Susan Badeau

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

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by. 

2019 is a new opportunity to focus on growth, resilience and hope for our children, our families and our world. I urge you to consider the ways in which your agency, organization or church will be part of this important work. I would love to join hands and voices with you as you explore these ideas.

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 come to your community and participate in or speak at your event. Whether you need an inspirational keynote, a nuts & bolts workshop 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 event!

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, 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

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?

"Are We There Yet: The Ultimate Road Trip, Adopting & Raising 22 Kids" is a great book for parents, people involved with foster care or adoption, social workers, teachers, pastors or anyone who wants to better understand life from "inside" a very real family.  Better than reality TV! Get your own copy (and one for a friend!) today. 
All books ordered from this website will come personally autographed by the authors. If you want a special message added, email and we can make it happen. 
Sue also has two new stories available now on and coming soon in paperback as well.  Never Too Old  a short novella, is part of a series set in the fictional small town of Sweetland, released on May 14 as an e-book and topped the charts as the #1 new release - be sure to get your 99 cent copy at Amazon - the story is filled with lovable characters and foster care, child trauma, adoption & juvenile justice themes.  "Roots and Wings at Loonstone Lake" will be an 8-installment mini-series.  Volume I: "The Call of the Loon" is available now! If you like multi-generational stories, camping, mystery and romance, check this one out! 
Sue will be the featured guest May 20th at 2 PM eastern on Blogtalk Radio at the G Spot - click here for details and to sign up for a reminder - Radio Interview May 20 
Dr. Dan Gottlieb talks with Susan Badeau and Stephen Post on WHYY Public Media radio about the art of giving as an act of love and caring and as a gift that gives back. LISTEN NOW!



Educate  *  Equip  *  Empower

Sue serves on the national boards of the following organizations:

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children
  • Justice for Families
  • National Center for Youth in Custody
  • All Children All Families

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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See list of current and upcoming events.

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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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.