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Barely Braided: A Foster Care, Adoption and Parenting Journey

A podcast community focused on supporting and discussing foster care, adoption and ALL things parenting - even the sticky stuff. Hosted by Alex Ellis.

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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.

36mins

20 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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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.

40mins

31 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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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.

21mins

9 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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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.

28mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #4

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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.

32mins

3 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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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.

51mins

4 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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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.

36mins

11 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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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.

56mins

30 May 2020

Rank #8

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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.

46mins

24 May 2020

Rank #9

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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.

48mins

19 May 2020

Rank #10

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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!

41mins

12 May 2020

Rank #11

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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.

34mins

24 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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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!

47mins

16 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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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.

1hr 11mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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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.

1hr

20 Jan 2020

Rank #15