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Foster Parent Well

Nicole T Barlow

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Jump into "Foster Parent Well with Nicole T Barlow," where the adventure of Christian foster and adoptive parenting gets a little easier, a lot more joyful, and deeply fulfilling. Nicole's here with a mission: to guide you in parenting with a heart full of steadfast faith, unshakable endurance, and infectious joy. This podcast is your cozy nook in the vast world of parenting, blending laughs, learning, and lots of love. It’s where self-care meets faith-filled encouragement, and mindset shift ...
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DCS Foster Parent Talks

DCS Foster Parent Training

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DCS Foster Parent Talks is a podcast production of the Tennesee Department of Children's Services. The intention of DCS Foster Parent Talks is to provide flexible training on a multitude of topics in an on-the-go format for foster parents.
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**The Go-to Podcast for Christian Women Who Want to Grow Their Family through Foster Care or Adoption** Do you struggle with constant overwhelm or have way more questions than answers while navigating the foster care system? Are you feeling like you’re losing yourself while trying to help your foster child or heal your adopted children? Do you feel completely ill-equipped with the needs of the kiddos in your home or like you took on more than you should have? What if there was a way that you ...
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Awkward conversations change the word, and while this isn't awkward, it is more taboo. So, this is our story, our experience, and our view on foster care. So many people let questions hold them back from stepping into their purpose; we refuse to allow that to happen. Join us as we set out to answer questions and share our story about Foster Care!
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Send us a Text Message. Join me, Nicole T. Barlow, as I share some exciting news and give you a sneak peek into what to expect from the next season. Season 1 has been a rollercoaster of incredible stories and invaluable lessons on foster care, adoption, and dealing with trauma—thank you for being a part of it. As we gear up for Season 2, which kick…
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Send us a Text Message. Ever wondered how continuous training can transform your journey as a foster or adoptive parent? Join us as we sit down with Katrina Campbell, the Director of Training at FaithBridgeU, to uncover the complexities of children's suffering and its profound impact on their behavior and emotional development. Katrina opens up abo…
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Send us a Text Message. How does one nurture hope and resilience in children who have faced profound trauma? Join me on this heartfelt episode of the Foster Parent Well podcast as I share intimate and candid reflections on the emotional complexities of fostering and adopting traumatized children. Through personal stories from my own family, we conf…
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Send us a Text Message. Navigating the stormy waters of foster and adoptive parenting with grace and strength is no small feat. Join me, Nicole T Barlow, as I share experience as a mother of six, the transformative power of maintaining calm and regulation in the face of our children's trauma-induced turmoil. I will give you seven key strategies to …
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Send us a Text Message. It's not about you- and that's a good thing. As we observe National Foster Care Month, I delve deep into the heart of foster parenting and adoption, confronting the misconception that this path is a means to fill our voids, and instead, frame it as an opportunity to pour out our love for children in need, a true embodiment o…
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On today's episode, we will conclude this 2 part series and talk about parenting children with attachment disorders. We will cover 6 key points to helping foster children feel safe and secure, comforted and supported, connected, experience consistency, feel encouraged and help you as the foster parent maintain boundaries in the foster home. All of …
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Send us a Text Message. Struggling to steer through the unpredictable journey of foster care and adoption, I've often grappled with the need to keep a tight grip on every turn and decision. It's a road marked by both yearning and anxiety, where the desire for control often feels like the only seatbelt we have. Throughout our deeply personal convers…
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Send us a Text Message. Every heart has the capacity for deep connections, but what happens when a child's early experiences have tarnished their ability to bond? Join me, Nicole T Barlow, as we navigate the tender journey of building bridges to attachment with foster children. In an exploration, we delve into the attachment cycle and how it paves …
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Send us a Text Message. Discover the transformative power of nurturing both mind and body as Stefanie Armstrong, a respected mental health therapist and health coach, joins us to unravel the complex tapestry of parenting within the foster care and adoption. Together, we explore the profound ways in which wellness practices can anchor parents amidst…
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Send us a Text Message. Have you ever wondered how the strength of a marriage can be the bedrock for a nurturing family environment? Join me, Nicole T. Barlow, as I convene with the remarkable Jennifer Haines, who brings to the table a wealth of experience in blending biological and adoptive children into a harmonious family unit. We navigate the c…
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Send us a Text Message. Struggling with stress is a familiar battle for many of us, but when you add the unique pressures of foster care and adoption into the mix, the weight can feel unbearable. That's why it's critical to prioritize self-care, not as an indulgence but as a vital necessity. Join me, Nicole T Barlow, as we unpack the reality of str…
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Send us a Text Message. Embark on an extraordinary exploration of faith, resilience, and the transformative power of fostering and adoption with our special guest Mandie Summers. As a full-time missionary with the Jesus Film Project and a seasoned foster and adoptive parent, Mandie illuminates her journey and the pivotal role spirituality plays in …
