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November 2014

  • 11/22/2014: Dave Thomas Foundation - Celebrates National Adoption Day Listen Now
  • 11/15/2014: Buescher Foundation - Money for Domestic Adoption Listen Now
  • 11/8/2014: Special Encore Presentation: European Adoption Consultants Listen Now
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America’s Christian Credit Union

America’s Christian Credit Union is founded on the principle of “To Reach, To Serve, and To Teach” since 1958. They have a special commitment to adoptive families offering an array of special products from adoption loans to grants and credit cards. They have served over 500 families reach their financial goals and bring their families home forever. View Guest page

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Nancy Baker

Mark Barrett and Nancy Baker are the co-founders of adopt2connect. Both are adoptive parents and founded adopt2connect together after working together on Mark’s adoption to Russia. Nancy Baker has been an adoption caseworker for more than 15 years placing children for adoption from both Viet Nam and Russia. She and her husband have a daughter and son adopted from Russia. Both were adopted as infants and are now in high school and college. Mark is the proud parent of an daughter from Russia and founded with Nancy the online adoption community adopt2connect. View Guest page

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Mark Barrett

Mark Barrett and Nancy Baker are the co-founders of adopt2connect. Both are adoptive parents and founded adopt2connect together after working together on Mark’s adoption to Russia. Nancy Baker has been an adoption caseworker for more than 15 years placing children for adoption from both Viet Nam and Russia. She and her husband have a daughter and son adopted from Russia. Both were adopted as infants and are now in high school and college. Mark is the proud parent of an daughter from Russia and founded with Nancy the online adoption community adopt2connect. View Guest page

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James and Kris Buescher

In 2012 James won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship. In 2014 he has traveling across the country racing in the NASCAR Worldwide Series.

Kris Buescher runs the Buescher Foundation along with members of the Board of Directors. She is a personal trainer and manages a household with their two children, Stetson, 15 month and Presley, 5 months. View Guest page

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Allison Cappa

Program Director, Allison Cappa, joined CCAI in September of 2010. Previously,she worked for Senator Don Nickles and then served as the Associate Director of Marketing at a trade association based in Washington, DC. Allison started as the Director of External Relations, and in her new role as the Director of Programs, she oversees CCAI’s core initiatives including the Angels in Adoption events and gala, the Congressional Foster Youth Internship as well as National Adoption Day efforts across the country. She graduated from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. View Guest page

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Irene Clements

Irene Clements currently serves as the president of the National Foster Parent Association and Public Policy Chair of the Texas Foster Family Association. Irene is past president of the Texas Foster Family Association. She serves as the Chair on the Board of Directors of EveryChild, Inc. and brings her knowledge of parenting children with disabilities to the organization as they work to bring children who have been institutionalized due to their disabilities home to families. View Guest page

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Susan Soonkeum Cox

Susan Soonkeum Cox is the Vice President of Public Policy and External Affairs for Holt International Children's Services. She has worked with international adoption and child welfare issues for more than twenty five years. Adopted from Korea in 1956, her life experience as an early international adoptee gives her a unique and personal perspective. Susan is a frequent presenter and trainer and has testified before Congress on issues related to adoption, child welfare and foreign affairs. She is a member of the Hague Special Commission on Intercountry Adoption. View Guest page

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Astrid Dabbeni

Astrid Dabbeni is executive director of the Adoption Mosiac, a nonprofit organization founded by those touched by adoption to offer support, education and resources for the adoption community. The Adoption Constellation is a magazine that is published quarterly and provides articles and stories about the adoption constellation – those touched by adoption. View Guest page

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Tom DiFilipo

Sherrie Eldridge

Sherrie Eldridge believes that being adopted equates to a life of mysteries, just waiting to be discovered. A twice-reunited adoptee, 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 adoptee heart. This is what makes Eldridge unique! Because her books hit core needs, readers review her work with anger or thanks. She takes this in stride, knowing many critics return with thanks. 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 four other books and free adoption workbooks: View Guest page

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Amanda Grant

CEO and Founder of US Adopt, an adoption professional, and adoptive parent herself, while working full-time at a demanding career, as a senior officer in the institutional investment business went through the domestic adoption process. She experienced the many challenges and pressures people encounter when they decide to build a family through adoption. Based on several years of research, and her personal experience, she developed adoption education tools to guide people through the process more quickly and confidently while reducing risk and cost. These tools formed the basis of USAdopt. Amanda has her Clinical Certification in Adoption from Rutgers University. View Guest page

