Arkansas. He moved to José Éber Salon on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills in 2004, where he had the honor of working alongside José on the main floor and in his own private barber shop, working with many high-profile clients. Cody has been featured in the documentary film Hollywood to Dollywood and the book Rainbow Relatives. A talented artist, Cody's paintings hang in private collections around the world.Story Key Notes:🖐️ The power of hope, optimism, and resilience; how we are in charge of our own destiny (the foundation of Changing the Stars)🖐️ Cody's experience in the foster care system and what he hopes to see change 🖐️ Cody's career & personal evolution - Army, Father, Hair Stylist, Artist, AuthorYou can find out more about Cody by visiting:Website: www.codyrenegar.comInstagram: @hairbycodyrenegar (hair) & @codyrenegarart (art)Facebook: @CodyRenegarOfficial (hair) & @artbycodyrenegar (art)Tik Tok: @codyrenegarLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22:16 11/29/2022
Closing the Opportunity Gap with Rasie Bamigbade
In this week's episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Rasie Bamigbade ,Leadership Coach, Author & Speaker. Rasie is a leadership coach, bestseller author of Lead In Your Truth  and Speaker. She helps business and corporate leaders lead their teams more effectively through self leadership. Closing the opportunity gap in leadership is at the core of Rasie's work. She does this through her successful coaching program and youth mentorship program.Story Key Notes:🖐️ Clarity of where I am going - Goals🖐️ Self Belief – Doing the work to build on self belief🖐️ Lead In Your Truth – Accepting that you are different You can find out more about Rasie and her books by visiting:Website: https://linktr.ee/rbjumpstartcoachingInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/rb.jumpstart.coaching/Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rasie-bamigbade/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsoWhVnw89NFbm6vwc4PB2gLinktree: https://linktr.ee/rbjumpstartcoachingTik Tok: rb.jumpstart.coachingLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21:39 11/22/2022
On National Philanthropy Day We Talk About The Secret to Happiness: GIVING With Gideon Bernstein
In this week's episode of Fostering Change, we celebrate National Philanthropy Day by bringing on a return guest. Rob Scheer talks with Gideon Bernstein, Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy and the author of The Workbook for Giving: Exercises for identifying the resources, giving goals, and giving strategies for you and your family.Gideon Bernstein has served as a trusted financial advisor to families in Orange County, California, for decades.Currently a Principal and Chief Investment Officer at Leisure Capital Management, his passion is working with nonprofit boards, families, and private foundations to help them achieve their philanthropic missions. Gideon has served as a board member of numerous charitable organizations and as Vice President of Investments and Chairman of the Board for the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County. He holds designations as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP).  Gideon is also the author of Giving: A Handbook to Happiness for the Modern Philanthropist.Story Key Notes:🖐️ The Secret to Happiness: Its Giving.🖐️ The new Workbook that was just published🖐️ What inspired you to write the book?🖐️ What does it take to be a philanthropist? NOT Millions of $!You can find out more about Gideon and his books by visiting:Website: www.thejoysofgiving.comLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24:15 11/15/2022
The CEO of the National Council for Adoption shares how they advocate for positive adoption experiences
In this week's episode of Fostering Change,  Rob Scheer talks with Ryan Hanlon, President & CEO, National Council for Adoption.Ryan worked in the field of adoption since 2004 and he is a social worker / adoption researcher previously at an adoption agency, but with NCFA since 2017.  We advance our mission through research, education, and advocacy. Story Key Notes:🖐️ Families utilize post-adoption resources at relatively high rates.🖐️ Private domestic adoption includes more situations where adoptive family and birth family have ongoing contact/relationship.🖐️ Overall, parents report high satisfaction rate with their decision to adopt.To learn more about the research report Rob & Ryan discussed, please visit: https://adoptioncouncil.org/profilesYou can find out more about Ryan by visiting:Website: www.adoptioncouncil.orgInstagram: @adoptioncouncilFacebook: @adoptioncouncilTwitter: @adoptioncouncilLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24:44 11/08/2022
Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis Shares his Journey on the Season 4 Premiere of Fostering Change
Today, November 1, 2022, we are so thrilled to launch our 4th Season of “Fostering Change.” Over the past 4 years, we have spoken with more than 150 Good Humans, who have shared their missions and inspiring stories For our premiere episode of Season 4 we could not be more excited to have Olympic Gold Medalist, Greg Louganis as our guest. Enjoy!In this week's episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Greg Louganis, Louganis was adopted at 9 months by Frances and Peter Louganis, who lived in Lemon Grove, CA, just outside of San Diego. Teased and bullied as a child for the dark skin he inherited from his Samoan father and for his learning “differences,” he turned to what he could do well: sport. His first love was gymnastics and by nine years old, he was a “seasoned performer on the local talent show and convalescent-home circuit.”Considered the greatest diver in history, Greg Louganis is the only male to win gold medals on both 3 meter springboard and 10 meter platform in consecutive Olympic Games (1984, 1988).Across the globe, billions who watched either the 1984 or 1988 Olympics were