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Ep. 18 The Other Side of Adoption: Systems, Families, Trauma, and Hope

Welcome to the first episode of Summer Snippets! In this episode, we look at the complex topic of adoption, focusing on the unplanned removal of children from their families and the systemic issues within the foster care system. We’ll discuss these children’s challenges, the importance of family reunification, and potential solutions for creating a more supportive system.

Also, for season 2, I will be interviewing and lifting up the voices of people of color on topics of social justice and marginalization, particularly as it relates to the church. If you fit that description or know someone who does, please reach out to me. My details are in the show notes.

US Dept of Health and Human Services Adoption and Foster Care statistics 

Family First State Plans and Enacted Legislation

 

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Ep.17 Generational Shadows: Youth Incarceration’s Legacy on Trauma and Poverty

As we finish Season 1, Episode 17 is a short episode exploring the “School to Prison Pipeline,” a critical issue pushing at-risk children from classrooms into the justice system, highlighting its devastating impact on marginalized communities. We’ll explore the alarming incarceration rates in the U.S., particularly among Black Americans, and the systemic factors contributing to these disparities. Referencing the documentary “13th,” Kristen illustrates how policies have inflated prison populations and perpetuated racial biases.




We’ll also examine juvenile incarceration’s long-term effects, its role in perpetuating poverty, and the disparities in school discipline that feed into this cycle. Despite some reforms, much work remains. Join Kristen as we challenge our biases, seek understanding, and strive to embody the love and compassion Jesus taught us.

ACLU report on unjust Crack Cocaine laws.

Sentencing Project Report on Youth Justice

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice Report

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Ep. 16 Bearing Witness: Navigating Mental Health and Miracles

In Episode 16 Kristen opens up about a deeply personal experience involving her 18-year-old son’s mental health crisis. The episode, marked by vulnerability and raw emotion, explores the challenges of parenting a child with mental health struggles stemming from childhood trauma. She recounts the harrowing events of her son’s crisis, from an early morning discovery of his distress to seeking emergency help and navigating the complexities of mental health, faith, and the relentless pursuit of hope in the face of adversity.

 

Throughout the episode, she reflects on the intersection of faith, prayer, and the pain of unanswered prayers, grappling with the tension between believing in miracles and confronting the harsh realities of ongoing suffering. Sharing a poignant exploration of biblical promises of restoration and healing, finding solace and hope in the midst of despair, Kristen calls on listeners to support those in their communities who are silently battling similar challenges, emphasizing the importance of empathy, prayer, and solidarity.




 

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