Fostering Parenthood

Fostering open communication with neurodivergent, non-binary youth

May 15, 2023 National Center for Youth Law Season 2 Episode 3
Fostering Parenthood
Fostering open communication with neurodivergent, non-binary youth
Show Notes

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.

Guests on the show:

Joyce Ma: Fostering UNITY’s Organizational Development Coordinator, foster parent for neurodivergent transgender youth


-Neurodiversity definitions

-Sexual Education Resources

-Trainings and Classes

-Events and Webinars

-Virtual Support Groups

-Eligibility for services

- LA County Regional Centers

-National Institutes for Health - Autism Facts

-Down’s Syndrome Through the Lifespan 

-National Institute for Mental Health - Getting Help

-National Alliance on Mental Illness - Kids, Teens, Young Adults 

Connect with Fostering UNITY on Social Media: 

Calls To Action: (32:08)

Don’t make assumptions (32:35)

Understand your youth’s love language (33:02)

Know the terms to use for their mental age (35:20)

About Fostering Parenthood:

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.

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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.