Let's Talk About It Podcast

We have exciting news! Heartland for Children has launched our Let’s Talk About It Podcast where we provide education and resources for family matters in Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties!

This platform will allow us to share conversations with experts in our community about important topics that impact our local families such as, foster care, adoption, water safety, safe sleep and much, much more

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Be sure to subscribe to receive email updates on our podcast. If you have a suggestions for a podcast episode, email us at info@heartlandforchildren.org.

Let's Talk About Foster Care

Let's Talk About Foster Care

As May is #NationalFosterCareMonth, we kicked off our first episode with “Let’s Talk About Foster Care” with our guest Susan Ripley, HFC's Director of Foster Home Licensing to share about what is foster care, why foster care is important and unveiling the common myths.

Check out Daniel's Reunification Story: https://youtu.be/7N6Yr3tSZjM

To learn more about foster care, visit heartlandforchildren.org/foster-care or call 863-519-8900 x 289.

Let's Talk About Water Safety

Let's Talk About Water Safety

Did you know that May is #WaterSafetyMonth? Water safety is a very important topic for those living in Florida because we are surrounded by water - both inside and outside our home. For this episode we interviewed Taylor Freeman, the Public Health Planning Manager for the Florida Department of Health in Polk County!

To learn more, visit the resources below:

 

Let's Talk About Reunification

Let's Talk About Reunification

June is Reunification Month and we want to invite you to join the conversation, in our latest episode of Let's Talk About It with Natalya Clemens and Sandi Denmark, Dependency Trainer with Children's Home Society on the show to talk about Reunification! Sandi has a wealth of knowledge and insight into this important topic and even shares how we as a community can wrap our arms around families in crisis to help them get on their feet and be reunited. 

Let's Talk About Mental Health + Back to School

Let's Talk About Mental Health + Back to School

The new school year is almost here! Most parents in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties agree that they want to learn more about how to prepare their children to be successful in school. 

On this episode of Let's Talk About It, Natalya Clemens, Heartland for Children's Community Engagement Specialist, and Tiffani Fritzsche, Children's Services Director with Peace River Center, talk about the importance of mental health for parents and children when it comes to going back to school! Listen in on this conversation for practical tips for parents, caregivers and children.

If you or someone you know is needed help, contact Peace River Center's Emotional Support & Crisis Line: 863-519-3744
Learn more about Peace River Center's services: peacerivercenter.org

Let's Talk About Safe Sleep

Let's Talk About Safe Sleep

October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month and we're excited to be talking with Tonya Akwetey, Community Outreach Manager with Healthy Start Coalition of Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties on the this important topic regarding safe sleep. Tonya breaks down the ABC's of Safe Sleep to help us understand how we can help babies reach their first birthday. Babies should sleep ALONE, on their BACK and in a CRIB!
 
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Let's Talk About Rudolph Round-Up

Let's Talk About Rudolph Round-Up

 

On this episode of Let's Talk About It, we invite Briana Edwards, Recruitment Specialist at Heartland for Children along with seasoned foster caregiver, Lori Chapman, to talk about Heartland for Children's Rudolph Round-Up Toy Drive. This operation provides magical holiday experiences for over 1,500 children in the foster care system in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties.

There are 4 ways you can become a Rudolph Champion:

  • Sponsor a child's wish list
  • Host a Toy Drive
  • Make a monetary donation
  • Purchase a gift from our Target or Amazon Toy Registry

To learn more visit heartlandforchildren.org/rudolph 

To learn more about Heartland for Children or becoming a foster caregiver, call 863-519-8900 x 289 or visit heartlandforchildren.org

Let's Talk About Adoption

Let's Talk About Adoption

November is #NationalAdoptionMonth! On this episode of "Let's Talk About It" Natalya Clemens, Community Engagement Specialist, interviews Paige Ross, Adoption Specialist with Heartland for Children, about adoption. In this episode, Paige & Natalya discuss the importance of adoption, the need for forever families for teens and siblings, the adoption process and answer our most FAQ's.

To learn more about our children that are currently available for adoption, check out our Heart Gallery.

If want to connect with someone from our team regarding adoption, call 863-519-8900 x 223.

Let's Talk About Domestic Violence

Let's Talk About Domestic Violence

Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of domestic violence? This is a community-wide issue that we want to talk about on this episode of "Let's Talk About It".

In this episode, our team visits Peace River Center's Victim Services to connect with Kirsten Pindar, Director of Victim Services for Peace River Center, about what is domestic violence and the resources that Peace River offers for victims.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, visit peacerivercenter.org to learn more about their services or call one of their hotlines:
Polk County Hotline: 863-413-2700
Hardee & Highlands County Hotline: 863-386-1167