Encore: Adoption 101. Where Do We Start?
November 3, 2017
Hosted by Micah Johnson
Join me Micah Johnson and my guest Shannon Murphy- Johnson from A Step Ahead Adoption Services as we launch the very first episode of Adoption Unscripted Radio. So many of us have a personal connection to adoption, and we all have a story. Adoption Unscripted is the place for us to share those stories. On today's show we'll explore your adoption options and where you should start. Is Domestic, International, or adopting from Foster Care better for your family? Should you use an adoption agency or an attorney, what is the home study process like, how long does it take. What's the average cost for adoption and how your can finance it? Shannon has spent the past 13 years guiding families every step of the way as they begin this journey and she can help us answer these questions and more. Join me every Friday morning for insightful and interesting conversations where we talk All Things Adoption with folks who are living this real life everyday. Welcome! We're So Happy Your Here!
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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.
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.