It's one thing to make that statement. It's another thing entirely to provide avenues for people to do serve, and give, whether or not they are active foster parents. We are excited to share the good work that the Isaiah 117 House is doing to provide support, and necessary resources for children entering into the foster care system. Their work is providing dignity and comfort during a very hard, and highly traumatic process.
We were fortunate to be able to sit down with Indianapolis Marion County Expansion Coordinator, Sarah McDaniel, to talk about what the Isaiah 117 House is, how it started, and what their primary focus is.
We are excited to welcome our friend, and fellow author and adoptive parent, Steve Disselhorst, to The Honestly Adoption Podcast. We had an amazing conversation on his book, the importance of community for parents, inclusivity, and why the end-goal is for vulnerable children to find permanency with loving families.
From Simon: I’d always kept my being adopted out of my work because I didn’t want to limit the people I helped. Late in 2020 I decided to bring my adoption story into my work and concentrate on coaching adult adoptees so they can T.H.R.I.V.E.
Transformation - releasing adoption trauma
Healing - repairing emotional wounds
Resilience - bouncing back from setbacks
Identity - learning who you really are
Vision - mapping out your future
Enjoyment - loving your life.
We are so excited to introduce our audience to Sandhya Oaks. Sandhya is a radiant human being, and we absolutely loved interviewing her. Sandhya is a consultant, advocate, ministry leader, writer, and speaker. Her remarkable story of discovering her pre-adoption name her orphanage gave her was featured in a TedX Talk
1MILLIONHOME is all about reunification. And our guest for this episode, Brandon Stiver, is helping to lead the way. Serving as the community of practice advisor, Brandon serving with 1MillionHome, has created a global collaborative network that is transforming orphanages to bring children back home and restore families. They envision a world where every child grows up in a loving and supportive family.
Author and memoirist, Nefertiti Austin writes about the erasure of diverse voices in motherhood in the critically acclaimed Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender and Parenting in America. Her work around this topic has appeared in the "New York Times", "Washington Post", “Huffington Post”, "MUTHA", “Gen Medium”, and many other publications. She was the subject of an article on race and adoption in “The Atlantic” and appeared on numerous shows/podcasts and radio programs, including "The Today Show", "1A with Joshua Johnson", and NPR. Nefertiti is the proud adoptive mother of two children and lives in Los Angeles, Ca.
Jonathan and Sarah McGuire know just how valuable finding hope and resiliency on this sometimes difficult parenting journey can be. They know this, because this is what helped transform their entire journey with their children. Today, they've dedicated their entire life to supporting, enriching, encouraging, and providing quality education to special needs parents.
Author and adoption advocate, Karen Springs, has been on a journey to share the beautiful and hard truth about adoption worldwide. In fact, she spent months traveling the country and interviewing adoptive families on what they've learned, how they've grown, and what they want the world to know about adoption.
Gaelin Elmore found himself in 25 different foster homes, over 13 years as a youngster. Fortunately for him, a kind and caring football coach brought him into his home while he finished high school. Through that turn of events, he received the resources he needed to thrive as he transitioned into adulthood. But so many children do not have the same fortune as Gaelin did. Now, in his adult life, he's on a mission to speak truth into the foster care system, and enact change that will ultimately transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable foster youth.