Show Hope with Mike Hamilton

June 20, 2015
Hosted by Kelly Ellison

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Meet the new executive director, Mike Hamilton with Show Hope! We will get an update from Mike about all of the events and activities going on at Show Hope as well as hear his vision for the future for this extraordinary organization. Founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, this nonprofit organization is helping to make a difference for the millions of orphans and waiting children around the world. Primarily they do this through Adoption Aid financial grants that help give orphans families and Special Care Centers in China that help orphans with special needs. Through programs like their Advocates, Student Initiatives, and Sponsorship, they are truly mobilizing a movement of individuals and communities who show hope to children in need.

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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 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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June 2015

  • 6/20/2015: Show Hope with Mike Hamilton Listen Now
  • 6/13/2015: Special Encore Presentation: Portriat of An Adoption - Carrie Goldman Listen Now
  • 6/6/2015: Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair, on Transracial Adoption in 'post-racial' America Listen Now

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America’s Christian Credit Union

America’s Christian Credit Union is founded on the principle of “To Reach, To Serve, and To Teach” since 1958. They have a special commitment to adoptive families offering an array of special products from adoption loans to grants and credit cards. They have served over 500 families reach their financial goals and bring their families home forever. View Guest page

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Nancy Baker

Mark Barrett and Nancy Baker are the co-founders of adopt2connect. Both are adoptive parents and founded adopt2connect together after working together on Mark’s adoption to Russia. Nancy Baker has been an adoption caseworker for more than 15 years placing children for adoption from both Viet Nam and Russia. She and her husband have a daughter and son adopted from Russia. Both were adopted as infants and are now in high school and college. Mark is the proud parent of an daughter from Russia and founded with Nancy the online adoption community adopt2connect. View Guest page

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Whitney Barrell

Whitney Barrell is a LCSW, received her BS in Phsychology at Sonoma State University and a Master's of Social Work from the University of Utah. During graduate school she worked toward a specialization in mental health and her practicum was focused on children's mental heath. Whitney has worked with diverse populations including refugees, those faces with addition, the serious and persistently mentally ill and many, many children and families. Whiteny currently owns a private practice located in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is focues on couples experiencing infertility and those parenting adopted children. She loves working with families formed by adoption because of her clinical experience in attachment, and because she is an adoptive mother. View Guest page

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Mark Barrett

Mark Barrett and Nancy Baker are the co-founders of adopt2connect. Both are adoptive parents and founded adopt2connect together after working together on Mark’s adoption to Russia. Nancy Baker has been an adoption caseworker for more than 15 years placing children for adoption from both Viet Nam and Russia. She and her husband have a daughter and son adopted from Russia. Both were adopted as infants and are now in high school and college. Mark is the proud parent of an daughter from Russia and founded with Nancy the online adoption community adopt2connect. View Guest page

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James and Kris Buescher

In 2012 James won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship. In 2014 he has traveling across the country racing in the NASCAR Worldwide Series.

Kris Buescher runs the Buescher Foundation along with members of the Board of Directors. She is a personal trainer and manages a household with their two children, Stetson, 15 month and Presley, 5 months. View Guest page

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Allison Cappa

Program Director, Allison Cappa, joined CCAI in September of 2010. Previously,she worked for Senator Don Nickles and then served as the Associate Director of Marketing at a trade association based in Washington, DC. Allison started as the Director of External Relations, and in her new role as the Director of Programs, she oversees CCAI’s core initiatives including the Angels in Adoption events and gala, the Congressional Foster Youth Internship as well as National Adoption Day efforts across the country. She graduated from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. View Guest page

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Lisa Cleary

Lisa was born in Seoul, Korea, and was adopted by a Caucasian family when she was three months old. She has covered topics that include parental tips for raising a child of another race, as well as the everyday issues that an international adoptee may encounter. Above it all, her mission is to educate families and adoptees that adoption may not always need to be the most defining characteristic of a person. No matter the personal preferences regarding the mindset toward adoption, however, open and honest communication with loved ones and oneself is key. Lisa is a contributing writer to the TODAY Show and Women’s Health, and blogs for The Huffington Post. She was a former daily health columnist for NBC (DC affiliate). Her writing emphasizes optimal health, inclusive of finding and maintaining happiness through relationships with family members, friends, romantic interests and, most important, oneself. Lisa is currently working on her first novel and is ready for it to be finished. View Guest page

