Stephan talks on how you can make a difference in the foster care system.
Stephan Spencer is a successful entrepreneur and a 3-time author. Growing up in foster care as a young child and faced with some harsh myths, Stephan busts some of those myths and tells us how to help a foster child near us. You do not always have to adopt a child in order to make a difference; there are plenty of other ways you can give back without taking a child into your home.
Key Takeaways:[4:10] Stephan was able to get President Carter to blog for the first time in 2004. [5:10] Stephan believes in giving back in a way where it hurts. He explains what he means by that. [6:25] Very few people know this about Stephan, but he grew up as a foster child. [13:10] Stephan talks about common foster care myths he’s faced in his life. [20:40] Stephan has been involved with the Foresight Institute for well over a decade. [21:30] There’s two types of sharing – reactive sharing and proactive sharing. [24:25] The foster care system is broken. [25:20] People believe children in the foster care system have medical or behavioral needs that make them difficult to manage. This is not true! [25:40] Another big myth about foster children is that they are underachievers. [26:55] It’s still possible to thrive after leaving the foster care system. [27:25] Stephan talks about the C.A.R.E formula. [28:45] The requirements are simple to be a foster parent. [31:35] If you’re interested in finding out more, please visit Stephan at www.stephanspencer.com. [34:10] Final thoughts? Lead by example.
Mentioned in This Episode:
“If I’m making a big donation so that I can get a tax break, that’s reactive sharing.”
“The blessings come when you don’t have an attachment to getting something in return.”
“Even if you’re unable to take a kid into your home, you can still give generously and help save a kid’s life.”