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Renee Hettich

Renee Hettich is an adoption social worker with Family Connections and supports families who are adopting domestically or internationally with home study and post-adoption support services. She is known for her professional lectures and presentations on adoption issues and has been published in Adoption Today Magazine. Renee holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, a Master’s degree in Audiology and a Bachelor’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology. She is an adoptive mother of two daughters from China, a son from Guatemala and she is currently in the process of adopting a boy from China. View Guest page

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Denise Harris Hoppenhauer

Denise Harris Hoppenhauer is an adoptive parent and adoption Advocate. She is the Author of Adopting a Toddler: What Size Shoes Does She Wear? Denise is the Past President of the SC Adoption Coalition for Education and Support.  She has developed a curriculum of pre-adoption adoption classes and regularly speaks at adoption expos and conferences in both the US and abroad. She is the South Carolina contact for FRUA, and an International Case Manger for Beacon House Adoption Services. View Guest page

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Anne R. Hughes

Anne R. Hughes, Executive Director of Beacon House Adoption Services, Inc. Graduated from Texas Women’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree, followed by attendance at Louisiana State University Law Center, graduating in 1984. Completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Louisiana State University in 1998. Founded Beacon House Adoption Services Inc in 1989 and has been the Executive Director since then. View Guest page

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Dr. Lori Barer Ingber

Parent Match founder, Dr. Lori Barer Ingber, earned her PhD in Public Health at the University of Michigan. With her expertise in Women's Health, Health Behavior and Public Health, Dr. Ingber has been a long-time advocate for improving the adoption system in the United States - finding innovative ways to enhance the experience for expectant parents, children, adoptive parents and adoption professionals. She is also the proud mother of four children, two of whom were adopted. View Guest page

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Chuck Johnson

Chuck serves as president and CEO of the National Council For Adoption. He is responsible for all aspects of NCFA, including management as well as implementing the organization's mission. He is an advocate for children, birthparents, and adoptive families, and is a frequent writer, speaker, and commentator on adoption policy and practice. Chuck currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Council on Accreditation (COA). Prior to joining NCFA, Chuck served 17 years with a licensed child-placing agency in Alabama, including eight years as its executive director. Chuck is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Social Work and holds a Masters degree from Birmingham Theological Seminary. He has been a licensed practicing social worker since 1986. View Guest page

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Craig Juntunen

In his early life, Juntunen was involved heavily in athletics, playing quarterback for a total of 14 seasons. He finished his athletic career as a quarterback in the Canadian Football League. He was elected into the State of Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame and the University of Idaho Hall of Fame. His experience as a leader on the football field led to his developing into an entrepreneur. He built and sold a company with a very successful track record and temporarily retired. His experience as a quarterback and as an entrepreneur blended together to form philanthropic passions. He has been involved in many charitable giving efforts, and until recently his most notable achievement was launching the Chances for Children foundation, which supports villages in Haiti and has placed more than 100 children in adoptive families in the last three years. He and his wife Kathi live in Scottsdale, Arizona with their three children, Amelec, Espie and Quinn. View Guest page

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Paul Kapur

Paul Kapur, Financial Advisor for Ameriprise Financial. Paul works to help his clients maintain their financial focus so they can achieve the financial goals that are most important to them and their families, both now and in the future. Their mission is to deliver financial solutions through a tailored approach and a genuine interest in our clients' evolving needs. We help our clients achieve confidence. View Guest page

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Delta Kirkland

Assistant Manager of Summer Miracles Program

Delta has been with Kid Save for over two years, working with the Summer Miracles Program that brings children from Colombia ages 10-13 who are growing up in institutional care to communities across the US to stay with host families for a 5-week summer program. View Guest page

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Lauren Koch

As director of development and communications, Lauren is responsible for developing and implementing NCFA's comprehensive fundraising plan, as well as directing all communications efforts, including media and public relations, social media outreach, public awareness campaigns, marketing, webinars, and NCFA's monthly publications. Since joining NCFA in May 2007, Lauren has also served as development associate and assistant director of development and external relations. She has a heartfelt passion for children and families that stems from her own experience being adopted into a loving family as a baby. View Guest page

