The Helping Parents Succeed Podcast

Parent Aides, Case Aides, Case Managers, Foster Parents, Attorneys, Therapists, and Peer Mentors… joining together to see families preserved and strengthened.  In each episode, we aim to inform and inspire those who are in the trenches — on the front lines of child welfare.

Most of our conversation takes place near Phoenix, AZ right now, but we’d love to expand the conversation!

We also invite participants to join our Facebook group “Helping Parents Succeed” to keep the conversation going between episodes!

 

Episode 19- “Language Barriers”

This week we’re talking about how to help parents succeed when English is their second language! We have an interview with Ruth from her hometown in Oaxaca, Mexico. Ruth shares about her experience navigating the child welfare system while living in AZ. How do you communicate with your case manager, attorney, and foster parents when no one speaks Spanish? How do you help parents succeed when they don’t speak English? Let’s work together to make it happen! #HelpingParentsSucceed

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Episode 18- “Mentoring Works”

Let’s think outside the box as we broaden a parent’s support base.  What about finding a healthy mentor for their children?  In this episode, we’ll talk with Tim Lidster from Arizonans for Children about what mentoring can do for a family and how it works.  This is great for single moms, teens, and clients who do not speak English! 

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Episode 17- “Parenting With Trauma”

When encountering resistance, anger, or apathy in parents working toward reunification, there may be more to the story than first presents itself.  This week we speak with Sandi Cimino about trauma, ACES, and the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework.  Sandi is a certified trainer with the Protective Factors Framework and walks us through recognizing signs of trauma, understanding the effects of trauma on children and parents, and discusses practical solutions for helping parents succeed through trauma.  This is a great discussion with tons of practical tools and resources to check out in the show notes.  Don’t forget to join the discussion by calling in and leaving your comments at 480-648-8374!  #HelpingParentsSucceed #HPSPodcast

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Episode 16- “Changing Lives”

For women struggling with the pain of domestic violence, homelessness, or various other traumas, community is key.  Join us this week as we speak with Pamela Morrison, from Phoenix Rescue Mission’s “Changing Lives Center” to get an inside look at what they’re doing to help parents succeed! 

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Episode 15- “Obstacles & Hope”

There are many challenges and obstacles that parents face as they work toward reunification.  This week we’ll talk about a number of these obstacles, including the challenges surrounding public transportation.  We’ll also discuss what can be done to help provide hope… helping parents overcome these obstacles. 

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Episode 14-“Shared Parenting (Rebroadcast)”

This is one of our favorite past episodes, so this week we’re posting our first “rebroadcast” to make sure everyone has an opportunity to hear it!  We’ve all heard about shared parenting between foster and birth parents, but what does that look like practically? In this episode we interview foster parents Michael and Kris Parker and discuss the interview with Jennifer, a birth mom. We’ll see the importance of communication, how foster parents may initially view birth parents, and how birth parents may initially view foster parents. This episode helps to lay the groundwork for working together for the health of the family.  

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Episode 13-“Interview with China Darrington (part 2)”

Episode 13:  "Interview with China Darrington (part 2)" This week, China Darrington joins us for part two of a discussion surrounding the dependency process from a birth parent’s point of view.  We’ll gain valuable insight into the process that parents go through as...

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Episode 12- “Interview With China Darrington”

"Interview with China Darrington (part 1)" China Kris Darrington is the founder and director of XIX Recovery Support Services in OH.  In this episode, China shares her experience of struggling with addiction while trying to parent her daughter and the difficult...

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Episode 11-“When Worlds Collide”

When children are placed into foster care, there are two very different stories that unfold. For foster parents, there is preparation and expectation surrounding the event. For birth parents, it is sudden and traumatic. This week, hear from both sides of the story as Andy shares his experience as a foster dad and Tisha shares her experience as a birth mom.

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Episode 10-“Finding Stable Employment”

This week we talk stable employment with Andy Myers from Flourish-now.  We’ll talk about job fairs, overcoming barriers, and community resources available for those you’re helping.  Also, want a practical tool for those 1:1’s or skills sessions?  Check out our newly developed workshop outlining five steps to stable employment!  

