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2011 Radio Shows

Creating a Family: Talk about Infertility and Adoption

Jan. 5: Deciding on a Country When Choosing International Adoption

How in the world do you choose a country to adopt from in international adoption. We will present a systematic step by step process for choosing a country for international adoption. Our guest is Dawn Davenport, Exec. Director of Creating a Family, a nonprofit providing education and support for adoption and infertility, and author of The Complete Book of International Adoption.  Highlights from this show

Jan. 12: Evaluating Health and Legal Risk Factors for Domestic Adoption

Waiting times for domestic adoption is often dependent on how open adoptive parents are to health and legal “risk factors”. Common risk factors include prenatal exposures, familial history of mental illness or depression, incest, and unknown birth father. We will talk about how adoptive parents can evaluate the common risk factors and know whether to accept this birth mother match. Join our guests Dr. Meg Hayes, an adoption medicine specialist with Adoption Health Services at Oregon Health & Science University and Denise Hoppenhauer, Adoption Case Manager with Beacon House Adoption Services, President of the SC Adoption Coalition for Education and Support, and author of Adopting A Toddler.  Highlights from this show

Jan 19: Can You be Happy Even While Infertile

Infertility can rob you of so many things—including happiness. Is it possible to still be happy when in the midst of infertility. Join Dr. Ali Domar, international leader in the field of mind/body medicine and women’s health, founder of The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, and author of numerous books including Conquering Infertility and Being Happy Without Being Perfect.  Highlights from this show

Jan 28: Grants for Fertility Treatment & Affordability Programs Offered by Infertility Clinics

Infertility affects millions in the US, but the cost of fertility treatment is beyond the reach of many. In this first of a three part series, we will talk about grants and loans for fertility treatment as well as programs offered by many fertility clinics such as shared risk, bundled plans, refunds, and discounts. Join our guests Dr. Camille Hammond founder and Exec. Director of the Cade Foundation, a nonprofit providing financial assistance and grants to families pursuing infertility treatment or adoption; and Dr. David Adamson a reproductive endocrinologist and Director of Fertility Physicians of Northern California in Palo Alto and San Jose, California. He is also the founder of Advanced Reproductive Care, a national network of infertility clinics innovative clinical and financial programs. ARC’s clinics are now in 40 states and currently provide approximately one-third of the in vitro fertilization services in the United States.   Highlights from this show

Feb 2: Transracial Adoption - How to Do it Well

Transracial adoption “works”, but what exactly can parents do to help ensure that their children will grow up with a happy and health with a well formed racial identity. Join our guest Beth Hall, Founder and Director of PACT, a multicultural adoption organization dedicated to addressing essential issues affecting adopted children of color, and co-author of Inside Transracial Adoption. Natasha Sky is a multiracial woman and mother of four young multiracial children, who joined her family through birth and adoption. Natasha created the MultiracialSky website, a collection of resources for multiracial families.  Highlights from this show

Feb 9: Breastfeeding the Child Through Adoption or Surrogacy

Can you breastfeed your adopted baby or baby born through surrogacyor gestational carrier? Yes you can! Join our guests Dr. Lenore Goldfarb, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Founder of the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic at the Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Canada, President of the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation, and co-Author of Newman-Goldfarb Protocols for Induced Lactation. She is also a mom through surrogacy and successfully breastfed her two sons. We also have two moms through adoption who successfully breastfed. One who adopted domestically at birth, and one who adopted internationally and her son was 7 months old at adoption.  Highlights from this show