enthralled by the poetry that was Greg Louganis: the beauty and power of his diving captured the world.With a total of 5 Olympic medals, 5 World Championship titles and 47 national titles, more than any person in U.S. history, his records remain unbroken.Today, as a coach, speaker, author, actor, activist and humanitarian he continues his tradition of excellence.A trained actor, dancer, model and spokesman, Greg’s wide repertoire of skills keeps him in demand and in the public eye. As the undisputed GOAT of mindset, Greg shares his knowledge and wisdom through his meditation and mindfulness course, as well as through his books, interviews and speaking engagements.Causes close to his heart include HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+, Adoption/Foster Care, Mental Health/Addiction, Human Rights, Animals, Environmental Issues and Climate Change. Story Key Notes:🖐️ Dogs/Animals🖐️ HIV/AIDS/LGBTQ+🖐️ Adoption/Foster Care Environmental Health & Wellness🖐️ Mental HealthYou can find out more about Greg by visiting:Website: https://greglouganis.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greglouganis/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greglouganisYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gregorylouganisTwitter: https://twitter.com/greglouganisLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29:00 11/01/2022
Best of “Fostering Change” Season 3 | Rosie Wainwright
A Regional Manager at a Social Mobility Charity, Ambassador for Comfort Cases UK, Panel Advisor, Coach & Mentor with lived experience of going through the foster care system. Rosie has experience in both the private and non-profit sectors, and she is an advocate for positive change in society. She has a bachelor's degree in Law, a Postgraduate Certificate in International Business Law. She has recently completed a Level 5 Coaching Qualification to help individuals and businesses to achieve their goals.🖐️My journey into & through foster care/ overcoming perceived barriers/ importance of 🖐️Education  Why I’m involved/ an ambassador for comfort cases/ our mission/ what we’ve achieved so far🖐️How other people can get involved and support our missionYou can find out more about Laura by visiting: Facebook Rosie WainwrightInstagram @queenrozzaOther Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosiewainwright1/Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ and for information regarding Comfort Cases UK, please visit: https://comfortcasesuk.org Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31:16 10/25/2022
Best of “Fostering Change” Season 3 | Mindy Henderson - The Truth About Things That Suck
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Mindy Henderson, author, editor, speaker, advocate. Henderson is the author of THE TRUTH ABOUT THINGS THAT SUCK, A Motivational Speaker, Writer, Coach, Host of The Truth About Things That Suck podcast, guest contributor of “Morning Motivations” on CBS Austin’s “We Are Austin” lifestyle morning show and was recently named an “Austin Woman to Watch” by Austin Woman Magazine. After a 20-year career in high-tech, Mindy shifted her focus toward helping others realize their potential and normalizing disability. Driven to build a world that welcomes and includes EVERYONE, Mindy advocates for universal design in air travel, architecture, and fashion.  Despite living life from a wheelchair, Mindy’s achievements include:   ● Bachelor and Master’s degrees         ●  Multiple singing appearances on national television (plus a CD recording with George Strait’s guitar and bass players accompanying her!)          ●  Public speaking addressing thousands of volunteers of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and addressing corporate executives for companies such as 7-11, VMware, NXP Semiconductors, 7-Up and CiscoStory Key Notes:🖐️ Mindy’s secrets to making things that suck, suck less including her companion podcast The Truth About Things That Suck🖐️ Mindy’s philosophy, “we can make the impossible possible”🖐️ Mindy’s journey from Texas to China to adopt her daughter (China is one of the least wheelchair accessible countries in the world)🖐️ Disability Pride Month🖐️ News from MDA.org including her high-profile guests on the Quest podcast such Judith Heumann, a legend of the disability rights movement.You can find out more about Mindy by visiting:Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/MindyHendersonPageInstagram : https://www.instagram.com/mindyhendersonspeaks/The Truth About Things That Suck Podcast : https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-truth-about-things-that-suck/id1533438979MDA Quest podcast: https://www.mda.org/podcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29:50 10/18/2022
Best of “Fostering Change” Season 3 | Anthony Trucks
Originally aired March 22, this is our first “Best of” episode, as we conclude Season 3.Rob Scheer talks with Anthony Trucks,Coach, Speaker, Author, Former NFL, CEO at Identity Shift.Anthony is an experienced president with a demonstrated history of working in the health wellness and fitness industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Athlete Development, Coaching, Sales, Football, and Event Management.Key Story Notes: 🖐️The Six Types of Failure: Learn how to stop placing importance on fear of failing and learn instead to reframe failures as you learn when you fail forward. 🖐️The Difference Between Healthy Guilt and Unhealthy Guilt: It has the power to push you to become the version of yourself.🖐️Identity Shift: How to make a life change to find your true identityYou can find out more about Anthony by visiting:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyTrucks/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnthonyTrucksInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/anthonytrucks/Author Website: https://anthonytrucks.com/Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
33:05 10/11/2022
How a blanket can bring a SMILE to a child in Foster Care Jessica Rudolph
