On this podcast, host Matt Anderson engages in stories and conversations that recognize transformation of the U.S. foster care system starts with seeing families for who they truly are. Through deeply personal stories from families who’ve experienced the child welfare system, we understand the value of human connection in affecting change. And through conversations with leaders on the front lines of the family well-being movement, we see real possibilities for shaping a future where families are seen, engaged, and have what they need to thrive.
Spoken word poet, Slam Anderson, and her mom, Lillie Lee-Williams, engage in an emotional conversation with host Matt Anderson that demonstrates the strength of family bonds despite a 14-year child welfare-initiated separation. This episode questions what would happen if the child welfare system was designed to support root causes of family stress instead of waiting for late-stage intervention. Plus, Slam recites her spoken word poem “My Need for Change,” detailing her experiences with the system, which Matt Anderson refers to as the “anthem” of the family well-being movement.
WHAT IF WE DIDN’T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL BAD ENOUGH
Shrounda Selivanoff takes us on a journey from childhood to motherhood, including a head-on collision with the child welfare system. Hear from Shrounda on how being seen and acknowledged for who she was changed her life forever. Shrounda is a passionate mother, kinship caregiver, and parent ally who inspires and helps other parents who experience the system through her work as public policy director at Children’s Home Society of Washington.
LOOKING FOR THAT WARM HUG ALL MY LIFE
Systems change when people change. And people change through stories. Dr. Bruce Perry candidly offers compelling insights on the power and science of storytelling. This episode demonstrates how some of the most important things we can do to improve family well-being and change systems starts with listening.
PEOPLE CHANGE THROUGH STORIES
About the Host
Matt Anderson, MSW, Director, Institute for Family, is a social worker who has seen the power of a story well told to shift perspectives, inspire new ideas, and transform systems. In 2011, Matt produced the award-winning film, “From Place to Place”, which told the story of America’s foster care system through the eyes of three young adults who aged out and then set out to change the system. Today, he serves as Vice President of Programs and Business Development at Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. Matt helped to estbalish Institute for Family because there is a clear need to partner with families to imagine and create new approaches that promote family well-being and reduce our reliance on foster care. Please be in touch with Matt about stories that can shift perspectives about what families need, leaders and innovations that are advancing family well-being on the ground, and anything rleated to child weflare in film and media. Matt can be reached at email@example.com.