130 - Digging Deeper in FASD - A Conversation with Ann Yurcek

May 3, 2022

FASD Hope is a podcast series about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), through the lens of parent advocates with over nineteen years of lived experience. 

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to acknowledge and support children, youth, families and professionals in the foster care system.  FASD Hope is honored to have Ann Yurcek of Red Shoes Rock and Digging Deeper as the guest of Episode 130. 

Ann Yurcek is a writer, mentor, speaker, and advocate for professional, caregivers and individuals in the exceptional needs communities. She is a strong advocate for children with special needs in the foster care and adoption system. Ann and her husband Jim are the loving parents of twelve children, seven of twelve children have special needs. Their daughter, Becca, taught them how to make a difference for Mac, child number twelve. Mac is a medical marvel and Furry: The Little Penguin That Could is written in the hope of supporting inclusion for children living with trauma, physical, emotional and intellectual challenges and features them both "Rocking Their Red Shoes". 

Ann is the founder and prior administrator of Parenting FASD Kids and Parenting Children with FASD Digging Deeper Support Groups for caregivers and parents living with children who have brain and body challenges due to prenatal alcohol exposure. She shares and enlightens parents and caregivers with her incredible journey at her website - www.ParentingComplexChildren.com and she co-directs the International Red Shoes Rock Stop FASD campaign.

In 2006, Ann authored the Dove and Mom's Choice Gold Award Winning Memoir, "Tiny Titan: Journey of Hope". Her new children's books, "Furry: The Little Penguin That Could" and "Furry: The Little Penguin Who Cares". Ann believes if we embrace diversity in Kindergarten, we have the opportunity to lessen bullying and build understanding and acceptance for everyone and the concept of Emotional Support Partners for kids. Everyone matters!

In this heartfelt and inspirational conversation, Ann discusses: their family's journey, their family's FASD and Foster Care journeys, her decades-long legacy in the FASD community, the over 428+ comorbid medical conditions associated with FASD, her books, her strong faith and her words of encouragement and hope.

"Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." - Isaiah 40:31



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