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Tori Hope Petersen

Host: Dr. Tim Clinton

November 17, 2022

When Tori Hope Petersen was a pre-teen, her mom was diagnosed with bipolar schizophrenia. Sadly, that trauma, combined with physical abuse, forced Tori into the foster care system. The ensuing years saw her bouncing around 12 temporary homes. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton and Tori continue discussing her book, Fostered, and her experiences in the system. She shares how her high school track coach became a source of encouragement for her and ultimately adopted her in her late teens. With over 400,000 children in the system, Tori urges listeners to think about providing a loving home to foster kids in desperate need of stability.

Meet the Guest


Tori Hope Petersen

Tori Hope Petersen grew up in the foster care system. She is an advocate for the preservation of the family, foster care reform, and adoption advocacy. Her heart is for vulnerable populations, wherever they may be, and for seeing the love of God transform people’s lives. She is the founder of the Beloved Initiative, a non-profit that seeks to change the narrative for youth in foster care. Named Mrs. Universe in 2021, Tori was a Track and Field All-American out of Hillsdale College, competing as a sprinter in Division II. She and her husband, Jacob, have three kids: a biological son and daughter, Leyonder and Ezzeri, and an adopted young adult son, Sar. Tori and her family make their home in Ohio.

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