In this week's episode of Fostering Change,  Rob Scheer talks with Jessica Rudolph, CEO & Founder of My Very Own Blanket.My Very Own Blanket is a non-profit organization started in December of 1999, dedicated to comforting children in foster care with a blanket they can call “their very own”, bringing them love, comfort and most of all a SMILE.  Her aspirations are to help spread more love, comfort and hope to children in foster care across the nation and around the world! Named as one of the Sunny 95 Inaugural Event “20 Outstanding Women You Should Know” February 2008, she has also been named “Hometown Hero” by the City of Westerville and the Westerville Fire Division February 2010, She had the privilege of presenting a TED talk in 2016 at the TEDx Women’s Conference in Columbus, Ohio as well as receiving a Certificate of Commendation on behalf of the State of Ohio, from Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, December 2017.  She most recently received the Kindness Award from Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi, December 2021.Jessica is also passionate about being involved in another global service club called Rotary where she holds the honor of “Past President” of the Short North Rotary Club in Columbus, Ohio and has hosted 12 exchange students from 12 different countries while raising her children.She is actively involved in her church, St. Mary Magdalene on the west side where she serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister and leads the Social Committee cooking meals for the congregation and community!Jessica lives in Dublin with her husband and many animals, both domestic and wild, and has 3 adult children who were the catalyst to how My Very Own Blanket came to be!Story Key Notes:🖐️ My Very Own Blanket🖐️ Jessica Rudolph’s Background🖐️ “20 Outstanding Women You Should Know”🖐️ “Hometown Hero”You can find out more about Jessica by visiting:Website: www.myveryownblanket.orgInstagram: myveryownblanket1999Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myveryownblanketLinkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/9405826/admin/Twitter: @MyVryOwnBlanketLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22:38 10/04/2022
Justin & Alexis Black: How to Foster Kids Beat the Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love
In this week's episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Justin and Alexis Black. They are authors, speakers, business owners and part of the Forbes Next 1000 class of 2021. Together, they’ve published an award-winning, bestselling book titled Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love that has impacted over 15,000 individuals and families. With ROSE (Rising Over Societal Expectations) Empowerment Group and Redefining Normal, they hope to continue the conversation on healthy relationships, mental health, and healing through speaking engagements, trainings and book clubs.Story Key Notes:🖐️ We can go with the flow of what you think would be best for the podcast!🖐️ We have a youth workbook, upcoming faith workbook in July and children’s book in September🖐️”We’re pregnant!” (and since the date of this taping… have given birth!)You can find out more about Justin and Alexis by visiting:Website: re-definingnormal.comInstagram: @re.definingnormalFacebook: redefiningnormalmovementTiktok: @re.definingnormalLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23:16 09/27/2022
Giovanna Ventola Discusses How Kids See Books as a Mirror in their Own Lives
In this week's episode of Fostering Change,  Rob Scheer talks with Giovanna Ventola, an entrepreneur and self published children’s book author who lives in Chicago. She wrote the story of her rescue pup, “Waylon’s World” about Waylon’s journey to his forever home with her in the big city. It’s the first children’s book she’s written but she already has plans to add more to the series. Walyon has been the cutest little mascot for kids and he’s a big hit when they do live readings in Chicago.Story Key Notes:🖐️ Background on How Giovanna Wrote the Story and a Summary About What It Is.🖐️ Kids reading books and trying to relate to characters🖐️ The Book as a Tool to Comfort and Empower Children Going Through Any Type of ChangePurchase “Waylon’s World” here: https://www.readwaylonsworld.com/shop You can find out more about Giovanna by visiting:Website: www.readwaylonsworld.comInstagram: @readwaylonsworld and @giovanna.ventolaTikTok: @readwaylonsworldLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21:36 09/20/2022
Empowering children to be caring, confident and resilient: Slumberkins
In this week's episode of Fostering Change,  Rob Scheer talks with Callie Christensen and  Kelly Oriard. Callie and Kelly are Co-CEOs and Co-Founders of Slumberkins, a direct-to-consumer, e-commerce children's brand on a mission to promote emotional wellness and provide tools to help raise caring, confident and resilient children. Callie and Kelly started their business with a culmination of more than 20 years of friendship and a shared life passion for promoting early emotional learning. As mothers with backgrounds in family therapy and early education, they identified a need for intentional children's products while on maternity leave together in 2016. Now, they have the privilege of spreading the Slumberkins mission and preparing children to thrive in the modern world. Slumberkins is refreshing the plush toy industry and resonating with parents that find community on social media platforms and seek out modern, new, and intentional products to bring into their homes. The company is at the forefront of brand building online as they expand into children's entertainment by bringing the characters to life in a preschool television series produced by the Jim Henson Company. Callie has a masters in teaching with endorsements in elementary education and special education and worked as a special education teacher in a therapeutic day treatment school as well as in an elementary school in the Pacific Northwest.Kelly has a dual master's in marriage and family therapy and school counseling and has worked as a school counselor and family therapist at a K-8 school in Portland, Oregon.Story Key Notes:🖐️ Emotional Wellness and Social Emotional Learning🖐️Callie’s Parents Fostered Children When She Was a Child and Impacted Her and Her Family Greatly🖐️Callie & Kelly Are Dedicated to Giving Back to the Foster Care Community and Have Been Donating Regularly to Comfort Cases.You can find out more about Callie and Kelly by visiting:Website: www.Slumberkins.comInstagram: instagram.com/slumberkins/Facebook: facebook.com/slumberkinsYouTube: Slumberkins  Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29:04 09/13/2022
