Caring for Yourself With a Newborn

Kat, Phillisha, Cody, and Sarah share stories and tips about the ups and downs they faced when accessing prenatal care (medical care for someone who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant). The team talks about little-discussed topics— like caring for yourself after the baby is born and struggling with postpartum depression as a young parent. We created this bonus episode just for you and all the expectant and parenting youth in need of relatable, informative insight.

Host Bio: Kat (she/her), former foster youth, RHEP Youth Advisory Board member

Guest Bio: Cody (she/her), former foster youth, RHEP Youth Advisory Board member; Phillisha (she/her), former foster youth, RHEP Youth Advisory Board member; Sarah Ferguson, Birthing The Block

Centering Families in Drug Treatment with Kathy Icenhower

On this week’s episode we are joined by Kathy Icenhower, co-founder and CEO of Shields for Families. Three decades ago, against the backdrop of the crack epidemic, Icenhower started Shields out of a run-down trailer provided by the Los Angeles county government with Norma Ntume and Dr. Xylina Bean. It quickly became a pioneering organization in the fight to keep families together while parents pursued drug treatment.

Icenhower talked with us about the evolution of Shields, when child removals are necessary in substance abuse cases, her concerns about the trends in treating addiction, and much more.


“Good News Radio Magazine” interview with Kathryn Icenhower and Norma Mtume.

Supporters, Not Reporters: Preventing Foster Care in California

L.A. County Hopes to Expand

A Doctor’s Perspective on Parenting with Roger Smith

This week, we talk with Dr. Roger Smith, a physician and pediatrician, and author of Parenting with Influence: Shifting Your Parenting Style as You and Your Child Grow. Roger gives a doctor’s perspective on how you as a parent can work best with your child’s pediatrician. Plus, he lays out some principles for how to stay connected with your children as they grow older and mature into adulthood.

More Choices for Parents, with Julie Gunlock

This week, Will talks with Julie Gunlock, director of the Independent Women’s Network and IWF’s Center for Progress and Innovation. Before joining IWF, Julie served as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and on the House Homeland Security Committee. Julie tells us about the importance of school choice, how parents can advocate for their rights with local school boards, and how to get organized with like-minded parents to affect change. Julie also hosts the Bespoke Parenting Hour—a podcast that explores parenting issues and encourages parents to custom tailor their parenting to best fit them, their families, and their kids! Note: this episode concludes Season 4 of the EPPiC Broadcast!

Helping Your Children Grow, with John Rosemond

This week, we talk with John Rosemond, a parenting expert who has worked with families, children, and parents since 1971. His parenting advice column is published in over 225 newspapers across the country, and he’s the author of over 15 books on parenting. John is also a Parental Rights Foundation board member. In this episode, John sits down with Will Estrada to discuss good parenting techniques, current parental rights issues, and what parents can do to help their children grow into strong, independent adults.

Reasonable Childhood Independence, with Lenore Skenazy

This week, we talk with Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids, and founder of Let Grow. Lenore tells us about the reasonable childhood independence movement and her organization, which aims to “make it easy, normal and legal to give kids the independence they need to grow into capable, confident, and happy adults.” Plus, hear about recent childhood independence legislation that Let Grow has introduced, and how it can help protect families from poorly-worded neglect laws and unnecessary CPS investigations.