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Marissa Leuallen

Marissa Leuallen has worked at Holt International for 8 years with several different country programs. She obtained her Masters of Social Work degree from Portland State University in 2010. Currently, she is the Social Work Manager for Holt’s China Program. Marissa connects with families who in the early stages of exploring the China adoption process. She also collaborates with direct service social workers and reviews adoption home studies, supports families adopting older children, and assists in program supervision. She says that the best part about her job is seeing the hundreds of children who are adopted through Holt each year truly blossom in their post-placement photos. It’s amazing what a nurturing family can do for a child! View Guest page

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Cari Maciolek

Cari Maciolek is a Senior Account Manager at Hawley & Associates and has over 20 years of insurance experience working with commercial accounts. She joined Hawley & Associates in 2006 and is dedicated to working with Social Service, Non-Profit and Child Welfare organizations throughout the country. View Guest page

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Cassidy Mack



National Adoption Day Youth Advocate

Spending her early years in the Foster Care system, Cassidy joined her forever family by adoption at the age of 6 which changed her life dramatically. She started her career on the stage doing Musical Theatre, where she caught the acting bug. After a chance meeting with Ryan Gosling, she decided that her destiny was actually going to be as a film and television actress and she set out to find herself representation. Luckily for her, she was immediately signed and her journey began. Since then, Cassidy has enjoyed working has appeared in commercials, short and feature films and has had several co-star roles on television. She uses her past experiences to bring more depth to her performances.

Charity Work is very important to Cassidy. Cassidy is very passionate about what she believes in and is determined to give back to those who have and continue to believe in her. In November of 2012 she founded her own Non-Profit Organization Called "Love Gives Chances". Her goal is to empower Foster Youth and encourage them to find the courage to go after their dreams. At the same time letting the world know how incredible adopting a child from foster care can be, bringing hope to more children before they age out of the system. View Guest page

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Amber Marshall

Amber Marshall has been with Embraced by Grace since 2007 as the Director of Social Services and has a Master of Social Work degree. Amber prepares families throughout the entire adoption process, from the initial interview to the final adoption hearing. She is married and the mother of 6 children. View Guest page

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Lindsay Miller

Lindsay Miller, also an Intercountry Adoption Caseworker has been with Gladney for 2 years and BSW at University of North Texas, MSSW at University of Texas at Arlington. View Guest page

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Elisabeth O’Toole

Elisabeth O’Toole is an author and mother of three children through adoption. She has a degree from Northwestern University and Colorado State University. She has experience in business, education, and the nonprofit sector. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. View Guest page

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Adam Pertman

Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Institute and author of the ever popular book, Adoption Nation. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national nonprofit that is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. Pertman – a former Pulitzer-nominated journalist – is also Associate Editor of Adoption Quarterly, the premier research journal dealing with adoption and foster care. And he is the author of Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and America, reviewed as “the most important book ever written on the subject.” In addition, he is the author of many chapters and articles on adoption- and family-related issues in books, scholarly journals and mass-market publications. View Guest page

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Adam Pertman

Adam is President of the Myriad Center on Adoption and Permanency and of its umbrella organization, Myriad Strategic Partners, which offers a range of services to business and nonprofit clients. He is one of the most highly regarded experts, authors and keynoters in the field of adoption and foster care; he speaks, writes and presents internationally, appears regularly in the media, and has received numerous honors for his work. He is also the author of the acclaimed book “Adoption Nation.” He served as the chief executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute for over a decade and, previously, was a senior journalist at the Boston Globe. His expertise includes media, programming, development, strategy, policy and advocacy. View Guest page

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Helen Ramaligia

Helen Ramaligia, author of From Foster to Fabulous and founder of Fostering Superstars. View Guest page

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Lauren Reicher Gordon

VP and Director of Family Visit Programs

Lauren oversees the Summer and Weekend Miracles Programs, she works both with governmental agencies and agency partners and is responsible for development of program and training protocols. View Guest page

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Darol Rodrock

Following graduation from Marysville High School in 1962 in Marysville, Kansas, Darol Rodrock went on to the University of Kansas, where he earned a Masters Degree in Education. He met and married his wife Karen while at KU. Darol spent eleven years teaching history and coaching, mostly at Shawnee Mission West High School, in Overland Park, Kansas. Before and after his school duties, he started building houses in 1974, building over 800 houses. He eventually moved into development and founded Rodrock Development. Rodrock Development has currently built more than 70 new-home communities in Johnson County, Kansas and has been named “Developer of the Year” five years in a row. On January 17, 2014, Darol held a Foundation Kickoff Party to celebrate a new foundation he established called The Darol Rodrock Foundation, whose purpose is to benefit children in foster care. View Guest page