Rick Ornelas - Creating Purpose: Fostering Change Episode 144
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change,  Rob Scheer talks with Rick Ornelas, Bestselling author & Founder of I Spark Change. Rick Ornelas is a bestselling author, Ultimate Success Coach™, and founder of I Spark Change. He helps individuals gain clarity and guidance by eliminating the roadblocks preventing their personal and professional success so they can elevate their social impact and spread positive change.Story Key Notes:🖐️ How Rick Changed His Whole Life in 2020 to Go Down this Path🖐️ Creating Purpose in One’s life🖐️ Global ImpactYou can find out more about Rick by visiting:Website: https://www.isparkchange.comInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/i_spark_change/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rick.ornelas/ & https://www.facebook.com/isparkchangeFacebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/isparkchangeTwitter: https://twitter.com/isparkchangeYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVxszC0wtIG4XxUOiFrHUqQ?Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@i_spark_change Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23:59 09/06/2022
Tony Hynes, Center for Adoption Support (CASE) / Fostering Change Episode 143
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change,  Rob Scheer talks with Tony Hynes. Tony is an adoptee, former foster youth, author of “The Son with Two Moms:, Training Specialist at the Center for Adoption Support and Education, and PH.D. Candidate studying the well-being of adult interracial adoptees. Rob and Tony discuss The importance of discussing Intersectionality in adoptive/foster care communities, and how to empower adoptees/foster communities through the life-course.Story Key Notes:🖐️ The Son With Two Moms🖐️ The Importance of Discussing Intersectionality in Adoptive/Fostered Care Communities🖐️ How to Empower Adoptees/Foster Communities Through the Life-Course🖐️ Why It's Important Not to Understand That Every Adoptee/Foster Story Is Unique🖐️  Why Its Important to Talk About Race in Adoptive/Fostered Households🖐️How My Experiences and Research Impact My Views on the Child Welfare System as a Whole, and on Our Nation’s HistoryYou can find out more about Tony by visiting:Website: Anthony Hynes - C.A.S.E. - Nurture, Inspire, Empower (adoptionsupport.org)Instagram: @Tony_hy (Tony Hynes)Facebook: Tony HynesLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
36:02 08/30/2022
From an Abusive Home to Advocate for Foster Care Reform
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change,  Rob Scheer talks with Keri Richmond,Executive Director at Unbelievably Resilient and Manager of Child Welfare Policy at American Academy of Pediatrics. Keri Richmond is a passionate advocate for children and families in both her personal and professional life. After being in Ohio’s foster care system off and on for four years, and being adopted into an abusive home, as an adult, Keri has become an active leader for foster care reform as an international speaker, podcast host, policy wonk, and advocate. Keri is particularly impassioned about healing from intergenerational trauma, helping others to understand the impact of unhealed trauma, and exploring ways for those of us who have intergenerational trauma to be the cycle breakers our families have been waiting for. Keri is the Executive Director of Unbelievably Resilient, a nonprofit comprised of former foster youth on a mission to change the foster care narrative through sharing their journey’s moving from trauma to triumph. In addition to her work with UR, in 2020, Keri joined the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to serve as the organization’s first-ever, Manager of Child Welfare Policy in Washington, D.C.Keri’s advocacy has led her to Washington, D.C., where she spent time with the United States Senate and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute sharing recommendations for systems change with Congress and the White House. Keri has also given a TEDx talk entitled, “What can you learn from a trashbag?”Story Key Notes:🖐️ Unbelievably Resilient🖐️ American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)🖐️  “What Can You Learn from a Trashbag?”You can find out more about Keri by visiting:Website: ur-resilient.orgInstagram: @kerihoperichmond and @ur.Resilient TikTok: @ur_resilient : Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28:39 08/23/2022
Fostering Change | CCAI Foster Youth Internship ® Program
