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Jamie Golden: finding Forever Families

moving the podcast – interview from October 1, 2013

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(At the time of this podcast, Jamie Golden worked) for the non-profit Children’s Aid Society in Alabama, tweeting occasionally about the things foster kids and newly adopted kids say to her. The tweets are funny, poignant and sometimes heartbreaking. I talked to Jamie about her job last Saturday, then I told her I was going to go home and cry. I did cry when I recounted some of her stories for my parents and aunt, and I was thankful I had a family to share with over lunch.

But it’s not all sad; there are amazing success stories here as well. Jamie’s excited about her job, and her enthusiasm is infectious and inspirational. Take a listen as Jamie talks to me about kids who need forever families, what happens when they age out of the system, myths and misconceptions about foster care and adoption, and how anyone can be an advocate.

Jamie Logo
“My passion…is working with families who are interested
in adopting children from foster care.”

0:00 ~ “I do a lot of different things”
3:50 ~ Children’s Aid Society
6:50 ~ aging out of the system
11:00 ~ the science of finding parents
14:25 ~ misconceptions of foster care & adoption
22:50 ~ “my passion has always been non-profit agencies”
28:15~ “you don’t have to be in the system to love a foster kid”
32:05 ~ modern day orphanages

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Connect with Jamie
on her blog Jamies rabbits
on Twitter @JamiesRabbits
on her podcast The Popcast
podcast on Twitter @popcastpod

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References
Ricky Anderson
Knox McCoy
Children’s Aid Society
Heart Gallery Alabama
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Three Little Words: A Memoir
Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Camellia Network
AdoptUSKids.org

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