Feb 16: What Every Infertility Patient MUST Know About Eggs and Embryos

Healthy eggs and embryos are the key to success in fertility treatment, but most of us know very little about them. Join us to talk about how human embryos grow and implant into the woman's uterus. How long can embryos remain frozen. What is happening with egg freezing, PGD, PGS, and freezing embryos. What can you do to help your embryos implant during IVF. Our guest today is Dr. Michael Tucker, scientific director for both Georgia Reproductive Specialist (one of our wonderful sponsors) in Atlanta, Alpharetta and Decatur, Georgia and Shady Grove Fertility in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Dr. Tucker has been a full-time clinical embryologist since 1983. His list of first’s is impressive: first intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) birth in the United States, first birth resulting from a testicular biopsy in the US, the first birth in the world from frozen donor eggs, and the first pregnancy in the world from immature eggs that were matured after thawing in the IVF lab.  Highlights from this show

Feb 23Paying for Infertility Treatment: Infertility Insurance

Will your health insurance cover fertility treatment? How do you find out? Can you buy specialized insurance to cover IVF or other fertility treatments? How will the Health Care Reform Act of 2010 change Fertility Insurance Coverage? Fertility Insurance Coverage. Insurance for In Vitro Fertilization Insurance. Surrogacy Insurance. Infertility Treatment Insurance. Infertility Insurance Coverage. Our guests to talk about this are Lee Rubin Collins, Co-chair for Advocacy and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. A former big-firm lawyer, after her own experience with infertility Lee has dedicated her volunteer time to advocating for the rights and interests of others with infertility. We also have with us Trish Taylor, President and Founder of New Life Insurance Agency, specializing in insurance for all types of assisted reproduction technologies. Last but not least we have Linton White, Chief Operations Officer for Fertility Physicians of Northern California with over 25 years’ experience in health care administrative and physician practice management.  Highlights from this show

March 2: Domestic Adoption: Finding a Child & Adopting Across State Lines

How can adoptive parents help their adoption agency or adoption attorney find a child for them to adopt? What can you do to shorten your wait in adopting a baby? Can you advertise and should you? Independent adoption vs. using an adoption agency. What is the process for adopting a child born in another state? Join our guest, adoption attorney Suzanne B. Nichols, with over 25 years’ experience in private domestic adoptions and now reproductive law in the areas of surrogacy and donor eggs. She is licensed in both New York and New Jersey.  Highlights from this show

March 9: Parenting a Child that has Been Sexually Abused

Children adopted from foster care or from institutions abroad may have experienced sexual abuse prior to adoption. What parenting techniques can help these children attach, feel safe, and heal. Join our guest Dr. Joshua Sparrow, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Special Initiatives at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Children’s Hospital, Boston. He has a monthly column on child development in the New York Times.  Highlights from this show

March 16: Issues Facing Gay Dads

Families headed by gay fathers have unique issues. Join our panel of three experienced dads and one counselor to talk about these issues and how they have handled them.  Highlights from this show

March 23: How to Save Money on Infertility Medications

Infertility medications are very expensive, but there are ways to save money. Should you use a specialized pharmacy. Should you buy your fertility drugs online. Is it safe to buy fertility medications from another country. How much will your insurance cover of your fertility drugs. What type of discounts are available on infertility drugs. Join our guests Dr. Evelina Sterling, reproductive health researcher and educator, and author of Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby without Breaking the Bank; Joy Lewin Business Unit Head, Reproductive Health at Ferring Pharmaceuticals; David Stern, Executive Vice President, Endocrinology, at EMD Serono; and Andy Gairani, VP Sales & Marketing at DesignRx, a network of Specialty Pharmacies and partners with various drug manufactures including Merck to help patients without fertility drug coverage.  Highlights from this show

March 30: Birth Mother Panel Answers Questions from Adoptive Parents

A panel of birth mothers talking about adoption from their perspective and answering questions from adoptive parents. What is it like to place a child for adoption? What influenced their decision to choose one couple over another? What can adoptive parents do to make the hospital time post birth a little easier? What type of recognition on Mother’s Day feels best? And much more. Join our panel of four birth mothers to talk about adoption.  Highlights from this show

