• 01:00

    NTIA Gives Your Broadband Adoption Plans Wings

    in Internet

    As the pace of network buildouts increases, communities sooner or later must face the reality that these networks succeed or fail largely on the strength of broadband adoption, a.k.a. marketing and sales. Either you have enough subscribers (paying or otherwise) for the network, or the network is not financially sustainable.
    NTIA Program Director for Public Computing and Broadband Adoption Laura Breeden informs listeners about a new, detailed guide book the agency developed to help you create and implement successful adoption programs. She also presents practical tips for producing making broadband relevant for hard-to-reach constituents.
    Ms. Breeden addresses:
    *  developing the right elements of an adoption program; *  effective awareness and outreach activities; *  getting affordable computers and Internet access to constituents; and *  designing digital literacy training that works.

  • 01:30

    Playing to Win At the Broadband Ballot Box

    in Internet

    State laws mandating these public-owned broadband networks get voter approval through referendum campaigns used to mean near-certain death for any project. Kiss those days goodbye! Meet the winners who have turned the tide. 


    November 4, EIGHT towns and counties all passed ballot initiatives to return the authority to pursue broadband to their constituents. With 70% or more of the vote. Predominately Democrat or Republican didn’t matter. How did they do that!? Representatives of Boulder, Rio Blanco, San Miguel, Yuma County and other communities give us the scoop on how they pulled off these big wins.


    We’re going to find out:



    Are the political winds blowing heavily community broadband’s way?
    At the local level, is broadband now a bipartisan issue?
    What tactics were effective getting these referenda passed?
    What happened to the giant telcos and cable companies?
    What comes next for these communities?
    Will there be a flood of communities rolling out their own ballot initiatives?

  • 01:05

    Adoption 101: Everything You Need to Know at the Beginning

    in Parents

    What do you need to know when you first start thinking about adoption. Where do you begin? Host Dawn Davenport will interview Jim Thompson, a South Carolina attorney, with offices in Spartanburg and Charleston. He has worked in the field of adoption and assisted reproductive law for 25 years. Leanne Carnes, Chief Operating Officer at Children's Connection Inc., an adoption and child welfare agency with offices throughout Texas. Kara Eusebio, Associate Director of Outreach with Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children in New York City.


     


    Blog summary of the show and highlights can be found here:
     
    Blog summary of the show
     
    Highlights
     
    More Creating a Family resources on adoption can be found here.

  • 00:45

    Searching for the Castle-Backtrailof an Adoption-Barbara Ohrstrom

    in Family

    Join us Friday September 19th@ 10:00 EDT as Pam Kroskie interviews Barbara Ohrstrom


    Like cowboys turning in the saddle to look at where they came from, Searching for the Castle documents the backtrail of author Barbara Leigh Ohrstrom’s adoption. It begins with her urgency as an eighteen-year-old woman initiating her search for her birth parents. Her recollection includes court petitions, letters, Division of Social Service documents, and other original documents usually buried behind the lock and key of the law.


    In this memoir, she narrates the unearthing of her history and that of her family. Some of her discoveries are filled with pain, while others are joyful, including locating sisters, another brother, and eventually nieces and a nephew. A story of how one woman comes to terms with her identity, Searching for the Castle tells of real people doing the best they can to live and love in the often heartbreaking circumstances of life.


    As Ohrstrom shares her journey to find her birth parents, she reveals her emotions throughout the process, discovering that her identity is self-created, but also that her being is governed, in part, by her ancestors and family lines. Searching for the Castle communicates the message that love creates families and that the family to which Ohrstrom belonged in foster care gave her a mother, father, and family filled with love and decency.

  • 01:03

    Paying for Adoption

    in Parents

    How in the world does an average family pay for an infant domestic adoption or international adoption? What options are available for financing adoptions? What grants and loans are available? Host Dawn Davenport will interview the following panel: Natalie De Prat, with American Christian Credit Union; Cherri Walrod, with Resources 4 Adoption; and Kelly Ellison, with Your Adoption Finance Coach.


    Domestic adoption, baby adoption, international adoption, adopting from China, adopting from Ethiopia, infant adoption, Chinese adoptions, Ethiopian adoptions, adopting from Korea, Korean adoptions, adoption agencies, adopting from DRC, adopting from Colombia, adopting from Thailand, adopting from Taiwan


     


    Blog summary of the show and highlights can be found here:
     
    Blog summary of the show
     
    Highlights
     
    More Creating a Family resources on paying for adoption can be found here.

  • 01:20

    Adoption & Foster Care Awareness and Support Discussion Panel

    in Books

    To help launch a blog tour during the month of December dedicated to "Adoption & Foster Care Awareness and Support" we are hosting a panel discussion.


