Institute for Family and Unbelievably Resilient (formerly FosterStrong) have allied together to amplify the voices of alumni of foster care and help change prevailing narratives surrounding youth who’ve experienced out-of-home placement. On the Unbelievably Resilient podcast, alumni of foster care offer a safe space to commune, laugh, and share stories of resilience.
In episode one of season three we dive into the art of storytelling and the vulnerability that comes with it. Acknowledging the pain and gently moving beyond it into the realm of power. How do we know we are ready to share? Listen in as our teammates kick us off with tips, tricks, and things to prepare for when you decide to share your life of resilience with others.
In episode two of season three our team discusses the difficulties with obtaining your case files. The hang ups, managing your own expectations, and rewriting the stories you read about your past. If you find yourself wanting to obtain your records or even you are just beginning to consider making the request…we are right there with you. Privacy and protection standards vary across the country and as you will hear, it’s not always a straight forward process; and sometimes it leads to disappointment. How do we keep building our story if there are many gaps in the history? Tune in to find out.
Meet Lino, a man of many words. Tune in as he speaks on the art of metaphors and the power they have to paint an image of yourself, the beauty of words, and the importance of showing up as your full self in all spaces. Tune in to hear more on the challenge that is filling up your own cup while you pour into the cups of the people around you.
Meet Tori, as she shares on her transformation from her time as a track star in the system to transcending the confines of burdensome stereotypes, to writing and publishing her own book and to raising her own family. Tori says her faith grounds her, but her outlook on life has her eyes to the sky. Tune in to inspire yourself to let your own inner flame glow brighter.
We all struggle with the stereotypes that others assign us. How do we open up when we are often confined by the boxes other put around us? Who do we open up to and when? There is an art to protecting your peace, balancing the details of your story, and responding to the wildly mischaracterized circumstances and nature of those that came through the child welfare system.
Meet Adrian, our resident comic and father. Adrian, when not listening to his massive collection of Bruce Springsteen albums…is busy pushing systems to put their “money where their mouths are” and managing his own podcast “The Daily Jam.” Tune in for some good belly laughs, words of wisdom, and lessons in integrity.
About Unbelievably Resilient
Unbelievably Resilient is a non-profit organization composed of young adults who spent time in foster care. They aim to empower youth and alumni of foster care to reclaim their narratives by authentically sharing their stories of journeying from trauma to triumph. Through podcasts, social media, and speaking events, Unbelievably Resilient challenges harmful prevailing narratives surrounding youth in foster care and serves as a trusted resource for the foster care community.