Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 28 - Foster Youth, Carlina

We have continued on from May's National Foster Care month to share even more inspiring foster stories. One huge part of the system are the children who age out without ever finding a forever home. Today we get to talk with one of those children, Carlina Shotwell.

During our time with Carlina we talk about the day when she and her four siblings were separated, the different homes she was placed, the raw emotions she felt and still feels today, her current relationship with her biological mother, and the book she wrote to inform and inspire people about the desire foster youth have for a family! 

Carlina is honest and inspiring; she knows the system was created as a good thing to help children but also wants to shed light on the problems it holds within. This podcast will make you laugh while still informing you of how some youth deal with being placed and passed through foster care. 

Definitely stay through until the end to hear about one of Carlina's recent accomplishments! Sit back, relax, and enjoy our interview with Carlina! 

Keep up with Carlina!
Carlina's Website
Carlina's Instagram

Buy her book: HERE
 

Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 27 - Foster Parents, Cara + Nick

May is National Foster Care Month in the states and we’ve been bringing you first hand stories about the system all month long. On our blog we’ve had foster parents, siblings and volunteers share their wisdom and experience and on our podcast we’ve interviewed an adult who aged out of the foster care system and a single foster mom.
In today’s interview we hear how one successful couple opened their home to vulnerable children only to be changed for the better. We are so excited to bring you our interview with Cara and Nick, who are foster and adoptive parents.
Cara and Nick have so much wisdom to share, I honestly think I said wow over 100 times. Today we hear Cara’s passion about giving her entire heart to her children, we hear the couple’s desire for more people to get involved in foster care, we discuss how foster care has changed their biological children for the better, we hear about what it was like bringing a 14 year old into their home and how they have fallen head over heels for her!
Cara and Nick are so honest and share their initial fears about foster care. If you or anyone you know has ever thought about fostering then this is the podcast for you! So share it! That’s how we get more people involved and thats how we end the orphan crisis! The more stories the world hears about normal people getting involved in orphaned and vulnerable children’s lives, the more children will be cared for and the less children we will loose to the orphan crisis and broken systems! So share, share share!
Okay, guys, thanks so much for tuning in, we’re honored you’re here! Now sit back, relax and enjoy our interview with Cara and Nick!

Keep up with Cara!
Cara's Instagram
Cara's Website

 

Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 26 - Millie Holloman

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Meet Millie Holloman. In today's episode of Around the World with The Archibald Project we are so excited to introduce you to single Foster and Adoptive mom, Millie Holloman! Millie started her foster journey 3 years ago as a single 33 year old photographer living in North Carolina.
Through out 8 placements she found 2 of her children, a little girl who was adopted this past March and her son whom she will adopt soon!
During our interview with Millie we find out what prompted her to enter foster care initially, we find out what emotions and experiences she's had with children entering her home aging from 5 weeks to 20 years old and we hear her heartfelt wisdom about consistently showing and extending love to vulnerable children.
If you’ve ever considered getting involved in Foster Care, even as a volunteer and not a parent, this podcast is for you!
Oh, and yes, this sweet girl above might look familiar, as you've probably seen her on Good Morning America or a famous blog circulating your social media feeds :)

Below are the photos Millie talks about in the podcast that ultimately took her adoption viral and landed her and sweet Wren on Good Morning America and other news shows around the nation.

See the Hollomans on Good Morning America HERE!

Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 25 - Meaghan Martin, Form Foster Youth


For those of you who are new to our podcast, welcome! We’re a husband and wife duo who founded our nonprofit, The Archibald Project back in 2012. The Archibald Project is an orphan care advocacy organization and we use media to tell stories. Our stories advocate for orphans, educate on orphan care, build community and inspire people into action. And because The Archibald Project exits fewer children are called orphan! 

May is National Foster Care Awareness month, and while we aren't calling children in Foster Care orphans, they are vulnerable, and we advocate for orphaned and vulnerable children. Kids in the system are definitely vulnerable. Today, we are so honored to start the month off with our guest, Meaghan Martin, who is a former foster youth. Meaghan shares with us today what led to her entering the foster care system on her 15th birthday, what it was like entering new homes and how she over came the odds and is a strong and successful woman today. 

We would love to have you share our podcasts and stories with your friends and family, because we truly believe that the more people who are exposed to our media, the more people will be inspired to get involved in vulnerable children’s lives all over the world. 

Alright guys, thanks so much for tuning in and enjoy our inspiring and insightful interview with Meaghan.

Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 24 - Streams in Burkina Faso

Certain websites claim that Burkina Faso, a small country in Western Africa, is the 4th poorest country in the world. And where you have extreme poverty, you have vulnerable families and orphaned children, often in excessive numbers. 

