Addiction & Foster Care: Helping Families Heal

From the Show: Rewired Radio
Summary: Learn how the foster care system is making strides in the world of addiction.
Air Date: 6/30/16
Duration: 27
Guest Bio: John DeGarmo, EdD
John-DeGarmoDr. John DeGarmo has a B.A. in History, a Masters in Media Technology, a Masters in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Walden University. Dr. DeGarmo wrote his dissertation on "Responding to the Needs of Foster Children Face while in Rural Schools."

He is the author of several foster care books, including the training book, The Foster Parenting Manual: A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe, and Stable Home, as well as the foster care children's book, A Different Home: A New Foster Child's Story.

Dr. DeGarmo is a dynamic speaker and informative trainer on the foster care system, and travels extensively, meeting with foster parents, child welfare workers, churches, schools, and organizations. He writes regularly for many magazines, and is a regular contributor to several publications and newsletters, both in the United States and in Europe. In his seminars, he draws from his 13 years of expertise of being a foster parent.

John brings tremendous energy to his delivery. His presentations are personal, humorous, and emotional, leaving audiences both laughing and crying. John's storytelling skills are masterful, as he has been preforming front of others for decades, on a global stage.

John's presentations are thoroughly researched beforehand, and full of insight and information. John does not stop after the presentations, though, as he is a relationship builder, and spends quality time with audiences afterward, answering questions, listening to others, and giving additional insight.
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Addiction & Foster Care: Helping Families Heal
Last year, almost a half a million children in the United States went through the foster care system, and most didn’t return to their families.

In many cases, it’s not just foster children who are suffering. Birth parents and biological families also struggle, and they often are battling drug and alcohol addiction.

Dr. John DeGarmo is one of the country’s leading experts on foster care.

A foster parent for over 13 years and a trainer of foster parents around the country, Dr. DeGarmo is focused on helping both children and their biological families heal.

He shares his experience and explains how treating everyone in the foster care system -- from children to biological parents and caseworkers -- with dignity, respect, and kindness holds the key to healing for us all.