15-39 Segment 1: Foster Care: How can we make the system better for all?

Synopsis: When a child is placed in foster care, she’s already been through the traumatic experience of being removed from her family’s care, and now faces an uncertain future in a new home – sometimes worse than the one she left. We discuss the successes and failures of the system and hear about what can be done to strengthen it so that children receive the best care available, foster families get the support they need to help a child with the transition, and caseworkers receive the support they need to do their jobs.

Host: Gary Price. Guests: Howard Talenfeld, President of Florida’s Children First, the state’s leading child advocacy organization; Christina Spudeas, Executive Director of Florida’s Children First; Ashley Rhodes-Courter, former foster child and now a foster mother, author of the book Three More Words.

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15-39 Segment 2: Co-Parenting: Raising kids in two homes

Synopsis: Separations and divorces are common in the U.S., and out of those split-ups come children living in two households. These kids often experience situations and conflicts that their friends living in an intact household don’t .We talk to a co-parenting specialist about how the parents’ behavior, ability to compromise, and desire to put the child’s needs above their own, can lead to successful parenting and well-adjusted, happy kids.

Host: Marty Peterson. Guest: Karen Bonnell, Co-parent Coach, author of “The Co-Parents’ Handbook: Raising well-adjusted, resilient and resourceful kids in a two-home family from little ones to young adults.”

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