GINO V. MEDEIROS
Author, Foster + Youth Advocate, Speaker & Child Abuse + Neglect Consultant
Identifying Child Abuse
Understanding the signs of child abuse, including physical and emotional.
The Power of Active Listening
The importance of active listening and reading between the lines.
Creating a "neutral" environment
Creating a “neutral” environment for a child to feel safe in expressing themselves without fear of being hurt.
THIS IS MY STORY
I grew up in the California Foster Care System. Thanks to the love and support of my adopted mother and incredible found family, I have gone on to a successful, fulfilling life including fostering and adopting two wonderful children of my own along with my two amazing stepchildren. I have been an advocate and keynote speaker at foster parent training's and industry conferences where I educate on the additional challenges of being gay as a foster child.
I am the author of the upcoming memoir, “Broken Boy: Surviving Foster Care and Giving Back to the System That Stole My Childhood,” and live in Northern California with my husband, Tony, three dogs, four barn cats, six goats, and a mini potbellied pig named Penelope-Ann.