Our guest today has lived a life that is nothing short of miraculous.Tori Hope Petersen grew up in the foster care system, a bi-racial child in a confusing and volatile world. Growing up with a mentally ill mother and living in twelve different foster homes, nothing was in her favor. And yet, even with a minuscule chance of graduating college and a great risk of being homeless, jobless, and on drugs, Tori overcame every negative stereotype and assumption that attacked her identity.
Tori joins us today to talk about everything from her story, how she learned to navigate the foster care system and how now, as an adult, she's trying to open all the doors she can that were closed to her as she grew up. Her new book, 'Fostered: One Woman's Powerful Story of Finding Faith and Family Through Foster Care' releases August 30th and we could not be more excited to read it. Listen to the end of the episode to hear how you can win a pre-order of Tori's book and be sure you're following her and her initiatives on social media:
- @torihopepetersen on Instagram
- @fthefile on Instagram
- @belovedinitiative on Instagram
- Pre-Order her book here
- Learn more about Tori and book her to speak at your next event here
November is National Adoption Awareness Month (NAAM) -To read the history of NAAM, click here. For those most impacted by adoption - adoptees - the month of November can be a time that brings up a wide array of emotions. So in staying true to our mission here at Empowered to Connect we are spending the month of November listening to the hearts and stories of adoptees who are part of transracial families. Today, Ramya Gruneisen and her dear friends the Hamms (who are ETC Parent Trainers in St. Louis, MO.) join us to talk about growing up in a white family as a person of color, the work needed to be done as white parents to create a safe environment in a transracial home and so much more. To read Ramya's article on why adoption may not be for everyone, click here To learn more about the Hamms and their work in St. Louis, click here To learn more about ETC, check out empoweredtoconnect.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram! ...
Let's talk about consequences.Spoiler alert: we want to encourage you to make consequences your last resort. You read that right, we at ETC think there are lots of other tools in the toolbelt to help you keep peace in your home and maintain connection with your kiddo and we want to talk about it today! Becca McKay and Tona Ottinger from ETC join us as we talk about the the bigger picture of why we are so quick to want to hand out consequences and what we can do instead to address inappropriate behaviors. To learn more about Empowered to Connect, check out our website and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube! ...
Season 2 rolls on, today with Dr. Nicole West! Dr. West is a therapist with the Memphis Family Connection Center in Memphis, TN and amongst lots of skills and certifications she holds, she is a certified Play Therapist. Dr. West joins us today to not only unpack the benefits of play therapy but also to walk us through WHY play is so important for the brain, for processing through hard things for kids and how we as parents can incorporate play (and healing) into our homes. To learn more about Empowered to Connect, check out our website and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube! ...