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Caring for orphaned and vulnerable children is one of the most important jobs in the world, but often people are too overwhelmed to get involved or lack the support they need to keep going. Our podcast is a place where the powerful stories of real people will inspire, encourage, and support you in your journey. Because when you thrive, children thrive.
 
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Something you may not realize is that a large number of adoptive parents enter into adoption with trauma of their own. Jordan Tate was no exception as she experienced incredible loss before quickly entering into a domestic adoption. She is here to help us understand how we can better navigate our own pain and trauma which will allow us to more heal…
 
Our guest today, Julie Kouri, is an adoptive mom and founder of an adoption and foster care organization called Fostering Hope. In this podcast Julie shares wisdom that only comes after years of being in this field and we learn how Fostering Hope is restoring broken families.By The Archibald Project
 
When looking for a preschool when a child has experienced trauma you will want to consider the environment, type of care, whether state subsidies will be accepted, and many other factors, which can all be overwhelming. Enter Petra Preschool! Our guest today, Mindy Jones shares how she and her team at Petra have created a community for families in t…
 
Sometimes it can feel like the only way to help vulnerable children is by fostering or adopting, but nothing could be further from the truth. One of the most practical ways you can start getting involved is by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA volunteer. Our guest Maddy Wellum is here to tell us about her experience with CASA and …
 
Jacari Harris endured an unstable home, two years in foster care, an adoption, and the death of his father. His anger, depression, and pain caused him to call the police on his adoptive parents and get kicked out of class. But through the consistency of his adoptive mother and a new found determination, Jacari has become an inspiration to foster pa…
 
What happens at the U.S. and Mexico border is complex and highly debated. But no matter your opinion it doesn't change the fact that there are vulnerable women and children living there that need help. Our guest today, Alma Ruth has fully embraced that call and is using her time and resources to support the people living in these desperate circumst…
 
Susan Harness faced many complexities and challenges growing up as an American Indian transracial adoptee in the 1960’s and 70’s. From years of experiencing racism, poor U.S. policies, an abusive father, and a journey to meet her mother, Susan has become gracious and an important voice for the adoptee community.…
 
In Episode 160, Dr. Rick and Phil look back on 2020, talk about the ups and downs of this crazy year, opportunities that have arisen because of the lockdowns and travel restrictions, a passage about eagles that has really spoken to Rick this year, and resources that have impacted them over the past 12 months. They also have a fun conversation about…
 
If there is anyone out there who has advice to give it is author, TBRI Practitioner, and certified Enneagram coach Lisa Qualls. She carries with her the wisdom that comes with being a mother to 12 through birth, adoption, and foster care. But she is also well acquainted with the deep pain that accompanies being a birth mom and losing another child …
 
When acclaimed author Nefertiti Austin started her journey of parenting, she bravely chose a challenging path. Being a single, black, adoptive mom was not easy but the lessons she learned were invaluable. Nefertiti shares the importance of community and finding support as well as her desire for parents everywhere to connect with one another despite…
 
Our series "Lighten Up about Parenting," wraps up today, which is perfect because, drumroll please, Calm the H*ck Down is officially out in the world! So we're running out of podcast but I have a whole book waiting for you, all about parenting. As you probably know by now, I invited 10 beta testers from all over the country to share their honest th…
 
When Ian and Brittany Bently adopted from Ethiopia, they had no idea that they would soon return to start a leather products company called Parker Clay. Through it they are empowering locals, keeping families together, and showing all of us that what we buy affects children around the world.By The Archibald Project
 
After a brief hiatus, we're back with the penultimate episode of our 10-part series, "Lighten Up about Parenting," and in each episode, we have not one but two awesome conversations for you. In addition to an awesome guest line-up for you throughout the series, I've also invited 10 beta testers from all over the country to share their honest though…
 
We all have predisposed ideas about adoption, especially around birth moms and placement. But what if the narrative you have isn't the whole truth? Our guest Ashley Mitchell, who is a birth mom herself, will quite possibly change everything you thought you knew, and we promise you will be better for it. She has wisdom for not just birth moms, but f…
 
Monica was adopted out of foster care at the age of 5 and now she plays a vital role in her family. Monica has been a foster sister to over 300 hundred kids. She has been able to show each child coming through their home that she understands what they are going through and that she is always going to be there for them.…
 
It's been almost four years since we had the privilege of telling the powerful story of a birth mom and adoptive family. This film has been viewed almost 2 million times and has impacted thousands of lives, but there is more to this story. Four years later so much has changed and there is still so much to learn.…
 
Patty, her sister Angelica, and their two other siblings didn't want to be adopted out of foster care. But faced with a difficult choice that could separate the group, they decided that permanently joining another family was the best option. Patty and Angelica share their struggles, their joys, and how healing is possible even in the face of really…
 
[ This episode is a recast from January 15, 2019 ] In Episode 156, you will hear from Dr. Caroline Leaf, neuroscientist, author of numerous books, and global speaker, talking with Phil about: How the mind controls the brain and why that is important The plasticity of the brain and how it gives us great hope in our work with orphaned and vulnerable …
 
After becoming an adoptive mom to black children, Gina Fimbel began to recognize that some things needed to change if she wanted her children to have the best chance at thriving in her family. Through friendships, education, and working with Be The Bridge, Gina has become a part of a movement of racial reconciliation that includes amplifying transr…
 
What is one of the best ways to learn how to be a better adoptive parent? By listening to the people who have already lived it. Tiffany and Jenn were both transracially adopted as children, but now they are adults who have insight on what helped and what hurt. They are here to share their stories, experience, and highlight the need for the adoptee …
 
What started off as a lonely journey full of unknowns has culminated to Brittney and Kevin Borders fostering over 20 children and adopting their two sons. Their invaluable experience that includes infertility, fighting to reunite a child with her father, and adopting both a white and black son has left them with incredible wisdom to share. We're so…
 
Christine Beliard founded FAB Moms, Fabulous Adoptive Black Moms, when she noticed a need in her own adoption journey for more resources and community for Black families going through the adoption process. Christine's passion and wisdom dismantles stereotypes about Black families involvement in the adoption/foster care world, and also sheds light o…
 
Despite an abusive home, living in foster care, and being adopted only to have his adoptive parents pass away far too soon, Steven has never given up. Today he is a professional athlete and an advocate for foster kids. Whether you are a foster or adoptive parent or spent time in foster care yourself, Steven's story will give you hope. We're so hono…
 
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