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Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It

By Heartland for Children

Welcome to Heartland for Children's Let's Talk About It Podcast that provides resources and education on family matters. To learn more about Heartland for Children, visit
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Let's Talk About Foster Youth Voice Month

Let's Talk About ItSep 26, 2023

Let's Talk About Foster Youth Voice Month
Sep 26, 202324:20
Let's Talk About Transition Age Youth Services (TAYS)

Let's Talk About Transition Age Youth Services (TAYS)

In this episode of "Let's Talk About It", our host, Kadian Parchment, interviews Heartland for Children's Transition Age Youth Services Program Manager, Marquina Butts-Fisher, dive into the services and resources that are made available to youth transitioning out of foster care to help prepare them for adulthood. These include free college tuition at a Florida school/university, housing, life skills, rental assistance and our Transition Age Youth Mentors.

To contact Marquina, email⁠ or call (863) 519-8900 x 238.

To learn more about our TAYS Program, visit

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Sep 22, 202327:42
Let's Talk About Education + Foster Care
Jul 26, 202330:32
Listen Lakeland Interview with HFC's CEO and Foster Parent

Listen Lakeland Interview with HFC's CEO and Foster Parent

Listen to this interview with Heartland for Children's CEO, Kim Daugherty, and foster parent, Cindy Glover, recently participated in this interview with Lakeland Vision's Trinity Laurino about the need for foster families in our community.

Jul 24, 202330:56
Let's Talk About Neighbor to Family
Jul 18, 202324:34
Let's Talk About Reunification: A Candid Conversation about the Challenges and Joys of Reunification
Jun 12, 202327:35
Let's Talk About Reunification with Misty
May 30, 202331:34
Let's Talk About Bill's Story - From Surviving Foster Care to Helping Transform the System
Apr 24, 202335:10
Let's Talk About Reading Pals

Let's Talk About Reading Pals

For 10 years, United Way of Central Florida's Reading Pals program has served over 3,000 children in our community by partnering trusted adult volunteers with kindergarteners who have been struggling with reading. These students that have participated in this program have shown measurable increases in their literacy rates by 3rd grade.

In this episode of "Let's Talk About It", we talk with Carolyn Burnett, Reading Pals Program Manager with United Way of Central Florida to share about the history, impacts and need for more Reading Pals. It's important that we teach children a love for reading at an early age and the goal is create life-long readers.

To learn more about Reading Pals, email or visit

Apr 04, 202321:46
Let's Talk About Teen Dating Violence

Let's Talk About Teen Dating Violence

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! Did you know that 1 in 12 teens in the US reported experiencing physical or sexual dating violence?

In this episode of "Let's Talk About It", we talk with Cassie Long, Outreach Coordinator with Peace River Center about what is teen dating violence, the warning signs and resources for teens and families. It's important that we start the conversation with our teens about what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like. 

Confused about what’s normal in a relationship? Don’t know how to leave an unhealthy one? Concerned about a friend’s relationship? Call Peace River Center's 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotlines:

  • Polk County: 863-413-2700
  • Hardee/Highlands County: 863-386-1167

To learn more visit:

Jan 30, 202325:06
Let's Talk About The CJB Children's Resource Center

Let's Talk About The CJB Children's Resource Center

Have you heard of The Carol Jenkins Barnett United Way Children's Resource Center? This wonderful resource is designed to serve families and is located at Lakeland's beautiful new Bonnet Springs Park.

The Resource Center offers a variety of FREE resources:

  • Variety of classes for parents w/ children ages 0-5 
  • ASD/Autism Support Group 
  • Infant Massage Classes
  • Breastfeeding Support Group
  • Tax Prep
  • Developmental Screenings 
  • Healthcare Navigators
  • Financial Stability Classes

Learn more about all that the Carol Jenkins Barnett Resource Center has to offer at

Jan 27, 202328:09
Let's Talk About Human Trafficking
Jan 11, 202330:16
Let's Talk About Substance Exposed Newborns (SEN)
Jan 06, 202318:44
Let's Talk About Domestic Violence
Nov 30, 202225:14
Let's Talk About Adoption
Oct 28, 202223:10
Let's Talk About Rudolph Round-Up
Oct 17, 202220:33
Let's Talk About Safe Sleep
Oct 01, 202233:01
Let's Talk About Mental Health + Back to School
Aug 01, 202229:46
Let's Talk About Reunification

Let's Talk About Reunification

We're excited to have 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. 

Jul 19, 202225:50
Let's Talk About Water Safety
May 18, 202228:14
Let's Talk About Foster Care

Let's Talk About Foster Care

Welcome to our first episode of Heartland for Children's Let's Talk About It Podcast! In honor of May being National Foster Care Month, we have 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:

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

May 10, 202215:34