A new podcast series beginning Wednesday, Feb. 23 will explore the unique issues of Black girls who experience foster care in America.
Diaries of A Black Girl in Foster Care (which uses @BlkGrlDiariesFC on social media platforms) will begin with three episodes that address cultural issues, racial disparities and stereotypes that organizers argue have contributed to poor outcomes for Black girls in America’s various foster care systems.
“Everybody can get something out of this, not just Black girls but the community that’s supposed to love them and protect them,” said Tashia Roberson-Wing, a graduate student at Ohio State University that developed the idea for the series.
For Black girls listening to the series, she said, “this is going to be a place where you feel valued and affirmed. You’re definitely going to be seen.”
Other contributors to the podcast, all of whom experienced foster care themselves, include:
- Kaysie Getty, a senior program analyst at the Center for the Study of Social Policy
- Amnoni Myers, author of “You Are the Prize!”
- Alexandria Ware, who leads her own consulting firm
- Angela Quijada-Banks, author of “The Black Foster Youth Handbook”
The three planned episodes will take on safety in foster care; Black women in the child welfare profession and restorative care; and the “adultification” of Black girls in the system. The first episode on safety in the system will be recorded live on the group’s Facebook account at 7 p.m. EST, and all three episodes will be released on the Spotify podcast stream and on YouTube.
The second session on the child welfare workforce is planned for March 16 at 7 p.m. EST, and will also be recorded live. The third session will be pre-recorded and then released on April 20. Two additional sessions are tentatively planned for May and June, Roberson-Wing said.
Correction: Kaysie Getty’s name was misspelled in the original publishing of this article.