It’s 2021 and we’re back with an incredible month-long series to share with you the current state of foster care and how you can get involved as a volunteer, advocate, foster parent, or donor. Taking care of our community’s most vulnerable children takes a village and we’d love for you to be an active part of ours. Join us and representatives from several Hampton Roads human services departments as we kick off this amazing month.
Foster Care Aware 2021 Program
Monday | May 3, 2021
Welcome to Foster Care Aware 2021: We need your help!
Wednesday | May 5, 2021
A Holistic Approach to Foster Care
Taking quality care of kids in foster care requires much more than an empty bed and an open heart. Join us for a conversation with Sabrina Carr from The UpCenter and LaCora Harris from Spotsylvania Department of Human Services to learn how organizations work to take care of the child physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Friday | May 7, 2021
Meet the Barry Robinson Center
For more than 25 years, The Barry Robinson Center’s Foster Care Program has provided quality foster care and foster parent training in Hampton Roads. Join us for this eye-opening conversation with BRC’s CEO, Rob McCartney to learn more about the Barry Robinson Center and the incredible work they’re doing to end childhood poverty in our community.
Monday | May 10, 2021
Let's Explore Foster Parent Education
Becoming a foster parent requires in-depth training provided by the licensing agency you choose to work with. In this conversation, we’re joined by Jessica Schwabe from Intercept Health, Amy Barbour of Encircle, Ronnie Gehring of Embrace, and Rose Dixon of First Home Care for a dynamic conversation about the different trainings available and what makes each option unique.
Wednesday | May 12, 2021
How Foster Parents Can Help Heal The Brain
Entering Foster Care is a traumatic experience for children which can affect how the brain functions. In this episode, John Murray of Families First of Virginia joins us to share insight into what actually happens to the brain during traumatic events and how foster families can actually help the brain heal.
Friday | May 14, 2021
The Power of Tutoring
When a child enters Foster Care, more often than not, they’re behind in school due to the pressures of their home life. Tidewater Friends of Foster Care created their tutoring program to meet kids where they are and provide them with the support they need to make academic progress. In this episode, meet two of TFFC’s tutors, Angelina and Becky, and learn about the importance of tutoring and its incredible effects in and out of the classroom.
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Monday | May 17, 2021
Creating a Full Life for Kids in Care
Connection, attachment, and community are essential parts of helping children in Foster Care create joyful lives. In this segment, Joy Rios of Connect With a Wish and Mary McGowan of Attach, who both run organizations AND have been foster and adoptive parents, join us for a beautiful conversation about the big and little things we can do as parents, volunteers, and neighbors to help create more connected moments.
Wednesday | May 19, 2021
More Than Summer Camp
The opportunity to go to summer camp is about more than just childcare. It’s about forming connections with other people and the earth, forming bonds, and enjoying the time and space to be yourself and not just “do work.” In this episode, you’ll hear about Tidewater Friends of Foster Care’s Summer Camp partnerships and how their volunteers make a huge difference. Monique Turner joins us to share about the incredible new camp The Barry Robinson Center is launching this summer.
Friday | May 21, 2021
Learning Hard & Soft Skills at First Star Academy
First Star partners with universities and child welfare agencies throughout the country to make a long-term investment in foster youth and change the course of their lives, from abuse and neglect to academic achievement and self-sufficiency. In this segment, meet Lyndsey Wilson the CEO of First Star for an incredible conversation about First Star Academy and amazing news for Hampton Roads!
Monday | May 24, 2021
How To Take Action as a Foster Care Advocate
There are SO many ways to make a difference in the world of foster care even if you don’t want to be a foster parent. In this segment, we’ll talk through the different ways you can get involved and how to start making a difference today!
Wednesday | May 26, 2021
Fostering to Adopt
If you’ve ever wondered about adopting through Foster Care, this segment is for you! Join us and Cassandra Calender-Ray of Virginia One Church One Child as we discuss the different things to think about when considering foster to adopt and what next steps you can take if that’s the path you’d like to take.
Friday | May 28, 2021
Key's Foster Care Story
Meet former foster youth, Key, who shares the moving story of her time in foster care and her perspective on the impact good foster parents can make. Key’s perspective is incredibly moving- you don’t want to miss this.
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Proud Partners of Foster Care Aware
The Barry Robinson Center is back again this year after being co-sponsors of the 2020 FCA Virtual Summit. They’ll be featured in a full episode about their organization and the wonderful work they do for foster youth.