April 6: Adoption or Infertility Treatment after Cancer

A diagnosis of cancer threatens not only your life, but also your plans for children after successful treatment.  Can you adopt if you’ve been treated for cancer in the past?  Can you go through fertility treatment if you’ve had cancer?  Should you? Join our guests Gina  Shaw, cancer survivor, mom through birth and adoption after cancer, and author of Having Children After Cancer; Dr.  Irene Su, Assistant Professor of Reproductive Medicine University of California, San Diego, a reproductive endocrinologist and epidemiologist studying reproductive outcomes in young female cancer patients, and last but not least she is the Assistant Director of the in the Oncofertility Consortium ; and Elizabeth Jurenovich, Exec. Director of Abrazo Adoption Associates in San Antonio, Texas and a Certified Professional Open Adoption Practitioner and has talked with many birth mothers considering placing with families where either the mother or father has been treated for cancer.  More important, she is a breast cancer and thyroid cancer survivor and underwent treatment during one pregnancy and gave birth to a second child post treatment. Highlights from this show

April 13: Low Stim (Minimal Stimulation) or Natural IVF

Low stim IVF is also know as Low Stimulation IVF, Minimal Stimulation IVF, Mini-Stim IVF and Natural IVF. There are many health and cost advantages to using lower ovulatory stimulating drugs in fertility treatment, but is it as successful at getting you pregnant?  Is it possible to use no stimulation medications and still be successful at in vitro fertilization?  Join our guest Dr. Joe Massey, Reproductive Endocrinologist at CNY Fertility Center with offices in Syracuse, Albany, and Rochester, NY. Highlights from this show / Mild Ovarian Stimulation for IVF by DR Massey

April 20: Finding the Blessing in Infertility: Surviving and Thriving

Infertility is a devastating life experience for most women, but is it possible that it might also be a blessing? How can you survive infertility with your sanity intact? Join our guest, Helen Adrienne, psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist specializing in infertility in New York City, and author of On Fertile Ground: Healing Infertility.  Highlights from this show

May 3: Conversation with Melissa Fay Greene: No Biking in the House

Join me for my interview with Melissa Fay Greene about her new book on adoptive parenting-- No Biking in the House Without a Helmet.  She is the mother of nine, five of whom were adopted internationally.  Her previous books include Praying for Sheetrock, The Temple Bombing, Last Man Out, and There is No Me Without You.  She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and The Atlantic. Her children were adopted from Ethiopia and Bulgaria. Highlights from this show

May 11: Adopting from Foster Care

What is the process for adopting from foster care? How long does it take, do you have to foster first, can you adopt a child from another state, should you work with a private or public agency?  We will discuss these and many more questions in thie Foster Care Adoption 101 type show.  Adopt US kids.  130,000 US children living in foster care are available for adoption.  Join our guests Jennifer Deazvedo, Waiting Child Adoption Coordinator for Children’s Connection Inc., Dr. Dixie Davis, Executive Director of The Adoption Exchange and the Wednesday’s Child Foundation which recruit and sustain families for children in foster care, and Jennifer M. Phillips, Adoption Supervisor with Lutheran Social Services of Southern New England. Highlights from this show

May 18: Gender Selection When Trying to Conceive

It is now possible to select the gender of your baby, but should you? What techniques are available? PGD gender selection? Natural sex selection methods. Are they effective? Can you utilize these sex selection techniques for family balancing? How much do these gender selection techniques cost.  Should you even try to select the sex of your baby?  Join our guest, Dr. Harvey Stern to discuss the how, why, and should of preconception gender selection and family balancing.  Dr. Harvey Stern is the Director of Genetics and the Fetal Diagnostic Center at the Genetics & IVF Institute and is Dr. Stern is Medical Director of Fairfax Cryobank and of GIVF’s Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) program. He is board certified in pediatrics and medical genetics, with subspecialty board certifications in clinical, biochemical and molecular genetics.  Highlights from this show