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In this episode which is part 1 of a 2 part series, we talk about attachment disorders commonly observed in foster and adopted children. Attachment disorders relate to the bond children form with their primary caregiver right from birth, which significantly impacts their behavior. Children subjected to neglect, abuse, or abandonment often develop a…
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Send us a Text Message. Hey there, welcome to "Foster Parent Well," the podcast where I dive deep into the real, raw, and rewarding world of foster care and adoption and talk about taking care of ourselves as we go. This isn't just any show; it's a personal journey, a collection of stories, and a community for anyone who's navigated or is curious a…
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Send us a Text Message. Hey there, Foster Parent Well family! It's Nicole T Barlow here, and in this heart-to-heart episode, we're diving into a topic that's close to my heart and, I believe, crucial for our community: the need for more Christian foster and adoptive homes. It's just you and me today, and I'm eager to share some thoughts, stories, a…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to another episode of Foster Parent Well with Nicole T. Barlow. Today, we're diving deep with our special guest, Jennifer Haines, into the often-misunderstood narrative of foster and adoptive parenting. This episode, titled "The Unseen Journey: Shifting the Hero Narrative in Foster and Adoption," challenges the notio…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to the Foster Parent Well Podcast Trailer with host, Nicole T Barlow– your gateway to a journey of endurance, resilience, and faith-filled parenting for foster and adoptive moms. Nicole invites you to delve into a series dedicated to empowering you to become the best version of yourself, enabling you to provide a lov…
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In this episode, we are going to dive into a lesser-discussed aspect of foster care: the mental health diagnoses of the foster children and then the topic of medication. When you become a foster parent, you often have to navigate the often-overwhelming world of mental health care. I personally, know that I wasn't prepared for the level of complexit…
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There is a dire need for emotional support in the foster parent community – a need that often is neglected resulting in overwhelming isolation and unfortunate situations. I will be vulnerably sharing one of the hardest lessons I learned as a foster parent while fostering and how it impacted the emotional struggles I faced. This episode will cover t…
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Join me today in an insightful edition of 'What to Expect While Fostering and Adopting' podcast, as we unravel the complexities of self-sabotaging behaviors prevalent among foster children. Dealing with challenging behaviors can seem perplexing, but understanding the root causes can pave the way towards significant change. Diving deep into the neur…
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Difficult Foster parenting lessons: Losing my personal identity, how I reclaimed it and practical tips for you on your journey. Today's episode is definitely at the top list of things I wish I knew prior to becoming a foster parent. All of the coulda, woulda, shouldas are popping up in my memories as I talk through this with you today. It also make…
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29% of people who were asked, believe that foster families take in so many foster children because they are doing it for the money. The other day, I saw a video that confirmed that people do believe this and it was upsetting but also validation that it needs to be discussed. In this episode, we are going to break this down, and talk about perceptio…
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Understanding the different types of attachment disorders in foster children is critically important to understanding how to best parent them. There are 4 different types of attachment disorders that we will discuss on today's episode. I will also share a list of strategies to help your foster child begin adjusting to your home and family. We will …
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Does affording Christmas gifts for your foster children overwhelm you? Are you not sure how to navigate the busy season and also remain present with your foster/ adoptive and biological children? Are you wanting to help more kiddos than just the ones in your home but not sure what to do or where to begin? Adding foster children to your home during …
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Are you wanting to adopt, feel called to adopt a child or grow your family through the foster care system? When I wanted to grow our family through adoption, it all seemed so overwhelming, and I didn't know how to navigate such a complicated system. I can't wait to share with you, 3 ways that may help shorten your journey. In this episode, I discus…
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I know I have experienced this and wish I knew what to do when this happened. Foster parenting can be such an emotional journey and having a good relationship with your childs caseworker absolutely makes it easier. Today I will be sharing tips with you so you can begin the relationship in the right way and plan for success. We will also discuss wha…
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If you are a new foster or adoptive parent, you definitely don't want to miss this episode. I will be sharing my top 5 tips that you can implement immediately to help you have a less stressful and more emotionally connected holiday season. As a previous foster parent of 10 years and taking in 77 foster children, we had a lot of holiday events and e…
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She was 3 when she moved to our home as a foster child. When she became available for adoption, over 100 families applied to adopt her. Thankfully we were chosen as her forever family and she became our daughter when she was 5. She was the perfect child so I never imagined we would face the challenges that we did. As I share the journey with you to…
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I remember the one thing that worried me the most as a foster parent and that was the thought of being accused of abuse or neglect. Once it happened, it sent my mind spinning because I didn't know what to do. I felt overwhelmed with emotions and had no one to ask because my certifier suddenly couldn't discuss anything with me. Would I be found guil…
