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2008 Radio Shows

Creating a Family: Talk about Infertility and Adoption

Jan. 2: Raising Adopted Kids

Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao is a family therapist specializing in adoptive families and author of the book The Family of Adoption. She discusses how to talk to children about adoption, how to help children feel food about themselves and how parenting an adopted child differs from parenting biological children. Highlights from this show

Jan. 9: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

I will interview Linda Harvey, founder and editor of PCOS Today Magazine, on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. We’ll talk about diagnosis, finding a doctor, working with the medical community, infertility, and other ways PCOS can affect your life.

Jan. 16: The Mind/Body Connection in Infertility

I will interview Dr. Alice Domar on the connection between our minds, our health, our fertility. Dr. Domar is the author of Conquering Infertility and Healing Mind, Healthy Woman.

Jan. 23: The Ups and Downs of Adopting a Toddler

Many adopted children are brought home as toddlers or preschoolers, which can be a difficult time period for any child. Mary Hopkins-Best, author of Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft, talks about the unique rewards and challenges of adopting a toddler. We will discuss the differences between toddler and infant adoption, how toddlers grieve, and transition tips. Highlights from this show.

Jan. 30: Health Issues with Internationally Adopted Children

I will interview Dr. Jane Aronson, international adoption doctor and founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation, about the common health issues found in internationally adopted kids. We’ll discuss fetal alcohol syndrome, parasites, AIDS, attachment issues and the typical affects of institutionalization. Highlights from this show.

Feb. 6: Parenting kids conceived through Assisted Reproduction

I will interview Dr. Diane Ehrensaft, a developmental psychologist who specializes in families formed using assisted reproductive technology. We’ll talk about how to answer the big questions that may arise, how to explain their origins and if you even should. Dr. Ehrensaft is the author of the book Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates.

Feb. 13: Parenting the Hurt Child/ Attachment 101

I will interview Gregory Keck, author of Parenting the Hurt Child and renowned expert in attachment and bonding. We’ll talk about warning signs of attachment issues, RAD, and what parents can do.

Feb. 20: Transitioning home: The first months post adoption

I will interview Karen Foli, author of The Post-Adoption Blues, about the early transition time for child and parent after an adoption, the signs and symptoms of post-adoption depression, who is at risk, and what works to help the parent and family. Highlights from this show.

Feb. 27: Factors that Affect IVF Success

I will interview Dr. Steven R. Bayer, professor at Harvard and a practicing Reproductive Endocrinologist at Boston IVF. Dr. Bayer's research is focused on identifying factors that increase the success rate for IVF and the show will focus on how to increase your odds of conception through IVF. We will however, take all infertility questions, so please call

Mar. 5: Surrogacy

Our show on surrogacy will address who should consider surrogacy, how to find a surrogate, the legality of surrogacy, and the pitfalls to be avoided. My guests will be Shirley Zager, parent through surrogacy, director of the support group Organization of Parents Through Surrogacy, and the founder of a surrogacy agency. A woman who has been a surrogate will answer your questions from her perspective and your legal questions can be addressed by Nidhi Desai, an attorney specializing in infertility law, including surrogacy.

Mar. 12: Parenting with Love and Logic

I will interview Dr. Foster Cline, world renowned child psychiatrist and author of the Love and Logic series of books on parenting. These books on raising responsible children are required reading by many agencies.

Mar. 19: Adoption 101

Deb Harper, an adoption social worker, and I will take your questions on all forms of adoption-domestic newborn, foster system and international. We will cover where to begin, how to finance, the adoption tax credit, and the home study. We will generally cover the ins and outs of domestic and international adoption.

Mar. 26: Adopting the Waiting Child

How do you find children in need of homes, what resources are available to help, what is meant by a child with “special needs”, and how do you know if it is the right choice for your family? I will interview Martha Osborne, founder of and The Voice of Adoption Newsletter, and Merrily Ripley, adoptive mom and founder of Adoption Advocates International. Highlights from this show.

Apr. 2: Coping with Infertility

How can you cope with the infertility roller coaster and what resources are available to help. What to do about families and friends who don’t “get it”, how to decide when to stop treatment, how to afford treatment, and should you consider giving your unused frozen embryos to another couple. I will interview Barb Collura Executive Director of Resolve: The National Infertility Association.

