Family Connections with Anita Stevens and Renee Hettich

June 28, 2014
Hosted by Kelly Ellison

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Episode Description

Today we’re happy to welcome Anita Stevens and Renee Hettich with Family Connections, Inc. Family Connections is a not-for-profit, New York State authorized private adoption agency caring for families through domestic and international adoption since 1994. They are dedicated to supporting birth parents, adoptive parents, and children touched by adoption throughout the life-long journey of adoption. Anita Stevens is Founder and Executive Director of Family Connections. She has over 20 years experience working in the adoption field and is passionate about helping families and available children find each other, fall in love, and work through the attachment process of adoption. Renee Hettich, is an adoption social worker and supports families who are adopting domestically or internationally with home study and post-adoption support services. She is known for her professional lectures and presentations on adoption issues and has been published in Adoption Today Magazine.

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Your Adoption Coach is designed to reach prospective and current adoptive families, couple, and singles with the resources they need to successfully bring their family together. We will examine international and domestic adoption, resources, costs, stories, highlight innovative agencies and bring the touching stories of families struggling and succeeding to the forefront. There is no greater community builder than Adoption! When we educate and encourage others to become involved, more people are inspired to adopt or be a part of a community of adoption. Our show aims to educate and inspire others to get involved in building a family be it on their own or helping someone close to them bring their family home together forever.

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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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