Adoption Hacks

By Kandace Lecocq

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The Adoption Hacks Podcast celebrates and educates potential and current adoptive and foster families. Episodes will provide tips for those starting the journey, support for parents and a look at programs for vulnerable children. Join host and adoptive mom, Kandace Lecocq as she interviews professionals and moms and dads who have been there. If you're looking for support and encouragement in your adoptive and foster journey, this podcast is for you!

Episode Date
Adopting After Biological Children
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After 3 biological children, Angel Bellante adopted 2 children from China. We discuss talking to children in your home about adoption, whether or not to include them in the decision and how to handle transition. Angel shares how adoption has developed empathy, compassion and adaptability in their whole family. 

Sep 19, 2019
Foster Care: The Life Changing Yes - Part 2
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This is part 2 of Ashlee Peters Foster Care journey. In this episode we dive into, discussing heavy topics like foster care and birth parents with your children and leading the way in foster care/adoption in your community. Ashlee also shares extensively about when you are on the fence about foster care, dealing with the fear and negative emotions and the power of saying yes even amidst the negative emotions. 

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@Ashlee_Peters

Music
Drummer Boy by MisterWives

Sep 13, 2019
Foster Care: The Life Changing Yes - Part 1
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Foster Mom Ashlee Peters, shares her foster care journey in Southern California. We discuss being on the same page as your spouse, extensive visitations and birth parent empathy. Ashlee describes foster care as being all consuming and yet 100% worth everything you give. 

Part 2 Coming Tomorrow!

This Episode is Sponsored by Fawn and Foster
Fawn and Foster is an Organic Baby Essentials Company Who Gives 50% of Profits to Foster Care Organizations!
fawnandfoster.com
Instagram: @FawnAndFoster

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@Ashlee_Peters

Music:
DrummerBoy by Misterwives
Solo by Oh Wonder 

Sep 12, 2019
Before You Adopt
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Christa Jordan has a degree in social work, a love for adoption/foster care and is an adoptive mom. While sharing with others about adoption, she realized there was a huge need for potential adoptive/foster families: a place where families could see all types of adoption laid out in front of them. So Christa created a workbook called "Before You Adopt". This workbook prompts readers to discover what avenue of adoption is right for them and creates conversations between families. It addresses expectations, the specifics of each type of adoption, and how to find the right agency for you. 

This workbook is great for those considering adoption but aren't sure where to start, families beginning their adoptive journey and support or ministry groups who want to help others find their way on this journey. 

SpoonfulofJordan.com/shop
Use Discount Code: adoptionhacks for 10% off!
Follow Christa on Instagram @SpoonfulOfJordanBlog

Today's Episode is Sponsored by Arrow + Root
Modern Adoption Profile Books!
http://arrowandroot.org
Instagram @ArrowAndRoot

Follow Adoption Hacks on Instagram @AdoptionHacks

Music: 
Drummer Boy by Misterwives
Solo by Oh Wonder

Sep 05, 2019
Ukraine Adoption
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Shanna Littleton has adopted 5 children from the Ukraine! In this episode she shares a little about each of those experiences, her daughters story of being held hostage by Russian Separatists and advise for families considering Ukrainian adoption! 

Get more of the Littletons Story here: 
LifewiththeLittletons.org
FB: Life With the Littletons

Music: DrummerBoy by MisterWives

Email: adoptionhacksinfo@gmail.com

IG: AdoptionHacks

FB: Adoption Hacks Podcast


Mar 26, 2019
Adopting After Grief: Part 2
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Brittany Wermager is back with us this episode to tell us what is was like for her family as they started an adoption process after grieving the loss of their son Isaac. We talk about knowing when you are ready, dealing with pushback from others and working through readiness with your adoption agency. Brittany also beautifully shares about keeping Isaac in their lives and memories without constantly facing the pain and if she was able to relate more deeply to her son adopted from China through the trauma. Grief is apart of every adoption story in one way or another, so this is an incredibly helpful episode to understand grief and how it relates to adoption. 

This weeks episode is sponsored by: 
The Promise Summit! A Christian conference for those considering of in the process of adoption. 
www.thepromisesummit.com

Music: DrummerBoy by MisterWives

Instagram: @adoptionhacks

Email: adoptionhacksinfo@gmail.com

Mar 14, 2019
Adopting After Grief: Part 1
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Kandace interviews Brittany Wermager about going through the adoption process after experiencing grief in your life.  In part 1 of this 2 part episode, Brittany shares very openly her story of losing her precious son Isaac at birth. Brittany puts words to feelings of grief that many have experienced and gives the practical ways she processed her grief and PTSD. If you have experienced a loss, miscarriage or infertility and are considering adoption, this will be an empowering episode and help you determine if you are ready. 

