"I met Sue two years ago through a State organized event and was uplifted and inspired by her personal story of being a foster/adopt mother. I knew we had to get Sue back again to our county and talk more to our foster/adopt families. Sue was so easy to work with and accommodated us, every step of the way! We organized a Christmas brunch with Sue as the main speaker and she suggested that we do an art project. Since I am not an artist, I was hesitant at first and personally, I also just wanted to hear Sue speak more of her experiences. However, I went along with the idea and was not disappointed! It was an amazing event and so many of our parents commented that it was the best event that our Department has organized for them. Sue spoke in between the different phases of the art project, and also allowed for group conversation. It blended so well together and was incredibly healing, collaborative and inspiring. I would not think twice to have Sue back again and would highly recommend Sue for any foster/adopt event!"
Charmaine Summers, LCSW
"Bristol Virginia Department of Social Services had the opportunity to attend training with Sue Badeau, first in a state conference for the Learning Collaborative and again when she came to our region to train on Permanency Round Tables. After attending her trainings, we believed Sue needed to be heard by staff and Foster Families. We have invited her back multiple times to train, because Sue is someone that our foster families relate to. She is living what she is training. Sue generates a desire to do your best work with the youth we serve. She did a session at the Best Practice Conference last fall (2017), and the attorney's feel she needs to speak to our Guardian ad Litem team to help them understand the importance of timeliness to permanence for our youth."
Bristol Virginia Department of Social Services
"The Colorado Department of Human Services contracted with Sue Badeau in 2016 and 2017. She is highly skilled and did an amazing job facilitating 11 forums for families across the state to discuss the kinds of post-permanency services that they wanted or needed. Sue understands the impact of trauma on kids and families and weaves her own family story into her messaging. The audiences really connected and could relate to her. Sue is an excellent speaker, an expert in trauma, a great listener, and a skilled communicator. We highly recommend her and can't wait to work with her again!"
Mary Griffin, MSW
Foster Care Program Administrator and Relative Guardianship Assistance Program Administrator
"Sue Badeau and I have worked closely over the last two years. She has a calling and passion for this work . She has provided excellent consultation, training , coaching and support to our agency specific to foster care and adoption practice. Her span of knowledge reaches from front line workers to managers and administrators. Sue’s work has resulted in impactful change for agency."
Lavinia P. Hopkins, MSW
Program Manager, Reunification & Permanency
City of Richmond Department of Social Services
"Sue Badeau masterfully combines a lifetime of personal experience and professional knowledge in foster care, guardianship, adoption, and trauma into a powerful, compelling story of why every child needs a family throughout their lifetime. She illustrates this universal need for belonging in an entertaining way through the theme of 'There's no place like home' journey depicted in the Wizard of Oz. Her permanency values work is essential for professionals and caregivers alike who strive to meet the needs of the children they care for and love."
Lynn Sloan Biggs, ACSW
Senior Director - Yakima Field Office
Casey Family Programs
"Sue Badeau's training on permanency and trauma are a must for social workers in all stages of service and with all levels of experience! She is informative, her trainings interactive, and her personal experience makes the entire experience poignant to the audience! She has walked her talk!"
Melanie Cleveland, Area Director, Region 2
Department of Human Services
Fort Smith, AZ
"Sue Badeau brings a tremendous depth of professional knowledge and personal experience to her work, always with a focus on healing and permanency. Her trainings are always insightful and inspiring, and above all helpful to families and caregivers of children with a history of grief, loss and trauma."