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Irene Clements

Irene Clements currently serves as the president of the National Foster Parent Association and Public Policy Chair of the Texas Foster Family Association. Irene is past president of the Texas Foster Family Association. She serves as the Chair on the Board of Directors of EveryChild, Inc. and brings her knowledge of parenting children with disabilities to the organization as they work to bring children who have been institutionalized due to their disabilities home to families. View Guest page

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Heidi Cox

HEIDI BRUEGEL COX is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Gladney Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and has worked as an attorney in the field of adoption for over 25 years. As a child advocate, Heidi is active in educating the public and promoting legislative initiatives to protect children and support positive adoption practices, and serves on the board as secretary for the National Council for Adoption. Heidi previously served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Adoption Review Committee which examined the child welfare system, seeking solutions to remove barriers to adoption for children in foster care. Heidi has also served on the board of the Texas Family Law Council, which supports the efforts of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas as well as having served on the board of the Texas Association of Child and Family Services. View Guest page

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Susan Soonkeum Cox

Susan Soonkeum Cox is the Vice President of Public Policy and External Affairs for Holt International Children's Services. She has worked with international adoption and child welfare issues for more than twenty five years. Adopted from Korea in 1956, her life experience as an early international adoptee gives her a unique and personal perspective. Susan is a frequent presenter and trainer and has testified before Congress on issues related to adoption, child welfare and foreign affairs. She is a member of the Hague Special Commission on Intercountry Adoption. View Guest page

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Astrid Dabbeni

Astrid Dabbeni is executive director of the Adoption Mosiac, a nonprofit organization founded by those touched by adoption to offer support, education and resources for the adoption community. The Adoption Constellation is a magazine that is published quarterly and provides articles and stories about the adoption constellation – those touched by adoption. View Guest page

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Tom DiFilipo

Tim Elder

Tim and his wife went through years of infertility before starting their family through domestic adoption. Their daughter was born in 2007 and their son in 2012. They are now in the process of adopting a 3rd time. In 2011, Tim created to help families navigate through the ups and downs of the domestic adoption journey. His blog and podcast show include inspirational and practical ‘how-to’ information meant to help people on their way to building their family through adoption. Tim has also created – a soon to be released online training course that shows families step-by-step how to create and share their profile video so they can quickly connect with a prospective birthmom View Guest page

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Sherrie Eldridge

Sherrie Eldridge, author and speaker on adoption, her first book,Twenty Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed, is required reading by many adoption agencies and universities. She has also authored four other books and free adoption workbooks:

Under His Wings (Spanish Edition)

Beauty from Ashes (for adoption triad groups)

12 Steps for Adopted Teens

20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew View Guest page

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Hank Fortener

Hank Fortener is a 'rock star' for adoption! Founder of World Adoption Day and Adopt Together and a pastor at MOSIAC in Los Angeles.

Hank has been featured in and Huffington Post. He is most widely known for raising 4 million dollars in crowd-funding for adoptive families. View Guest page

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Brian Franklin

Brian Franklin has spent almost 20 years working on behalf of high profile companies and organizations in the healthcare space. For 12 years, Franklin worked at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide developing and executing high-level communications initiatives for several prominent global companies including Walmart, Pfizer, Kaiser Permanente, and Assurant Health. For the past three years, Franklin has been leading his own company, primarily working start-ups in the health and tech spaces. While public relations has been a huge part of his life, Franklin is dedicated to working on behalf of orphans and vulnerable children. With his wife Regan, Brian adopted a little boy from Ethiopia in in 2009 (one of the cutest boys ever). Since then, he has committed himself to advocating and helping organizations in the field. He has helped numerous orphan related organizations on pro bono public relations campaigns and social media trainings. View Guest page