Music: DrummerBoy by MisterWives

Instagram: @adoptionhacks

Email: adoptionhacksinfo@gmail.com

Mar 13, 2019
Hard to Place - Foster Care Short Film
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Hard to Place Director and Co-Producer MD Neely shares about an upcoming project that will help bring awareness about the foster system and resources to potential foster parents.   MD's team has created many moving short films for social justice including issues like trafficking, violence, water crises that have had powerful impacts and now they are taking on foster care. Hear the story behind this film and what sort of resources they will be offering alongside it in this episode.

Additional Social Justice Short Films from Christ in Youth Here:

www.amazon.com/v/wrkr

www.wrkrfilms.com

Hard To Place Instagram: https://instagram.com/hard_to_place_film?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1a4bnv110xrcv

This weeks episode is sponsored by: 
The Promise Summit! A Christian conference for those considering or in the process or adoption. 
www.thepromisesummit.com

Music: 
Drummerboy by Misterwives

Email: 
AdoptionHacksInfo@gmail.com


Mar 05, 2019
Military Adoption + Sharing Your Journey
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Melina Datugan shares her story on this episode. Melina is a Youtube Vlogger, Military Wife and Bio/Adoptive Mom. She gives information and advice to military families interested in adoption and shares what her adoption experience was like as a military family and an older biological child. 

Melina and her family have a successful youtube channel where they capture parts of their military family lifestyle, adoption journey and daily life. Mel does an incredible job of being positive about adoption but also opening up about difficult and vulnerable parts. in the 2nd half of this episode we discuss walking that fine line and sharing our journeys with others. 

Check out the Datugans Youtube channel here: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEAqXzRbASieolsVgYrceKA

This episode is sponsored by The Promise Summit: 
www.thepromisesummit.com

Music: DrummerBoy by MisterWives
Fountain of Youth by SEU Worship

Feb 26, 2019
Embryo Adoption: Ethics and Practices
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Quiver Full Adoptions Co-Founders Elizabeth Bordeaux and Casey Brown talk us through all things Embryo Adoption! Quiver Full Adoptions is a leader in the adoption community a powerful voice for ethical adoptions. They have had an Embryo program for over a year and they explain exactly how it works and what the process is like for both donors and donees. We discuss finances, laws, timelines, open/closed adoptions and much more. If you're curious at all about Embryo Adoption, this episode is for you!

Get more information about Embryo Adoption or Quiver Full Adoption's other programs at: 
www.quiverfulladoptions.com

Music: DrummerBoy by MisterWives


Feb 19, 2019
Ghana Adoption: Part 2
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James and Kaylee Wilson are back with us for part 2 of their incredible adoption story. In this episode, they share how they were able to leave Ghana after 590 days, what the transition has been like and what is going on with their coffee company Level Ground Xpresso. 

If you're enjoying the show, we'd love if you would give us a review on share the podcast with a friend!

Music: DrummerBoy by MisterWives

https://levelgroundsxpresso.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC4fOqTXGDA

Jan 30, 2019
Ghana Adoption: Part 1
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590 Days: that's how long James and Kaylee Wilson were in Ghana trying to bring home their daughter. They started an adopted process wanting to adopt an HIV+ child. They landed in Ghana preparing to stay for 6 weeks and ended up being in country for a year and a half. Hear their incredible story of becoming a family in this 2 part episode. 

Music: Drummer Boy by Misterwives

Jan 29, 2019
Single Parent Foster Care & Adoption
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Bethany Moore has fostered 3 children as a single mom, in this episode you'll hear her amazing journey to adoption. We discuss the opposition that faces single adoptive parents and how to balance legitimate concern and advice from loved ones with the steadfastness needed when going into foster care. Bethany shares the most difficult part of being a single foster/adoptive parent and how and where to find the support you need. 

Music: 
Drummer Boy by MisterWives

Jan 22, 2019
Being a Transracial Family
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Tiffany Freeman, adoptive mom of 2 children, shares her unique perspective of being a transracial family. This is not your typical home study transracial education, as Tiffany shares what life at home and in their community has been like for them. Tiffany and Kandace discuss how to incorporate multiple cultures in one family, finding racial mirrors in your community and being colorblind versus being culture blind. She shares do's and dont's for transracial adoptive families and some things she has seen families do well. 

