Author Archives: Pat O'Brien

Anita and Linda DeSantis Share Their Adoption Story

After many struggles with the system, 11 year old Anita moved into the adoptive home of Linda DeSantis back in 2009. Thought there were many trials and tribulations along their journey together as mother and daughter, the pair were always … Continue reading

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Yaridania Betancourt – Making life better for youth in care.

Our guest this broadcast is Yaridania Betancourt, an advocate for youth in the foster care system and a Program Coordinator with You Gotta Believe and one of its newest staff members. Yari was placed in foster care as a teen, … Continue reading

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Helping Children Love Themselves and Overcome Their Negative Belief Systems with Heather Forbes

This broadcast evening’s guest is Heather Forbes the keynote speaker at the upcoming NACAC “Family Matters” conference in Atlanta, GA, from July 19-22. Heather will be speaking on the subject of what parents can do when their children seem not … Continue reading

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Entered Foster care at 17 and aged out at 21 with Desiree Moore.

Desiree Moore didn’t enter foster care until 17.5. She had a teacher that recommended that she get involved in a Youth Summit. She then became a full time Youth Advocate for four years before she recently started working on You … Continue reading

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Fostering Hope with Nathan Ross

This broadcast’s guest is Nathan Ross. Nathan was adopted as a teen and became part of a large adoptive family. He initially struggled in this new family and then as he matured he learned a lot about life and the … Continue reading

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Keeping Youth out of Group Care with Liz (Ross) Luce

Liz’s adopted sister was receiving treatment in a residential center and her parents were frustrated with the services she was receiving. They decided to create a program that offers similar treatment that is offered in a residential center but at … Continue reading

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Re-inventing Blame with Loren Michaels Harris

Can blame every serve one’s life purpose? Hear a very interesting perspective on re-inventing, or perhaps re-envisioning, blame with inspirational and motivational author and speaker Loren Michaels Harris. Loren entered the foster care at age 9 and had 22 foster … Continue reading

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An American Resurrection with Eric Arauz

Inspirational speaker and trauma expert Eric C. Arauz, author of the memoir “An American’s Resurrection: My Pilgrimage from Child Abuse and Mental Illness to Salvation” speaks this broadcast to the power of family during extremely difficult periods of a relationship … Continue reading

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