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Angelique Salizan, Policy Director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), and with their summer Interns, all who are or have been in foster care: Stormy Lukasavage, Christina Parker & Ryan Young. CCAI hosts its annual Foster Youth Internship ® Program every summer- where young adults who have spent time in foster care come to DC and work on a policy recommendation for nine weeks.Angelique Salizan, Policy Director (she/her/hers) Angelique’s work in child welfare advocacy, policy, and reform dates back to 2013 when she participated in a New York State campaign advocating for support services for foster youth pursuing higher education with the Children’s Aid Society, a program that is still in existence today. Her advocacy efforts related to foster youth having access to education and workforce opportunities led to an internship and career working for the United States Senate as a congressional staff member.Stormy Lukasavage, (he/him/his)Stormy Lukasavage (he/him/his) is an established professional advocate from Topeka, Kansas who has experience working with FosterClub, National Association of Counsel for Children, National Foster Youth Institute, and the Children’s Bureau in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2019, Stormy graduated with his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in acting, the latter he studied in London.Christina Parker, (ze/zir/zis)Christina Parker (ze/zir/zis) is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work where ze received a master’s degree with a concentration in political science in April 2022. Christina has been in service for over a decade to diverse communities who experienced the foster care system, juvenile justice system, and houselessness. Christina’s advocacy and passion for system change started with California Youth Connection (CYC), a foster youth-led organization that empowers communities to use policy, legislation, and advocacy to progress system change.Ryan Young, (he/him/his)Ryan Young (he/him/his) is a child welfare advocate, consultant, and author with lived experiences from Arizona's foster care system and as an adoptee from his birth country of Ukraine. Ryan has devoted himself to public service, advocacy, and consultation in reforming the child welfare system through local, state, and national efforts. Ryan is the current President of the Arizona Department of Child Safety's (DCS) Youth Empowerment Council.You can find out more about Harvey by visiting:Website: https://www.ccainstitute.org/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theccaiInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/cca_institute/?hl=enTwitter :https://twitter.com/ccainstitute?lang=enYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CCAINSTITUTELearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
40:22 08/16/2022
Fostering Change Podcast: Harvey Gallagher- Campaigning for youth in foster care and foster agencies
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Harvey Gallagher, Chief Executive, Nationwide Association of Fostering . Harvey began his career volunteering to support disadvantaged children. He has worked for local authorities and national charities in the UK. He holds an MBA, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, charity trustee, volunteer and chair of school governors. He comes from a care-experienced family, is a father of five, grandfather, runner, cyclist, vegan and Newcastle United supporter!Story Key Notes:🖐️ Foster care works really well for most children most of the time🖐️ Administrative chaos in the care system leading to children feeling theydon’t have a voice🖐️ Too few options to find the right foster career for each child - a lack of‘sufficiency’ and too little timeYou can find out more about Harvey by visiting:Website: www.nafp.org.ukFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/theNAFP Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenafp/Twitter:https://twitter.com/theNAFPLinkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/company/nationwide-association-of-fosteringproviders/Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28:20 08/09/2022
A Dedicated Shopping Experience for Youth in Foster Care at The Twig
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change,  Rob Scheer talks with Lindsey May, Program Coordinator at The Twig, & Nicole Britton, Director of Development at The Twig. They share the history of The Twig and how it remains a resource for children in foster care where their needs are met and provided with love and encouragement.“Twig” stands for: “The Way to Inspire and Give.” Twig shops are located in Venice and Bradenton, Florida.  There are designated “shopping days” for youth in foster care.Nicole Britton: Starting as a volunteer which turned into her role as the 1st full time paid employee of The Twig in 2017. “As a mom in a house full of kids including children in foster care the heart of The Twig’s mission is so important to me. I enjoy sharing with our community how everyone can make a difference in the lives of children in foster care.”Lindsey May: A social Worker since 2009, Lindsey May has worked front line as a case manager, case manager supervisor and in program development for nonprofits focused on addressing the needs of children and families within the child welfare system. I am a strong advocate in all areas related to child welfare and believe in the importance of The Twig’s mission to encourage & inspire foster families.Story Key Notes:🖐️ What The Twig does to support children in foster care and those who have aged out.🖐️ How everyone can make a difference in the lives of children in foster care…whether that's being a foster parent , supporting foster families, or supporting organizations that serve.🖐️ How Comfort Cases is partnering to help The TwigYou can find out more about Lindsey and Nicole by visiting:Websites: www.TheTwigCares.comFacebook: @theTwigCaresInstagram: @thetwigcaresTwitter: @TheTwig316: Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30:15 08/02/2022
Fostering Change | Joseph Toles
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Joseph Toles, Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Rob and Joseph talk about Joseph’s life living as a former foster child, working in the system, and now adopting kids from the system.Story Key Notes:🖐️ Joseph’s Experience in Foster Care and How it Informed Childhood Decisions and Choices🖐️ How did Joseph’s Experiences Impact Career, Family, Identity Choices?🖐️ Why did Joseph Decide to AdoptYou can find out more about Joseph by visiting:Websites: Josephtolesfoundation.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/joe.toles.3Instagram: Instagram.com/tornadotolesTwitter: Twitter.com/joetolesLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-toles-3b120414/Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23:09 07/26/2022