This weeks episode is sponsored by: 
The Promise Summit! A Christian conference for those considering or in the process or adoption. 
www.thepromisesummit.com

Music: 
Drummer Boy by MisterWives
and 
Fountain of Youth by SEU Worship

Jan 15, 2019
Building a Strong and Healthy Marriage
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Adoption Professional, Adoptive Mom and Marriage Coach Maria Gocke joins us to talk about ways to create and sustain a strong and healthy marriage in adoptive/foster families. We discuss the HUGE topic of 1 spouse not being ready or desiring to adopt and how to prepare your marriage before adoption. We also look at some things that adoptive/foster parents specifically can struggle with in marriage, and tools and resource to guide us through that. 

This episode is sponsored by:
Kindred + Co.
www.kindredand.co
A Brave Adoption Community

Music: 
"Drummer Boy" by Misterwives
"Fountain of Youth" by SEU

Follow Equipped to Endure on Facebook and Instagram for more marriage tools and resources!

And sign up for our Fawn and Foster Giveaway through @AdoptionHacks on Instagram!

Jan 08, 2019
Resources for Foster Families
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Leah Mcmullin and her husband have fostered 14 children over 4 years. So they definitely deeply understand the support that foster families need. In this episode we break down 3 main areas of support and resources: how friends and family can support, local and national organizations created to assist foster families and books both for children and parents. Plus we hear a little bit of the Mcmullin’s story which is so beautiful. If you're new to foster care or considering it, this episode will be especially helpful!

Leah McMullin Blog
Mcmullinfostercarejourney.wordpress.com

Together We Rise
https://www.togetherwerise.org/

The Invisible String https://www.amazon.com/dp/0875167349/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_PXxfCbG27RSE0

The Family Book https://www.amazon.com/dp/0316070408/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_MWxfCb3WEV2B6

Murphy's Three Homes: A Story for Children in Foster Care https://www.amazon.com/dp/1433803852/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_iWxfCbKDKAHY6
You're Here for a Reason (Nancy Tillman Collection) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1250106508/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_MVxfCbFANM7Y9

Love You From Right Here: A Keepsake Book for Children in Foster Care https://www.amazon.com/dp/163296029X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_xKTdCbQ7A0YPF

Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care https://www.amazon.com/dp/1557988021/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_hHTdCbAEC367Z

Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights (Kids Are Important Series) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1575422093/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_bGTdCbKNNY2MB

The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family https://www.amazon.com/dp/0071475001/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-YxfCbP5XQ7EG

The Lucky Few: Finding God's Best in the Most Unlikely Places https://www.amazon.com/dp/0310345464/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_DZxfCbQPZE3FR
Another Place at the Table https://www.amazon.com/dp/1585422827/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_8ZxfCb3852VMX

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk https://www.amazon.com/dp/1451663889/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_A0xfCb0BJWXF9

Hope for the Weary Mom: Let God Meet You in the Mess https://www.amazon.com/dp/0736960805/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_b1xfCb7SBVER

This episode is sponsored by: 
Fawn and Foster: 
Organic Baby Items. 50% of all profits are donated to foster children organizations. 
www.fawnandfoster.com


Dec 18, 2018
Domestic Infant Adoption
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Adoptive mom Lacey Day shares her adoptive story. We dive into intense topics like agency ethics, disrupted adoptions, the good and bad of online adoption communities, birth family relationships and the journey to remain hopeful when the wait is long and doors close. 

This Weeks Sponsors: 
The Promise Summit: An adoption conference hosted by Quiver Full Adoptions
www.thepromisesummit.com

Fawn and Foster: 
Organic Baby Items. 50% of all profits are donated to foster children organizations. 
www.fawnandfoster.com

Music: "Drummer Boy" by Misterwives
and "Fountain of Youth" by SEU Worship

Dec 11, 2018
Ben Higgins: Generous Coffee
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The Bachelor's Ben Higgins shares about his new company Generous Coffee which is providing jobs and education around the world. 

As adoptive parents and advocates if we are truly advocating for orphans we need to first look for ways we can support vulnerable families and children. How can we keep families together by fighting poverty? How can we help children in countries that are not open to international adoption? Generous Coffee is creatively finding ways to do just that. 

Each Generous product is designed specifically to create and multiply good in the world. Whether jobs for women or education for young ones, they start with giving back. They are a for purpose business that aims to make the world better with every business decision and believes in the unique value of every human being.

https://GenerousMovement.com

Music "Drummer Boy" by MisterWives

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Dec 04, 2018
Instant Family's Maraide Green
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"It was a therapy session for me. The worst parts of my life were turned into the best part of my life - being able to make this movie."

Maraide Green was in the foster system and then adopted at age 13. Through her experiences she was able to assist with the movie "Instant Family" by working on the script and on set as a foster care consultant and production assistant. 