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Angela Gee

Angela Gee is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Los Angeles. An adoptee and adoptive parent, her practice focuses on the needs of the adoption community. Angela provides regular transracial adoption training for prospective adoptive parents at a local agency. She also facilitates free adult and youth adoption groups in and leads identity development workshops for children and teens that focus on the unique experiences that adoptees and their families may encounter. View Guest page

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Carrie Goldman

Carrie Goldman the award-winning author of Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear (Harper Collins, August 2012). Bullied has received a National Parenting Publication Award and a Mom’s Choice Award, both at the gold medal level, for excellence in educational skills and tools. Carrie has written for The New York Times, CNN, Psychology Today, Huffington Post,, Babble, Alternet, and more. She has made appearances on NPR, BBC, MSNBC, CNN Headline News, Fox, HLN, HuffPost Live and Mondays with Marlo, along with countless other media outlets. In addition to her expertise in bullying dynamics, Carrie writes one of the nation’s premier adoption blogs, Portrait of an Adoption, which has followers in more than 45 countries. View Guest page

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Amanda Grant

CEO and Founder of US Adopt, an adoption professional, and adoptive parent herself, while working full-time at a demanding career, as a senior officer in the institutional investment business went through the domestic adoption process. She experienced the many challenges and pressures people encounter when they decide to build a family through adoption. Based on several years of research, and her personal experience, she developed adoption education tools to guide people through the process more quickly and confidently while reducing risk and cost. These tools formed the basis of USAdopt. Amanda has her Clinical Certification in Adoption from Rutgers University. View Guest page

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Julie Gumm

Julie Gumm, Author and Speaker, wrote Adopt Without Debt in 2011 and now releases her newest edition, You CAn Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Your Adoption. Julie teaches debt-free strategies for adoption in workshops she offers to adoption agencies, church ministries, and non-profit organizations. She has a B.S. in journalism from John Brown University. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Mark, for 21 years. They have four children-two biological children, ages 15 and 12, and two siblings, ages 15 and 13, adopted from Ethiopia in 2008. Visit her online at View Guest page

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Mike Hamilton

Before being named Executive Director, Mike served two terms on Show Hope’s board while also working as Blood:Water Mission’s President of Engagement. Mike spent 26 years in intercollegiate athletics at Clemson University, Wake Forest University and the University of Tennessee. He served at UT for nearly 20 years, spending eight of those years as Athletic Director where he managed a budget in excess of $100 million annually. During his tenure, fundraising revenue grew ten-fold to $45 million annually and totaled over $500 million in his tenure, $275 million in new facilities were constructed, and he created one of the few self-sustaining athletic departments in the country. Mike holds BS and MBA degrees from Clemson University and has served on the board for Show Hope and Blood:Water, among other local, regional and national nonprofits. In Knoxville, he also chaired the Knoxville Chamber Partnership and the United Way. He was named National Fundraiser of the Year in college athletics. View Guest page

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Renee Hettich

Renee Hettich is an adoption social worker with Family Connections 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. Renee holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, a Master’s degree in Audiology and a Bachelor’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology. She is an adoptive mother of two daughters from China, a son from Guatemala and she is currently in the process of adopting a boy from China. View Guest page

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Denise Harris Hoppenhauer

Denise Harris Hoppenhauer is an adoptive parent and adoption Advocate. She is the Author of Adopting a Toddler: What Size Shoes Does She Wear? Denise is the Past President of the SC Adoption Coalition for Education and Support.  She has developed a curriculum of pre-adoption adoption classes and regularly speaks at adoption expos and conferences in both the US and abroad. She is the South Carolina contact for FRUA, and an International Case Manger for Beacon House Adoption Services. View Guest page

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Anne R. Hughes

Anne R. Hughes, Executive Director of Beacon House Adoption Services, Inc. Graduated from Texas Women’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree, followed by attendance at Louisiana State University Law Center, graduating in 1984. Completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Louisiana State University in 1998. Founded Beacon House Adoption Services Inc in 1989 and has been the Executive Director since then. View Guest page

