Thanksgiving Special Edition: Dr. John Degarmo on love, Life and Thankfulness!

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In Conversation with Foster Care Expert, Dr. John DeGarmo: Thanksgiving Special 2018!

It’s Happy Thanksgiving 2018!  Time for sharing and spreading happiness. We would like to wish a very happy Thanksgiving to all the listeners of the Reading with your Kids podcast!

It’s a national adoption month and we’re so delighted to have an expert in Parenting and Foster Care Recipient of Good Morning America Ultimate Hero Award, Dr. John DeGarmoon the Reading with your kids podcast! Dr. DeGarmo joins us to discuss what the foster care system is like, some of the issues around Foster care and how we can help foster families and kids in foster care even if we are not the foster parents.

Dr. DeGarmo has been a foster parent to over 50 kids. In our Thanksgiving special episode, Dr. DeGarmo shares his experiences as a foster parent, shares an important message for Foster parents and some of the reasons why he is thankful to be a foster parent.

If you have considered becoming a foster parent or adopting a child in need, Tune in and you will be inspired to take the next step!


Here’s some information about Dr. John DeGarmo

Dr. John DeGarmoDr. John DeGarmo Leading expert in Parenting and Foster Care Field. Dr. DeGarmo is the author of several books, including the highly inspirational book Fostering Love: One Foster Parent’s Journey, and the foster care children’s book A Different Home: A New Foster Child’s Story. He is the host of the weekly radio show Parent Factors with Dr. John. Dr. DeGarmo is a consultant, a dynamic speaker, and informative trainer on the foster care system, and travels extensively, meeting with foster parents, child welfare workers, churches, schools, and organizations. He writes regularly for many magazines and is a regular contributor to several publications and newsletters, both in the United States and in Europe. Dr. DeGarmo is married to Dr. Kelly DeGarmo, who hails from Australia, and the two of them have six children, both biological and adoptive. Dr. DeGarmo and his wife are also currently foster parents to five siblings, bringing their household to eleven children. Dr. DeGarmo has been a foster parent for dozens of children for over a decade now. He has a passion for foster children and is driven to bring education and insight into general society about all things foster care.

Connect with Dr. John DeGarmo Online

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You may contact him at [email protected],

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Faith & Foster Care: How We Impact God’s Kingdom

Faith & Foster Care: How We Impact God's Kingdom by [DeGarmo, Dr. John]Filled with personal stories and Scripture, Faith & Foster Care shows how to practically and specifically live out your faith in foster care ministry. An encouraging resource for novice or experienced advocates and parents, specific issues addressed include advice on marriage and foster care, how to love the foster child and birth family, how to pray for your foster child and birth family, and how to let go when they leave. See how your actions have a far-reaching impact when you live out your faith.

Faith & Foster Care: How We Impact God’s Kingdom is now available on Amazon!


Never Too Late Residential Home by Dr. John DeGarmo

Abused. Beaten. Neglected. Starved. Abandoned. Children living in fear. Children in need. Children placed in foster care. At any given day, there are over 500,000 children placed in foster care in the United States. For many of these children, a stable home and a loving family is all they crave, yet never truly find. More often than not, these children in care never truly recover from the emotional, physical, and psychological wounds that they suffer from. Furthermore, they are haunted daily by the various traumas they suffered before coming into care; never truly escaping from the horrors they have experienced, and never finding peace.

Dr. John DeGarmo and his wife have been foster parents these past 13 years to over 50 children. They are now seeking funds to make our dream a reality. We feel called to help an even greater number of children in need, yet, we cannot do it without you. They need you to help these boys in need, whether it be with a financial gift to help provide a home for these boys, or by sharing this video with others that you know can help.
Please view the attached video and go to their website,


In this episode, we discuss

  • How can people help foster families or parents?
  • Dr. Degarmo shares his thoughts on how we can minister the kids in foster care to prepare them for life outside their foster homes.
  • What was it about foster parenting that drew Dr. Degarmo to foster care?
  • Some tips, strategies, and stories about foster care for today’s foster parents, social workers, and child advocates.


This episode is not to be missed and  If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons at the bottom of this page. Happy Thanksgiving to all our listeners! 

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