Hear how she got involved in the movie, what being on set was like and what she hopes this movie accomplishes. 

Go see Instant Family in theaters now!

Follow us on on Instagram at Adoption Hacks

Music "Drummer Boy" by Misterwives
"Fountain of Youth" by SEU Worship

Nov 27, 2018
Embracing The Unexpected
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"Two things went through our heads immediately, what did we just do? And this is our baby and we will do whatever we need to do". When Pastor Terry Parkman was adopting his daughter from China he realized that the story that had been told about her was incorrect. In this episode he talks about parenting through that and discovering your child's true story. He has great advice for all adoptive parents and especially those who need to hear, "you have what it takes, just be faithful to the next step". 

This episode is sponsored by BONFIRE, Bonfire is the easiest way to design, sell and order premium custom shirts. And Bonfire is offering Adoption Hacks listeners a FREE design from their creative team - claim yours at www.bonfire.com/adoptionhacks

Music "Drummer Boy" by Misterwives
and "Fountain of Youth" by SEU Worship

Nov 20, 2018
International Adoption: Top Countries Part 2
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In this season 2 kick off episode, we are sharing the Top 17 Countries that US Families adopted from last year. We are breaking down timeline, ages, requirements and travel for all 17 in this 2 part episode. In this episode we discuss countries 10-17. If you are interested in international adoption but overwhelmed with trying to find information, this episode is perfect for you! All the major numbers you need to know have been researched and consolidated in this episode!

This episode is sponsored by BONFIRE, Bonfire is the easiest way to design, sell and order premium custom shirts. And Bonfire is offering Adoption Hacks listeners a FREE design from their creative team - claim yours at www.bonfire.com/adoptionhacks

Theme Song: "Drummer Boy" by Misterwives

Nov 07, 2018
International Adoption Stats: Top Countries Part 1
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In this season 2 kick off episode, we are sharing the Top 17 Countries that US Families adopted from last year. We are breaking down timeline, ages, requirements and travel for all 17 in this 2 part episode. In this episode we discuss countries 1-9. If you are interested in international adoption but overwhelmed with trying to find information, this episode is perfect for you! All the major numbers you need to know have been researched and consolidated in this episode!

This episode is sponsored by BONFIRE, Bonfire is the easiest way to design, sell and order premium custom shirts. And Bonfire is offering Adoption Hacks listeners a FREE design from their creative team - claim yours at www.bonfire.com/adoptionhacks

