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Unbelievably Resilient

Unbelievably Resilient

By Unbelievably Resilient
A podcast brought to you by alumni of foster care. Listen in as we show you what it means to embrace resilience as an identity. Come along as we share our journeys from trauma to triumph and introduce you to extraordinary alumni from across the country. Former known as Foster Strong.
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Season 2 Finale - Episode 12 - Unpacking Resilience
How do you define resilience? Join us as the team explores what it means to be resilient, what their personal relationship with resilience has looked like, and how they have defined resilience for themselves after a childhood in foster care. You also won't want to miss the discussion about the relationship between resilient superheroes and their representation as "orphans" in the media.  ___ For more info visit us at Support this podcast:
September 15, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 11 - La Tika Jeffery
How do you define strength? What does it take to foster or adopt? Tune in, once again, to a raw and vulnerable exploration of the topics you all know and love. This week La Tika lays it all out there for the world. So pull up a chair, get comfortable, and grab your pencils because you will want to jot down some of the silver bullets from this episode - there are plenty. --- Donate: For more info visit us a
September 01, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 10 - The Birds and The Bees
Tune in this week about the birds and the bees, the grass and the trees, the wind and the breeze. Talking about sex can often stir up a myriad of emotions for people, even more so, for foster youth. With complex trauma and a variety of safe and unsafe relationships, it is extremely crucial that foster youth have a healthy age-appropriate relationship to sexuality and sexual health. You will end this episode feeling better equipped and more emboldened to talk and think about sex and sexual health. (Trigger Warning: Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault) --- Donate: For more info visit us a
August 18, 2021
Season 2 - Episode - 9 Josh Johns
Meet Coach JJ, an amazing foster care alumni that takes us on the journey of his life and his love/hate relationship with growing up in the system. "Being a part of a team meant something to me. My teammates family would come together to make sure I had the things that I needed." Listen as our hosts dissect romantic relationships in its many capacities. Enjoy! --- Donate: For more info visit us a
August 05, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Lets Talk About Healing!
Join us as talk about their personal healing journeys. "Healing is not a linear process. You're not going to just wake up one day and be healed and never again experience a bad day. Healing and recovering from the experiences of our life, requires time, new experiences, new input and emotionally repairative experiences." ~ Ixchel Martinez; Licensed Therapist and former foster youth --- Donate: For more info visit us a
July 22, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Cherish Fields
Throughout this season, we often refer to foster youth as super hero's. In Episode 7, we have the pleasure of speaking to our very own super woman, Cherish Fields. She's a mom, wife, social worker, alum of the system, and foster parent. Listen as she takes us on a journey of healing and resilience. Enjoy! --- Donate: For more info visit us a
July 07, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Jaquia Wilson
Where you come from does not dictate where you’re going. In this episode, our Producer Candi Marie sits down with Jaquia Wilson a young resilient foster alum that works with The Institute for Family. Through her testimony and experiences she helps us redefine our idea of family. Enjoy! --- Donate: For more info visit us a
June 23, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 5 - CASA/GAL Volunteer’s Day Recap
On this episode of the FosterStrong Podcast we pause to recognize and thank the time, commitment, and dedication of the CASA/GAL volunteer’s across the country as we recap the first-ever CASA/GAL Volunteer’s Day that FosterStrong patterned to host. FosterStrong’s team members know first-hand the impact these caring relationships can have on a young person's life. Listen in to hear more about our partnership with the National CASA/GAL Association for Children and to learn about our new partnership with the Institute for Family! --- Donate: For more info visit us a
June 09, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Brandon Phillips
On this episode of the FosterStrong Podcast we take you on a journey from foster care to Hollywood. Buckle up for the unbelievably resilient story of actor and comedian Brandon Phillips. Thank you for listening and remember YOUR STORY MATTERS. Enjoy! --- Donate: For more info visit us a
May 27, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Ixchel Martinez
A licensed social worker and alumni of care, Ixchel is a healing guru. Ixchel's story is one of mental fortitude and tenacity. She has advocated for youth at both a local and federal level, always pulling up a chair for the foster youth around her. Her specialty is childhood trauma and crisis intervention and she eats, sleeps, and breathes resilience. Tune in to hear about how Ixchel's education gave language to the grit she developed growing up in the system. --- Donate: For more info visit us a
May 12, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Cordelia Cranshaw
Tune in to hear from our guest Cordelia Cranshaw, former Miss District of Columbia USA 2019, also a former foster youth and now a foster system advocate; motivational speaker; and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  With many words to the wise Cordelia embodies resilience in her everyday. Tune in to hear about how you can build strength and persevere from the mouth of a resilient warrior.  --- Donate: For more info visit us a
April 28, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Sean Anders
In the first episode of Season 1 we spoke to Sean Anders about the vision of FosterStrong this season we start off by diving into his story. In Season 2 we focus on the Unbelievably Resilient. Join us as we dive into the stories of those who exude confidence and breathe resilience. We have new segments for you about aging out of the system and the next generation of great foster care leaders. --- Donate: For more info visit us a
April 14, 2021
Episode 15 - Season 1 Finale
From what we've learned to what we are. From our "family" to yours this movement is growing. Join us for some of the funniest moments of the season, as we recap a few things from our wild ride. Since the beginning we've said that we are building this plane as we fly. The difference now is that there's space for you to climb aboard. Be part of the mission, help us rewrite the narrative of what it means to be from, part of, or a product of the child welfare system.  For more information on how you can get involved visit us a
November 18, 2020
Episode 14 - Voting for Child Welfare
What is the Foster Youth Vote? How is child welfare on the ballot when it comes to election season? When the government legally becomes your "parent" or when you are "raised" by a system such as the child welfare system, what does it mean for you to have a voice and to be an advocate?