This past April we spent 8 days in this desert country, sweating in the 107 degree weather, and learning as much as we could about it's orphan crisis. Now, 8 days may not seem like a lot of time to the average person, but we've spent the last 5 years developing a keen sense and particular knowledge in the world of ethical orphan care. We know the questions to ask and the signs of dishonesty or corruption. So let me say this: The people and organizations we met in Burkina Faso are honest, ethical and incredibly needed. Not they type of "need" that pushes its way into a community, unwelcomed and shouting how to "change", rather these organizations are coming alongside the government, local Burkina Bay leaders and communities and partnering together, hand in hand, and they are doing their best.  Because let's be honest, there's not a lot of aid in this country and people are struggling.

However, Streams of Burkina Faso has an orphan care portion of their organization and they are raising up the local villagers to foster and care for orphans. They are not an orphanage, rather they find families willing to care for vulnerable children until that child can be safely resettled back with it's biological family! 

If you would like to get involved with Streams in Burkina Faso please click their links below! Because, like they share in our interview, they've seen over 400 children resettle back with biological family!!! 

 


Around the World with The Archibald Project : Episode 23 - Selamta Family Project

We got an email months ago about an inquiry for what we thought was an orphanage in Ethiopia. However, the further we read on about Selamta Family Project, the more we came to realize that Selamta was not an orphanage at all. 

Selamta Family Project is a holistic orphan care organization in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capitol, working to ensure that orphaned children have forever families. 

This means that instead of having an orphanage, Selamta employees marginalized women to be full time mothers and aunties to 8-10 children per household. Each mom becomes a real mom. They don't clock in or out, they don't leave after a few years. Selamta makes new families out of broken people so that they might find love, community and safety amongst each other. 

Once we realized this was the model Selamta employed we knew we had to get to Ethiopia as soon as possible! 

Enjoy our podcast interview with Executive Director, Marisa Stam, on the balcony of the community center in Addis! Lots of street noise will help you feel like you're right there with us! 

To follow more of Selamta's journey, visit:

Selamta's Website: www.selamtafamilyproject.org
Selamta's Instagram: @selamtaproject
Selamta's Facebook: facebook.com/selamtafamilyproject

Photos above: far left image and far right by Media Mission Team Member, Allie Chandler! 

AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE ARCHIBALD PROJECT: EPISODE 22 - Wellon Bridgers w/ Mwana Villages

When I first received Wellon Bridgers' email about documenting their adoption, I was skeptical. We were living in Uganda and were in the middle of seeing so many hard and real situations of unethical orphan care. So we straight up asked Wellon why the children she was adopting needed to be adopted and how could she ensure they were truly operating inside an ethical adoption.

Her answers blew us away. She shared about how they came to find Mwana Villages, the organization in the Republic of the Congo where their children lived and how only after a broken adoption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo did they come to learn that many children living in orphanages and up for adoption had birth families who loved and wanted their children. Her love and admiration for Mwana was not centered around her adoption but how Mwana cares passionately for vulnerable women and works to keep families together.

Since we traveled with the Bridgers to the Congo, which you can see their adoption journey in photos here and in video here, Wellon has gone to work, stateside, for Mwana, advocating for vulnerable women and children and working to ensure that families can stay together!

In our podcast today with Wellon we hear why caring for birth families is a must, how Mwana ensures that they are operating ethically (they turned down an offer from an adoption agency for $10,000 a kid!!!), and how Mwana is making a lasting difference in the Congo! 

To follow more of Mwana's journey, visit:

Mwana's Instagram: @mwanavillages
Mwana's Facebook: www.facebook.com/mwanavillages
Mwana's Website: 
http://mwanavillages.org
Listen to our first podcast with the Bridgers here: Episode 4 
Watch the Bridgers' Adoption Video here: Adoption Video
Watch Mwana's Video here: Mwana

 
 
 

Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 21 - Kayla + Jonny Craig

Today we are excited to introduce you to the Craig Family!

Our Episode 21 interview is full of wisdom and love. You'll hear adoptive parents, Kayla and Jonny Craig share about their desire to adopt, love their kids well, how they've grown from seeing their son persevere through pain and why they choose a life of faithfulness over comfort!

If you've ever thought about adoption and wondered if you could do it, we know this podcast is for you! The Craigs help us understand what it's like to adopt and parent a child with needs and share knowledge from a road made by walking.

To follow more of the Craig's journey, visit:

Kayla's Instagram: @kayla_craig
Kayla's Blog:  manysparrows.me
Jonny's website/podcast: 200churches.com
Jonny's Twitter: @200churches

AND you can purchase your own copy of Just Really Joseph, Kayla's book about international adoption and birth mom love at:
www.justreallyjoseph.com