September 6, 2021
In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Joann Taijala, Founder and Executive Director of Home Grown in Eureka, California. Joann and Lynn talk about the organization's unique host home model in which volunteer hosts provide temporary housing in their own homes for youth facing homelessness, including those aging out of foster care.
August 19, 2021
In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Dr. Natalie Ellington, Founder and Executive Director of Eileen & Callie's Place in Kent, Washington. Natalie and Lynn talk about the organization's mentoring program for young ladies aging out of foster care, their goal of opening a transitional living house, why letting these young people make their own choices is so important, and more.
July 25, 2021
In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Samantha Baldassari, Postsecondary Coordinator with C.B. Community Schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They talk about how C.B. Community Schools provide academic and support services for older foster youth, the school's unique model that focuses on competency rather than grade levels (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior), and how they managed through the Covid crisis.
July 12, 2021
In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Daniel Crandall, who is a foster parent, speaker, trainer, and Creative Director with a passion for helping youth to create the future they love. Lynn and Daniel talk about the journey that brought him to helping foster youth, the future focus of his work with youth, and the importance of helping young people find hope and meaning in their lives.
June 29, 2021
In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Jamie Pfau, co-founder of Peace for All of Us Homes in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada. They talk about the transitional housing program that she and her husband started during COVID, the state of foster youth support in Canada (particularly in Manitoba), and ideas to improve the way the foster care systems in Canada and the USA prepare youth for aging out.
June 15, 2021
In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Miriam Connolly, LMSW, with Blavin Scholars at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. They talk about Miriam's background as a social worker in the foster care system, the services that the Blavin Scholars program provides youth aging out of foster care, and ideas to improve the way the foster care system prepares youth for aging out.
May 30, 2021
In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Natalie Chavis Fisher from Indianapolis, Indiana. They talk about Natalie's work as an attorney in foster care and adoption law, as well as a novel she has written, a documentary being developed, and a television show - all focusing on adoption and aging out of foster care. They also brainstorm solutions that the foster care system could implement that would help youth be better prepared for aging out of care.
May 19, 2021
In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Natasha Doan-Motsinger (Executive Director) and Alyssa Silletti (Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator) from Our House in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Natasha, Alyssa, and Lynn talk about the variety of services that Our House provides to help prepare youth in foster care for independence. Their services include mentoring, teaching life skills, providing transitional housing, piloting a temporary host home model, and helping youth build resiliency.
May 6, 2021
In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Sarah North Wolfe, Dawson Promise Coordinator and Interim Dean of Enrollment at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana. Sarah and Lynn talk about Dawson Promise's services supporting youth aging out of care throughout their time as a student at the community college, which includes assistance applying to the college and for financial aid, a summer bridge program before their first year, academic and mental health support, and other services to ensure student success.
April 18, 2021
In this episode, Lynn Tonini interviews Tammy Spence, Founder and Executive Director of Second Shift based in Alabaster, Alabama. Tammy and Lynn talk about Second Shift's many services for youth aging out of care, their "host home" transitional living model; opportunities that could improve the foster care system, and more.