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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Episode 21 - Kayla + Jonny Craig, Adoptive Parents

ou'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!

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Episode 20 - Julia Blasdel, Adult Adoptee from Russia

Julia was adopted as a one year old from Russia. From there, her family life was unhealthy and after a hard night and broken arm, Julia was removed from her home and placed into foster care and then a children's home. After feeling like she was in prison, Julia was placed in a new foster home where her foster dad's sister fell in love and asked if she could be her new mom. 

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Episode 17 - Joe + Jessica Honegger, Adoptive Parents and Noonday Collection Founder

In today's podcast we introduce you to Jessica and Joe Honegger! Some of you might know Jessica as the founder of the incredibly successful fair-trade: Noonday Collection, but today we're taking you behind the scenes!

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Episode 16 - Katie + Benji Majors, Adoptive Parents and Best Selling Author of Kisses From Katie

In today's interview we bring you Katie and Benji Majors. Katie is a New York Times Best Selling Author for her book Kisses From Katie. However, during our time with the Majors we take you beyond the book and bring you their perspective on getting married in Uganda, what it was like adopting 13 girls as a single twenty something, becoming a new husband and dad to 13 girls, running their organization, Amazima and some invaluable lessons they've learned along the way! 

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Episode 15 - Randy Doleman, Adoptive Father + Orphan Advocate

In our interview with Randy we hear what made him take the plunge into foster care, what advice he would give parents just entering the foster care, what advice he would give to a friend of a foster family, why he believes community is essential in orphan care and about his amazing nonprofit, The Orphan Care Network!

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Episode 14 - Judge Martinez Jones, Foster Care Judge

In today’s interview we cover how Judge Martinez Jones actually became a judge, what the legal system is when a child is removed from their home, how the system works with biological families, why family visits and bonding are so important, and how to best approach a loving and healthy relationship with a child of trauma and their biological family. 

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Episode 13 - Kayleigh Cunningham, Foster Care Social Worker

Listening to Kayleigh’s wisdom and insight from a behind the scenes perspective is heart breaking, inspiring and so insightful. In today’s episode we cover what you need to know about the foster care system works, why children are taken from their families, insight on birth parent’s perspectives, some beautiful moments of healing in children of trauma, how you can learn more about fostering in your state and what the first steps are to get more information on foster care! 

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Episode 12 - Jeanette Jolley, Adopted Out of Foster Care

Jeanette takes us through the emotions of growing up knowing she was adopted but not knowing where she came from or her family heritage. Jolly sheds an important light on using your life and skills to advocate for others and even shares about the time she met her birth mom on live T.V. with Richard Simmons

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Episode 11 - Jamie Ivey, Adoptive Mother

Today in our interview with Jamie we take you behind the scenes and ask her some personal and fun questions that will leave you surprised by her answers! Find out what advice this mom, who has adopted 3 children, would give to a newly adoptive family, what she wishes she would have known 6 years ago as she brought home two children from Haiti, what you would discover if you were a fly on her wall, and how she does it all!

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Episode 10 - Bryan + Sherry Lopez, Adoptive Parents

Bryan and Sherry have 10 children, 6 of whom are adopted. What first drew us to this incredible family was of course that number; 10. Holy cow, right? But then we found out 6 of them were adopted and we had to hear more. Through out our time getting to know the Lopezes we heard words and phrases like:"90 doctor visits", "identical triplet boys weighing a pound at birth and who were smaller than a coke can..."

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Episode 7 - Kristy + Adam Rice, Domestic Adoptive Parents

In our podcast we learn from the Rices about domestic, private adoption and hear their journey of finding the best way for them to start their family. They share raw honesty about fears and hopes and the relationship they've formed with their son’s birth mother.

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