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I was adopted at 5 weeks old and told about it so young I don't ever remember not knowing. I didn't experience any adoption trauma until I hit 40 when I found out my childhood teddy bear was a gift from my birth mother. This caused an eruption of anger, feeling rejected and unloved. That kickstarted a learning journey that led me to heal and then want to help others. I created the podcast so guests can inspire listeners with their stories and empower them with their learnings. Email me at si ...
 
If you’re an adoptive parent looking for hope, practical tools, and friends who understand, this podcast is for you! Between the two of us, we represent all three parts of the adoption triad. We’ve been around the block a couple times with kids by birth, adoption, and foster care. And lived to tell about it. Don’t worry. We get it. And we’re here for you. Gain confidence in your parenting and hope for your family’s future.
 
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A Little About Damon Davis "I had the good fortune to be reunited with my biological mother in 2009 in a heart warming story of coincidental history, a mutual desire to be reunified, and the pure luck to be able to surprise my biological mother, Ann, for our reunion on her birthday! I always enjoy hearing and sharing the real stories of our lives t…
 
Many families feel isolated while parenting children through adoption. Either they don’t feel understood by friends and family or they just don’t have time for community like they used to. Shannan Martin, is an adoptive mom and the author who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. This week she speaks about how she found communit…
 
Here's a bit about Jaclyn from her website "I believe healthy, post-adoption outcomes begin with pre-adoption education and intentional parenting. My goals are to create a space that embodies compassion, to foster a therapeutic relationship that enables vulnerability, and to support the exploration of your whole self. I am an ally, an empath, and a…
 
Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., M.F.T., earned her Master's in Clinical Psychology, specializing in children, from Antioch University in June of 2002. She treats children with serious psychological problems secondary to histories of abuse, neglect, and /or multiple placements. She has specialized for the past 18 years in the treatment of children who manifes…
 
Andrea Damone-Brown received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her Masters in Education focusing on Professional Counseling and Psychotherapy through Oklahoma City University. She has been working in the adoption field since 1992 and was the Director at a licensed adoption agency in Dallas for six years. Andrea also co-founded and co…
 
Steve Sunday has worked in the field of adoption for more than four decades as a caseworker, supervisor, and administrator. Currently, he is the Founder and President/CEO of Forever Bound Adoption, as well as an advisor to the adoption advocacy support organization, United for Adoption. Since graduating with his MSW in 1981 from Arizona State Unive…
 
Pat joined the Coalition team in December 2016 as the Director of AGAPE in the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes region. After three months he transferred to the Long Island Rockland Region to be the Director of AGAPE after AFFCNY was awarded an additional contract. He now serves as the Coalition’s Executive Director. Pat is an adoptive dad. The former Fo…
 
Matthew McCall started at The Home in 1998 as a Child Care Worker. Matthew has held virtually every client serving role at The Home, from counselor, to clinician, program and department director, in both congregate care and community settings. For much of his career at The Home, Matthew served as an internal consultant to all The Home’s programs, p…
 
This week we answer listener questions such as: How do I address my child’s affection with strangers? Is it attachment related? How do I create healthy boundaries with birth grandparents? How would you handle technology with a teen foster placement? What if my adopted kids think we treat them differently? Click here to download a transcript for thi…
 
This Is Me - No Darkness Too Deep Here's a bit about Fiona's Autobiography "This is my story, a harrowing account of me as a young mixed up teenager going down many wrong paths, into the darkness of drug and alcohol addiction, prostitutution and surviving more than one life-or-death moment in the midst of the madness. The book also details my encou…
 
Karen is the State Director for Pennsylvania at Children's Choice Here's a link to podcast mentioned in this episode https://thriving-adoptees.simplecast.com/episodes/unpacking-our-own-baggage-as-adoptive-parents-with-hollyann-petree-mom-executive-director Children’s Choice was founded on April 1st, 1982. By Reverend Doctor William and Doctor Carol…
 
Shaun Doyle comes to Adoption STAR with 20 years of experience working for not-for-profits in the area of developmental disability. After studying at SUNY Fredonia, Shaun moved to Orlando, Florida to work for Walt Disney World. There he learned to train not only Disney Cast Members, but also to train people from other organizations on Disney’s Appr…
 
“Adoption is my life and passion! I was adopted at birth, domestically. I have searched and found my birth family. I am also a mother of four children. I became the Executive Director of CHI in 1994, after adopting our daughter in 1991 in Romania, on our own. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work and have been blessed to have had the opport…
 
