Foster the Family with Jamie Finn

The TBRI® Podcast | Season 3, Episode 5

Today’s conversation is just in time for National Foster Care Month. Jamie Finn is the author of the book, Foster the Family, founder of the Foster the Family Organization, and a sought after speaker for foster and adoption conferences and events. Her popular social media accounts offer a glimpse into the real life of a foster parent and provide encouragement to thousands of foster parents. Jamie recently became a TBRI Practitioner and sat down with our host, Sarah Mercado, to chat about foster care, shifting our parenting paradigms, and TBRI. 

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About our guests:

Jamie Finn

Jamie C. Finn is the author of Foster the Family, executive director of Foster the Family, the host of the Real Mom podcast, the founder and owner of Goods and Better, and a sought-after speaker for retreats, conferences, and events for foster and adoptive parents. Her popular social media accounts offer a glimpse into the real life of a foster parent and provide encouragement to thousands of foster parents. At any given moment, Jamie is a mother to four to six children, including her two biological children and two children adopted through foster care. She lives in Sicklerville, New Jersey, with her husband, Alan. Jamie is passionate about encouraging and equipping foster and adoptive parents and advocating for vulnerable children and families.

About our host:

Sarah Mercado is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD). As training specialist, Sarah’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI®, a holistic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children, offers practical tools for caregivers to help those in their care reach their highest potential.

Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She began her career as a direct care staff working with adolescent boys living in a Residential Treatment Center (RTC). After serving in the RTC for several years, she shifted her focus to foster care, where she was Regional Director for a foster and adoption agency.

Sarah spent 20 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker and trainer before beginning her work with the Purvis Institute in May 2016. Sarah lives near Austin, TX with her husband, AJ, and their two children.

5 Responses to “Foster the Family with Jamie Finn”

  1. Sherry Luna

    Great podcast

    Camelot (kalyley pierce) foster parent here and this was interesting

  2. Anna Sullivan

    It seems as though the Connected Child is an awesome source for foster parents.
    This podcast talked about the foster families needing assistance with their ways of knowing how to deal with the needs of each child based on his or her trauma they have experienced. Foster parents need constant and consistent support on this journey of foster parenting
    Reading recommended books knowing what support groups are available within the community.

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