Apr. 23: The Fertility Diet

I will interview Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., co-author of The Fertility Diet, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is one of the leaders of the influential Nurses' Health Study, as well as the author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating. We will talk about the dietary and lifestyle choices that can increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Apr. 30: Egg Freezing

I will interview Dr. Lynn Westphal, professor at Stanford, and Dr. Ina Cholst, with Cornell University Medical School, both leading experts on egg freezing about how this technique can be used to preserve your fertility and who should consider it. We will also talk about the possibility of using frozen donor eggs in a donor egg cycle.

May 7: Affording Adoption

I will interview Rita Soronen, Executive Director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and Angie Weldy, founder of, about grants, loans, tax benefits, employee benefits, and fundraising for adoption.

May 14: Adopting From Foster Care

I will interview Nancy Taft, a social worker with over 30 years experience with foster care adoption about what type of children are available, what is required, how to minimize the risks, and how to get subsidies. I will also interview a mother who is adopting three preschoolers from foster care. Highlights from this show

May 21: Part 1 of What Should I Do With My Leftover Frozen Embryos

I will interview Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly, with Duke Medical School, who has recently published research into how people decide what to do with their unused frozen embryos and what they prefer. Nanette Elster, a bio-ethicist and attorney, and Michael Tucker, an embryologist will also be on this show to discuss embryo disposition options.

May 28: Part 2 of What Should I Do With My Leftover Frozen Embryos- The Family Building Option

I will interview a mother of three through embryo donation, a psychologist who counsels both donating and receiving couples, and the director of an embryo donation center. We will discuss how to decide if donating your embryos to another infertile couple is the right decision for you, how to find a couple, and how much contact is best both before and after the donations.

June 4: Part 3 of What Should I Do With My Leftover Frozen Embryos- Donating for Research

I will interview Judith F. Daar, Professor of Law at Whittier Law School, Professor of Medicine at University of California Irvine College of Medicine, and author of Reproductive Technologies and the Law ; Dr. Marie Csete, Chief Scientific Officer at the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine; and Dr. Shuhua Shen, an embryologist and fertility researcher with University of California at San Francisco.

June 11: No Cry Sleep Solution

I will interview Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, about how to get your kids to sleep at night and how to keep them there. Highlights from this show

June 18: The Status of International Adoption Around the World

I will interview Tom DiFilipo, CEO of the Joint Council of International Children’s Services, and Michele Bond from the Department of State’s International Adoption section about the status of adoption in the major and minor placing countries.

June 25: Raising Your Spirited Child

Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of Raising Your Spirited Child, on parenting tips for raising a child who doesn't fit the mold or is a little higher maintenance. Highlights from this show.

July 2: Transracial Adoption

I will interview Judy Stigger, author of Conspicuous Families, and Susan Cox, adoption worker and adult Korean adoptee about the pros and cons of transracial adopting and how it affects the family.

Aug. 6: Future of Chinese Adoption and How the Kids are Doing Post Adoption

I will interview Dr. Tony Tan, Director of the China Adoption Research Program at the University of South Florida, and Joshua Zhong, co-founder of Chinese Children Adoption International.

Aug. 13: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

I will interview Dr. Marcelle Cedars, director of the University of California at San Francisco Center for Reproductive Health about the symptoms, causes and treatments for polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Cedars is a clinical specialist in the fields of PCOS, in vitro fertilization, and perimenopause.

Aug. 20: Unexplained Infertility, Miscarriages, and IVF Failure

We will discuss one cause of unexplained infertility—an immunological incompatibility. I will interview Dr. Edward Winger (Immunologist), Dr. Raphael Stricker (Hematologist and Immunologist), and Jane Reed (coauthor of Is Your Body Baby-Friendly?: Unexplained Infertility, Miscarriage & IVF Failure).

Aug.27: Adopting for Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and surrounding Countries

I will interview Sue Gainor, Chairperson for the national parental support group, Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption; Carol Nelson, Director of Intake with Christian World Adoption; and Jamie Herlich, European Programs Manage for WACAP. We will discuss the current status of adoption from Russia Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Bulgaria and other Eastern European and Central Asian countries.

