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  • 01:07

    How to Do an Independent Private Adoption in the US

    in Parents

    It is possible to do an independent adoption without using an adoption agency. 


    Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support organization, interviews two of the top adoption attorneys that facilitate independent adoptions in the US: Steven M. Kirsh and Mark McDermott.


    Creating a Family has thousands of 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. It only takes a moment and it really helps others find us. Thanks.


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

  • 02:10

    Urban Therapy with Sun #127 The Challenges Of Raising Special Needs Children

    in Lifestyle

    Icylee Basketbill and Kelly Pointer will be our guests on this show to discuss Special Needs and the challenges that the parents of Special needs children face on a daily basis.



    Every child born into this world is a blessing and there is nothing that feels as special as bringing a child into this world. We also have to take into account that some children are born into this world with needs that require a different level of attention than the average child.

    Historically Special needs children would be labelled as retarded, sick, touched, slow or even freaks. Fortunately we have come very far in our understanding of how the brain functions and we have taken away the negative stigmas and are able to provide the children with the help that they need. The goal is to develop them into fully functional adults that are able to meet life's challenges the same as any other person.

    Whether your child is mentally challenged, autistic, has cerebral palsy etc, it's gonna be very tough for a parent mentally, emotionally and especially financially. Our 2 guests will be on hand to help with any questions you may have concerning this such as:

    What causes a child to be have special needs?

    Is there anything that can be done to prevent it?

    What happens if the parent of a special needs child dies before the child or is not physically able to provide care?

    Is it normal to feel embarrassment or shame about your child and what can be done about it if you do?

    What are the financial requirements needed to take care of a special needs child?

    How does the attention needed for a special needs child affect the other children that you have?

    There will be so much to talk about on this show so make sure you don't miss it.

  • 01:04

    Transracial Adoption: Parenting 12 to 18 Year Olds

    in Parents

    Parenting children tweens and teen requires a different approach than parenting preschool and school aged children. No where is this more true than when parenting transracially adopted kids. It helps to think about these differences when our children are young. Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support organization, interviews Beth Hall, founder and director of Pact and Adoption Alliance, co-author of Inside Transracial Adoption, and a mom to two transracially adopted young adults; and Judy Miller, an adoption educator and support specialist, author of the email course, Parenting Your Adopted Child: Tweens, Teens & Beyond, and mom of four through birth and adoption.


    For more information on this subject, check out the free resources on Transracial Adoption on our website. 


    If you enjoyed this show, we would very much appreciate you leaving us a review on iTunes. It only takes a moment and it really helps others find us.


     


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  • 01:01

    Pieces of the Puzzle: A Personal Journey of Raising a Child With Special Needs

    in Parents

    Pieces of the Puzzle: A Personal Journey of Raising a Child With Special Needs with Wendy Keyes Roback


    In Pieces of the Puzzle, Wendy Keyes Roback shares her personal account of parenting a special needs child and her quest for answers about her son, who is eventually diagnosed with a significant hearing loss and a rare genetic condition. Get ready for laughs and tears as Wendy recounts the highs and lows she experiences during the first seven years of Jaden's life, and be there as she struggles with the issues that raising this unique child brings.


    Eventually, this mother learns that her son's condition does not define him, and that having a special needs child is not the life-shattering diagnosis most expect it to be. She realizes that Jaden is perfect just the way he is and that the life she was given is even better than the life she envisioned. Pieces of the Puzzle is optimistic, honest, and empowering, offering hope and inspiration to other parents and affording the reader a glimpse into the life of a very special child.


    To purchase Pieces of the Puzzle, Click Here

  • 00:15

    IEPs for You and Me

    in Parents

    Who owns the IEP process? Hear some insight from a special needs mom who's also a special education teacher. 



    Parents don't always realize how much work goes into an IEP, or how challenging it is for the teachers who write them.
    Teachers don't always appreciate how lost parents can feel through the whole process.
    Kids rarely get the full spectrum of services that will make for the most enriching educational experience possible. 


    Parents have to be the final driving force in the education of their child, because the only thing that will follow a child from pre-k to graduation is that IEP file and parental guidance.