Emily is a Care Leaver Mentor for Empower Change. Since graduating high school in 2016, Emily has completed her certificate four in community services. In 2015 she had her son, who has just started kindergarten. In 2016 pursued photography as a formal trade and experienced some of the most special moments between married couples and families but it…
 
Greg recently facilitated a conversation in our dads-only group about how to support our kids through the holidays. They talked about favorite traditions, navigating visitation with birth family, and more and gave us permission to share their conversation with you. Click here to download a transcript for this episode. Relevant Links The Village #13…
 
Michele Fried is the founder of Adoption STAR. Though the “title” most special to her is “mom” ~ it was a long time ago, but the experiences of becoming an adoptive mother led Michele to enter the adoption field. Michele’s background as an educator complimented this path. Michele served as the agency’s chief executive officer for over 20 years and …
 
Skip joined the Lifeline team in August of 2018 and serves in the Birmingham office as the Assistant to the Executive Director. Skip comes from a family with 7 adopted siblings. She also lived in Zambia, Africa for 2 years working with and counseling vulnerable children. She’s originally from Montgomery, AL and attended Covenant College where she s…
 
Connect with Kristine at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinemoser/ here's a bit about Bellis from their website: Our mission is to serve as an empowering voice for adoption that connects, inspires, and transforms. Our reach extends to all people with any adoption experience who seek peer-based support for ambiguous grief related to adoption. Often…
 
Maris H. Blechner, M.Ed., LCSW is a well-known and well-respected educator, consultant, and motivational speaker. An adoptive parent, she spent many years in the child welfare field as Executive Director of an adoption agency, and is a wide-ranging speaker and trainer. She is now doing independent work, and has a great deal to offer. Whether teachi…
 
What is kinship care? How is it the same and different from foster care? In today’s episode, Michelle Thompson, founder of Bithiah’s Family Services, talks about the unique experience of kinship care, what families need, and how we can best support them. Michelle is a credentialed teacher, author, and Co-Founder of Bithiah’s Family Services. Specia…
 
Lori is the founder, CEO and President of FosterAdopt Connect. Lori and her husband Randy have been foster/adoptive parents since 1985. Together they have cared for more than 400 foster children and adopted 23 children, in addition to their five biological children. Lori and Randy are currently also the proud grandparents of 17 children so far. Lor…
 
Crystal Young is the founding director of Hope Center and has served in this capacity since 2018. Crystal is a 2006 graduate of Tennessee Technological University, and holds a Masters of Public Health from Liberty University. Prior to her role as Hope Center’s Executive Director, Crystal served for 5 years with Tennessee’s Department of Children’s …
 
Connect with Celestina at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachcelestina/ PullTogether is about enlisting parents, families, community members, and young people in the fight to make sure New Mexico's children are safe, cared for, and ready to succeed. Find out more at: https://pulltogether.org/ The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department pr…
 
After successfully adopting 2 children in 2020, Eric and Marissa decided to work at helping other families achieve the same. In addition to a fulltime job as a lead pastor, Eric worked 20 additional hours a week on a side hustle making websites. Marissa got a part-time job in addition to homeschooling their two biological children. With these addit…
 
Jenn is Co-Founder & Executive Director of UARE Utah Coalition for Adoption Reform & Education. She's been recognized nationally with Spokeo Search Angel Award 2015 for personally facilitating over 100 adoption reunions. She has also lead online support community for over 300 members of the adoption constellation and trained teams of volunteer DNA …
 
Sandeep faced horrible tragedy and trauma as a young child in India. However, in the providence of God he was adopted by a loving couple in the U.S at age six which dramatically changed the course of his life. He co-founded Unfolding Adoptees which provides Christian adult adoptees with an honest community in which they tell their stories to share …
 
Marcie J. Keithley, Co founder and President, is a retired Vice President of Retail Bank Management and was also a licensed securities and insurance representative serving the financial community for over 32 years. Her background includes sales, management, operations, team development and leadership. She has served on a variety of boards during he…
 
Born in India, adopted at 10 months, raised in Australia, Vin is a true one off. He runs a Facebook group where adoptees and adopters can learn from one another in a friendly and no conflict environment. Connect with him at: https://www.facebook.com/VinAdopteewarrior/ https://www.instagram.com/vinadoptee Here's the link I mention in the show https:…
 
