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Jamie Becker on Advocacy

Jamie Becker advocates for advocacy, especially when it comes to kids with trauma or special needs, often in foster care or adoption.

49 min / Published

Jamie Becker has learned how to be the voice for those who can't speak for themselves -- her adopted daughters.  Jamie shares her journey from feeling helpless herself to being the firm advocate for the needs of her kids.

Meet our Guest Jamie:

Jamie Becker is an adoptive mama, a bio mama, a foster mama, a special needs mama, a deaf kids mama, an autism kiddos mama, a deeply flawed and often weary parent, a pastor's wife, a sister of four women, a mama to four little women, a mentor, a teacher, a speaker, a writer. (Deep breathe) But before all of those things, She's just a girl. And she's just a girl that lives in New Jersey with her husband, Doug, and their daughters. 

Connect with me and let me hear your thoughts:

Website - www.thismomknows.com

FB - www.facebook.com/thismomknows

IG - www.instagram.com/thismomknowspodcast

Topics we cover:

  • Jamie's challenging health crisis after childbirth 
  • Jamie's aspiration for adoption and her decision to pursue international adoption, including the process and raising funds
  • Jamie's adoption of Katie, a child with special needs, and the unexpected revelation of autism after the adoption
  • The difficulties Jamie faced in parenting Katie, her struggles with communication, neurodiversity, medical conditions, and societal reactions
  • Jamie's determination to advocate for her child and educate others about sign language
  • Jamie's journey to overcome insecurities and judgments, and her focus on authenticity and providing a safe environment for her child
  • Jamie's empathy for others facing similar challenges, her belief in developing compassion through personal experiences, and the strength gained
  • How Jamie's experiences stripped away pretense, leading to embracing authenticity and prioritizing genuine connections
  • Jamie's conviction that every child has inherent worth, her commitment to advocating for their dignity and acceptance, and her relationship with faith
  • Her advocacy is defined as protecting and working for the common good without aggression
  • Jamie's personal approach to advocacy, balancing protection and respect
  • Advocating in education, emphasizing respectful communication in IEP meetings
  • Challenges of parenting special needs children and addressing system failures
  • Her adoption journey, adopting through foster care
  • Creating "Moms of Treasures" support group for special needs parents
  • Supporting special needs moms with empathy, dignity, and assistance
  • Her effective advocacy through calm communication and sharing experiences
  • Favorite educational gadget for special needs children, promoting motor skills

Resources mentioned:

Moody Bible Institute in Chicago: https://www.moody.edu/

Proverbs 24:12:  https://www.bible.com/bible/116/PRO.24.12.NLT

Rita Pearson’s inspirational Talk on TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion

Jamie's favorite gadget is a toy her daughter Katie loves, TOWO Wooden Colour Sorting Toy: https://amzn.to/3iDcCNz 

Link to transcript: https://www.thismomknows.com/blog/episode-20

Connect with Jamie:

Facebook:  https://facebook.com/jamie.a.becker1 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamiedbecker/

About This Mom Knows

Moms know a lot of things, and when we start talking, ideas form, energy builds, and we take action. This Mom Knows is a place for moms to mompreneurs to find encouragement, connection, and maybe even collaboration but most importantly community with moms who know.  So, grab a cup of coffee, maybe a paper and pencil to jot down an idea or two, and let's discover what This Mom Knows.

  • foster care
  • adoption
  • trauma
  • deaf
  • sign language
  • advocacy
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