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A full surrogacy journey is not inexpensive. Fortunately, with the advent of websites dedicated to crowdfunding, potential recipient parents are now able to post funding requests online and solicit donations from their friends, family, and others who assist with raising a portion of the funds necessary to complete the surrogacy process. One such website, krowdkidz.com, is exclusively dedicated to assisting those challenged with reproductive issues, and is a crowdfunding website created to provide a funraising platform for individuals embarking on surrogacy journeys, IVF treatments, or adoptions.
Dawn will be speaking with Jeff Crump, founder of krowdkidz.com and how you can utlize crowdfunding to assist you raise the balance of funds necessary to embark on a surrogacy journey.
Anna Walton, Psychotherapist and founder of Thrive Counseling Services discusses Grief and Loss in Adoption as well as the beauty of the birth mom, the truth of their courage, love and commitment. Do not miss this amazing conversation!
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..."
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 " .
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?
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.
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.
With multiple options available for recipient parents considering a surrogacy journey, deciding which country is best for one's unique circumstances is often challenging. On today's ABCs Of Surrogacy, Eloise Drane, of Family Inceptions International, will be discussing the international surrogacy option available to recipient parents. International surrogacy has a much more reasonable overall cost than domestic surrogacy, and that factor has compelled many recipient parents to embark on their surrogacy journey in another country. Eloise will be discussing the numerous advantages of an international surrogacy journey. Don't miss this very informative episode of ABCs of Surrogacy!
Can you breastfeed your adopted baby or baby born through surrogacyor gestational carrier? Yes you can! Join our guests Dr. Lenore Goldfarb, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Founder of the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic at the Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Canada, President of the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation, and co-Author of Newman-Goldfarb Protocols for Induced Lactation. She is also a mom through surrogacy and successfully breastfed her two sons. We also have two moms through adoption who successfully breastfed. One who adopted domestically at birth, and one who adopted internationally and her son was 7 months old at adoption.
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.
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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.
"Families Through Surrogacy" sponsors conferences in a variety of international locations which focus on how recipient parents from around the world can embark on their own surrogacy journey. The organization's next seminar takes place on March 15 in San Francisco. On this week, we are pleased to have San Everingham, Family Through Surrogacy's Director of Events & Content, and Jason Howe, who is responsible for the organization's Marketing & Sponsorship. Sam and Jason will be discussing their upcoming conference in San Francisco, which features a lineup of experts in the subjects of surrogacy, infertility, egg donation, and assisted reproduction. This program, which is open to the general public, is designed to educate intended parents about the various facets of surrogacy at one forum. Don't miss this very timely episode on this special Monday edition of the "ABCs of Surrogacy."
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