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
Livestream :

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 Tips for Schooling at Home

Sue Talks About Celebrating Special Dates While Staying at Home

Sue Provides Helpful Tips for Adults to Talk to Children About Coronavirus

Sue Talks About Reflecting Throughout the Day

Take a few moments throughout the day to reflect, be mindful, and care for yourself even in the midst of the uncertainty created by the upheavals in our lives these days.

Sue's Upcoming Events

This page will be updated as events change due to Coronavirus or other issues
Even when not traveling, I am happy to bring a web-based event to your group
Contact me for more info at

Loss, Grief and Self-Care During A Global Pandemic
WEBINAR sponsored by Children's Aid Society of Alabama, OPEN TO ALL

Chatting about Sibling Relationships & Transracial Adoption
One Thankful Mom podcast, March 31
visit to learn more

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Webinar
Private Webinar hosted by PCCYFS - 
contact me at if you're interested in hosting this webinar for your agency

Breathe: Take Time for Self Care & Painting with a Purpose
Multiple dates & locations
Contact me if you want to learn how you can host one of these events

Justice for Families Leadership Institutes - Speaker & Board member
Multiple Dates and Locations
Visit to learn more 

Permanency Values Training, Behavior Talks Training,
Effective Strategies for Engaging Families & Youth
Impact of Trauma Across Stages of Development
Multiple dates throughout April, May & June
 and sites across Los Angeles County
Contact me if you are interested in bringing these trainings to your area

Creating A Vision Board & Setting Family Goals
A workshop for parents and caregivers
ICL, Brooklyn, NY April 29, 2020

Digging Deeper: Understanding & Responding to Secondary Traumatic Stress
A Workshop for Parent Group Leaders
Hosted by AdoptUSKids, visit for details or
contact me to bring this topic to your agency or organization

Keynote and Workshops Featured Speaker
4th Annual Foster Parents, You DO Make a Difference Conference
Foster Parents Support Services Society
May 21, 2020, Nanaimo, BC Canada see for details

Attachment & Trauma-Focused Therapy Certification Training
Glen Mills, PA
Tuesday May 26 - Saturday May 30
see to register

Communications Summit 
Grand Junction, Colorado Dept of Human Services
June 5, 2020

Trauma-Responsive Training for Caregivers, Pastors, Educators & Community Leaders
Multiple dates and location, Summer 2020
Kenya, Africa - contact me to learn more

Multiple Workshops, NACAC Conference
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Toronto, Ontario, Canada August 26-29
see to register

Keynote Address
Real Voices, Real Choices Consumer Conference
Missouri Department of Mental Health
Aug 30 - Sept 1

Multiple Workshops & Booktable
Association for Training on Trauma & Attachment in Children Conference
Minneapolis, MN Oct 1-3
see to register

More To Come
Stay Tuned

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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 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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