Sept. 3: The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family

I will interview Dr. Karyn Purvis, co-author of The Connected Child and Director of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, about attachment in adoption, and how to build family connections.

Sept. 10: Male Infertility

I will interview Dr. Cappy Rothman, founder of the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and the medical director of the California Cryobank, the world's largest sperm bank, about the causes and treatment for male infertility.

Sept. 17: Facts and Myths about Infertility

I will interview Dr. David Hoffman, Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist with IVF Florida and past president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), about the most common myths surrounding infertility and IVF.

Sept. 24: The Reluctant Spouse and Extended Family

My guest will be Dr. Marlou Russell, a psychologist specializing in adoption and family communication, and author of Adoption Wisdom: A Guide to the Issues and Feelings of Adoption.

Oct. 1: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

My guest will be Dr. Julian Davies, one of the world’s leading experts on FASD and adoption. He is a pediatrician at both the Center for Adoption Medicine at the University of Washington, and at the University of Washington FAS Clinic, the longest standing FAS center in the US. Highlights from this show

Oct. 8: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis/ Embryo Screening

I will interview Dr. Kathryn J. Go, Scientific & Laboratory Director, Reproductive Science Center of New England, about what preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can and can’t do, who should consider it, and what advancements are on the horizon.

Oct. 15: Single Parenthood by Choice

More and more parents are choosing to be a single parent through adoption, sperm donation or surrogacy. The issues they face are different from single parents through divorce or death. I will interview Jane Mattes, psychotherapist in private practice in NYC, and founder of Single Mothers by Choice.

October 21: Panel of Adult Transracially Adoptee

A panel of adult transracially adopted children will share their experiences of being raised by white parents. Our panel will reflect the diversity of adoption and will include Asian, Black, and Latino/a adoptees.

Oct. 29: Legislative Threats to Infertility Treatment

I will interview members of the Resolve Advocacy Committee Sean Tipton, head lobbyist for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine about the current threats to infertility treatment and what is happening to mandate insurance coverage for assisted

Nov. 5: How to Adopt a Newborn

I will interview Rich Mintzer, author of Yes, You Can Adopt!: A Comprehensive Guide to Adoption, and Anne Hughes, Executive Director of Beacon House Adoption Services about adopting a newborn domestically.

Nov. 12: Open Adoption: How Open is Open?

I will interview an adoptive mom, Micky Duxbury, author of Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties Through Open Adoption, and a birth mom, Patricia Dischler, author of Because I Loved You: A Birthmother's View of Open Adoption about open adoption. Highlights from this show

Nov. 19: Waiting for Daisy: A journey through Infertility

I will interview Peggy Orenstein, author of Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Rom, about her journey through infertility.

Nov. 26: How Children Process Adoption at Different Ages

I will interview Ellen Singer, Adoption Therapist and Educator with The Center for Adoption Support & Education, about how children understand and process adoption at different stages of development and what parents can do to help.

Dec. 2: Latest Cost-Lowering Developments in Infertility Treatment

I will interview Dr. Joe Massey, Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, about the latest advances in assisted reproductive technology that can reduce costs, including using lower doses of ovulation stimulating drugs and in vitro maturation of ovarian tissue.

Dec. 10: Surviving the Holidays Without a Child—Again

I will interview Sharon N. Covington, a clinical psychologist that specializes in infertility and Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, about coping techniques for the holiday season. CAF Video on Infertility Survival Guide for Holidays, Family Gatherings & Baby Showers

Dec. 17: Attachment Issues when you Adopt a Child Over Two

Deborah Gray, author of Attaching in Adoption and Nurturing Adoptions will talk about the special challenges of adopting a preschool aged child and what parents can do to help their child attach and bond.

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What do listeners say?

