S2E16 Katie and Scott’s Story

We are SO excited to be featuring our first embryo adoption donor family story today on the podcast! Katie and Scott were a bit older when they decided that they wanted children and after researching both fostering and adoption, they were heartbroken and discouraged. After a fateful lunch with a good friend, the idea of…

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S2E15 Kitty Ravert’s Story

New ADOPTION NOW Podcast! We often hear the stories of adoptees, birth mothers, and adoptive parents on this podcast, but it is very rare to find ALL THREE in one person! Today’s guest, Kitty, however has experienced the triad of adoption and today she walks us through the struggles, heartbreak, and happiness she has felt…

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S2E14 Michelle Madrid-Branch’s Story

November is National Adoption Month and we have great stories for you in the next few weeks! Michelle Madrid-Branch is an adoptee and also an adoptive mom! She is an author, speaker, and global advocate for women and children. Her books include “Mascara Moments,” “Adoption Means Love,” and “The Tummy Mummy,” which was voted one of the…

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S2E13 Sara Berry’s Story

Sara and her husband were parents to 5 beautiful children when their faith lead them on a path that resulted in the adoption of two children from China. From the start they knew that both children had disabilities but their immediate love for them, made the decision easy, even if the process wasn’t always. Sally…

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S2E12 Angela Rushing’s Story

Angela Rushing shares her story of how she was brought up in a traumatic household with an alcoholic father and passive aggressive mother, and how this situation ultimately led her to feel unwanted and unnurtured. Before she knew it, she had undergone 2 abortions, and when she found herself pregnant once more, she knew she…

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S2E11 Erik Weihenmayer’s Story

There are few more challenging achievements that the average person looks up to more than summiting Mt. Everest. Now imagine doing it blind. That’s what today’s guest Erik Weihenmayer did, becoming the first blind man to do so, along with summiting the rest of the Seven Summits, and kayaking the entire 277 miles of the…

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S2E10 The Lucky Few – Heather Avis

Heather Avis and her husband are parents of three adopted children, two of whom have Down Syndrome. At the start of their adoption journey, they set out to adopt a healthy baby, but after meeting their future daughter Macy, a baby girl with both Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect that would require surgery…

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S2E9 Renee’s Adoption Story from China and Guatemala

Today on the podcast, we are so excited to feature Renee Hettich’s story of her experience adopting 4 children internationally. One of her children is from Guatemala, and three of them are from China, our first Chinese adoption story on the podcast! Renee shares how none of the four adoptions went exactly according to plan,…

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S2E8 Andra and Chung’s Story

One of the realities we face as adoptive parents is the fact that as a result of the situations our adopted children came from (often situations that created the need for adoption in the first place), there are often developmental challenges that they, and we along with them, must work through. Today on ADOPTION NOW,…

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S2E7 Talking About Trauma with Carrie O’Toole

Do you have questions about PTSD related to adoption? Do you struggle as a parent to understand a child that has experienced early childhood trauma? On this episode of ADOPTION NOW, April Fallon talks with Carrie O’Toole about how to deal with a challenging placement and how to see signs of trauma in the brain.…

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