Susan Badeau

There are only two lasting gifts we can give our children - one is roots, the other is wings

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Here is a brief bio and a couple of photos of Sue that can be downloaded for conference brochures and other materials. You can find a more complete bio here.








In this brief 5-minute speaking demo, Sue Badeau talks about tools that are needed for the journey of healing children by equipping parents. (Video created by 'Two Girls Video Production.')
In this brief 5-minute speaking demo, Sue Badeau shares some reflections about rebuilding hope after experiencing trauma. (Video created by 'Two Girls Video Production.') 




BELIEVE 2017-Day 1- Fostering Hope;  June 20, 2017, First Baptist Church on the Square
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BELIEVE 2017 -Day 2- Trauma-Informed Care Seminar: Translating Principles into Practice. June 22, 2017, First Baptist Church on the Square

AUDIO FILE: WBCL 90.3 Sue and Hector share their experience in foster care and adoption, coping with teen pregnancies, addictions, and the grip of grief after the untimely deaths of three of their children.  LISTEN NOW 


AUDIO FILE: Pysch Up Live with Dr. Suzanne Phillips Sue and Chelsea Badeau talk about their book "Building Bridges of Hope: A Coloring Book For Adults Caring for Children Who have Experienced Trauma," and offer strategies from research, theory, and clinical experience. LISTEN NOW


VIDEO: Sue talks about her new book and the joys and trials of raising 22 children on Truth of Heritage TV.WATCH VIDEO


AUDIO FILE: "Giving of Ourselves" on WHYY Public Media Dr. Dan Gottlieb talks with Susan Badeau and Stephen Post about the art of giving - as an act of love and caring and as a gift that gives back. LISTEN NOW 


AUDIO FILE: Sue discusses adoption on LISTEN NOW





Sue's Upcoming Events

Listening to Family Voices: A Panel Discussion on Engagement
Richmond, Virginia 
August 16

Vicarious Trauma, Self Care and Painting with Purpose
Dover Delaware
August 18

Trauma-Responsive Care
PCCYFS, Philadelphia, PA
August 21

Family Leadership Institute
Justice for Families, Richmond, VA
Sept 8-10

Permanency Values: Every Child Needs a Family
Dane County, Wisconsin
September 15

AWSA Fall Conference
Nashville, TN
Sept 16-19

Keynote Address: Virginia Statewide Judicial Conference
Virginia Beach, VA
Sept 26-28

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Intervention Workshop
PCCYFS, Philadelphia, PA
September 30

Well-Becoming Supporting Adolescents as they Transition to Adulthood &
Permanency Values: There's No Place Like Home
28th Annual Conference on Youth, Ft Wayne, Indiana
October 2 - 4

Multi-Sensory Approaches to Trauma Healing Including Movement & Painting
ATTACH Annual Conference, Denver, CO
October 12 - 14

Beyond GPS & Spare Tires: Supporting Families Through the Lifelong Journey
PA Resource Family Conference
October 20

We're Not There Yet! Improving Post-Permanency Services:
Multi-Sensory Approaches including Movement & Art to Post-Permanency Support
Nashville, TN
October 22-24

Justice 4 Families Leadership Institute
Location TBD
October 27-30

There's No Place Like Home: Permanency Values Training
Alabama Pre and Post Adoption Connections
Nov 8, 9, 29, 30

Keynote & Multiple Workshops including Painting with Purpose
Daniel Memorial Conference, Jacksonville, FL
January 25-27, 2018

The Lifelong Adoption Journey: Preparing Extended Family Members
Delaware Valley Adoption Council
February 15, 2018

Secondary Trauma, Self-Care and Painting with Purpose
Danville, VA
March 5, 2018

CASA Training
Northwest Indiana
April 20, 2018

Multiple Workshops
Alabama Foster and Adoptive Parents Association Annual conference
May 10-12, 2018

More To Come
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Calendar of Events ** NEW EVENTS ADDED **

Self-Care, Learning and Fun All at the Same Time!

There is an adult coloring book craze sweeping the nation, and now, there is a very special resource available that allows you to jump in on this craze while learning about caring for children who have experienced trauma. This new book, released May 1, 2016 from Helping Hands Press, offers over 50 images to color while also providing all of the information and parenting tips Sue typically includes in a full day workshop.

Check it out and get your copy today!

Also, email [email protected] if you are interested in a bulk-rate discount so you can provide copies to your entire support group, agency, organization or church group.

Learn more about my new coloring book here.

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  • "Sue Badeau mixes knowledge and lived experience with humor, hope & passion to create trainings and books that inspire! Vermont?s foster, kin and adoptive parents, as well as soc..."
    Pamela Piper
    VT Foster Care/Kin Manager
  • "Loved the training. Loved the props and stories. It was great that the speaker has lived through and experienced what she was teaching. Very practical and helpful. A very engagi..."
    Adoption conference, Wisconsin

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