Debbie has spent decades working with traumatized children, serving as a social worker, group home parent, criminal prosecutor, volunteer and Board member, attorney defending youth-serving organizations, foster parent, step-parent, and grandparent raising a grandchild.

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Listen to My Conversation with the Aging Out Institute
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Listen to My Conversation with the Aging Out Institute

Check out my visit to the AOI podcast, which concentrates on preparing foster children for independence and adulthood. We discussed such topics as how to let teens safely learn from their mistakes, the importance of logical consequences, and how to give kids a glide path to becoming...

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Ways to Build Resilience in Young Adults
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Ways to Build Resilience in Young Adults

Young adults recover from childhood trauma through a combination of supportive relationships and self-reliance, according to a survey of 13 previous mental health studies. The total sample size was small, only 277 young adults, but the small population allowed researchers to ask...

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Author: Raising Other People’s Children

Debbie’s new book explains the principles she learned about parenting children who came into her life after suffering abuse, neglect, or the loss of divorce.

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Speaker: Taking Care of Other People’s Children™

Debbie is a dynamic and engaging speaker, who can speak about difficult topics involved in caring for children with humor, compassion, and authority.

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Attorney: Protecting Other People’s Children™

Debbie’s experiences as a social worker, foster parent, and criminal prosecutor have given her unique insights into her legal practice defending youth-serving organizations and advising them about best practices for protecting the children in their care.

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