Whether you want to begin the adoption process right now or in the future, if you have any question about the process or are wondering if you are even qualified to adopt, please reach out using the social buttons on the top right.
Meet Gary Schneider Founder & CEO – Every Orphan’s Hope and Vision Catalyst & Founder – Orphan Sunday. Learn more about Gary’s work and explore opportunities for child sponsorship at: everyorphan.org. If you’re interested in learning more about Zambia signing the Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption, click here.
(Season 3, Episode 9 – August 8, 2023)
Angie Schaefer is the Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Safety National. Want to ask your employer to add or expand adoption benefits? Use the Adoption-Friendly Workplace Toolkit. Does your employer already have adoption benefits, invite them to participate in the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces Survey.
(Season 3, Episode 7 – June 13, 2023)
Meet adoptive mom Kathy Searle. Kathy is also the vice president of Utah programs for Raise the Future.
(Season 3, Episode 6 – May 9, 2023)
Andrea Sanders has been the Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services since November 2020. She says, “Every day I throw on my CAPE ([which is an acronym for her] core values of Compassion, Accountability, Professionalism, and Excellence) and I challenge my staff to do the same. Our work is too important to not give it our all each and every day. It is truly a new day at MDCPS, and I implore my fellow professionals and all Mississippians to lock arms with us to protect our children by investing in Mississippi families.
(Season 3, Episode 5 – April 4, 2023)
Meet adoptive mom of a sibling pair – Kara. You’ll learn about how she handled the adventure and uncertainties of the foster care system.
(Season 3, Episode 3 – February 7, 2023)
Meet Ryan Hanlon the President & CEO for the National Council For Adoption. Dive deeper into the research report Ryan discusses: adoptioncouncil.org/profiles Need continuing education as an adoption professional, consider the NCFA Conference.
(Season 3, Episode 2 – January 10, 2023)
Meet Thea Ramirez, the founder and Amy Simpson, the director of programs for Adoption-Share.
(Season 3, Episode 1 – December 6, 2022)
Meet Adam Gunn the co-founder of Seventh Avenue Creative and the incredibly talented illustrator of my new children’s book Mallory Cheatham.
(Season 2, Episode 12 – November 8, 2022)
Rob experienced the foster care system as a child and then, as an adult, started a nonprofit called Comfort Cases which assembles care packs for children in foster care. To date, his organization has impacted over 185,000 children in the foster care system. Rob has adopted 5 children through the foster care system and is the author of his memoir called A Forever Family: Fostering One Child at a Time.
(Season 2, Episode 11 – October 6, 2022)
Meet Chef Kibby – biological, foster, and adoptive dad. During the pandemic he pivoted from a catering business to helping foster and adoptive parents connect with their children through the shared act of cooking and eating together.
(Season 2, Episode 10 – September 13, 2022)
Meet Shari Shink, child welfare advocate. She spent 33 years as a lawyer, founded the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center (the first non-profit law firm for abused and neglected children), and most recently, founded Cobbled Streets, a nonprofit that goes ‘upstream’ to serve younger foster children, promoting their health, growth, and development and preventing them from emancipating from the foster care system to the streets and homelessness.
(Season 2, Episode 9 – August 9, 2022)
Meet Ancil Lea, adoptive dad & business owner, who peaked the hearts of almost 8 million adults through a simple LinkedIn post.
(Season 2, Episode 8 – July 12, 2022)
Adoptive mom, Joy Gilraine, shares practical ways for current and prospective adoptive families to own their foster care adoption fears and explore them without judgement.
(Season 2, Episode 7 – June 7, 2022)
Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, returns to share about the rewards and impact of being an Adoption-Friendly Workplace.
(Season 2, Episode 6 – May 2, 2022)
Matthew Straeb co-founded the Heart Gallery of America. In this episode you’ll learn HOW to see professional photographs and bios of children waiting to be adopted through foster care so that you can consider adopting these children and also share this resource with those you know who are interested in adoption.
(Season 2, Episode 5 – April 5, 2022)
Meet Liz Brooks Wilburn, Co-Director of Foster Parent College. Noticing the need for convenient high-quality training, Northwest Media Inc. created FosterParentCollege.com to provide online, on-demand, engaging training for current and future foster parents.
(Season 2, Episode 4 – March 8, 2022)
Lynn Stacy shares how she knew she was ready to adopt and what social service agencies are looking for in adoptive families.
(Season 2, Episode 3 – February 8, 2022)
Denise Goodman has cracked the code on recruiting foster and adoptive parents. Are you a future adoptive parent? Find out how to know.
