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  • 00:30

    Exploring International Surrogacy Options

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    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!

  • 00:30

    Families Through Surrogacy

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    "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." 

  • 01:00

    Breastfeeding the Child Through Adoption or Surrogacy

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    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.

  • 01:07

    How to Do an Independent Private Adoption in the US

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    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. 

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

  • 01:04

    Transracial Adoption: Parenting 12 to 18 Year Olds

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    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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  • 00:25

    Surrogacy and Chinese Recipient Parents

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    Surrogacy is a quickly gaining popularity as a means to build a family in many countries around the world. One country which has recently gained media attention for its recipient parents embarking on surrogacy journeys out of its jurisdictional boundaries is China. Dawn was recently quoted in an article by the Global Times, a Chinese-based news publication. An ever-increasing number of Chinese recipients are traveling to the United States to have their surrogacy journeys, and in this episode, Dawn will be discussing  this phenomenon. She specifically addresses several important issues, including the media's claims that the Chinese are doing U.S.-based surrogacy as a self-serving mechanism to gain United States citizenship rights. Don't miss this very topical episode on this week's "The ABCs of Surrogacy."

  • 01:02

    Adoption Tax Credit 2014-2015

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    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:
    More Creating a Family resources on the adoption tax credit can be found here.

  • 00:29

    Surrogacy From A Husband's Prospective

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    What's it like being the significant other of a surrogate mother? In this episode, Dawn welcomes her partner, Todd, who was an integral component to supporting Dawn during each of her four surrogacies. He will be reflecting on each of the surrogacy journeys Dawn embarked upon, and discussing how he felt while Dawn was going through the surrogacy journey with each unique recipient parent.

  • 00:31

    "Our 'Journey': One Couple's Guide to U.S. Surrogacy" - Author Richard Westoby

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    Richard Westoby and his partner, Steven, chose to build their family using surrogacy in the United States. That entire journey forms the basis for his book, "Our Journey: One Couple's Guide to U.S. Surrogacy", which chronicles their quest to parenthood via gestational surrogacy from the recipient parent perspective. They had a twin birth via surrogacy here in the United States. The book focuses on the multiple components of surrogacy, and provides an in-depth look at the behind the scenes aspects such as IVF, escrow accounts, choosing an agency, and how to plan for each stage of the surrogacy. Although written for an international recipeint parent, each chapter ends with a list of appropriate and timely questions a recipient parent should ask during each phase of the surrogacy. On this episode of "The ABCs of Surrogacy," Richard will be discussing his book, and his journey to parenthood as an international recipient who chose to build his family using surrogacy in the United States. Don't miss what is sure to be a very enlightening episode!

  • 00:46

    Adoptee Connection

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    Please join host Pam Dixon Kroskie on her newly structured radio show. Pam produced a successful radio show for a National Non-Profit for over three years and over 70,000 listens. Her previous guests were Michael Reagan, Patti Hawn and Daryl McDaniels from RUN DMC just to name a few. Pam also is an author herself of a children's book "Jack and Emma's Adoptee Journey"  Pam is also the President of HEAR- Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records- a non profit that has introduced legislation in Indiana- for adoptee rights.

    Pam's first guest in this series will be Sherrie Eldridge:

    A twice-reunited adoptee, Sherrie Eldridge is a straight-shooting, transparent, and compassionate author, speaker, and trainer in the field of adoption. Her books are research-based, yet woven within are poignant messages pounded out on the anvil of her own adoptee heart.

     This is what makes Eldridge unique! 

    One adoptive parent said she had a beautiful heart because she had the courage to tell him what his daughter might experience.

    Her first book, Twenty Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed, is required reading by many adoption agencies and universities. She has also authored six other books. Sherrie helps readers and listeners to understand the adopted child’s perspective on adoption and how to deepen connections between parent and child.

    Sherrie has been married to Bob Eldridge for 49 years. They have 2 married daughters and six grandchildren. For more information: http://SherrieEldridge.com



  • 00:30

    The Role of a Birth Doula in Surrogacy

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    A birth doula can play an essential role in assisting one's surrogate mother prior to and during a natural childbirth. Not only is she trained to offer specialized support during labor to provide guidance and help the surrrogate mother remain calm and focused during childbirth, she can also be instrumental in bridging communication gaps between the recipient parent and surrogate mother both prior to and during childbirth. Doula's are trained as experts in the childbirth process, and can provide the surrogate with specific techniques to ensure that the surrogate mother is as relaxed as possible during childbirth, and also foster the creation of a birth plan prior to childbirth which can be generated with input from the recipient parents as well. On this episode, our guest is S. Renea Capozzi, a birth doula who owns Lil' Seeds of Life Birth Wellness Center in southern California, who will discuss the doula's role in a surrogacy birth, as well as offer insights on natural childbirth.