Annalisa is mixed-race Welsh and Jamaican and was adopted at four years old by Jamaican parents. Annalisa is an award-winning cultural producer, communications and marketing consultant, and journalist whose work and research focus on racial identity, anti-racism, sustainable change, and developmental trauma. You can read more about Annalisa's adopt…
 
Here's a bit about Taylor from his website My name is Taylor and I was born in Cheboksarui, Russia in October 1986. I lived there for five years with my family. I had one brother who is four years older than me and one sister who is two years younger than me. At the age of five, I lost my dad. Since that point, my biological mom, my younger sister,…
 
Dr. Catherine Horvath is a registered psychologist with competencies in clinical work with children, adolescents, and families, as well as forensic work with adolescents. Dr. Horvath has experience in working with those struggling with disruptive behaviours, self-regulation, attachment, and sexual behaviour issues related to histories of adverse ch…
 
David Schunk was born in Smolensk, Russia in 1994. He was adopted at a young age by an American family from New Hampshire. He was a resident of Bedford, New Hampshire since he could remember until he left for college in 2013. He studied Computer Networking and Cyber Security at Champlain College, located in Burlington Vermont. David currently serve…
 
Melanie Scheetz and her husband are proud adoptive parents of two children. Melanie has 29 years of non-profit management experience in the areas of administration and development. She joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition as its Executive Director in 1999. Under her guidance, the agency developed the groundbreaking programs, Extreme Recruitm…
 
Tony, a former foster youth and adoptee, was adopted by a same sex couple in the mid 1990’s. He writes about his experiences growing up as both an interracial adoptee and as a child growing up in a same sex headed household in his memoir “The Son With Two Moms.” Connect with Tony: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-hynes-283aa941/ C.A.S.E. offers …
 
Last month in The Village, we hosted “Ask Lisa Anything About Being an Birth Mom.” Listen in as we chatted about how to navigate birth parent relationships with our kids. Click here to download a transcript for this episode.על ידי Lisa Qualls and Melissa Corkum
 
Jenni first encountered the child welfare system in 1995 when her foster brother entered their family as a toddler. His story and five-year adoptive journey had a profound impact, and she has had a desire for systemic transformation since. After several years in the business sector, the road for professional advocacy opened up in 2008 when she had …
 
Connect with Sandy at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandy-pricer-566741107/ RiseUP is a nonprofit that supports teens and at-risk youth (13-23 years old). By teaching life and leadership skills and by filling in service gaps, RiseUP is working to make sure that no child becomes a statistic. We believe every teen can learn the skills and principles n…
 
As Director of Adoption and Permanency Services, Erika is responsible for overseeing all functions of the full service Infant Adoption Program, State Wide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) program, and county foster care placement services. She is a Management Team member at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center, maintains …
 
Connect with Alejandro at: https://twitter.com/alejandro_caw?lang=en https://www.linkedin.com/in/alejandro-quezada-caw/ “CAW” is an organization realized for those adopted from Chile or even within the country borders in order to provide them with a platform they can relate to. In the 70s, 80s and 90s there has been a wave of children leaving the c…
 
Last month in The Village, we hosted “Ask Melissa Anything About Being an Adoptee.” Listen in to the conversation as she answers questions about privacy, raging as a child, and more. Click here to download a transcript for this episode. Relevant Links Squid Game on Netflix #109: Adoptee Reflections with Shelby and Veronica Do All Adoptees Think the…
 
Here's a bit about Julie and her agency from their website: Julie VanHoose-Wells has worked at Greater Love Adoption Decision, Inc (GLAD) since 1997. She began as a Case Manager and became the Executive Director in 2014. Julie’s parents, Rick and Nancy VanHoose, founded GLAD after their own adoption experience. Julie waited 9 years to become a big …
 
Bryan Post is one of America’s foremost child behavior experts and founder of the Post Institute for Family-Centered Therapy. The Post Institute works with adults, children and families struggling with early life trauma and the impact on the development of the mind/body system. A renowned clinician, lecturer, and author, Bryan has traveled througho…
 
Connect with Kate at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-patel-3569a3170 Diagrama Adoption is an independent, voluntary adoption agency rated GOOD by Ofsted. Their friendly and professional team members are dedicated to finding loving and nurturing families for vulnerable children waiting to be adopted. For more about Diagrama Adoption visit: https:/…
 
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