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I got the call asking me to take him in as a foster care placement when he was 6. I had no idea the level of care that he would require but I was willing to try. The caseworker warned me that this would be a challenging case because of his level of abuse and neglect but I didn't know what I didn't know. She told me that he had non-verbal autism (AS…
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It's the biggest first decision that every potential foster and adoptive parent makes, and it sets the trajectory for the beginning of your journey. It absolutely matters. Have you ever wondered if there was a right number of kiddos you should take in as a first-time foster parent? Have you wondered what age range to choose, or should you be open t…
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Do you have a vision of the perfect child you wanted to adopt? Are you a foster parent or in waiting to adopt a child? Have you imagined what your foster care journey would be like or maybe you're in the middle of it right now? If any of this sounds like you, this episode is for you. I remember when I dreamt of bringing home our forever daughter. I…
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CANS stands for the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths assessment. Understanding CANS will help you to best serve the child or teen placed in your home as a foster placement. It will also help you know the purpose behind the assessment being done. I have carefully marked this episode as explicit because it discusses sensitive topics that may …
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Todays episode is vulnerable. I’m sharing my own mental health diagnosis’ with you and giving you tools to help thrive as a foster parent. It’s filled with so many lessons that I learned in the 10 years we spent as foster parents. Learning these lessons was absolutely not easy and I pray that by sharing them with you, it will make your journey so m…
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Learning these lessons was absolutely not easy and I pray that by sharing them with you, it will make your journey so much easier. ❤️ If you found this episode helpful, I would love for you to leave me a review and then join our Facebook community of like minded mamas at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whattoeexpectwhilefosteringandadopting Blessi…
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Is there a cure for Reactive Attachment disorder in children who have been adopted or are in foster care? How common is this Diagnosis and what are some of the symptoms? On this episode, we're going to discuss some of the feelings of being a Mom to a child who has the dx. I can't wait to hear what you think! You can connect with like minded mamas i…
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Becoming a foster parent wasn't something I had planned and honestly, neither was becoming an adoptive parent but God absolutely had other plans. I can't wait to share my story with you and see if you see any of you in the details. After 10 years of fostering, 77 foster kiddos and our 2 daughters through adoption, I am so excited to begin to share …
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Are you struggling with constant overwhelm and have way more questions than answers while navigating the foster care system? Are you feeling like you’re losing yourself while trying to help your foster child or heal your adopted children? Do you feel completely ill-equipped with the needs of the kiddos in your home and fall asleep every night feeli…
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Welcome to DCS Foster Parent Talks, a podcast production of the Tennesee Department of Children's Services. The intention of DCS Foster Parent Talks is to provide flexible training on a multitude of topics in an on-the-go format for foster parents. On this May 2020 edition of DCS Foster Parent Talks, join Amanda Law, a coach and trainer at DCS, for…
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Welcome to DCS Foster Parent Talks, a podcast production of the Tennesee Department of Children's Services. The intention of DCS Foster Parent Talks is to provide flexible training on a multitude of topics in an on-the-go format for foster parents. On this May 2020 edition of DCS Foster Parent Talks, join Amanda Law, a coach and trainer at DCS, for…
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Welcome to DCS Foster Parent Talks, a podcast production of the Tennesee Department of Children's Services. The intention of DCS Foster Parent Talks is to provide flexible training on a multitude of topics in an on-the-go format for foster parents. On this May 2020 edition of DCS Foster Parent Talks, join Tiffany Jackson, a communications specialis…
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Welcome to DCS Foster Parent Talks, a podcast production of the Tennesee Department of Children's Services. The intention of DCS Foster Parent Talks is to provide flexible training on a multitude of topics in an on-the-go format for foster parents. On this August 2019 edition of DCS Foster Parent Talks, join Matt Quick, a coach and trainer at DCS, …
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Welcome to DCS Foster Parent Talks, a podcast production of the Tennesee Department of Children's Services. The intention of DCS Foster Parent Talks is to provide flexible training on a multitude of topics in an on-the-go format for foster parents. On this July 2019 edition of DCS Foster Parent Talks, join Amanda Law, a coach and trainer at DCS, fo…
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What if you could volunteer two hours a month to support children in a healthy, vibrant foster home? Homes for Hope—a new project in Adams County—is teaming up with Foster Together to find and train eight volunteers to bring monthly meals to foster families in the Northglenn/Thornton area, north of Denver, Colorado. (If you want to apply, click her…
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A boy (I should start saying "young man") we fostered last year just came over for backyard archery and a campfire. As we made lunch, I asked him what he'd want every foster family to know. What makes a great foster home? He gave me a 16-point list, which is a telling view of his life in and out of foster homes.If you want to hear more stories like…
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Hope explains the success stories of 2018, the plan for 2019, and gives thanks for just a few of the dozens of people who gave (financially and of their energy) to make this year excellent. To view testimonials and stats in more detail, go to fostertogether.co/2018.If you'd like to consider a year-end gift or join "The Neighborhood" at $600 this ye…
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