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April 25th 2015:Older Adoption - Beyond 18

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 gr

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Susan Stockham

Susan has been practicing law in Florida since 1982. Her practice is limited to adoption and surrogacy. In her 30 years of practice she has assisted over 2,000 couples in domestic, independent and agency adoptions, and international adoptions. Ms. Stockham is a Florida Bar Board Certified Adoption Law Attorney and a member of the prestigious American Academies of Adoption Attorneys and Assisted Reproductive Law Attorneys. She also represents parties in relative, stepparent and grandparent adoptions. In addition to adoptions, Ms. Stockham has represented gestational carriers, surrogates and intended parents in building families. Her interests in adoption go beyond her professional wor
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Derrick Riggins

Derrick Riggins, is the Director of Community and Government Relations for a local nonprofit called Youth For Tomorrow (YFT) located in Prince William County. He has been with YFT for 2 years and prior to joining YFT he worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Finance Committee for Chairman Max Baucus. Derrick also had a brief stint with Health and Human Services working on policy related to domestic minor sexual expiation. Derrick attend Florida A& M University in Tallahassee, Florida receiving his bachelors in social work, he then went on to attend Florida State University receiving his master’s degree in social work with a concentration on Social Policy and Administration. This lead to
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