Susan Badeau

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

Welcome to 2023! Thanks for stopping by. 

Feel free to poke around and get to know me a little better. I would love to hear from you and I would welcome the opportunity to provide customized virtual training or coaching for your organization, school, agency, or event. In addition, I am back to doing in-person events when it makes sense, and would be happy to discuss your needs with you. Whether you need an inspirational keynote, a nuts & bolts workshop, a series of webinars or short videos or a full weekend worth of retreat topics. I hope you  will check out my demos below, look over my list of speaking topics and then contact me so we can discuss your needs!

Get to Know Sue

"Children can heal, parents and caring adults can help."  In a world of hurt where children and adults live with the lasting pain resulting from being bullied, parental death or divorce, separation when parents are in the military, neglect, abuse, challenging mental or physical disabilities, addictions, exposure to violence and trauma, separation through immigration or lived experience in the foster care or juvenile justice systems Sue Badeau brings a message of healing and hope. 

Whether you are seeking to change hearts, minds and values through inspirational events, support workers in developing their skills or strategically change the systems that serve children and families, Sue is the person you want.  As the lifetime mom of 22 children by birth and adoption, with experience caring for dozens more children in foster care and juvenile justice, and a 30+ year professional background, Sue offers the perfect marriage of lived experience with professional expertise.  She delivers all of this with warmth, humor, and down-to-earth realism. 

To invite Sue to your next event, or to learn more about her writing, speaking and consultation topics, explore this website further, subscribe to the weekly blog, check out the testimonials from caregivers and professionals across the country and email Sue at 

Trauma 101 Videos

Part 1: Trauma 101 Overview - WATCH VIDEO

Part 2: Impacts of Trauma - WATCH VIDEO

Part 3: Tools for Responding to Trauma - WATCH VIDEO

Part 4: Secondary Trauma and Self-Care - WATCH VIDEO

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.

News, Interviews & More

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

Looking for some reading material that will make you laugh, cry, think & act?

Check out the store for access to all of Sue's books.





Educate  *  Equip  *  Empower

Sue serves or has served on the national and international boards of the following organizations:

  • All Children, All Families
  • Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh)
  • Imara International
  • Justice for Families
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
  • National Center for Youth in Custody

And is a member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Christian Communicators Conference.

To read Sue's complete bio, click here.

To learn more about the Badeau family story, click here

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Calendar of Events
See list of current and upcoming events. (Click link & Scroll to bottom of page)

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

My artistic daughter, Chelsea Badeau, and I have created a very special resource available that allows you to use the powerful calming power of coloring while also learning about caring for children who have experienced trauma. This book offers over 50 images to color while also providing all of the information and parenting tips Sue typically includes in a full day workshop.There is also a companion version for children (or the child in all of us!)

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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The Susan and Hector Badeau Endowed Scholarship

In the summer of 2018, Sue and Hector Badeau's daughter, Chelsea Badeau, kicked off the fundraising effort for the Hector and Susan Badeau Endowed Scholarship at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. This scholarship will be for students who have been in or aged out of the foster care system.

if you're so moved to contribute, you can do so in one of two ways:

1. Donate online at The default designation is the Fund for Arcadia, but can be changed to "Other" and then indicate the Susan and Hector Badeau Scholarship.

2. Mail a check to: Arcadia University, University Advancement Office, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038 and note the Susan and Hector Badeau Scholarship in the memo.