Fostering Change | Keri Vellis
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Keri Vellis,Biological, Adoptive, Foster Mom, Author & Advocate. Keri has 3 biological children & adopted three from foster care. She has fostered over 20 children, written 3 children’s books: Sometimes - for foster children; When I Was Little - for children who have suffered from trauma & abuse, and her latest book, Tummy Mom for adoptive children. Keri has a NonProfit Keris Kids which distributes the books nationally.  To find out more about these titles, please visit: https://www.kerivellis.com/Story Key Notes:🖐️ “Tummy Mom”🖐️ “Sometimes”🖐️  Stigma Around Abuse, Foster Care and Adoption🖐️  Changing the Laws Around Child Abuse and Visitation Went in Reunification.You can find out more about Keri by visiting:Websites: Www.kerivellis.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/kerivellisauthor/Instagram: @KerivellisauthorLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30:57 07/19/2022
Fostering Change | Jodi Grinwald
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Jodi Grinwald, Founder & Change Agent, Today is the Day, LLC,CEO & Co-Founder, Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation.Jodi has over 17 years of experience as a not-for-profit (for-impact) organization expert and has won several benchmark awards. After working in leadership positions for two national not-for-profit (for-impact) organizations, Jodi, became the Ceo & Co-founder of the Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation. The organization provides 100% funding to children who meet the financial needs requirements to take ongoing lessons in the performing arts in a unique way. The organization funds the lessons for up to 15 years, provides all the necessary resources a child needs to be successful, and places the child in a pre-approved performing arts studio. Which means the organization is also financially supporting local businesses. Jodi is also the Founder and Change Agent for Today is the Day LLC. From keynote speaker, to serving on panels at multiple non-profit events and serving clients as a Certified Professional Coach that focuses on Change Management Consulting and Connection Coaching, In late 2020, Jodi started the Today is the Day Changemakers podcast that highlights changemakers, self-starters, and those who are disrupting the status quo. She has had the honor of interviewing CNN Heroes, CEO's, authors, TEDx speakers, celebrity band members, former FBI Agent, Executive TV Producer and writer, entrepreneurs, artists, Coaches, and those who are truly making a difference in the world. In 2022, Jodi launched the inaugural International Changemakers Forum that brought together over 150 people from 6 countries for the 5 hour Zoom Forum. Jodi is launching a new Changemakers Membership Connective this Summer to help people from around the world connect and bring their authenticity to their “A" gamen 2021 Jodi received the Athena International Leadership Award from the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Henderson Promos Casting Light Award. In 2022 Jodi received a Certificate of Appreciation for being an Unsung Hero from the Russ Berrie Foundation.The Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation is celebrating 5 years this year. We have grown from funding children dealing with financial constraints to take ongoing performing arts lessons in one county to now 9 in NJ.Story Key Notes:🖐️ Why the Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation was founded, who it serves, and why it is unique.🖐️ Who we work with and how we identify children that need our programming?🖐️ How Today is the Day Changemakers is also helping to bring awareness to not only the Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation, but other not-for-profit organizations around the world.You can find out more about Jodi by visiting:Websites: https://todayisthedayliveit.com & www.applaudourkids.orgFacebook: www.facebook.com/todayisthedayliveit and www.facebook.com/applaudourkidsInstagram: @todayisthedayliveit and @applaudourkidsTwitter: @jodigrinwaldLinkedIn: Jodi Grinwald & Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids FoundationLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20:12 07/12/2022
Fostering Change | Jen Lilley
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Jen Lilley. In 2007, Lilley married Jason Wayne. In 2016, Lilley and her husband became foster parents through the organization, Childhelp. In June 2019, Lilley and Wayne adopted their two foster sons and in July 2019, she gave birth to a daughter. And just 2 months ago in May, she gave birth to another daughter!A star on both the silver and small screens, including the Academy Award-winning film THE ARTIST, NBC’s iconic daytime series “Days of Our Lives,” ABC’s “General Hospital,” and a regular leading lady on the Hallmark Channel and GAC, actress/singer/philanthropist Jen Lilley has tackled countless roles throughout her illustrious career. Jen Lilley’s creative prowess does not end when the director yells cut, she is also a singer and songwriter. Her music exudes the same sultry ferocity of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton, with Phil Spector’s wall of sound treatment via Rosie Danvers and her 50-piece orchestra. ​AXS.com said, “Lilley conjures up the sound of a 1960s girl group and embodies the same essence of Amy Winehouse. She takes a nostalgic twist on a modern song that will remind you of what classic music sounds like and have you longing for the days of Motown." When Jen Lilley is not busy in front of a camera, or perfecting her vocals in studio, she can be found hosting her podcast, "Fostering Hope with Jen Lilley" to demystify the foster