May 25: Egg and Ovarian Tissue Freezing

Is it possible for a woman to freeze her eggs or ovarian tissue to use later when she is ready to become a mother?  Are there any advantages to freezing eggs when going through IVF? Can frozen eggs be sued for a donor egg IVF cycle. Does it cost less to use frozen eggs for a donor cycle. Is it safe to freeze your eggs? Join our guests, Dr. Dan Shapiro is the medical director of Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta and one of the founders of MyEggBank, the nation's largest frozen donor egg bank.  Highlights from this show

June 1: How to Adopt From Africa

What countries in Africa are open to international adoption? What is the process and cost to adopt from Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo?  Are there ethical issues to consider with international adoptions from Ethiopia or other African countries. How can adoptive parents avoid the potential ethical issues with international adoptions from Africa?

June 8: Adopting from Latin America or Adopting a Latino Child Domestically

Is it possible to adopt from Latin America? What countries in Central and South America are open to international adoption. How can you adopt a Hispanic baby or child in the United States? Our guests are Nancy Fox, Executive Director of Americans for International Aid and Adoption with a program in El Salvador; Beth Whitacre,Latin American Program Caseworker for the Gladney Center for Adopiton in Dallas Texas with international adoption programs in Honduras and Colombia; and Jennifer Lanter, Director of outreach and public information with Gladney. She is also a Lead Master Trainer for the National Council for Adoption for domestic adoption.

June 15: Fertility Tourism: Cross-Border Reproductive Care

Infertility tourism is becoming more popular.More infertility patients are considering cross-border reproductive care.  How can you find an infertility clinic abroad.  How do you know the success rate of the foreign infertility clinic. Is it safe?  What are the risks? How much does it cost to do IVF or ICSI or egg donation abroad.  Our guests to talk about how to go abroad for treatment will be Lauri de Brito, Co-Founder, Vice President of Global and Taras Kuzin Founder and CEO of MedVacation. Highlights from this show

June 22: Latest Developments in Diagnosing and Treating PCOS

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) can be a devastating disease affecting many aspects of health, including fertility.  Our guest to talk about PCOS is Dr. Heather Huddleston, Medical Director of Center of Reproductive Health at UCSF and Director of Multidisciplinary Clinic for Women with PCOS. Highlights from this show

June 29: Adoption in the Facebook, Twitter and Internet Age

Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and the Internet are significantly affecting how people adopt and the relationships within adoptive families.  Should you friend your child's birth mother or birth father?  Should you prohibit your child from contacting their birth family via the internet social networks?  What can parents do pre and post adoption? Our guests are Dr. Martha Henry, Director of the Office of Foster Care and Adoption Education and Policy, and a developmental psychologist; and Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and author of Adoption Nation Highlights from this show 

July 13: Open Adoption in Difficult Birth Parent Situations

Even if you completely embrace the idea of open adoption, there are situations that make it difficult.  How should adoptive parents navigate an open adoption in these situations.  Should they even try?  Join our guest, Nancy Burley, Executive Director and founder of Adoption Circle, an Ohio child placement agency. She has twenty five years of adoption experience working directly with all members of the adoption triad and is a state certified adoption assessor and one of the writers and trainers of the state required curriculum for certified adoption assessors. Highlights from this show

July 20: Surrogacy Abroad: Lower Cost but Potential Problems

Significant savings may be had by going abroad for surrogacy, but significant problems may be had as well.  Fertility tourism is growing in popularity, but with third party reproduction intended parents must be very careful to make certain their child will be able to return to the US and have US citizenship. Join our guests: Carol Farrand, an attorney with the US Department of State in the Bureau of Consular Affairs,  Roberta Evantash, India Surrogacy Coordinator with Adoptions from the Heart; and Rudy Rupak , Founder and CEO of Planet Hospital.

July 27: So Your Expecting Multiples, Now What?

