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2013 Radio Shows

Creating a Family: Talk about Infertility and Adoption

Jan. 9: Helping Kids Who Struggle in School

For years parents have followed the Beyond Consequences: A Love Based Approach to Helping Children with Severe Behaviors to help their children at home. But how can this approach be used in the school setting. Our guest is Heather Forbes, co-founder of the Beyond Consequences Institute, author of Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-based Approach for Helping Children With Severe Behaviors, and mom to two children adopted as toddlers from Russia. Highlights from this show.

Jan. 16: Sexual Development in Adopted Children

While sexual development follows much the same pattern for all children, there are some special issues that adopted children might face. These include precocious puberty, the effects of childhood abuse or neglect on later sexual development, and questions about how the birds and bees applies to them. Our guests are Dr. Bradley Miller, a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, a therapist specializing in adoption and an adjunct faculty member in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Highlights from this show.

Jan. 23: How to Talk with Kids about Donor Egg, Sperm, and Embryo

How in the world do you explain something so complex as conception from donor egg, sperm or embryo to a child? When should you tell? How much detail is necessary? What words can you use? Our guest to talk about the nitty gritty of telling is Patricia Mendell, therapist in NYC specializing in infertility and founding member of The American Fertility Association and Currently Co-Chair of its Board of Directors. She is a member of the Mental Health Professionals Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Highlights from this show.

Jan. 30: Should I Try Again? What to do When IVF Fails

One of the hardest decisions to make when IVF fails is whether to try again. Your emotions and finances weigh heavily. If you knew the outcome it would be so much easier to decide. We have two guests to talk about how to decide and what factors to consider: Dr. Mylene Yao, a Reproductive Endocrinologist, formerly on the faculty at Stanford University where she was a NIH-funded principal investigator looking into IVF prediction models that could personalize success rates for IVF patients. She co-founded Univfy Inc. to translate that research into user-friendly online prediction tests to bring personalized prediction to patients and doctors. We also have Dr. Philip Chenette, medical director at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco. Dr. Chenette is among US News and World Reports' “Top Doctors” and was voted "Top Doctor" in San Francisco. Dr. Chenette is also the president of the Bay Area Reproductive Endocrine Society. Highlights from this show.

Feb. 6: Adoption Tax Credit 2012-2013

It is tax time again, and adoptive parents have lots of questions about the Adoption Tax Credit for 2013. Our guest experts to talk about this credit are Mark McDermott, adoption attorney and adoption tax credit expert; and Josh Kroll, the adoption tax credit expert at the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Highlights from this show.

Feb. 13: Latest Research on the Mental Health of Adopted Children

What does the latest research show on the emotional and mental health of adopted children? How do adoptees fare later in life? Our guest is Dr. Kathleen Whitten, a developmental psychologist and adoptive mother who researches the mental health of adopted children. She has been a lecturer in psychology at Georgia State University and at the University of Virginia, where she was also a research faculty member at the Child-Parent Attachment Clinic, Department of Psychiatric Medicine. She was named a Distinguished Fellow in Developmental Psychology by the National Council for Adoption in Washington, D.C. She is also the author of Labor of the Heart: A Parent’s Guide to the Decisions and Emotions in Adoption. Highlights from this show.

Feb. 20: Umbilical Cord Blood or Tissue Banking

How can cord blood be used to help your child? What else should parents think about at birth to try to save or collect to potentially be used to treat disease or cancer? And what exactly is “Wharton’s Jelly”? Our guests to talk about the potenitial uses for blood and tissue from the umbilical cord is Dr. Roni Bollag. Dr Bollag has a PhD in Genetics from Yale University and an MD from the Medical College of Georgia. He is board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and specialty certified in Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the Medical College of Georgia, and also serves as laboratory director for the Cord Blood Service at Xytex Cryo in Augusta, GA. We also have Dr. James Carroll, Chief of Child Neurology at Georgia Health Sciences University and Georgia Children’s Hospital. He has been involved with clinical and laboratory research in stem cells, cerebral palsy and brain injury for many years. Highlights from this show.

Feb. 26: Documentary on International Adoption-"Stuck"

An interview with Craig Juntunen, Founder of Both Ends Burning and Producer of a new documentary on International Adoption, Stuck, to talk about the ethics of international adoption and the delays. Highlights from this show.

