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  • Adoption Support with Carrie Burrows, Adoptive Family Consultant

    in Family

    Meet Carrie Burrows, Adoptive Parent and Adoptive Parent Consultant for Adoptive Family Support Network  ( www.afsn.org ) as she shares what supports exist for Adoptive families. Listen as we discuss  her journey and find out how you can advocate for yourself and your family.What common threads connect Adoptive Families?

  • Making a plan...Adoption Choices & Agency Supports

    in Family

    Paula Springer came to AAI in 1994 when the agency was looking to further develop services throughout the entire state. Beginning as a birth mother and adoptive family caseworker, Paula eventually moved into the role of supervisor, and now serves as Director of the Eastern Michigan offices. She and her husband, Mark, are long time residents in the Farmington Hills area and live a busy and active family-centered lifestyle with their four adult children and spouses. Paula especially enjoys the work of promoting adoption in the community, building referral sources, and educating others about the positive, loving choice of adoption. Paula feels privileged to be a part of the blessing of building families and supporting birth parents through the mission of adoption.

  • 00:09

    Adoption Focus - "Having Faith" a conversation with Angela, an Adoptive Mom.

    in Family

    Angela and her husband were a waiting Adoption Associates Adoptive Family who were excited to build their family through adoption. Listen as she shares their  heartfelt story, which spans fours years. During which time they experienced disappointment, loss and eventually parenthood. Faith in knowing their child would come kept them going, and today they are parents of a beautiful little girl. Their message... " Never stop believing..."

  • 00:38

    Adoption Focus , A Birth Mother's Reflection... Looking Back

    in Family

    Listen as we talk to Sue, a Birth mother who placed a child for adoption 20 years ago. Learn from her strength and also how times have changed through the years. Adoption Associates supports birth parents  through their journey. Don't miss this show... it will thought provoking and educational.


     

  • 00:43

    Adoption Focus: "Having Faith" a conversation with Angela, an Adoptive Mom.

    in Family

    Listen as Angela shares her family's adoptive journey which over the course of 4 years is filled with multiple losses and disappointments. During this time Angela and her husband Jim always had FAITH their child would find them. In 2014 this Adoption Associates family became complete when they received  a child through "Safe Delivery" , which is part of The Michigan Safe Delivery of Newborns Act.  Their story is inspirational and heart warming, as is their message " to never give up " .

  • 00:31

    Adoption Focus, "Choices" Karen Jewell Executive Director AWPC, Inc.

    in Family

    Karen Jewell is the Executive Director at AWPC, A Womans Pregnancy Choice. She is passionate about ensuring all birth parents know their choices, including adoption.


     A Woman's Pregnancy Choice (AWPC) is a non-profit women's care organization empowering women with factual information about their bodies, pregnancy, and pregnancy options while providing emotional & practical assistance to those facing unplanned or untimely pregnancies.

  • 01:05

    Creating Relationship with Birth Parents in Adoption

    in Parents

    Ninety-five percent of domestic infant adoptions in the US have some degree of openness, so almost all adoptive parents need to think about creating a lasting healthy relationship with their child's birth mother and birth father. 


    Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Brenda Romanchik, a therapist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in trauma and adoption issues, her clients include children, adolescents and adults. She is also an adjunct professor for Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the School of Social Work. She has written and presented widely on adoption and trauma issues. She is also a birth mother in an open adoption.


    For a discussion of this show, go to our blog tomorrow http://creatingafamily.org/blog/. 


    Creating a Family has many free resources related to this topic on our website at www.CreatingaFamily.org. 


    If you enjoyed this show, we would very much appreciate you leaving us a review on iTunes. Either go to this website (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id266386337) or if you have iTunes on your phone, tablet or computer, simply type in "Creating a Family", click on Ratings/Reviews, and click on the # of stars. It only takes a moment and it really helps others find us. Thanks.

  • 01:32

    Is Trans the New Gay?

    in LGBT

    Kudos to the Transgender community for finally getting the positive spotlight they deserve. Celebrities Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Chaz Bono and Caitlyn Jenner have truly helped kick down doors and ignite thought provoking conversations about another aspect of human sexuality. However, some of the media exposure seems a bit contrived and competitive as if networks are trying to 'one-up' the other by including a Trans topic or character in their programming.   


    Most recently rumors spread of the Real Housewives of Atlanta adding a Trans person to their cast. That being said, are Black gay men no longer the hot ticket on reality television. Has their season runs its course, and if so is it wise for the Trans community to try to fill that void? Will it devalue their struggle or take things to the next level.


    This is going to be a very exciting conversation with special guests Tyesse Jackson and Kentay Williams.


     


     

  • 00:45

    Tim Kirkman- Film Loggerheads

    in Family

    Join us Wednesday August 19, 2015 with host Pam Kroskie and her guest Tim Kirkman. Tim produced the film Loggerheads and has a new film coming up called Lazy Eye.


     


    Inspired by a true story, LOGGERHEADS follows the lives of three people: Grace, a birthmother searching for the son she gave up for adoption when she was a teenager; Mark, the son she relinquished, who makes a pilgrimage to the coast to rescue endangered sea turtles; and Elizabeth, Mark’s adoptive mother and a minister’s wife, who becomes concerned by the changes taking place in her suburban world. Set in three distinctive regions of North Carolina in three different years, the film examines the political and personal distress that happens in the lives of one adoption triad.


    Shot on location in North Carolina, LOGGERHEADS stars Tess Harper, Bonnie Hunt, Kip Pardue, Michael Kelly, Chris Sarandon, Michael Learned, Robin Weigert, Trevor Gagnon, Ann Owens Pierce, Valerie Watkins, Joanne Pankow, Michael Esper and Kelly Mizell. It was distributed theatrically by Strand Releasing. LOGGERHEADS was produced by Gill Holland.


     


    Lazy Eye


    Dean and Alex, two men who have not seen each other in 17 years, share a weekend  at a vacation house in the desert near Joshua Tree, where they open up old wounds, reveal secrets, and decide whether or not they might have a future together. 


     


     


     

  • 01:08

    Walk Your Talk With LeAnne and Zara Phillips! Adoption and the Arts!

    in Self Help

     


    LEANNE PARSONS is a certified professional coach, speaker and radio host. As the CEO, creator of “The Tapestry of Adoption” and the Conscious Adoption Approach™. LeAnne's specialty is empowering the adoption community to connect and embrace their stories and improve their relationships as they walk into a Legacy Now Lived!


    LeAnne welcomes Zara Phillips this week! 


    Author,singer songwriter, writer and performer  Zara Phillips joins LeAnne this week! We wll chat about life, being adopted, the Arts, Run DMC, Roots Unknown, and Beneath My fathers Sky! What have you always wanted to ask adoptees? What drives us? Why do we do what we do? Why does it matter anyway! 

  • GAY CONVERSION THERAPY – REALLY?

    in Current Events

    GAY CONVERSION THERAPY – REALLY?


    In case you never heard of it, some people think they can convert gays, especially young people, into heterosexuals by using a type of “therapy.”  Really!  Of course this assumes that being gay is like a bad habit or mental illness that can be cured.  So what is this all about, does it help, does it hurt, and what are we doing about it?


    Oregon is one state among several that recently passed a law prohibiting conversion therapy, and other states are considering such bans.


    Samantha Ames is an attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) knows about conversion, what it’s supposed to do and what it really does. She’s served as a Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C. before moving to San Francisco to work as a staff attorney focusing on conversion therapy cases. She has testified on the harms of conversion therapy and the constitutionality of efforts to end it before both state and federal bodies, as well as at the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland.


    Please join us to learn more about conversion and the hype around it.


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