From Heartache to Hope: The Church's Mission in Foster Care and Trauma Healing
A conversation about how the Church can make a difference in the lives of children and families.
Jamie Aten and Kent Annan
What if we could help every child flourish in the face of adversity and trauma? Join us as we speak with two staff members of Christian Heritage, a non-profit agency in Nebraska: Roy Baldwin (Executive Director) and Emma Sugita (Training Director). Christian Heritage’s mission is to see the gospel redeem the most broken families through their programs and services, including Beyond Prison, Families Together, and Care Portal.
Roy and Emma relate stories of hope from the front lines of foster care ministry, touch on how their organization prioritizes the flourishing of their employees, and share practical ways believers and churches can come alongside foster care families.
This episode is a must-listen for anyone wanting to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in foster care—or any trauma-informed ministry.
Roy Baldwin currently serves as CEO for Christian Heritage in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is the former Director of Parenting and Youth at Focus on the Family. Roy has worked for over 25 years with vulnerable youth and families and often writes about faith and families at SincereReligion.com.
Emma Sugita currently serves as the Director of Training at Christian Heritage. Emma worked at Christian Heritage for 6 years as a Foster Care Specialist and Licensing Specialist before taking on her current role.
Dena Dyer serves as the Communications Specialist for Humanitarian Disaster Insitute.
(Note to the listener: In this podcast, sometimes we'll have evangelicals, and sometimes we won't. We believe learning how to “do good, better” involves listening to many perspectives with different insights and understanding. Sometimes it will make us uncomfortable; sometimes we'll agree, and sometimes we won't. We think that's good. We want to listen for correction. Especially in our blind spots.)
Jamie Aten, Ph.D., and Kent Annan, M.Div. co-direct the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College and are also the co-founders of Spiritual First Aid.