Mar. 6: Food Issues with Adopted Children

Join our guest Dr. Katja Rowell, The Feeding Doctor, and author of the new book "Love Me, Feed Me" to talk about some of the common food issues adoptive parents face: hoarding, gorging, pickiness, not eating, etc. Highlights from this show.

Mar. 13: Parenting Easily Frustrated Inflexible Kids with Challenging Behavior

Interview with Dr. Ross Greene, Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children. How to help children, all kids, including adopted children, learn to control their frustration and anger. Highlights from this show.

Mar. 20: Uterine Abnormalities-Effect on Conception and Pregnancy

How do uterine abnormalities affect the ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term? Do they increase your chances for miscarriage or still birth? Is infertility treatment effective for women with müllerian anomalies. Our guests will be Dr. Robin Fogle, a Reproductive Endocrinolgist with the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine and Dr.Thomas Trevett, Jr, a maternal and fetal medicine specialist with Atlanta Perinatal Consultants. Highlights from this show.

Mar. 27: How Does Fertility Treatment Affect the Babies

Research is beginning to come in on how infertility treatment affects the health of the children conceived. Does in vitro fertilization (IVF) or ICSI or articicial insemination cause birth defects, autism, nuero-developmental issues? Is freezing harmful to the children born from frozen embryos? Does Clomid cause harm to the babies? Our guest to help us sort out the often confusing results of theis research is Dr.Thomas Molinaro, a reproductive endorinolgist with Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and a researcher into the health effects of fertility treatment. Highlights from this show.

Apr. 10: Interview with actress Nia Vardalos

Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Nia Vardalos, actress (of My Big Fat Greek Wedding fame), author of a new book Instant Mom, and foster care adoptive mom. We talked about her years of struggling with infertility and how she ended up adopting from foster care. Highlights from this show.

Apr. 17: Open Adoption: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Lori Holden, author of the new book The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole. Highlights from this show.

Apr. 24: Finding Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance is the bane of most every mother I know. It’s not that we want it all, but we don’t want or need some. What are the tips and tricks for working from home, setting up flex-time, finding affordable practical child care. Our guest is Anne Bogel, author of Work Shift, and blogger at Modern Mrs. Darcy about ideas for modern moms to create balance and blending between their work selves and family selves. Highlights from this show.

May 1: Getting Pregnant with Male Infertility

What are your options for getting pregnant if your diagnosis is male infertility? What can you do to increase your odds before going to fertility treatment? What type of infertility treatments are most successful? Is there a fertility diet that will increase male fertility? Our guests are Dr. Grace Centola, internationally recognized specialist in andrology and male infertility, and current President of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology; and Dr. Jessica Mann, Reproductive Endocrinologist with Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey. Highlights from this show.

May 8: Breastfeeding Without Birthing

Can you breast feed a child you did not give birth to? Should you? How do you breastfeed as an adoptive mother, or mother through surrogacy? Listen to Dawn’s interview with Alyssa Schnell, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and author of Breastfeeding Without Birthing: A Breastfeeding Guide for Mothers through Adoption, Surrogacy, and Other Special Circumstances. Highlights from this show.

May 15: Talking About Adoption at Different Ages and Developmental Stages

Adopted children process adoption differently at different ages and developmental stages. How can parents help their children understand the concept of being adopted. Our guest is Debbie Riley, Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Adoption Support and Education and marriage and family therapist with more than 30 years’ experience working with adopted kids and adoptive families. Highlights from this show.

May 22: How Mental and Physical Health Issues in Prospective Adoptive Parents are Treated in Adoption

How are mental health issues and physical disabilities or diseases in prospective adoption parents treated by adoption agencies, adoption lawyers, expectant parents, and foreign countries? Can you adopt if you are on anti-depressants? Can you adopt if you have a history of past addictions? In a wheelchair? Our guests are Ann Wrixon, Executive Director of Independent Adoption Center; Rhonda Jarema , advocate and educator. She has been the Director of Family Support Services at Nightlight Christian Adoptions since 1998. Rhonda Jarema has worked as a social worker and advocate in the fields of international adoption and mental health for over 30 years and she's an adoptive mom. Jaclyn Smith, Program Coordinator at Children’s Connections, Inc., a domestic adoption agency. And Rebecca Hackworth, Director of Social Services, Dillon International, Inc. with over 30 years experience in international adoption. Highlights from this show.