November 03, 2020
Episode 13 - Meet Ria
Meet Ria, an advocate through and through, she's always got your back and will not hesitate to extend her compassion. Her ability to set boundaries and face tough situations is surely some of her greatest attributes. Tune in to this episode to see it all in action. To find out more visit us at
October 20, 2020
Episode 12 - Meet Maraide
Meet Maraide from Foster youth to the film industry, she's seen it all. Tune in to catch a glimpse of how she has turned her shame into her greatest pride and learn how, from a life filled with chaos, she gained control of her life and embraced empowerment. For more info visit us a
October 06, 2020
Episode 11 - Meet Carloe
Meet Carloe, our resident "servant leader". With a devotion akin to no other, he will show you what it means to see "the light in the dark". Seeing the light in himself has helped him overcome and he believes the world would better if everyone could see their inner jewel. But where did this come from, did he just wake up one day and be able to do this, not quite, tune in to find out how. For more information visit us at
September 22, 2020
Episode 10 - Meet Slam
Meet Slam the poet, at any moment she can be found spreading love and happiness. She sheds light into the world with her words and her wisdom clearly shines through. From "foster solider" to dreamer she has managed to hold onto the fun and the things that matter in life-things she says helped her and her siblings throughout their most trying times. To learn more visit us at
September 08, 2020
Episode 9 - Meet Ivy-Marie
She's a firecracker with a heart that's the size of the moon. They say everything is bigger in Texas, well her dedication to others, lives up to that tale. From foster kid to Foster Care and Adoption Specialist, there is clearly something amazing about Ivy's ability to overcome adversity. Tune in to hear more about how she managed and what she has learned throughout her time in care.
August 18, 2020
Episode 8 - Meet Nate
He's down to earth. He's got a big heart, a bigger personality, and an even bigger smile. Tune in to catch a glimpse of how Nate broke the cycle and became the person he is today. From detention centers to a life of management and public speaking Nate's story is testament to his grit, easygoing attitude and ability to roll with the punches.
August 04, 2020
Episode 7 - Meet Candi Marie
Tune in this week to catch our very own co-host Candi Marie as she shares about her journey from trauma to triumph, from Florida to Hollywood, from foster kid to foster warrior. She's said it before and she'll say it again, "Where you come from doesn't dictate where you're going." For more info. visit us at
July 22, 2020
Episode 6 - Being Brave with Boundaries
Tune in this episode to hear how the team has dealt with boundary setting and how they have benefited from healthy boundaries with themselves and those around them. Learn more at
July 14, 2020
Episode 5 - Relationships: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
It is the presence of relationships and sometimes the lack thereof that make a difference in our lives. Hear from the team as we share about our relationships growing up in care...the ones that were saved, the ones that were left behind, and the ones we still hold close today.
July 08, 2020
Episode 4 - Strong Minds, Mental Health, and Self-Care
Enduring trauma is commonplace in the life of youth growing up in foster care. Listen in as our team members talk about their relationships with mental health. The team embraces vulnerability as they share about their own experiences and what has helped them over the years. From stigmas to self care the team examines several aspects of mental health. For more info visit us at
June 30, 2020
Episode 3 - Black Lives Matter, Race, and Foster Care
With demonstrations going on around the world and in the wake of continued racial injustices our team members Adrian, Slam, Ivy-Marie, and Candi provide their perspectives on the intersection of race, foster care and civil unrest. Tune in to hear how their experience with the foster care system was impacted by race and listen until the end for a special word from our very own, Slam, the poet.
June 19, 2020
Episode 2 - Trials, Tassels, and Triumphs
On this episode, the FosterStrong team discuss the huge accomplishment that graduation is for youth coming from the foster care system. Listen in to hear from two of our team members, Maraide and Slam, as they talk about their own academic journeys and we examine the intersection between foster care and pursuing higher education. To learn more visit us at
June 09, 2020
Episode 1 - Introduction to FosterStrong
On this episode, you will meet FosterStrong team Keri, Adrian, Ria and Lino. They will explore what FosterStrong is and how it all got started. Tune in to hear from Ria, on her experience entering the foster care system and where she is now. You will also get to hear from the Director and Screenwriter of Instant Family, Sean Anders, about the vision of FosterStrong.  We are now Unbelievably Resilient (UR), formerly known as FosterStrong. For more information visit us at
May 29, 2020