care system and encourage loving people to get involved in the cause. She is a true champion for charities. In addition to donating 100% of her music profits to create a neighborhood model of safe loving foster homes, she co-founded Christmas is Not Cancelled, Inc.: A marketing company that raises awareness and funds for amazing causes and nonprofits while giving participants the chance to win huge prizes! The next Christmas is Not Cancelled event is coming up THIS MONTH. In fact, Comfort Cases is partnering with Jen and her team for a "Christmas is Not Cancelled Packing Party" at the end of July. We will be packing up 2022 backpacks filled with school supplies to deliver to students in need in the Washington, DC Metro area. As a teenager, Jen garnered the National Educators Award for her work in Guatemala. She is known for advocating children’s rights and supports charities that focus on protecting children against physical and sexual abuse, human trafficking, and the world water crisis. Truly selfless, she is a foster and adoptive parent herself and is a celebrity ambassador for the child abuse and treatment organization Child help, Project Orphans, ECPAT, Olive Crest, The Dave Thomas Foundation, The Thirst Project, The Los Angeles Mission, Oneless, A21, Children of the Night, and the Innocent Justice Foundation. Story Key Notes:🖐️ Jen Lilley and her Husband Became Foster Parents through the Organization, Childhelp🖐️ A star on Both the Silver and Small Screens🖐️ "Fostering Hope with Jen Lilley"🖐️ July Christmas is Not Cancelled - Big event with Comfort Cases in July!🖐️ Camp Christmas in JulyYou can find out more about jen by visiting:Website: https://christmasisnotcancelled.com/Facebook: @jen_lilleyInstagram: @jen_lilleyLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27:13 07/05/2022
Fostering Change | Mindy Henderson
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Mindy Henderson, author, editor, speaker, advocate. Henderson is the author of THE TRUTH ABOUT THINGS THAT SUCK, A Motivational Speaker, Writer, Coach, Host of The Truth About Things That Suck podcast, guest contributor of “Morning Motivations” on CBS Austin’s “We Are Austin” lifestyle morning show and was recently named an “Austin Woman to Watch” by Austin Woman Magazine. After a 20-year career in high-tech, Mindy shifted her focus toward helping others realize their potential and normalizing disability. Driven to build a world that welcomes and includes EVERYONE, Mindy advocates for universal design in air travel, architecture, and fashion.  Despite living life from a wheelchair, Mindy’s achievements include:   ● Bachelor and Master’s degrees         ●  Multiple singing appearances on national television (plus a CD recording with George Strait’s guitar and bass players accompanying her!)          ●  Public speaking addressing thousands of volunteers of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and addressing corporate executives for companies such as 7-11, VMware, NXP Semiconductors, 7-Up and CiscoStory Key Notes:🖐️ Mindy’s secrets to making things that suck, suck less including her companion podcast The Truth About Things That Suck🖐️ Mindy’s philosophy, “we can make the impossible possible”🖐️ Mindy’s journey from Texas to China to adopt her daughter (China is one of the least wheelchair accessible countries in the world)🖐️ Disability Pride Month🖐️ News from MDA.org including her high-profile guests on the Quest podcast such Judith Heumann, a legend of the disability rights movement.You can find out more about Mindy by visiting:Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/MindyHendersonPageInstagram : https://www.instagram.com/mindyhendersonspeaks/The Truth About Things That Suck Podcast : https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-truth-about-things-that-suck/id1533438979MDA Quest podcast: https://www.mda.org/podcastLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29:29 06/28/2022
Fostering Change | Shenandoah Chefalo
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Shenandoah Chefalo,Owner/President of Chefalo Consulting: Trauma-Informed Specialist.Shebabdoah is a former foster kid, Author of Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir and owner of Chefalo Consulting. They talk about Looking at the whole person and whole system transformation to create systems of healing. Story Key Notes:🖐️ Understanding the impact of trauma on people and the impact of trauma on organizations.🖐️ That when we look at systems designed to help, we often focus on those they serve.🖐️ Thinking about intentional actions towards sustainable change.You can find out more about Shen by visiting:Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/shenandoah.chefalo/Twitter : https://twitter.com/ShenChefaloInstagram : https://www.instagram.com/garbagebagsuitcase/Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/hesnandoahchefalo/Learn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31:44 06/21/2022
Fostering Change | York Bradshaw
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with York Bradshaw, Ph.D. President, Urban Hunger Project, Inc.York Bradshaw had a long career at several universities, where he served as Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. His academic work focused on improving education and health in cities in both the U.S. and Africa. More recently, he served as an educational consultant and professional grant writer. And he is now President of the Urban Hunger Project.Urban Hunger Project is a nonprofit organization that serves food to 2,000 homeless and impoverished people each week in the most forgotten neighborhoods of Baltimore City.Story Key Notes:🖐️ What is the current state of homelessness in Baltimore? And how does it compare to other cities?🖐️ What does the Urban Hunger Project (UHP) do in light of these concerns?🖐️ What can citizens do to help feed hungry people and alleviate homelessness?You can find out more about York by visiting:Facebook: @urbanhungerprojectInstagram: @urbanhungerprojectLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26:19 06/14/2022