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Dr. Elaine Schulte

Dr. Schulte is an active member of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services and the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committees of the Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care and the Committee on Early Childhood Education. Elaine has worked with internationally adopted children and their families since 1995. She maintains an active clinical practice, with specific interests in international adoption, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, lead poisoning, immunizations and residency education. The International Adoption Program includes pre-adoption consultation through eClevelandClinic, travel support, post-adoption screening, ongoing primary care and a multi-disciplinary clinic for development and behavior evaluation, as well as learning needs. She is the parent of two daughters adopted from China. View Guest page

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Rita Soronen



Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation. For nearly 30 years, Rita has worked on behalf of abused, neglected and vulnerable children providing leadership for local, state, and national efforts. As President and CEO for the Dave Thomas Foundation since 2001, She has worked to find families for each of the more than 130,000 waiting children in the United States. Ms. Soronen currently serves on the board of the Ohio CASA/GAL Association, the public education committee of the National CASA Association and is past vice president of the board of the congressional coalition on Adoption institute and has been awarded the Angels in Adoption Award for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. View Guest page

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Joyce Sterkel

Joyce Sterkel is the founder of The Ranch For Kids View Guest page

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Anita Stevens

Anita Stevens is Founder and Executive Director of Family Connections. She has over 20 years experience working in the adoption field and has a Bachelors Degree with a double major in Social Work and Psychology. She has helped to initiate domestic and international adoption placements with the preparation of home studies and dossiers for children of all ages in New York and other states, and for 21 different countries. Anita is passionate about helping families and available children find each other, fall in love and work through the attachment process of adoption. She is also the mother of 3 children and grandmother of 7. View Guest page

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Allonna & Damien Stovall

Allonna and Damien Stovall, family of seven children all under the age of ten, Jake and Amy Glover – the proud parents of six children, one adopted from China, three from Haiti and two biological children. View Guest page

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Kathleen Strottman

Kathleen Strottman comes to her role as the Executive Director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) after serving for nearly eight years as a trusted advisor to Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and then as an associate at Patton Boggs, LLC. As the Senator’s Legislative Director, Kathleen worked to pass legislation such as the No Child Left Behind Act, The Medicare Modernization Act, The Inter-Country Adoption Act, The Child Citizenship Act of 2000, The Adoption Tax Credit and the Family Court Act. Throughout her career, Kathleen has worked to increase the opportunity for positive dialogue and the exchange of best practices between the United States and countries such as China, Romania, Russia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Ethiopia and India. Kathleen regularly presents at national and international child welfare conferences and has appeared on CNN, FOX News, CBS, NBC, C-SPAN, PBS and numerous other media outlets. View Guest page

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Rebecca Tabasso

Rebecca Tabasso was adopted at the age of three months to loving parents who were open about her adoption and fully supported her when she had adoption related questions. As an adult, she adopted two infant sons of her own (now eleven and fourteen). In 2010 she designed and launched www.carriedinmyheart.com, a comprehensive online adoption resource dedicated to the well-being of the adopted family, including a vast collection of online resources and a community for peers across each leg of the adoption triad. She actively participates on the statewide Inter-Agency Committee on Adoption along with state family services resources and local adoption agencies and professionals. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she is committed to providing, through engaging children's literature, quality tools that parents can trust and share with their children to reinforce key adoption messages. She resides in Newark, Delaware with her husband and her two sons. View Guest page

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Randi Thompson

Randi Thompson is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of KidSave International. Randi and her co-founder Terry Baugh pioneered the successful Family Visit Model, enabling children growing up without parents to meet and spend time with caring adults in the community, who advocate on their behalf to find them permanent families and lifelong mentors. Randi started the successful Summer Miracles program out of her bedroom office in 1999, and with Terry built it into the gold standard hosting program it is today.Summer Miracles USA has found families for over 80% of the children who have participated in the program. Since 1999 the program has given over 1,700 orphans and abandoned children summer visits. In Russia and Colombia exposure to this international family visit program has begun to change the way child welfare professionals think about finding families for older children – requesting adoption agencies take older children for adoption. It has helped governments believe there is hope for older orphan children, who are usually forgotten and alone. View Guest page