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Dr. Lori Barer Ingber

Parent Match founder, Dr. Lori Barer Ingber, earned her PhD in Public Health at the University of Michigan. With her expertise in Women's Health, Health Behavior and Public Health, Dr. Ingber has been a long-time advocate for improving the adoption system in the United States - finding innovative ways to enhance the experience for expectant parents, children, adoptive parents and adoption professionals. She is also the proud mother of four children, two of whom were adopted. View Guest page

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Chuck Johnson

Chuck serves as president and CEO of the National Council For Adoption. He is responsible for all aspects of NCFA, including management as well as implementing the organization's mission. He is an advocate for children, birthparents, and adoptive families, and is a frequent writer, speaker, and commentator on adoption policy and practice. Chuck currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Council on Accreditation (COA). Prior to joining NCFA, Chuck served 17 years with a licensed child-placing agency in Alabama, including eight years as its executive director. Chuck is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Social Work and holds a Masters degree from Birmingham Theological Seminary. He has been a licensed practicing social worker since 1986. View Guest page

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Craig Juntunen

Craig Juntunen, a retired entrepreneurial businessman is the founder and CEO of the Both Ends Burning Campaign, a global advocacy organization defending every child’s human right to a family. Craig and his team are on a mission to accelerate a new era of global child welfare to include a permanent loving family as a core value and priority.

Juntunen is the author of the award-winning book Both Ends Burning: My Story of Adopting Three Children from Haiti. He is also the Executive Producer of the acclaimed documentary STUCK. In 2013 Craig toured the country with his documentary, visiting and screening STUCK in 62 cites in 80 days to make children living outside of parental care a relevant social issue. View Guest page

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Paul Kapur

Paul Kapur, Financial Advisor for Ameriprise Financial. Paul works to help his clients maintain their financial focus so they can achieve the financial goals that are most important to them and their families, both now and in the future. Their mission is to deliver financial solutions through a tailored approach and a genuine interest in our clients' evolving needs. We help our clients achieve confidence. View Guest page

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Delta Kirkland

Assistant Manager of Summer Miracles Program

Delta has been with Kid Save for over two years, working with the Summer Miracles Program that brings children from Colombia ages 10-13 who are growing up in institutional care to communities across the US to stay with host families for a 5-week summer program. View Guest page

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Lauren Koch

As director of development and communications, Lauren is responsible for developing and implementing NCFA's comprehensive fundraising plan, as well as directing all communications efforts, including media and public relations, social media outreach, public awareness campaigns, marketing, webinars, and NCFA's monthly publications. Since joining NCFA in May 2007, Lauren has also served as development associate and assistant director of development and external relations. She has a heartfelt passion for children and families that stems from her own experience being adopted into a loving family as a baby. View Guest page

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Josh Kroll

Josh Kroll is the Adoption Subsidy Resource Coordinator with the North American Council on Adoptable Children. NACAC promotes and supports permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. and Canada who have been in care—especially those in foster care and those with special needs. View Guest page

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Marissa Leuallen

Marissa Leuallen has worked at Holt International for 8 years with several different country programs. She obtained her Masters of Social Work degree from Portland State University in 2010. Currently, she is the Social Work Manager for Holt’s China Program. Marissa connects with families who in the early stages of exploring the China adoption process. She also collaborates with direct service social workers and reviews adoption home studies, supports families adopting older children, and assists in program supervision. She says that the best part about her job is seeing the hundreds of children who are adopted through Holt each year truly blossom in their post-placement photos. It’s amazing what a nurturing family can do for a child! View Guest page

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Cari Maciolek

Cari Maciolek is a Senior Account Manager at Hawley & Associates and has over 20 years of insurance experience working with commercial accounts. She joined Hawley & Associates in 2006 and is dedicated to working with Social Service, Non-Profit and Child Welfare organizations throughout the country. View Guest page

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Cassidy Mack

National Adoption Day Youth Advocate

Spending her early years in the Foster Care system, Cassidy joined her forever family by adoption at the age of 6 which changed her life dramatically. She started her career on the stage doing Musical Theatre, where she caught the acting bug. After a chance meeting with Ryan Gosling, she decided that her destiny was actually going to be as a film and television actress and she set out to find herself representation. Luckily for her, she was immediately signed and her journey began. Since then, Cassidy has enjoyed working has appeared in commercials, short and feature films and has had several co-star roles on television. She uses her past experiences to bring more depth to her performances.