Fostering Change | Susan Silverman
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Susan Silverman, a rabbi, writer and activist. She is the author of Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World (Da Capo Press) a memoir that weaves the story of her family, formed through birth and adoption, with Jewish theology and ritual. Susan is the founding director of Second Nurture: Every Child Deserves a Family -- and a Community. Second Nurture partners with communities in LA County and Columbus, OH, to help them prioritize fostering  and adoption from foster care among their member families. While some step forward and foster/adopt, many other members support those families in a variety of meaningful ways leading to more permanent, loving families for the kids who need them.On June 19, 2nd Nurture is co-hosting a large event in Los Angeles.  It’s titled: “Treasures Not Trash: We Ready to Nurture and Comfort”.Story Key Notes:🖐️ Second Nurture🖐️ Treasures Not Trash: We Ready to Nurture and Comfort🖐️ Second Nurture’s Mission and GrowthTo register for the “Treasures Not Trash” event on June 19 in Los Angeles, please visit: https://www.2nurture.org/event-details/im-not-garbageThank you to our contributing organizations:SheReady:  Twitter: @shereadyfound  Instagram: @shereadyfoundationBook Foundation: Twitter: @book_foundation Instagram: @makegoodincSecond Nurture: Twitter: @2ndNurture   Instagram: @2ndnurtureLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29:20 06/07/2022
Fostering Change | Marcy Bursac
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Marcy Bursac, Adoptive Mom, Author, Podcast Host, and App Designer. Foster care adoption was Marcy's Plan A. She and her husband adopted a biological sibling pair. While remote schooling her children during the pandemic, Marcy began to see a gap between adults with a desire to adopt and the 115,000 adoptable children within the United States.With a heart for those children and a deep desire to take action, Marcy wrote a book, The Forgotten Adoption Option: A How-To and Self-Reflection Guide for Pursuing Foster Care Adoption, and launched a podcast, The Forgotten Adoption Option Podcast. After winning the People's Choice Award and placing in the Top 16 at the 2022 United States of America's Mrs. pageant, Marcy created an app (The Forgotten Adoption Option App) to teach 25,000 adoptive families how to get licensed to adopt through foster care.Story Key Notes:🖐️ Marcy learned pageant skills and became USOA Mrs. Ohio to expand the light shining on our country’s 115,000 waiting children.🖐️ Marcy wrote “Are You a Forever Family?” – a children’s book that creates conversations about who can become a forever family.🖐️ In teaching and mentoring people around the country, the most frequent question is how to get licensed. Insert The Forgotten Adoption Option App.You can find out more about Marcy by visiting:Facebook: Marcy Bursac , USOA Mrs. Ohio , The Forgotten Adoption Option by Marcy BursacInstagram: @marcybursac , @usoa.mrsohio , @forgottenadoptionoptionLinkedin: Marcy Bursac ,The Forgotten Adoption Option Learn more about Comfort Cases by visiting: https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
34:12 05/31/2022
Fostering Change | Brittany Cruikshank and Nancy Molenda
In this week's episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Nancy Molenda, Executive Director, Mattel Children's Foundation and Mattel Corporate Philanthropy, and Brittany Cruickshank, Senior Specialist, Mattel Children's Foundation and Mattel Corporate Philanthropy. Everyone at Comfort Cases is thrilled with our new partnership with Mattel. They have kindly donated many hundreds of stuffy's and UNO card games and other assorted items. We look forward to their continued support. At the Mattel Children's Foundation, play is one of the most powerful ways we can affect meaningful change in kids' lives. So whether it's on the playground, at home, or at one of our many volunteer events, Mattel is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to play. Story Key Notes:🖐️ Mattel’s Mission🖐️ Foster Child Awareness Month🖐️ Play it ForwardYou can find out more about Brittany and Nancy by visiting:Facebook: @mattelInstagram: @mattelTwitter: @mattelLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25:50 05/24/2022
Fostering Change | Kate Trambitskaya
In this week’s episode of Fostering Change Rob Scheer talks with Kate Trambitskaya, Chief Executive Officer, Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children. As Chief Executive Officer, Kate oversees the administration, programs, and strategic plan of Spence-Chapin. Kate began working at Spence-Chapin in 2012, most recently serving as Executive Vice President, General Counsel for the organization. Before coming to Spence-Chapin, Kate was a Senior Team Leader/Attorney for the Family Court Legal Services, Administration for Children’s Services in Brooklyn for six years, representing the Commissioner of Social Services in court and various judicial proceedings. Kate is a Posse Foundation alumna, a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, a member of New York Attorneys for Adoption & Family Formation (NYAAFF), and board member of the National Council For Adoption (NCFA).Kate received a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a JD from St. John’s University School of Law.Story Key Notes:🖐️ Adoption and Adoption Services🖐️ Assistance to Children without Families Living in Institutions Overseas (Our Granny Program)🖐️ The State of Child Welfare System LocallyYou can find out more about Kate by visiting:Facebook: /spencechapinInstagram: @spencechapinsvcTwitter: @SpenceChapinSVCTik Tok: spencechapinsvcLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/spence-chapinLearn more at https://www.comfortcases.org/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
38:33 05/17/2022