Adoption 101. Where do You Start? pt 2

July 21, 2017
Hosted by Micah Johnson

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Our guest on last weeks show, Shannon Murphy-Johnson, from A Step Ahead Adoption Services will join us again to continue our conversation and answer your questions about where to start when you are considering adoption.

Adoption Unscripted

Adoption Unscripted

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Becoming a parent is life changing. Creating your family through adoption can add additional twists and turns to your journey. On “Adoption Unscripted,” we create a safe place for families on that journey to "unpack" all they’ve encountered along the way. We have real life conversations with parents, adoptees, first families and industry professionals who bring the amazing experience of adoption to life. We create real life strategies when parents get stuck, unravel myths, inform parents of the wonderful resources, and introduce them to experts and advocates in the field. Tune in to Adoption Unscripted, live every Friday at 8 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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Micah Johnson

Micah Johnson

I have worked directly with children and families for over 25 years. I have created and implemented family-centric programs in both the private and public sectors for law enforcement, public schools, colleges, nonprofits and government agencies. I have designed mentorship programs, experiential education programs and written curriculum for at risk youth. In 2010, I co-founded Anywhere Childcare. We work with the US Military to provide family programs for the children of deployed soldiers in the National Guard and reserves nationwide. Our programs focus on creating strong bonds to ensure the families stay connected during deployment. Two years ago, I started Seeing Color, a consulting and coaching business. I work one-on-one with parents who have adopted transracially. We also have a community where we host family activities, workshops, and educational opportunities. Together we work on the complex and sometimes challenging aspects of raising children of a different race, mostly African-American children in today's racially charged world.

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Sean Delehant


Sean Delehant, LCPC, CP, Program Director of the Prince George’s County, Riverdale Maryland office, of CASE the Center for Adoption Support and Education, earned his graduate degree in Clinical and Community Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland and Washington, D.C. He is an adoption competent therapist who specializes in working with teens and has provided individual, family and group psychotherapy for over 27 years.
Sean is certified in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy and is a Certified Supervisor in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). He is also a Becoming a Love and Logic Parent Facilitator. In addition, Sean presents locally, nationally and internationally on numerous topics and trainings related to adoption and is a certified TAC (Training for Adoption Competency) trainer, offering training and supervision to other mental health professionals seeking certification as adoption competent therapists. View Guest page

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Barry Farmer


Barry Farmer is the father of 3 boys adopted from foster care. He is an advocate for children, families and the foster care system. Barry has created an online support network for parents on every stage of their foster care journey. View Guest page

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Kevin Hofmann


Kevin is an accomplished writer and public speaker who has a passion for adoption and especially transracial adoption. He has had the opportunity to speak and hold workshops with audiences all over the United States and he enjoys sharing his experiences as a biracial transracial adoptee to help other adoptive families and professionals. Hofmann lives with his wife and two sons in Toledo Ohio. View Guest page

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Lynea Krukiewicz


Lynea is a Birth Mother of 25 years. She has been reunited with her daughter for 12 years. She a native of Utah, born in Utah County. She is the oldest of eight which now provides a very large family as all are married with families of their own.
Her experience with being a Birth Mother has been a huge roller coaster of emotions. The story is still ongoing and has many twists and turns. Knowledge is power and it can help when times are at their worst.
Along with her other interests she is passionate about helping other Birth Mothers to cope with the daily challenges of life after placing a child. View Guest page

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Shannon Murphy-Johnson


Shannon Murphy-Johnson works as a Adoption Consultant with A Step Ahead Adoption Services. She has been with A Step Ahead for over 13 years. Among Shannon’s many strengths is the passion she brings to her work, coupled with her knowledge of adoption, first and foremost as an adoptee and then as an adoptive parent. Shannon and her husband, Kenneth, have been married 25 years and live in Kansas along with their four beautiful children, two of which were brought home through the amazing experience of adoption. View Guest page

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