The monetary and emotional cost of infertility treatment makes many patients and doctors “try for twins”.  Is this safe? What can you do to maintain the odds of getting pregnant, but still reduce the odds of multiple births?  If you are pregnant with twins or triplets, what can you do to protect your babies.  Join our guest Dr. Mark Evans, Medical Director at Comprehensive Genetics in New York City, President of the Fetal Medicine Foundation of America, High Risk Obstetrician, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Risk of twins or triplets with in vitro fertilization (IVF). How to lessen the risk of multiple births with fertility treatment. Highlights from this show

August 3: Adopting US Children While Living Abroad

How do US families living abroad adopt a baby from the US or adopt internationally while living outside of this country. Is it possible for non-US citizens to adopt a child from America?  Join our guest adoption attorneys Jim Thompson, with offices in  Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Irene Steffas with offices in Atlanta Georgia.  Highlights from this show

August 10: Creating Attachment with Your Adopted Child in the 1st Year

What should adoptive parents do in the first year home to encourage attachment?  Join our guest Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, founder and CEO of Center For Family Connections in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Dr. Pavao is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Clinical Member of the American Orthopsychiatric Association. She is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  She says her most valuable credential is that she has experienced life as an adopted person and that she has great love and respect for both her birth and adoptive families. Highlights from this show

August 17: Legal Issues with Donor Egg, Sperm, and Embryos

What are the legal issues you need to be aware of if you are considering building your family with third party reproduction?  Join our guests Reproductive Law attorneys Ruth Claiborne and Amy Demma.  Ruth is with the adoption and reproductive law firm of Claiborne & Surmay,  with offices in Atlanta Geiorgia and a satellite office in Savannah., GA.  Ruth has been working in this area of law for over 30 years and is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Atty and the American Academey of Assited Reproduction Attys.  Amy Demma is a reproductive law attorney with the Law Offices of Amy Demma in East Hampton New York.  She is on the Advocacy and Legislative Committee for RESOLVE of New England, and is a member of the Legal Practitioners Group. of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.  Highlights from this show

August 24: Infertility Questions You’re Embarrassed to Ask

On top of everything else infuriating about infertility, it can also be embarrassing.  Today’s your chance to ask those embarrassing questions that you would prefer to not ask even your own doctor.  Our guest expert is Dr. Jim Toner, a JIM TONER, MD, PHD, a board certified specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility with the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine.  For this show’s discussion his doctoral training in psychology may also come in handy. We will talk about sexually transmitted diseases, venereal disease, abortions, mixed emotions about motherhood, tampon use, sexual positions, frequency of sex, and any other questions you have about how to get pregnant and what is standing in your way.  Highlights from this show

August 31: Finding the Right Adoption Agency for You

How can you tell a good adoption agency from a bad one? What questions should you ask an adoption agency when selecting the best domestic or international adoption agency for you?  Join our guests Julie Tye, with The Cradle, Debora Phillips with Children’s Connection, and Laura Beauvais-Godwin with Nightlight Christian Adoptions.    Highlights from this show

September 7: Adopting Without Going Into Debt

Adoption can be expensive. So expensive in fact that some people believe they can’t afford to adopt. Join us today to find out how to afford adoption. We'll talk about saving money, budgeting, adoption grants, adoption loans, and adoption fundraisers.  Our guests are Becky Fawcett , Executive Director of Help Us Adopt and blogger in chief at An Infertile Blonde; Julie Gumm, author of Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption; and Cherri Walrod, Director of Resources 4 Adoption.  Highlights from this show

September 14: Primary Ovarian Insufficiency / Premature Ovarian Failure

One of the important causes of infertility in women is Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (also called Premature Ovarian Failure or Premature Menopause).  Come learn the latest on causes, diagnosis, and treatment of this diseases with our guest, Dr. Lawrence M. Nelson, Head of the Integrative Reproductive Medicine Unit at the National Institute for Health and leading researcher on primary ovarian insufficiency. We will discuss how this disease affects fertility, what types of fertility treatments can be used for a women with premature ovarian failure, what are the other health implications of this primary ovarian insufficiency. Highlights from this show