Creating a Family and in particular your radio show has been a lifeline to me over the past 2+ years. In the privacy of my home/car I have been connected with others whose family-building has been challenged and I have had access to invaluable information from experts that have helped us make better decisions. Thank you! ~ S. Potter

Creating a Family was such a great resource for me throughout the adoption, I remember even blogging about it the first time I discovered the radio show because I was so excited! I continue to benefit from your the shows even now, one year post adoption. Thank you for the good and important work you are doing. ~ A. Oliver

I just wanted to say thank you so much for this resource, I just recently found it and I just happened to stumble upon it doing a google search.  It has been hugely helpful!!!! We've been looking into foster care and adoption and listening to the various radio shows relating to those topics have really helped us know what to do and what to expect..more  ~J. Joy

I just wanted to stop in and say a quick thank you for all the support and information you provide the adoption/infertility community... I also am a "research junkie", and your blogs & podcasts have been an invaluable source for us on our journey to grow our family. more ~ E. Meyer

I wanted to thank you for all of the wonderful things you do. We brought our beautiful baby boy home from the hospital on April 2nd. While we waited for an adoption match and then waited for his birth, your podcast and website were a continuous reminder that we were part of an amazing adoption community. It really helped us not feel alone.  ~Sarah S.

I listen to your radio shows daily on my iPod while cleaning, exercising, driving etc. I've learned so much from it, that today in the foster- adopt support group I felt like an all knowing expert, despite the fact, that I have zero experience in the field. Thank you for a wonderful resource! I am spreading the word. ~G. Longley

Thank you so much for your radio show! I was just listening to it, and it's very informative. My husband and I are in the process of adoption, so we read a lot to be able to make informed decisions. Your website is a great resource for us! ~N.M.W.

“I learned more from this show than from two Reproductive Endocrinologist and all my own research. I appreciate the professionals you have on your show.” ~ L. Upton

I LOVE your show, it's the most helpful, unbiased information I’ve found about infertility and adoption and I'm so thankful for you and your organization. Keep up the fantastic work, you are changing lives. ~ Amanda

So I would like to introduce to you....Z. V.. She is now 11 weeks old. She came from a lovely perfect little frozen embryo, from our 4th round of IVF (2 fresh cycles and 2 FET)...more  ~A. Houston

I'm just writing to say that I've downloaded another bunch of your podcasts onto my iPhone and while I listen to them on my daily commute I silently
thank you for doing such a good job and conducting such brilliant interviews!!!...
more   ~G. Marino

Although you don't know us from Adam, I wanted to drop a line and thank you for the amazing info, sound advice, and encouragement you offer to adoptive and prospective adoptive parents.  We just received our pre-approval for our daughter, W, from China!  You (in book, website, blog, and podcast form) have been there every step of the way in this journey.  ~ J. & C. Morningstar

I just wanted to drop you a note and tell you how much I love your show. I recently got an iPhone and have been listening to them on iTunes. Your "What Adopted Teens Want Their Parents to Know" session was amazing!!!          ~A. Watson

My husband and I are parents through adoption to THE three most incredible children in the world. All via newborn domestic transracial.  I wanted to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed and benefitted from your web site.  I often refer potential adoptive parents who ask me for advice to your site. I especially enjoy your radio shows and today’s show on "Knowing When to Move from Infertility to Adoption" particularly resonated with me. ~N. Ferrari

I have loved, loved this radio show. It has been hands down the most helpful resource on this often painful and confusing journey. ~ R. Butler

I have been listening to lots of your radio shows of late. Great guests and very enlightening always. Thanks so much for keeping us up with the latest.  ~ W. & M. Welch

I just wanted you to know what a tremendous resource and blessing your podcasts have been to my wife and I as we prepare to travel early next month to pick up our new 17 month old son from Colombia...more
~ M. & L. Oakes

I just wanted to share my story since Creating a Family pod casts were so helpful to me when I was infertile. It really helped knowing I wasn't alone and could get the most updated information on my condition. I am almost 32 years old and I have been trying to get pregnant for 6 long years...more ~ J. Mendenhall


You are the REAL DEAL—Thank you for your guidance, radio show, information, knowledge, resources, care & wisdom to know what is needed when.     ~ S. Miller 

We are awaiting the arrival of our child from Ethiopia. I recently took a road trip and downloaded 9 hours of the Creating a Family podcasts and listened to them all. I learned so much. Thanks.        ~J. Madine 

Just home from adopting our son in Colombia. He and we are doing great. Your site and especially podcasts were a tremendous resource to us personally, as well as for a reason we didn't ever expect...more  

~ M. and L. Oakes




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