Perspective of a Foster Parent and Online Support Group
July 28, 2017
Hosted by Micah Johnson
In today's show we'll chat with Barry Farmer an awesome dad of three young boys he adopted from foster care and the creator of a popular Facebook community for Foster and Adoptive parents. Barry will talk with us about his "WHY." Why he started he's journey to becoming a foster parent. What's it like to parent older children, Open Adoption and working with birth parents? How his boys have adjusted to being raised by a single father? And, the unique issues he's experienced working within the foster care system. We'll also talk about his private Facebook community for foster and adopted parents and what drove him to take on such a big responsibility that has come to mean so much to so many people.
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Becoming a parent is life changing. Creating your family through adoption can add additional twists and turns to your journey. On “Adoption Unscripted,” we create a safe place for families on that journey to "unpack" all they’ve encountered along the way. We have real life conversations with parents, adoptees, first families and industry professionals who bring the amazing experience of adoption to life. We create real life strategies when parents get stuck, unravel myths, inform parents of the wonderful resources, and introduce them to experts and advocates in the field.
I have worked directly with children and families for over 25 years. I have created and implemented family-centric programs in both the private and public sectors for law enforcement, public schools, colleges, nonprofits and government agencies. I have designed mentorship programs, experiential education programs and written curriculum for at risk youth. In 2010, I co-founded Anywhere Childcare. We work with the US Military to provide family programs for the children of deployed soldiers in the National Guard and reserves nationwide. Our programs focus on creating strong bonds to ensure the families stay connected during deployment. Two years ago, I started Seeing Color, a consulting and coaching business. I work one-on-one with parents who have adopted transracially. We also have a community where we host family activities, workshops, and educational opportunities. Together we work on the complex and sometimes challenging aspects of raising children of a different race, mostly African-American children in today's racially charged world.