Join us at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS 2014, #icrshow) as we hear Susan Badeau/Joni Sullivan Baker of Buoyancy PR share The needs of disabled workers and kids entering the workforce from foster care, and the issues affecting employees with disabled children. All are topics we would benefit from in hearing from Sue and Hector Badeau. The Badeaus combined their love for children into a family with 20 of 22 kids adopted, many with special needs, and professional service to children in the adoption and foster care system..
A Note Joni Sullivan Baker of Buoyancy PR about Susan Badeau
Sue Badeau built her business as a national consultant on foster care, adoption and the disabled by working in this field, including for the Pew Commission, Senator Rockefeller and the Casey Family Foundation. But she also gained incredible experience as with her husband, Hector, she also adopted 20 of their 22 kids, many of them with significant disabilities. They now work with those grown children helping them negotiate the world of work and employment.
She is a bright, articulate woman with a national perspective on the lives and challenges of kids with special needs of varying kinds – kids who enter the workforce deserving jobs but still facing some special needs.
She holds a BS with high honors from Smith College and currently serves as President of the North American Council on Adoptable Children as well as an advisor to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Hector, who currently works with the homeless in Philadelphia, holds a BA in history from New England College, and has more than 30 years of experience working with children in care, as well as adolescents and adults with cognitive and mental health challenges. During the Badeau’s years of active parenting 22 children, Hector was the primary caregiver and household manager for their family.
The Badeaus have garnered more than a dozen awards between them, including national awards that resulted in two presentations at the White House. Most recently, in June 2013 AWSA honored Sue with the Beyond Me Award, described as “Living a You-First Life in a Me-First World,” which is given annually to an AWSA member for outstanding life accomplishments that help other people
The needs of disabled workers, kids entering the workforce from foster care, and the issues affecting employees with disabled children are all topics a business audience would benefit from in hearing from Sue and Hector Badeau.
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