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. 

Welcome to a new reality. The global pandemic, CoronaVirus (CoVid-19) has resulted in more time to stay at home, yet this whole idea of "social distancing" is hard for those of us who believe that connection and relationships are the most important ways for health, well-being, well-becoming and healing. So together, let's explore what that will mean in the months ahead.  

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 figure out if we can get together in person at your event, organization or agency, or whether a customized online web-based approach will be most helpful. 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, 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 

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?

"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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Calendar of Events
See list of current and upcoming events.

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.