A Voice Supporting Foster, Kinship and Adoptive Families

May 16, 2022
Hosted by Mikki Shepard

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Pat O’Brien is the Executive Director of the Adoptive & Foster Family Coalition of New York, after recently serving for 2.5 years as the Director of the Coalition’s post adoption program called AGAPE in both Long Island and Rockland County. The Coalition unites foster, adoptive and kinship care families, giving them a voice and providing support, information and advocacy. By fostering communication and collaboration between families, agencies and concerned citizens, we seek to ensure the stability, well-being and permanency of all children touched by the child welfare system. The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York provides support, information and advocacy for foster, kinship and adoptive families and related professionals in New York State. Incorporated in 1975, they provide services to help support families and their children. They educate the public, legislators and government leaders about the needs and realities of foster, kinship and adoptive families. Finally, they collaborate with child welfare agencies and other groups to ensure that families are best able to support and parent the children in their homes.

Adoption as a Choice

Adoption as a Choice

Monday at 11 AM on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

Discussions around the following: it doesn’t take biology to create a family, adoption as a loving choice, and the law of attraction. Education is the key message to help the listeners make informed decisions by discussing facts, myths and various stories and interviewing guests.

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Mikki Shepard

Mikki Shepard

Mikki’s diverse career spans multiple industries, successful entrepreneurship, and a strong background in speaking and real estate. She is a published writer and seminar speaker for organizations such as: National Association of REALTORS, Business Breakthroughs International (a Chet Holmes and Anthony Robbins company). She is the author of IN A HEARTBEAT-The Miracle of a Family That Was Meant to Be, is a delightful, true story spanning several generations of families born out of love. It shares a ‘good news’ adoption story about the greatest gift of love a parent can give their child and the most awesome gift another parent can receive.

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