Co-hosted by Shawn Wilson, Ryan North, and Lori Fangue, LPC; Foster Family Matters provides show listeners with insightful discussion around topics relevant to all parents and especially those parenting children who have experienced trauma. Initial show topics include Felt Safety: Why Knowing we are Safe is not Enough, What is Trauma?, and Self-Regulation: Just Breathe . . .
While currently working for CK Family Services to develop our emerging Treatment Foster Care program, Ryan and his wife Kayla are also Alumni CK Foster/Adoptive Parents. They fostered and adopted four children through CK Family Services and Ryan serves as the board president for Tapestry. Ryan brings years of parenting experience, TBRI expertise, and podcasting acumen to the show.
Lori’s passion for vulnerable children began in 1988 while watching heart-wrenching images of abandoned children in Romanian orphanages broadcasted over a news program. Since that life-changing memory, her path has brought her across the world with a mission to advocate for those whose voices are not heard. Lori partnered with various ministries to provide seminars and training related to complex developmental traumas in orphanages in Romania, Russia, Africa, and India. She finally found her way to CK Family Services (previously known as Covenant Kids) in June 2012 as a case manager. She has worked within many programs at CK Family Services such as Foster Care, Matched Adoption, Post-Adoption, Behavioral Health, and Treatment Foster Care. Her current roles include Parent Trainer, TBRI Educator, Curriculum Developer, Clinical Liaison and Therapist. Lori is a dedicated wife and bonus-mom to an amazing husband and three beautiful children, two daughters (19 years and 14 years old) and a son (16 years old).
Shawn is a husband and father with 24 years of parenting experience. Together with his wife, Adrian (who also works for CK Family Services), they parent three daughters and one son ranging in ages from 15 months up to 24 years. Shawn has worked in child welfare for two decades supporting hundreds of families as a foster care and adoption case manager, case manager supervisor and most recently as part of the leadership team at CK.
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