Older Adoption - Beyond 18

April 25, 2015
Hosted by Kelly Ellison

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We spend a significant amount of time talking about the 18,000+ youth that 'age-out' of foster care each year, but what exactly does that mean? Does the fact that turning 18 erase the opportunity to find their forever family? No! You'll want to tune in as we visit with Derrick Riggins an adult adoptee who aged-out of the system and was adopted at age 25 joins us with his Mom, Susan Stockham an adoption attorney who specializes in adoption and surrogacy talk about older adoption - beyond age 18. Derrick shares some important insights about the lack of resources and mentors for this group of youth who age out of the system. Susan shares with us that there is no age-limit on adoption - that she has helped many families come together even over 50! Don't miss it - you'll be inspired and hopefully motivated to go out in your own community to help a youth seeking the most basic kind of support.

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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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Episode Directory

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

  • 4/25/2015: Older Adoption - Beyond 18 Listen Now
  • 4/18/2015: Special Encore Presentation: Six Things My Adoptive Parents Did Right with Lisa Cleary Listen Now
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