Dave Thomas Foundation - Celebrates National Adoption Day

November 22, 2014
Hosted by Kelly Ellison

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Episode Description

Join us with special guest, Rita Soronen, CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation and Cassidy Mack, National Adoption Day youth advocate. We'll discuss the Dave Thomas Foundation's recent announcement of the Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces. Companies from American Express to Zappo, leading the charge on providing adoption-friendly benefits to their employees.

This is the 8th year for the program and Rita shares her insights for how the program has grown over the years and some of the amazing benefits some of the companies are providing!

We'll also discuss events and activities going on for National Adoption Day and Cassidy Mack, film and television actress and formerly in foster care until the age of 6 when she found her forever family.

It's a jam-packed show, you won't want to miss! Listen to the show and then plan to head out in your local area to support National Adoption Day!

Your Adoption Coach

Your Adoption Coach

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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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