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Gia Tutalo-Mote

Gia Tutalo-Mote, founder of Forever Family View Guest page

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Beth Whitacre

Beth Whitacre has been an Intercountry Adoption Caseworker since September 2008. Beth is fluent in Spanish and is passionate about serving children who need families in Gladney’s Latin American Programs. View Guest page

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Becky Wilmoth

Becky is a Registered Tax Return Preparer at Bills Tax Service of Centralia LLC. She studied accounting at Kaskaskia College. She has taken the Enrolled Agent exams and has prepared taxes for years. Blessed by adoption twice. My boss', Alan and Jaime Newcomb, are foster and adoptive parents. Bill’s Tax Service helps local adoptive families claim the Adoption Tax Credit. Beck travels all over the United States speaking and exhibiting on the Adoption Tax Credit. View Guest page

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Diane Wilson

Nature’s One Nutrition Director Diane Wilson has over 30 years of experience in the pediatric nutrition industry. Diane has authored chapters on maternal and child nutrition, the history of maternal and child health programs, and the marketing of nutrition services for a textbook for graduate students in public health. She has worked as a clinical dietitian, public health nutritionist, and product manager for pediatric nutritionals with an international pharmaceutical company. Diane is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and holds a master’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. View Guest page

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Nicole Witt

Nicole Witt, Executive Director of the Adoption Consultancy joins us. Nicole earned her BA from Lehigh University and MBA from Cornell University. She has 10 years in Management Consulting and Strategic Marketing before founding The Adoption Consultancy. Recognized as an information source; she has been interviewed by Today, World News Tonight, Fox News, Daytime, Redbook, More magazine, E! Online, and many radio programs. Nicole is a member of the Florida Adoption Council, the National Association of Female Executives, the World Speakers Association, the American Professional Speakers Association, and the Florida Speakers Association. Nicole is also an active professional member of RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, serves on the Resolve Editorial Board and co-founded the Tampa chapter of the organization in 2007. View Guest page

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Dave Thomas Foundation - Celebrates National Adoption Day

November 22, 2014
Hosted by Kelly Ellison

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Join us with special guest, Rita Soronen, CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation and Cassidy Mack, National Adoption Day youth advocate. We'll discuss the Dave Thomas Foundation's recent announcement of the Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces. Companies from American Express to Zappo, leading the charge on providing adoption-friendly benefits to their employees.

This is the 8th year for the program and Rita shares her insights for how the program has grown over the years and some of the amazing benefits some of the companies are providing!

We'll also discuss events and activities going on for National Adoption Day and Cassidy Mack, film and television actress and formerly in foster care until the age of 6 when she found her forever family.

It's a jam-packed show, you won't want to miss! Listen to the show and then plan to head out in your local area to support National Adoption Day!

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Your Adoption Coach

Saturday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

Your Adoption Coach is designed to reach prospective and current adoptive families, couple, and singles with the resources they need to successfully bring their family together. We will examine international and domestic adoption, resources, costs, stories, highlight innovative agencies and bring the touching stories of families struggling and succeeding to the forefront. There is no greater community builder than Adoption! When we educate and encourage others to become involved, more people are inspired to adopt or be a part of a community of adoption. Our show aims to educate and inspire others to get involved in building a family be it on their own or helping someone close to them bring their family home together forever. Your Adoption Coach is broadcast live every Saturday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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Kelly Ellison

Kelly is an adoptive parent, executive coach and trainer. She has over 25 years of experience working in development and management in the nonprofit sector and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes ranging from the environment to the arts. Kelly has a passion for helping adoptive families reach their financial goals and uses her experience from the nonprofit world to coach adoptive families. She is Your Adoption Finance Coach and works with adoption agencies and families providing workshops, resources, and coaching to help them with their financial needs associated with adoptions both international and domestic. Using her system, the families she supports raise anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 or more for their adoption. Kelly completed her Masters Degree in Business Administration in 2005, graduating from the Rockhurst University in the Executive Fellows Program in Kansas City, Missouri. She has extensive management experience, training and facilitating groups of all sizes and backgrounds. Kelly is certified in mediation and diversity and is an author and speaker. She will be speaking at the National Council for Adoption this year. She serves on several boards including the scholarship committee for the Rosalyn Carter Institute’s Intergenerational Caregivers Scholarship Award and is also a member of the board of governors to the We Are Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in New York City.

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