Episode 41 - Maryssa Vasquez, President of PUSH and Former Foster Youth

In today's episode, we have an inspiring conversation with former foster youth, Maryssa Vasquez, as she shares with us about her past, growing up in foster care, and how an organization she joined in college has changed the direction of her life! Now, as the president of PUSH, Persevere UNTil Success Happens, Maryssa supports former foster youth by encouraging them and creating a space for them to heal by surrounding them with community. Maryssa is helping these youth overcome the odds and make it through college!

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Episode 40 - Foster and Adoptive Parents Going From 0-6 kids in 3 Years!

In today's episode, we have an inspiring conversation with Daniel and Shellee Hyde! Daniel and Shellee went from 0 to 6 kids in just 3 years! They share with us how they made the jump from 0 to 6, and what becoming foster parents was like for them and how it lead to the adoption of 4 of their children! During our conversation, Daniel and Shellee open up and give us a front row seat to what it was like to just show up and be consistent with the kids that came in and out of their care, even when there wasn't certainty or permanency in their journey.

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Episode 39 - Give Bio Families A Chance - An Inspiring Conversation With Foster Mom, Sherry and Bio Mom, Kami

In today's episode, we interview foster mom Sherry and bio mom Kamey. Sherry and her family entered their foster care journey when Kamey's newborn son was placed with Sherry's family in kinship care, which later lead to foster care. These two women living in polar opposite worlds, yet miles a part, walked through the same season, yet experienced radically different emotions, feelings and desires... and against all odds, they became friends. We are inspired by Sherry's desire to encourage and fight for Kamey and Kamey's family, even when the odds were heavily stacked against them. Kamey's passion and drive to get her life back together and fight to get her son back inspires us beyond words. 

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Episode 38 - Sisters That Live Together, Foster Together

In today's episode, we interview not 1, not 2, but 3 sisters living together... and fostering together!!! We are inspired by their commitment to the betterment of vulnerable children and their willingness to sacrifice comfort to care for these kids. Life can be crazy with "3 bosses" as they like to call themselves in their home, but they are quick to express that although challenging at times, foster care is the most rewarding and beautiful thing they have ever done.

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Episode 37 - Adoption, Bonding Trips and Life With The Mwana Mamas

In today's episode, I catch up with 4 of my amazing friends and fellow adoptive mamas, aka the 'Mwana Mamas' as we like to call ourselves. When Nick and I traveled to Congo to meet our kids for the first time, we were with these women and their husbands! The leading up to traveling to Congo, while we were in country and in the waiting since returning from Congo, these women have encouraged me, laughed with me and cried with me through many different seasons.

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Episode 36 - Hallie Graves, Single Foster Mom and Lawyer Extraordinaire!

In today's interview we have an inspiring conversation with one of our dear friends, Hallie Graves! Not only is Hallie an intentional friend, but she is a full time lawyer and a single foster mom, just to name a few. Hallie shares some really practical advice for how to set your life up to receive a foster child and walks us through what a day in the life looks like for her and her 3 month old foster son.

Make sure you stick around to the end of our conversation as Hallie encourages us with some ways that we can all get involved in foster care without becoming a foster parent!

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Episode 34 - The Movement of Closing Down Orphanages with Julie Walton

Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! In today's episode we're talking with Julie Walton, an active, longterm volunteer and advocate for an organization in Sri Lanka. Not only has Julie visited Sri Lanka as often as she can for the past 6 years to serve a program called Kidz Net, she has also begun working towards her Masters of Arts in International Affairs.

In 2015 after learning about a movement of global policy makers are starting called Deinstitutionalization, Julie being deeply troubled began thinking "Somebody ought to do something about this."

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Episode 31 - Whitney + Nick Runyon, Co-Founders of The Archibald Project

In today's episode of Around the World with The Archibald Project we get up close and personal while Whitney and Nick interview each other. We love interviewing outside guests but thought it would be special to interview one another about the past 6 years. We look back, laugh and share memories that you've never heard!

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Episode 24 - Streams in Burkina Faso, Family Preservation in Western Africa

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! 

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Episode 23 - Selamta Family Project, Orphanage Alternative in Ethiopia

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. 

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Episode 22 - Wellon Bridgers of Mwana Villages

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! 

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