Episode 2: So you wanna be a foster parent? Q & A with Alex Ellis
Join us for a Q & A session where we've collected questions from our Instagram page and answered some of the most commonly discussed questions surrounding foster care and adoption.
20 Jan 2020
Episode 3: The Foster Care Homestudy Process In Depth with Alex Ellis
This week, we're taking a dive into all requirements necessary to complete the foster care homestudy through Tennessee DCS prior to becoming approved foster parents. Big thanks to Reuben Andrews as this weeks editor. Also, take a drink (beverage of your choosing) every time you hear the word “basically” or “however” during this episode.
31 Jan 2020
Episode 5: Adoption Day!
In this short bonus episode, we discuss all that happened during our recent adoption day! Big thanks to this weeks editor, Reuben Andrews.
9 Feb 2020
Episode 6: Really Irritating Things, Holiday Chats
In this impromptu, casual episode, join me in discussing the things that are really irritating to me these days (long Starbucks orders, bad drivers and unclear packaging just to name a few), as well as a few things that I'm really loving.
18 Feb 2020
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Episode 4: Guess the Baby Product, DCS Nashville Fails Big Time and Saturday Chats with Joel Ellis
On this episode, we discuss a huge DCS fail that recently hit the news, our frustration with foster care continuing education, our upcoming adoption (this week!!!) and Joel plays "Guess the Baby Product". Big thanks to this weeks editor, Reuben Andrews.
3 Feb 2020
Episode 7: Interview on Adoption, Infertility, Pregnancy Loss & Foster Parenting w/Guest Barbara Goodman
In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Barbara Goodman. This amazing mama was adopted as a child and tells her story of adoption, infertility, pregnancy loss and foster parenting.
4 Mar 2020
Episode 8: Nashville/Mid-TN Tornado, Our Current Foster Placement, We're being put on a PIP!, Continuing Education for Foster Parents
In this episode, I recap recent events like the Nashville/Mid-TN tornado and the Evelyn Boswell case. I also tell the story about DCS threatening to put our foster family on a PIP (personal improvement plan), as well as discuss our current foster daughter placement.
11 Mar 2020
Episode 15: Emancipation, Infertility/IVF & Foster Care with guest Hannah Nelson
I recently had the honor of interviewing Hannah Nelson. She graciously shares her story about being emancipated at 16, infertility and IVF, and being a foster parent.
30 May 2020
Episode 14: Interview with Treatment Foster Care Mama Stacy Roof
In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Stacy Roof, the mama of a treatment foster care home. She explains the difference between treatment foster care vs. traditional foster care, and tells her story as both a bio and foster mama.
24 May 2020
Episode 13: Pregnancy, Infant Loss and New Foster Parent Life w/Lydia Gerber
In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing the beautiful Lydia Gerber, a bio mama, NICU mama and a (fairly) new foster mama from the Minnesota/North Dakota area. She shares her journey about infant loss and entering the fostercare world.
19 May 2020
Episode 12: Foster Daughter Updates, (Not Funny) Jokes & Weeknight Chats w/Joel Ellis
In this episode, Joel and I have a casual chat about our foster daughter, our adopted son and what's going on this week!
12 May 2020
Episode 11: Interview with 22 Year Old, Single Foster Dad Corey Taylor
Corey Taylor was an absolute pleasure to speak with. He talks about his journey becoming an approved foster dad at only 22 years old, his current placement, and his experience on this crazy rollercoaster.
24 Apr 2020
Episode 10: Parenting During COVID, Isolation, Foster Update, Kentucky Bourbon & Random Chats w/Joel Ellis
In this episode, Joel and I sit down for a casual chat about what's going on in our world right now. Big thanks to Reuben Andrews for editing this weeks episode!
16 Apr 2020
Episode 9: Interview with Adoption Attorney Anne Austin - Expert in DCS/Private Adoptions, Adoption Assistance, Juvenile Law, TPR
This episode is jam-packed with information about DCS/private/independent/agency adoptions in Tennessee. I had the honor of interviewing the lovely Anne Austin, who provided loads of information based on her decades of expertise.
18 Mar 2020
Episode 1: Our Foster Care & Adoption Story with Co-Host Joel Ellis
Welcome to Episode 1! Joined by my husband and co-host, Joel, we skim over our journey in foster care and adoption.
20 Jan 2020