Need help finding local training to become a foster, adoptive, or respite parent? Denise says to reach out to the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) – nacac.org
(Season 2, Episode 2 – January 4, 2022)
Jennifer Jacobs & Jessica Stern developed a software platform that uses “family mapping” technology to find forever families for waiting children. Is your data up-to-date and in the right places? Get the scoop on how online data is used to map a child’s family and friend tree and could lead to them finding a permanent family.
Learn more about the tools Jennifer and Jessica are building to help children in foster care at: www.connectourkids.org
(Season 2, Episode 1 – December 17, 2021)
Travis and Anna adopted a daughter through foster care and then had biological children.
(Season 1, Episode 24 – November 5, 2021)
Dive deeper into fetal alcohol spectrum disorder using Sandra’s resources at: www.justicefororphansny.org/new-resources.
(Season 1, Episode 23 – October 22, 2021)
Ben and Emily are in the process of getting licensed to adopt through foster care! Get a peek into what the process is like.
(Season 1, Episode 22 – October 8, 2021)
My husband and I answer your questions about the foster care adoption process from readers of my book The Forgotten Adoption Option and The Forgotten Adoption Option Community on Facebook.
(Season 1, Episode 21 – September 24, 2021)
My husband and I provided respite care for Tanya’s boys who she ended up adopting.
(Season 1, Episode 20 – September 9, 2021)
Melody speaks of her personal journey navigating life from the inside of foster care. She was in foster care for 8 years but never adopted.
(Season 1, Episode 19 – August 27, 2021)
Mary was adopted through foster care as an infant.
(Season 1, Episode 18 – August 13, 2021)
Pam and her husband raised 5 biological children and then adopted a sibling group of 7 additional children.
(Season 1, Episode 16 – July 16, 2021)
CJ is the author of “Obliterating the Odds”. She was in foster care and was never adopted although she lived in 35 homes before age 17. Listen to hear her journey of going from tragedy to triumph.
(Season 1, Episode 15 – June 29, 2021)
Amber is in Texas and is the adoptive mom of a sibling pair. She also gifts my book The Forgotten Adoption Option to potential adoptive families in her area. Get ideas and insights about foster care adoption in this episode.
(Season 1, Episode 14 – June 10, 2021)
In “Lilly’s Light: The Movie”, Sherry stars as Lilly, a loving foster mom and keeper of an enchanted lighthouse, who uses joy, love, laughter and song as her tools, showing everyone that “Life is Full of Possibilities!”
Download the free “Lilly’s Light: The Movie” Activity Kit
(Season 1, Episode 13 – May 27, 2021)
Nathan shares about his experience being family to teens and young adults. He has been a foster parent for 16 years.
(Season 1, Episode 12 – May 18, 2021)
A special Mother’s Day episode with my children – Big Brother & Little Sister.
(Season 1, Episode 11 – May 7, 2021)
For Natalie and her husband, adoption was their Plan A. She shares lessons learned and emotions experienced.
(Season 1, Episode 10 – Apr. 27, 2021)
Meet Robin & Dave. A couple who has opened their homes, changed family trees, and started a nonprofit to teach other families how to do that same.
(Season 1, Episode 9 – Apr. 13, 2021)
Alice is a decade-long foster and adoptive mom. Listen as she shares insights on parenting children as a single mom.
(Season 1, Episode 8 – Mar. 30, 2021)
Adoption impacts immediate and extended family. I’m excited to introduce you to my dad who shares his experience with my family’s foster care adoption journey.
(Season 1, Episode 7 – Mar. 9, 2021)
Learn about the opportunity to adopt and advocate for children through the foster care system from Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
(Season 1, Episode 6 – Feb. 16, 2021)
Hunter shares his personal story of being in foster care for 6 years and then being adopted by a family that spent many of those years with him.
(Season 1, Episode 5 – Feb. 2, 2021)
Jane is a caring coworker who adopted a son when he was 6-years-old. She didn’t feel finished parenting after raising three biological children.
Hear how “love can be a noun, a verb, and a decision” when it comes to foster care adoption.
(Season 1, Episode 4 – Jan. 18, 2021)
“It is the best thing and the hardest thing she’s ever done.” Robin of Exodus Fitness Retreats shares how she went from “mentor” to “mother” overnight.
(Season 1, Episode 3 – Jan. 5, 2021)
This episode is about a 3 month-old baby girl who met her forever family on Christmas Eve.
(Season 1, Episode 2 – Dec. 16, 2020)
This has the feeling of a private conversation in our home. Learn from an adoptive dad who went from zero to two kids overnight. Learn common reservations for pursuing adoption and get a peek inside the real-life journey of the foster care adoption process.
(Season 1, Episode 1 – Dec. 3, 2020)
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