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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An International Podcast
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An International Podcast

I participated in my first international podcast a couple of weeks ago, talking to Grainne O'Kane with Divorced or Separated Parenting. Check out the series (look for 3 shows) on Google or Audible.

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Insisting on Accommodations for Children With Trauma
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Insisting on Accommodations for Children With Trauma

The school year will start soon, or already has started. Children with trauma have a very hard time fitting into routines, and we need to be prepared to advocate for them with whatever schools they attend. I have never recommended being a helicopter parent, but...

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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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