Healing From Childhood Trauma
“How Can You Still Love Me?” — a new podcast episode produced by Lemonada Media with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation — sheds light on young people’s need for empathy and healing as they move from foster care into permanent relationships with supportive adults.
The episode is featured in I Need To Ask You Something, a podcast series in which young people “get real” with someone significant in their lives and tackle challenging questions with vulnerability and honesty.
The focus of “How Can You Still Love Me?” is Seth, who entered foster care at age 5 and lived in multiple placements until age 11 when he was adopted by Jeannie and Denise. “I wanted to know how you can love me after all I’ve been through,” Seth asks Jeannie in a conversation with trauma therapist and podcast host Monica Band, Ed.D.
Together, they confront a question that’s on the minds of many teens and young adults who are attempting to build healthy new bonds after foster care. Seth and Jeannie speak frankly about how trauma, rejection and bullying have affected his perceptions of love and trust and his ability to express those emotions. By explaining Seth’s challenging behaviors, Band guides the family toward healing.