    Be sure to check out the IEP Aide from Vestidd, which will guide you through the important information on that IEP, and will allow you to store all of that paperwork easily, so that you can be the driving force and let that IEP grow with your child. 


    Learn more at www.vestidd.com

  • 01:02

    Adoption Tax Credit 2014-2015

    in Parents

    It's time for our annual adoption tax credit show. If you had adoption expenses in 2014, can you get a federal tax credit for them? Is this tax credit applicable to foster care adoption, or international adoption, or infant adoption? Can you claim birth mother expenses. Host Dawn Davenport, Exec. Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support organization, will interview Becky Wilmoth, an Enrolled Agent and Adoption Tax Credit Specialist® at Bills Tax Service, and a frequent speaker on this topic. We also have Josh Kroll, Adoption Tax Credit and Adoption Subsidy Coordinator at the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).


     


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

  • 00:30

    Special Needs Parenting

    in Lifestyle

    Join me and my special guest Stephanie Collins, as we discuss her struggles as a parent with special needs children and how writing down about her experiences was not only therapeutic, but led her to write a book. "With Angels Wings", tells the  story of what she went through without romanticizing or glazing over the most difficult times. Her message is to tell the parents of special needs children that they are not alone, to give professionals working with these parents a perspective, and to give all others a glimpse into the world of special needs children.

  • 00:56

    The Joy of Adoption with LeAnn Thieman

    in Moms and Family

    From stories about international orphaned babies, to children who spent years in foster care, to those who were adopted at birth, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption, conveys the true joy and unconditional love of adoption. Inspirational stories include those of infertile couples given the gift of parenthood, adopted children who thrive in their new families, and older people given a second chance at family.


    LeAnn Thieman is well known for having participated in the Vietnam Orphan airlift in April 1975, in which thousands of abandoned orphans were rescued, including her own son, who she says chose her.


    Join LeAnn Thieman and me on Tuesday, March 24, 10-11 A.M. CT US, as we discuss the 40th anniversary of Operation Babylift and some of  the 101 fascinating and heartwarming stories about meant-to-be kids joining their forever families.

  • 00:38

    How Child Whispering Works With Special Needs Children (Part 2)

    in Parents

    Resources mentioned:



    True Hope
    26 Videos to Reveal Your Child's Energy Type


    Podcast highlights:


    4:22 - Adult Type 1 woman asks about how to help her mom deal with a manipulative sister.


    8:48 - T4 mom, T4 son who has a hard time apologizing.


    18:09 - T4 mom with a T1 child with a metabolic disorder. How to get her to eat?


    22:25 - Mom of a T3 11 year old boy with possible ADD challenges


    27:46 - Mom asks if a medically needy child affects the Energy Types of the rest of the kids in the family.


    Want to ask a question before the show? Send Carol an email: parenting@liveyourtruth.com


    Learn more about Carol's Best Selling parenting book, "The Child Whisperer" at www.thechildwhisperer.com


    Learn more about Carol at www.thecarolblog.com

  • 02:03

    SPECIAL EPISODE -Telethon - Summerfield Zoo Needs YOUR help

    in Education

    Summerfield Zoo needs your help! This family-owned zoo was heavily damaged during the Tornados in Illinois 04/09/2015. Sadly two animals lost their lives.  This zoo needs new fencing and money for the repairs to keep this community based and volunteer run establishment going! Wolfdog Radio Your Voice Your Time asks you to JOIN them in supporting this worthwhile and important venture! A big part of Wolfdog Radio Your Voice Your Timeis what we can give back to the community when it involves wolfdogs, wolves or any animal in need.  Let this be OUR VOICE and THEIR TIME!    (btw...they do have two wolves!!)


    Go to www.wolfdogradio.com


    Here is where you can contribute:  http://www.gofundme.com/rj3k9xc

  • 00:29

    Raising Special Needs Kids

    in Christianity

    4/23/2015 On this show I am talking with Lesvia Chance, Denise Hernandez and Shauna Monroe, these wonderful moms each have a child affected by Autism and Down Syndrome.  Hear their stories, how they are dealing with it and raising their kids.


    The month of  April is the National Autism Awareness Month,