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Episode 9-“Building Rapport”

This week we speak with former Parent Aide and therapist, Jonathan Thomas.  Jonathan shares on the importance of building rapport with parents to help move them toward success.  We also hear from a parent’s perspective about the impact a Parent Aides can have in Helping Parents Succeed.  We will also hear about the lyrics to a song written by Jonathan titled, “They End, I begin.”  Jonathan shares on the importance of healthy boundaries and the effects of vicarious trauma on individuals on the front lines of child welfare.  It’s a packed episode and we’d love to have you join in on the conversation!  #HelpingParentsSucceed

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Episode 8-“Hope After Severance” (part 2)

The term may sound like fingernails on a chalkboard, but for half of the cases in Arizona, severance is the permanency outcome.  So what about parents who regroup and heal after it’s too late?  Can there be hope after severance?  In this episode, we discuss part 2 of an interview with Kirsten Abiatti, foster parent and PS-MAPP trainer.  We discuss how, even after adoption, children can and should have a healthy relationship with their birth parents whenever possible.  #HelpingParentsSucceed

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Episode 7-“Foster Parents: The Ultimate Ally (part 1)”

Join foster parent and PSMAPP trainer, Kirsten Abiatti, as we discuss the role foster parents choose to play as an “Ally” to birth families. From the onset of a case, foster parents have a tremendous opportunity to open the doors of communication and relationship with birth parents. The simple act of letting them know, “I’m on your team,” can change the entire experience for everyone involved. We look at practical ways to build trust and communication with parents, and preserve this season of life for the children.

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Episode 6- “Changing the Conversation Around Substance Use Disorder”

This week we sit with Angie Geren, the executive director from Addiction Haven, a local organization focused on changing the conversation surrounding Substance Use Disorder. We’ll delve into helpful research related to parental substance use in child welfare and learn about practical tools to help parents succeed. We’ll also hear about important considerations when working with parents in recovery and some of the most effective techniques being used in the field to support parents. #helpingparentssucceed

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Episode 5- “High Quality Legal Representation (part 2)”

“You will be the best thing that happened to your case.” In part 2 of “High Quality Legal Representation,” we’ll discuss a parent’s responsibility in interacting with their attorney. We’ll also look at the importance of documentation and how to provide the best documentation to continue to show progress in your case. Finally, we’ll provide practicals tips such as how to prepare for court, the critical role of a Parent Aide, and the power of a “Thank you.”

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Episode 4- “High Quality Legal Representation (part 1)”

All parents working through the dependency process should be assigned an attorney. Yet, there are many questions about what this relationship should look like. In this episode, we speak with a local attorney about what is most helpful and effective in working toward reunification. We discuss the roles and responsibilities of attorneys and some common misconceptions. This is part one of a two part series on the importance of high quality legal representation and how to most effectively work with your attorney.

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Episode 3- “Foster and Birth Parents… Working Together”

We’ve all heard about shared parenting between foster and birth parents, but what does that look like practically? In this episode we interview foster parents and discuss the interview with a birth mom. We’ll see the importance of communication, how foster parents may initially view birth parents, and how birth parents may initially view foster parents. This episode helps to lay the groundwork for working together for the health of the family.

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Episode 2- “Transformation Happens”

This week we hear parents share their stories of success at the AZ annual Reunification Day 2017! Also, Executive Director of Hope Women’s Center, Tammy Abernathy, shares the history of the organization and some of the services available to women in the community. Woven through this episode is a theme of transformation… lives genuinely changed thanks to those surrounding and helping them.

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Episode 1 “What really works?”

Episode 1 is finally here!  This week, meet our co-host, Johanna, as she shares about her experiences as a case manager and best practices for helping parents to make progress.  Also this week, Emily shares lessons learned as she navigated the dependency process.  We’ll talk about how to make the most out of visits, how to communicate respect to parents, and best practices for communication.  We’re off to a great start… thanks for joining us! #helpingparentssucceed

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Episode 0 “Why A Podcast?”

In this first “pre-episode” we set the stage for why we are putting the work into developing a podcast.  Meet our host and hear the heart behind the Helping Parents Succeed podcast including our audience and what we hope to achieve moving forward.  We’ll hear a story from RISE Magazine as a mother shares her experience of losing her child, reunifying, and then engaging other parents as an advocate.  We’ll also address that “fine line” case managers often have to walk in deciding what is best for a child.  Connect with our Facebook group or visit our resources page as we come together for a common purpose.  We all have a role to play in #helpingparentssucceed.

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