Theme Song: "Drummer Boy" by Misterwives

Nov 06, 2018
13. South Africa Adoption
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"Don't let special needs scare you, start the process and you will be equipped for your child, even if you don't know if at the beginning of the process, you'll end up with everything you need" Amanda Kick joins Kandace to share her story of adopting her son from South Africa. She walks us through the timeline and gives us a glimpse of meeting her son for the 1st time and their 6 week stay in South Africa. Amanda shares how they widened their initial acceptance of special needs when they saw their son who has cerebral palsy and is deaf, on the waiting children list. The joy this family has now that they are together shines through this episode!
Jun 07, 2018
12. Deaf Adoption
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Kandace interviews Merissa Yusko about Deaf Adoption. Merissa shares many insights and stories from her families journey of adopting 4 year old James from the Philippines. We discuss the adjustment period with their older biological children and the early stages of communication. We dive into school, friend and social issues along. Merissa also shares challenges with adopting a deaf child, and offers her support and advice. Merissa's humble and honest take on things is refreshing. You'll learn a lot in this episode!
Apr 03, 2018
11. Rethinking Fundraising: 6 Tips
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Kandace interviews Bethany Hofmann about fundraising best practices. Bethany coaches listeners to change the way they fundraise for adoption. Before applying for grants and loans, she suggests going to those closest to you for financial help with adoption costs. We discuss budgeting, discovering who your tribe is, preparing your story and your heart. This episode will change the way you approach fundraising!
Mar 27, 2018
10. Young Adult Orphan Care
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Kandace interviews Gianna Bellante (Iris Madagascar) about how and why it's important for young adults to be a part of orphan care. Caring for orphans is not just for adults who are able to adopt. If you are passionate about orphan care, you can do something now. Gianna shares her personal story about how she ended up in Madagascar. Her story is inspiring and full of wisdom! contact Gianna to support her or Iris, or to get more information: Gianna@irismadagascar.org Iris Madagascar https://www.facebook.com/iris.madagascar Get your free audiobook through Adoption Hacks: audibletrial.com/adoptionhacks
Mar 20, 2018
9. TBRI Overview
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker and TBRI Practitioner, Kwajera Jackson breaks down what TBRI is and why its so important when parenting children from hard places. She shares her expertise about how TBRI heals families, what a typical session looks like and the many benefits TBRI has on traumatized brains. Contact Kwajera through: buildingfamiliesforchildren.org The Connected Child http://amzn.to/2oHSEED Audible Free Audiobook audibletrial.com/adoptionhacks Email me at adoptionhacksinfo@gmail.com or find me on social media @kandacelecocq
Mar 06, 2018
8. Backyard Orphans with Eric Porter
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Backyard Orphans trains Church leaders to develop a foster care, adoption, and support ministry. Founder and President of Backyard Orphans, Eric Porter discusses why the church should be leading the way in orphan care, what their role should be and partnering with the government.
Feb 26, 2018
7. Older Child Adoption and Attachment: Part 2
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MaryCarol Skaggs continues discussing older child attachment in this 2 part episode. We discuss teaching your children how and when to tell their story, advocating for them in their schools and incorporating therapy including neurofeedback. Here are the links discussed in todays episode: W.I.S.E. Up! http://amzn.to/2EQ1wRJ Connected Child http://amzn.to/2BEIADF Neurofeedback https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxHR7InSQ1c&t=134s Parenting Coach Christine Moers https://www.youtube.com/user/christinemoers
Feb 20, 2018
6. Older Child Adoption and Attachment: Part 1
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In this 2 part episode, MaryCarol Skaggs shares her personal story of adopting 4 older children from Colombia. She shares practical ways to build trust, work through language barriers, parenting teens with trauma and many more insights. Stay tuned for part 2!
Feb 19, 2018
5. Safe Families: Part 2
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Tammy Folkerts, Safe Families Maryland Outreach Coordinator, continues discussing Safe Families impact and various ways to get involved. Safe Families for Children is a movement fueled by compassion to keep children safe and families intact. Through Host Families, Family Friends and Family coaches, we temporarily host children and provide a network of support to families in crisis while they get back on their feet. "We open our hearts, open our arms, and open our homes" https://safe-families.org https://buildingfamiliesforchildren.org
Feb 13, 2018
4. Safe Families: Part 1
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Tammy Folkerts, Safe Families Maryland Outreach Coordinator, shares how Safe Families works, why it is so crucially needed and how you can get involved. Safe Families for Children is a movement fueled by compassion to keep children safe and families intact. Through Host Families, Family Friends and Family coaches, we temporarily host children and provide a network of support to families in crisis while they get back on their feet. "We open our hearts, open our arms, and open our homes" https://safe-families.org https://buildingfamiliesforchildren.org
Feb 12, 2018
Adoption News: Your Advocacy Needed! New Oversight and Monitoring Fee
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Kandace summarizes the new Department of State Oversight and Monitoring Fee that will significantly increase the cost of international adoptions. Here are the links mentioned: Click Here for Template when Calling Congresspeople! All Blessings International Statement https://www.facebook.com/AllBlessingsInt National Council for Adoption http://www.adoptioncouncil.org/intercountry-advocacy Find My Representative https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative Nightlight Christian Adoptions: Why are International Adoptions on the Decline: https://www.nightlight.org/2017/10/international-adoptions-decline/
Feb 07, 2018
3. International Focus: Korea Adoption (Our Story)
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Kandace tells her personal adoption story. She walks through every aspect of her Korean adoption - the orphan need in Korea, timeline, referral, going to court and an inside look at bonding in the first couple weeks. If you're interested in adoption this episode has realistic and helpful tips and experiences! Dropbox Documentary http://amzn.to/2Fylugv Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child http://amzn.to/2GxhfTX Adopted for Life http://amzn.to/2DRxKsj Connected Child http://amzn.to/2GBiTDO Toddler Tula Carrier http://amzn.to/2GC2Q8K
Feb 04, 2018
2. Foster Care is Hard - Do it Anyway
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Melanie Lane shares foster parenting encouragement from a Christian perspective. Kandace and Melanie dive into the issues of: getting attached, fostering while in ministry, counseling and support, and most of all taking every thing day by day. www.loslanes.com; http://adoptionhacks.buzzsprout.com
Feb 03, 2018
1. Choosing An Agency
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Kandace interviews Maria Gocke from All Blessings International about how to choose an adoption agency. She offers practical tips about what questions to ask and what to be looking for. If you are starting an adoption you need this episode! www.allblessings.org; www.coanet.org; www.adoptioncouncil.org; http://adoptionhacks.buzzsprout.com

Feb 02, 2018
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Feb 01, 2018