Special Encore Presentation: Russia Update with Chuck Johnson, National Council for Adoption

March 16, 2013
Hosted by Kelly Ellison

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Most of us clung to the media over the holidays waiting to hear if President Putin would ban adoptions by the US. On December 28th,the Russian President signed into law a ban of Russian children by US citizens. 52 families had already received a judge’s order approving their adoption. 102 families had visited their child for the first but did not have the signed order from a judge. Of the 52 families, 32 of these adoptions have already been completed. Of the 102 families, they still wait; waiting for the political arena to shift. No one knows more or is more committed to working toward an agreement than Chuck Johnson, President of the National Council for Adoption. Chuck has worked for years with Russia to create a treaty which was signed on November 1, 2012, only to have the whole thing unravel on December 28th. You will definitely want to tune in for this show as we discuss the series of events that led up to the ban and how it has had such a HUGE ripple effect for so many.

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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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