S2 Ep34: 424,000 Garbage Bag Suitcases and Counting: The journey through foster care is often messy and traumatic. It’s time to change the outcomes for kids in the foster care system.


In this episode I speak with Shenandoah Chefalo, national advocate for ‘the missing youth in foster care’ who have been institutionalised, trafficked, mislabeled and lost. 

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Shenandoah, a survivor of the national foster care system, is also author of her memoir The Garbage Bag Suitcase.  Our discussion covers her own experiences of abuse as a child, child welfare systems, adverse childhood experiences, trauma informed/implemented science, advocating for the lost children in the foster care system, and how we learn from our life journey to find those aha moments that become teach-points for others. May is foster care awareness month.  As a community, we have an important role to play in supporting children, youth, and families. Come #ListenAndLearn #FosterCareAwareness

Website: https://www.garbagebagsuitcase.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/shenandoah.chefalo/

Twitter: @ShenChefalo @ChildWelfareGov

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hesnandoahchefalo/

Email: shen@garbagebagsuitcase.com

Link to Book: Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir

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