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Fostering Parenthood

Fostering open communication with neurodivergent, non-binary youth

Featuring Joyce

This episode will bring the perspective of a caregiver currently fostering a neurodivergent, transgender male youth in care. Joyce opens up about her experience in guiding a conversation about her youth’s menstrual cycle. A conversation that led to trust and open communication in the future.

Dorothy Daniels Hi, I’m Dorothy Daniels, I’m a pediatric nurse, a sexual health educator, a mom of 12, and a foster parent just like you. When I became a foster parent, I realized that caregivers oftentimes got overlooked with support, resources, and help during this journey because most things focused on the kids. Fostering Parenthood is that support for caregivers.

Joyce Ma is Fostering UNITY’s Organizational Development Coordinator and foster parent for neurodivergent transgender youth.

Fostering Parenthood is a podcast by caregivers for caregivers promoting the healthy sexual development of foster youth, brought to you by the National Center for Youth Law and the Reproductive Health Equity Project. The laws and policies discussed in our show are specific to LA County and California. However, any out-of-state or international listeners should check the regulations specific to their state or country.

Episode Resources ​

  • Neurodiversity definitions here
  • Sexual Education Resources here
  • Events and Webinars here
  • Virtual Support Groups here
  • Eligibility for services here
  • LA County Regional Centers here
  • National Institutes for Health – Autism Facts here
  • Down’s Syndrome Through the Lifespan here
  • National Institute for Mental Health – Getting Help here
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – Kids, Teens, Young Adults here

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Fostering Parenthood is fully supported by grant number 1 TP2AH000066-01-00 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Population Affairs.

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