Episode 12: Finding Your Fit in Foster CareSeptember 25, 2018
In this episode, Tyrone Flowers shares his story of growing up. Tyrone’s early life was full of hardship as he entered foster care at the age of seven and was moved between four different foster care placements in his early years. In high school, Tyrone repeatedly heard the message that he would fail in life and end up dead or in jail. He discusses with us the impact those words had on his life and how he wants to alter those messages for youth today. Another tragedy struck Tyrone as a teenager. Listen as he shares how he lived through that tragedy and learned about forgiveness. From Tyrone’s story, we can gain tremendous insight into foster care and living life with hope.
Then, we are joined by seven different guests. Inspired by Tyrone’s belief that we can all be a piece in the puzzle of a foster child’s life, we will listen to seven different individuals who each play a different role in the foster care journey. As they share, consider which role you may identify with and which piece of the puzzle you may be!
To Learn More
There is a place for every person in your church or community to make a huge difference in foster care. You can lead them there in a simple one-hour presentation. We’ll point you to the material, provide the slides and you just have to add YOU! Help People Find Their Fit in Foster Care!
Tyrone’s Organization: http://www.highermpact.org
Johnston Moore: www.home-4-ever.org
Melissa Blum: https://resources.cafo.org/foster-care-15-2/
Rhonda Littleton: http://www.ahomeforme.sc
Michelle Douglas: https://thecallinarkansas.org
Elizabeth Occhipinti: https://www.miriamsheart.org
Kevin Enders: https://www.4kids.us/home
Shelly Radic: https://www.project127.com
"Sometimes we got to keep in mind that we are just in the significant pieces to the puzzle of life. Sometimes you may be significant and that beginning of that child's life to where they really need you, but whatever you have to offer, give that to them." - Tyrone Flowers
Meet Our Guests
Flowers is the founder and president of Higher M-Pact. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in psychology, and went on to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate. While attending law school, he received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award. Formerly known as SERVANT programs, Higher M-Pact was founded in 1993, incorporated in 1998 and formally launched full-time in 2003. Flowers lives in Kansas City MO.
Special thanks to our Guests:
Johnston Moore: Executive Director of Home Forever
Melissa Blum: CAFO Foster Movement National Prayer Coordinator
Rhonda Littleton: Executive Director of A Home For Me
Michelle Douglas: Program Director at The CALL
Elizabeth Occhipinti: Co-Founder and President of Miriam’s Heart
Kevin Enders: President of 4KIDS of South Florida
Shelly Radic: President of Project 1.27