Charity Work is very important to Cassidy. Cassidy is very passionate about what she believes in and is determined to give back to those who have and continue to believe in her. In November of 2012 she founded her own Non-Profit Organization Called "Love Gives Chances". Her goal is to empower Foster Youth and encourage them to find the courage to go after their dreams. At the same time letting the world know how incredible adopting a child from foster care can be, bringing hope to more children before they age out of the system. View Guest page

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Amber Marshall

Amber Marshall has been with Embraced by Grace since 2007 as the Director of Social Services and has a Master of Social Work degree. Amber prepares families throughout the entire adoption process, from the initial interview to the final adoption hearing. She is married and the mother of 6 children. View Guest page

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Nishta J. Mehra

Nishta J. Mehra was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee; she studied religion and sociology at Rice University before earning her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona. Her first book, The Pomegranate King, a collection of essays, was published in 2013. Mehra teaches high school in Houston, Texas, where she lives with her partner, Jill Carroll, and their son Shiv. View Guest page

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Lindsay Miller

Lindsay Miller, also an Intercountry Adoption Caseworker has been with Gladney for 2 years and BSW at University of North Texas, MSSW at University of Texas at Arlington. View Guest page

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Elisabeth O’Toole

Elisabeth O’Toole is an author and mother of three children through adoption. She has a degree from Northwestern University and Colorado State University. She has experience in business, education, and the nonprofit sector. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. View Guest page

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Adam Pertman

Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Institute and author of the ever popular book, Adoption Nation. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national nonprofit that is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. Pertman – a former Pulitzer-nominated journalist – is also Associate Editor of Adoption Quarterly, the premier research journal dealing with adoption and foster care. And he is the author of Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and America, reviewed as “the most important book ever written on the subject.” In addition, he is the author of many chapters and articles on adoption- and family-related issues in books, scholarly journals and mass-market publications. View Guest page

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Adam Pertman

Adam is President of the Myriad Center on Adoption and Permanency and of its umbrella organization, Myriad Strategic Partners, which offers a range of services to business and nonprofit clients. He is one of the most highly regarded experts, authors and keynoters in the field of adoption and foster care; he speaks, writes and presents internationally, appears regularly in the media, and has received numerous honors for his work. He is also the author of the acclaimed book “Adoption Nation.” He served as the chief executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute for over a decade and, previously, was a senior journalist at the Boston Globe. His expertise includes media, programming, development, strategy, policy and advocacy. View Guest page

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Shannon Phillips

Shannon is the Orphan Hosting Program Director at Children of All Nations. Her first position with GWCA/CAN was part of the international adoption matching team which has helped her in the success of matching host families with host children and in turn matching host children with forever families. She has previously worked with children of all ages and even spent time working with children with special needs. She has a love and passion for the children abroad and enjoys knowing that her daily work is making a difference in orphans lives everyday. View Guest page

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Helen Ramaligia

Helen Ramaligia, author of From Foster to Fabulous and founder of Fostering Superstars. View Guest page

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Lauren Reicher Gordon

VP and Director of Family Visit Programs

Lauren oversees the Summer and Weekend Miracles Programs, she works both with governmental agencies and agency partners and is responsible for development of program and training protocols. View Guest page

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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 Derrick working with Florida Children First as a lobbyist working on behalf of children in foster care. This area is an area of passion for Derrick as he is an alumni of the Florida foster care system and uses his story of perseverance and determination to inspire and lobby for policy that impact the lives of children. View Guest page