    Currently the roster of guests include Sue Badeau,Patti J. Smith,Karen Gass,Marsha Hubler,Linda Wood Rondeau, and Anne Baxter Campbell.


    We anticipate the roster of authors and professionals to grow as we get closer to the date of the show.Check my Twitter & Facebook for updates!

  • 02:00

    LOVE ALL HUMANS Topic: NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH

    in Lifestyle

    We will be talking about adoption with actress and humanitarian Cassidy Mack She is the Official Spokesperson for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and will be speaking about National Adoption Day, Love Gives Chances and her new movie Two Secrets among other subjects. Call in with your experiences and questions as well to 718.766.4494 :-)


    Love All Humans Hosts: Shawn & Tracy Williams



    Email yourquestions or comments to: join@loveallhumans.com

    Or Call 562.283.3115

  • 00:26

    The Father Matters Show -The Impact of Adoption with Douglas Reprogle

    in Dads and Family

    On our show today we talk about The Impact of Adoption with our special guest Douglas Reprogle from AGAPE Adoption Agency. In the U.S. 397,122 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system. 101,667 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 32% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted.


    Guest Speaker Information:
    Douglas Reprogle - AGAPE Adoption Agency
    Phone: 480.272.7994 ext 122
    Website: www.agapeaz.org


                                                                                          WWW.FATHERMATTERS.ORG

  • 01:03

    Preparing Children in Orphanages for Adoption

    in Parents

    Children adopted internationally need to be prepared in advance for what adoption means, and how their life will change. How can adoption professionals and parents help to prepare these kids. Host Dawn Davenport will interview two of the leading experts on orphans care and adoption. Dr. Jane Aronson is a pediatrician specializing in adoption medicine and is the CEO and President of Worldwide Orphans. She has been providing direct service to orphans for 20 years. Ms. Jayne Schooler is the author/co-author of seven books in the adoption field, including her newest, Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Parents. She has worked in orphanages in Kyrgyzstan, Poland and Ukraine.


    Blog summary of the show and highlights can be found here:
     
    Blog summary of the show
     
    Highlights
     
    More Creating a Family resources on internation adoption can be found here.

  • 01:00

    How Do You Spell Community Broadband Success? Hint: Constituents hold the answer

    in Internet

    A large majority of municipal and public utility broadband networks are successes. Next Century Cities lays out several paths to help your community to reach this winner's circle. 


    NCC Executive Director Deb Socia describes for listeners a range of business and funding models for community broadband that are creating success stories around the country. Communities such as Santa Monica, CA and Mount Vernon, WA built success by using their networks for replace T1 lines and other old communications infrastructure. Others such as Monticello, MN formed public private partnerships. Jackson, TN and Cedar Falls, IA sell services direct to subscribers.


    Socia's organization has assembled quite the brain trust of communities and she is happy to share some of that knowledge. Listeners will get insights into:



    preventing critics from defining your success;
    defining parameters and goals for success based on constituents' broadband needs;
    helping non-technical people understand and become excited about how the network will impact them; and
    promoting your successes.


    Next Century Cities is a membership organization providing knowledge and peer- support for communities and their elected leaders, including mayors and other officials, as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet.

  • 00:37

    Chicago’s First Steakhouse Gene & Georgetti Supports National Adoption Month

    in Current Events

    Joining Mary E. today will be Michelle Durpetti, daughter of proprietors Tony and Marion Durpetti and granddaughter of founder Gene Michelotti. Also, joining us will be Molly Philosophos Director of Development with Hephzibah Children's Association. 


    Chicago legend Gene & Georgetti, nestled under the El tracks at 500 N. Franklin St., supports National Adoption Month in November by donating a portion of proceeds from all dessert sales- including handmade Tiramisu, Chocolate Tuxedo Mousse Cake, and their famous Italian Lemon Crème Layer Cake- to Oak Park based Hephzibah Children’s Association.   


    Hephzibah’s Group Homes are where abused and neglected children come to heal and grow, where they can be free of fear, worry, and loneliness. Their family based services renew and strengthen family bonds and their foster care services create new, loving and secure family ties. Hephzibah’s day care program offers an award winning educational experience for children in the community — regardless of their family’s ability to pay. 


    Since opening in 1941, Gene & Georgetti is still family owned and operated. Co-founder Gene Michelotti’s daughter Marion Durpetti and her husband Tony Durpetti purchased the restaurant in 1990 after the passing of her father. Marion’s cousin Richard Ciota serves as general manager while their daughter Michelle Durpetti runs marketing and events.  "We are thrilled to bring some attention to and donate toward Hepzibah during National Adoption Month. As a family who has enjoyed the blessings of adoption, this is a cause very close to our heart," says the Durpetti Family. 


     


     

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