Adoption as a Choice

Adoption as a Choice

Discussions around the following: it doesn’t take biology to create a family, adoption as a loving choice, and the law of attraction.

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May 23, 2022 60 min
May is National Foster Care Month and what better way to celebrate than with the Dave Thomas Foundation. Their mission is: Dramatically increase the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America's foster care systems. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is the only public nonprofit charity in the United States that is focused exclusively on foster care adoption. Through its signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful ...
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Pat O’Brien is the Executive Director of the Adoptive & Foster Family Coalition of New York, after recently serving for 2.5 years as the Director of the Coalition’s post adoption program called AGAPE in both Long Island and Rockland County. The Coalition unites foster, adoptive and kinship care families, giving them a voice and providing support, information and advocacy. By fostering communication and collaboration betwee...
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May 2, 2022 60 min
Safe Haven Baby Boxes mission is to prevent illegal abandonment of newborns by raising awareness, offering a 24-hour hotline for mothers in crisis and offering a last resort option for women. Founder, Monica Kelsey, started Safe Haven Baby Boxes, Inc. after learning she was abandoned as an infant and after seeing a baby box in operation at a church, in Cape Town, South Africa. She has made it her personal mission to educate others...
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April 25, 2022 60 min
The Mother's Heart is a Pregnancy Resource Center for the Northern Neck, VA area. The founders: Jaime Gomes and Ashleigh Dilworth are here to help and love women facing unplanned pregnancies or who have experienced abortion. Are you carrying the emotional baggage from an abortion? Are you currently pregnant? We can help! The idea of The Mother’s Heart of the Northern Neck began 7 years before they started operating in Januar...
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In June of 2019, Waskom, Texas made a bold move to outlaw abortion in their city, becoming the first Sanctuary City For the Unborn by ordinance in America. Since the initiative in Waskom many other cities have followed in their footsteps and passed an ordinance outlawing abortion within their city limits. Today's guest, Mark Lee Dickson serves as a Director with Right to Life of East Texas and the founder of the Sanctuary C...
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Our guest, Melanie Wallace, is a licensed social worker and certified master life coach. She has worked with children and families since 1993 and served in adoption for about 14 years. Her passion is family and serving them how she can. As an Adoption Specialist with New Life Adoption, Melanie does outreach and education to local pregnancy centers in the East and Northeast Texas area. She hopes to bust the myths about adoption, ...
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Jennifer Woolley brings a few different perspectives to the table, as someone who has walked through two unplanned pregnancies- the first that ended in abortion and the second being an adoption placement through New Life. She then walked through infertility and now is an adoptive mom to two sons, that she and her husband adopted through New Life! She and her husband have a heart for that ministry because of the impact that they h...
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March 28, 2022 60 min
Author Peter J. Boni will discuss his book, UPROOTED: Family Trauma, Unknown Origins, and the Secretive History of Artificial Insemination. PETER J. BONI credits his disruptive childhood, a state college education from UMass Amherst, decorated on-the-ground service as a US Army Special Operations Team Leader in Vietnam (coined his “Rice Paddy MBA”), plus luck-of-the-draw DNA with making him the person he is today. Out of his ac...
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A discussion with Sandra Picket, Executive Director of New Life Adoptions. The mission of New Life Adoptions is to give hope and offer choice as we empower pregnant women to make the best life-affirming decisions for themselves and their babies. New Life Adoptions envisions a world where every unborn child is given the opportunity of life: where shame and fear do not play a part in the decisions an expectant mother makes for her ch...
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Melodie Chandler is the founder of Journey of a Joyful Life in Texas. The vision is to advocate for orphaned children with special needs in our community and around the world. We want to normalize special needs adoption by bringing awareness and encouragement to families about how amazing life with a special needs child can be. Melodie Chandler is a native of Montgomery County. She attended Sam Houston State University and Grad...
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March 7, 2022 60 min
Juda Myers, Founder of CHOICES4LIFE, works diligently with women and children who are stigmatized like no other on the planet-mothers and children of rape conception. She will share her own story, as well as others to spread awareness and confirm that “People make mistakes, but no one is a mistake.” Learning in 2003 of her traumatic beginning catapulted her passionate work for over 13 years. Despite obstacles Juda relentlessly h...
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Adopted at birth, Jim Nailon will take us on a journey that began in San Francisco during the Korean War, involves music, love, family, ups and downs, and a loving reunion in Arkansas and finally in Ireland.
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Teresa Strack is the Executive Director of LifeFirst.org and will discuss the work they are doing in pursuit of their mission and vision. Based in Houston, TX, LifeFirst pursues an attitude shift toward a respect for life via a three-pronged approach of prayer, education and providing direct care for people making life decisions.
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Susan Glemboski will share how the heartbreak of losing her infant baby daughter impacted and shaped her early adult life. She threw herself into her job (then career) at IBM that and got divorced. It wasn't long before she decided to adopt and take on the challenges of being a single mom and career woman. That was 40 years ago, and her life is a testament to love, family and determination. We will explore the years with her...
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Dr. Ray Guarendi — renowned clinical psychologist and father of ten adopted children — provides authentic answers to challenging, real-life questions in Adoption: Should You, Could You, and Then What? Dr. Ray Guarendi is a Catholic father of ten adopted children, a clinical psychologist, author, professional speaker, and national radio and television host. His radio show, “The Dr. Is In” can be heard on over 440 stations and Siriu...
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January 31, 2022 60 min
Julie Posey became known internationally known as the Cyber Crime Fighter after spending just over a decade working with local and federal law enforcement to identify child sexual predators and bring them to justice. Her work led to the conviction of over one hundred of the most dangerous predators and she maintained a 100% conviction rate the entire time. Her motivation behind her work was the fact that she survived six years of ...
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January 24, 2022 60 min
Our guest will be Diane Ferraro, CEO of Save the Storks. Diane will share her own story as being adopted at birth, becoming an adoptive mom herself, and the mission, work and successes of Save the Storks. This is a don't miss episode.
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