September 21: Infertility from the Male Perspective

So often we think infertility only affects the woman, but the men are affected as well, we simply don’t focus on how they are affected.  Join our guest Michael Barr, author of Swimming In Circles: A Baby Chase Odyssey, blogger, sports columnist, and dad to talk about infertility, male infertility, how the wife's infertility affects the husband.  Highlights from this show

September 28: How Transracial Adoptees Navigate Race as They Age

How do children of color adopted by white parents learn about race and their place in our racially aware society?  Large numbers of children have been adopted from China, Guatamala, Korea, Ethiopia, and other African countries, as well as the thousands of domestic adoption of African American and biracial/multiracial children by white parents. How do transracial adoptees form their racial identity and what can adoptive parents do to help.   Join our guest adult transracial adoptee and adoption researcher, Dr. Gina Samuels.  Dr. Samuels is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and a Faculty Affiliate at The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. Her research and publications examine transracial adoption, multiracial identity formation, and family identity and belonging among young adults with foster care and adoption histories. Highlights from this show

October 5: Preparing Yourself and Your Children to Adopt an Older Child

Adopting an older child takes preparation for the parents, the existing children in the family, and the new child. Join our guests to learn tips for smoothing this transition when adopting an older child from abroad.  Abbie Smith, adoptive mother and Director of Clinical Services at Holt International, specializing in attachment therapy, trauma and parenting of adopted children; and adoptive moms, Shila Henderson, who adopted two older daughters from China, and Vicki Hanson, who adopted an older son from Ethiopia. Highlights from this show

October 12: Secondary Infertility-Causes and Treatment

Secondary infertility is little understood by the general public and those suffering often have a harder time finding answers and support.  What causes secondary infertility, how is it treated, and what are the odds of success with treatment? Can pregnancy and birth complications increase your chances of being unable to conceive a second child? Our guest to talk about Secondary Infertility is Dr. Tanmoy Mukherjee, a board certified Gynecologist and Reproductive Endocrinologist, Associate Director of the Mount Sinai Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, and Co-Medical Director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York.  Highlights from this show

October 26: Compassionate Transfer/Disposal Ceremony for Embryo Disposal

Compassionate Transfer, Disposal Ceremony, or Other Ways to Find Closure for Infertility Patients with Unused Frozen Embryos.  Couples with unused frozen embryos must decide what to do with these embryos once they finish fertility treatment.  For some, donating to another family or research or simply thawing and discarding are not comfortable options.  Those couples often seek some form of closure to their years struggling to have a family and a way to honor these embryos in the process.  Our guests to talk about compassionate transfers and other ways patients have found closure are Dr. Kristen Wright chief Reproductive Endocrinologist at the Reproductive Science Center of New England’s New Hampshire fertility clinics and former Assistant Professor of reproductive endocrinology and infertility; and Patricia Sachs, Clinical Social Worker and infertility counselor at Shady Grove Fertility.   Highlights from this show

November 2: Preparing Your Extended Family When Adopting a Child

Adoptive parents spend a lot of time preparing themselves for adoption, but what about their extended family.  As much as we want grandparents, aunts, and siblings to be supportive and excited about our upcoming adoption, this is not always the case.  Join us today to talk about how to help our extended family understand our adoption.  Our guest will be Elisabeth O’Toole, Author of In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption.  A Guide for Relatives and Friends.  Highlights from this show

November 9: Adopting from Russia Under the New Bilateral Agreement

In July 2011 Russia and the US signed a new bilateral agreement to govern international adoptions between the two countries.  How is it working, what age children are available and how healthy are they.  Join Debbie Wynne, Director of Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services; Denise Hoppenhauer, international case manager for Beacon House Adoptions,and Tiffany Wilkins, a mom who recently adopted 2 older children from Russia. Highlights from this show

November 16: When & How to Talk with Children about 3rd Party Conception

Is there a right way or right time to tell your child that they were conceived through donor egg, sperm or embryo, or carried by a surrogate? Join our guest Dr. Elaine Gordon, a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in infertility and child development, and author of Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy? Where Some Babies Come From, a children's book  explaining a child's unique reproductive beginnings. Highlights from this show

November 23: Is Genetics or the Environment Most Important in Determining Who Our Kids Will Be?

