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The Future of Foster Care

Jun 19, 2019

Yvonne Wenger's family and friends threw a baby shower before she and her husband, Artie Nordstrom, accepted their first foster child. They got clothing in different sizes, bath toys and books.
Credit Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun

Here in Maryland, there are nearly 4,000 children in foster care. With so many children in need, how do we ensure a future where children, parents, and foster parents are all provided with the best possible care? Wes discusses interracial adoption, foster parents, biological parents, and the emotional realities of this complex system. 

Guests on this episode include:

Yvonne Wegner, writer with the Baltimore Sun and the author of the multimedia series The Wait, detailing her journey with the foster care system and how she came to ultimately adopt her daughter.

Carolyn Jewell, Director of Membership, WYPR, foster parent.

Richard P. Barth, Dean of University of Baltimore’s School of Social Work.

Daniel Heimpel, President of Fostering Media Connections. 

Tony Hynes, PhD candidate at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County and author of The Son With Two Moms, a memoir about his life growing up as an interracial adoptee of same-sex parents. Hynes is also a co-faciliator of TAG, a support group for interracial adoptive parents hosted by Adoptions Together, an adoption agency in Maryland.