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Darol Rodrock

Following graduation from Marysville High School in 1962 in Marysville, Kansas, Darol Rodrock went on to the University of Kansas, where he earned a Masters Degree in Education. He met and married his wife Karen while at KU. Darol spent eleven years teaching history and coaching, mostly at Shawnee Mission West High School, in Overland Park, Kansas. Before and after his school duties, he started building houses in 1974, building over 800 houses. He eventually moved into development and founded Rodrock Development. Rodrock Development has currently built more than 70 new-home communities in Johnson County, Kansas and has been named “Developer of the Year” five years in a row. On January 17, 2014, Darol held a Foundation Kickoff Party to celebrate a new foundation he established called The Darol Rodrock Foundation, whose purpose is to benefit children in foster care. View Guest page

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Dr. Elaine Schulte

Dr. Schulte is an active member of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services and the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committees of the Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care and the Committee on Early Childhood Education. Elaine has worked with internationally adopted children and their families since 1995. She maintains an active clinical practice, with specific interests in international adoption, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, lead poisoning, immunizations and residency education. The International Adoption Program includes pre-adoption consultation through eClevelandClinic, travel support, post-adoption screening, ongoing primary care and a multi-disciplinary clinic for development and behavior evaluation, as well as learning needs. She is the parent of two daughters adopted from China. View Guest page

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Ben Sommers

Ben Sommers has been working with Spence-Chapin since late 2013. Prior to working with Spence-Chapin, he was a graduate student studying International Development and Korean Studies as graduate programs in Washington, D.C. and Seoul, South Korea. View Guest page

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Rita Soronen

Rita Soronen, President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation. For nearly 30 years, Rita has worked on behalf of abused, neglected and vulnerable children providing leadership for local, state, and national efforts. As President and CEO for the Dave Thomas Foundation since 2001, She has worked to find families for each of the more than 130,000 waiting children in the United States. Ms. Soronen currently serves on the board of the Ohio CASA/GAL Association, the public education committee of the National CASA Association and is past vice president of the board of the congressional coalition on Adoption institute and has been awarded the Angels in Adoption Award for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. View Guest page

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Joyce Sterkel

Joyce Sterkel is the founder of The Ranch For Kids View Guest page

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Anita Stevens

Anita Stevens is Founder and Executive Director of Family Connections. She has over 20 years experience working in the adoption field and has a Bachelors Degree with a double major in Social Work and Psychology. She has helped to initiate domestic and international adoption placements with the preparation of home studies and dossiers for children of all ages in New York and other states, and for 21 different countries. Anita is passionate about helping families and available children find each other, fall in love and work through the attachment process of adoption. She is also the mother of 3 children and grandmother of 7. View Guest page

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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 work, as she is the adoptive mother of four and known as a Mom to many others who have become a part of her family, including a beautiful granddaughter! View Guest page

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Allonna & Damien Stovall

Allonna and Damien Stovall, family of seven children all under the age of ten, Jake and Amy Glover – the proud parents of six children, one adopted from China, three from Haiti and two biological children. View Guest page

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Kathleen Strottman

Kathleen Strottman comes to her role as the Executive Director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) after serving for nearly eight years as a trusted advisor to Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and then as an associate at Patton Boggs, LLC. As the Senator’s Legislative Director, Kathleen worked to pass legislation such as the No Child Left Behind Act, The Medicare Modernization Act, The Inter-Country Adoption Act, The Child Citizenship Act of 2000, The Adoption Tax Credit and the Family Court Act. Throughout her career, Kathleen has worked to increase the opportunity for positive dialogue and the exchange of best practices between the United States and countries such as China, Romania, Russia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Ethiopia and India. Kathleen regularly presents at national and international child welfare conferences and has appeared on CNN, FOX News, CBS, NBC, C-SPAN, PBS and numerous other media outlets. View Guest page