The nature vs. nurture debate is particularly relevant to parents through adoption, egg donation, sperm donation, or embryo donation.  How do genes and the environment affect intelligence, IQ, behavior, temperament, weight, substance abuse, mental illness, and depression. What have the leading researchers in this field found? Our guests are Sally Ann Rhea, who has been the Study Coordinator for 25 years for one of the most renown adoption research projects in the world, the Colorado Adoption Project. The focus of this project is investigating genetic and environmental influences on human behavior.  And Dr. Alexandra Burt, Associate Professor of Behavioral Genetics with affiliation with the Michigan State University Twin Registry and a research focuses on the role of genes and the environment interplay in the development of anti-social development.  Highlights from this show

November 30: Adoption Subsidies for Foster Care Adoptions: What is Reasonable and How to Negotiate

You may be eligible for a monthly cash subsidy, health care coverage, and college tuition for your children when adopting from foster care, but how do you know what you are eligible for and how to get it. Our guests are Josh Kroll,Project Coordinator with the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center at the North American Council on Adoptable Children and Seth A. Grob, adoption and reproductive law attorney and one of the top legal experts on adoption subsides in the US.  He has published extensively about adoption and the rights of children and foster parents. Highlights from this show

December 7: All About Siblings: Parental Favoritism, Birth Order, Age Spacing

Time Magazine’s cover story on parental favoritism got to me.  I literally argued out loud with the author while reading. It seemed only fare to have him on the show so we could argue in person. Jeffrey Kluger, author of the new book The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us, and an editor and science reporter at Time, will be our guest to talk about siblings, favoritism, birth order, ideal spacing, and lots more. Highlights from this show

December 14: Adoption Tax Credit for 2011 and 2012

The Adoption Tax Credit has caused a great deal of confusion this year. We have a terrific panel of experts to answer your questions about this refundable tax credit and to talk about what the future holds.  Mark McDermott Washington, D.C adoption attorney and past president of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; Jackie Perlman, principal tax research analyst with The Tax Institute at H&R Block; and Josh Kroll, adoption tax credit specialist with the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Adoption Tax Credit 2011, Adoption Tax Credit 2012, Adoption Tax Credit 2013. Getting the adoption tax credit for a failed adoption. What expenses qualifies for the adoption tax credit? Highlights from this show

December 21: How Old is Too Old to Become a Parent

It is possible to give birth or adopt in your 40s, 50s, and even 60s, but should you?  What are the health risks for pregnancy with older mothers and what are the psychological and ethical implications for beginning parenthood in your 40s and beyond.  Our guests are Dr. Jeff Ecker, a high risk obstetrician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School; Dr. Julianne Zweifel, a psychologist and professor in the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; and Dr. Linda Applegarth, the Director of Psychological Services at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility and Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Highlights from this show

December 28: What do We Mean by “Special Needs” Adoption and Should You Consider this Option?

What are special need adoptions? Who should consider this option? Our guests to talk about special need adoptions are Susan Watson, Director at Spence-Chapin Adoption Services in New York City; Martha Osborne, Exec. Director of Rainbow Kids, an internet based photolisting of children with special needs awaiting adoption and a great source of information on special needs adoptions; and Nancy Fox, Director of Americans for International Aid & Adoption, with over 30 years of experience in finding families for kids from Bulgaria, Hungary, India, Korea, Russia, and El Salvador, with a special emphasis in special needs adoptions. Highlights from this show

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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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