Astrid Dabbeni’s Search for her Birthmother in Colombia

March 9, 2013
Hosted by Kelly Ellison

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Astrid Dabbeni began searching for her birthmother at age 41. Astrid and her sister were orphans in Colombia and were brought to the United States when they were 4 and 6 to be adopted by the Reynolds family. Little did they know at the time that their mother had not given permission for them to go to the orphanage or to be adopted. During that time, 1975, there was a great deal of corruption in the inter-country adoption community and Astrid and her sister Maria were caught in the middle. You’ll want to tune into this show when Astrid describes her journey to find her 64-year old mother in Colombia who has been heartbroken for so many years not knowing the fate of her two young daughters.

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Kelly Ellison

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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