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Rebecca Tabasso

Rebecca Tabasso was adopted at the age of three months to loving parents who were open about her adoption and fully supported her when she had adoption related questions. As an adult, she adopted two infant sons of her own (now eleven and fourteen). In 2010 she designed and launched, a comprehensive online adoption resource dedicated to the well-being of the adopted family, including a vast collection of online resources and a community for peers across each leg of the adoption triad. She actively participates on the statewide Inter-Agency Committee on Adoption along with state family services resources and local adoption agencies and professionals. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she is committed to providing, through engaging children's literature, quality tools that parents can trust and share with their children to reinforce key adoption messages. She resides in Newark, Delaware with her husband and her two sons. View Guest page

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Randi Thompson

Randi Thompson is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of KidSave International. Randi and her co-founder Terry Baugh pioneered the successful Family Visit Model, enabling children growing up without parents to meet and spend time with caring adults in the community, who advocate on their behalf to find them permanent families and lifelong mentors. Randi started the successful Summer Miracles program out of her bedroom office in 1999, and with Terry built it into the gold standard hosting program it is today.Summer Miracles USA has found families for over 80% of the children who have participated in the program. Since 1999 the program has given over 1,700 orphans and abandoned children summer visits. In Russia and Colombia exposure to this international family visit program has begun to change the way child welfare professionals think about finding families for older children – requesting adoption agencies take older children for adoption. It has helped governments believe there is hope for older orphan children, who are usually forgotten and alone. View Guest page

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Gia Tutalo-Mote

Gia Tutalo-Mote, founder of Forever Family View Guest page

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Beth Whitacre

Beth Whitacre has been an Intercountry Adoption Caseworker since September 2008. Beth is fluent in Spanish and is passionate about serving children who need families in Gladney’s Latin American Programs. View Guest page

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Becky Wilmoth

Becky is a Registered Tax Return Preparer at Bills Tax Service of Centralia LLC. She studied accounting at Kaskaskia College. She has taken the Enrolled Agent exams and has prepared taxes for years. Blessed by adoption twice. My boss', Alan and Jaime Newcomb, are foster and adoptive parents. Bill’s Tax Service helps local adoptive families claim the Adoption Tax Credit. Beck travels all over the United States speaking and exhibiting on the Adoption Tax Credit. View Guest page

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Diane Wilson

Nature’s One Nutrition Director Diane Wilson has over 30 years of experience in the pediatric nutrition industry. Diane has authored chapters on maternal and child nutrition, the history of maternal and child health programs, and the marketing of nutrition services for a textbook for graduate students in public health. She has worked as a clinical dietitian, public health nutritionist, and product manager for pediatric nutritionals with an international pharmaceutical company. Diane is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and holds a master’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. View Guest page

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Nicole Witt

Nicole Witt, Executive Director of the Adoption Consultancy joins us. Nicole earned her BA from Lehigh University and MBA from Cornell University. She has 10 years in Management Consulting and Strategic Marketing before founding The Adoption Consultancy. Recognized as an information source; she has been interviewed by Today, World News Tonight, Fox News, Daytime, Redbook, More magazine, E! Online, and many radio programs. Nicole is a member of the Florida Adoption Council, the National Association of Female Executives, the World Speakers Association, the American Professional Speakers Association, and the Florida Speakers Association. Nicole is also an active professional member of RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, serves on the Resolve Editorial Board and co-founded the Tampa chapter of the organization in 2007. View Guest page

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Kristin A.F. Yellin

Kristin A.F. Yellin, the youngest of 8 children, was born and raised on Eastern Long Island, New York. Setting her own path, Kris attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning a degree in political science. With a developing interest in advocacy, Kris went on to attend Pepperdine University School of Law and became licensed with the California State Bar in 1995. After several years working in the dependency and juvenile delinquency courts, Kris found her niche in the adoption arena. Kris feels adoption is the perfect fit for her because it is about bringing people together for the benefit of the child. “I am honored to be part of something that will make a difference in a child’s life.” Kris and her husband currently reside in southern California with their three daughters. Kris is very involved in the community. Kris serves on the PTA at her daughters’ schools, is active in her church’s African orphanage ministry (in 2012 Kris traveled to Namibia, Africa with her oldest View Guest page

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