May 29: Diagnosis and Treatment of Recurrent Miscarriages

Recurrent pregnancy loss (miscarriage) is heartbreaking. What causes miscarriage? How can they be prevented? Our guests are Dr. Richard Scott, Founding Partner, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; and Dr. Mark Perloe, Medical Director at Georgia Reproductive Specialists with extensive experience with recurrent pregnancy loss. Highlights from this show.

Jun. 5: Donor Insemination: Who's Donating & Who's Receiving

The use of donor sperm and sperm banks has changed over the years. The men donating has also changed. Host Dawn Davenport talks about the changes in sperm donation with Dr. Michelle Ottey, Laboratory Director and Director of Operations for Fairfax Cryobank and Cryogenic Laboratories. Highlights from this show.

Jun. 12: Post Adoption Depression: Causes and Prevention

Post adoption depression and parent attachment disorder are surprisingly common and seldom talked about. After all, since you've tried so hard to become a parent, many adoptive parents are ashamed to admit that they are struggling. We interviewed Dr. Jane Aronson, a board certified general pediatrician and pediatric infectious diseases specialist, and adoption medicine specialist for the past 12 years. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and the founder of World Wide Orphan Foundation. Dr. Aronson is also the author of a new book, Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption, Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents. Highlights from this show.

Jun. 19: Latest Developments in Genetic Testing

What advancements have been made in pre-implantation genetic testing of embryos or genetic testing during pregnancy? Our guest to talk about the Latest Developments in Genetic Testing is Dr. Mark Evans, medical director at Comprehensive Genetics and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Evans is President of the Fetal Medicine Foundation of America, President of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society Foundation, and Past President of the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and has won multiple national research awards including the President's award for achievement by the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. Highlights from this show.

Jun. 26: Adopting Out of Birth Order

Should you adopt out of birth order? What risks should parents be aware of? How can adoptive parents make it easier for their children if they adopt a child older than one of their existing children? Our guest will be David Brodzinsky, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Clinical & Developmental Psychology at Rutgers University and currently, Research Director of the Donaldson Adoption Institute in NYC. He is internationally known for his research, training, and clinical work in the area of adoption and has published five books, including Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self. Highlights from this show.

Jul. 3: The Child Catchers: Criticism of the Orphan Care Movement

Interview with Kathryn Joyce, author of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption, a new book that is highly critical of the evangelical orphan care and adoption movement. Joyce criticized the religous involvement into international adoption, and those who seek to adopt a US baby. Highlights from this show.

Jul. 10: Using Integrative Medicine in Fertility Treatment

How can integrative medicine be used in fertility treatment? What alternative treatments work to increase your chance of success with infertility? What complimentary medicine techniques can help when trying to conceive? Our guest today to talk about integrative medicine in infertility treatment and IVF is Dr. Carmelo Sgarlata, a Reproductive Endocrinologist and the director of Integrative Medicine at the Reproductive Science Center of the Bay Area. Highlights from this show.

Jul. 17: Coping with Infertility Grief After Adopting

We tell people to work through their grief at not having a biological child or being pregnant or breastfeeding BEFORE they adopt. The reality is that sometimes after adopting a baby adoptive parents still crave the experience of pregnancy and still feel sad at not having a genetic connection to their child. Host Dawn Davenport will interview Carole Lieber Wilkins, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the field of reproductive medicine, adoption and family building options since 1986. She is known for helping patients transition to non-genetic forms of family building, such as donor conception or adoption. Having created her family through adoption and ovum donation, Carole brings a wealth of personal as well as professional experience to her work. Highlights from this show.

Jul. 24: Adoption Subsidies and Benefits When Adopting from Foster Care

Most children adopted from US foster care are eligible for an monthly adoption subisdy and other benefits from the state. What benefits are available? College tuition, medical insurance, monthy stipend? What is reasonable? Our guests are Josh Kroll, Project Coordinator with the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center at the North American Council on Adoptable Children and Julie Mondroski and Judith Ungar-Neuenkirch, case workers with Clark County Nevada—otherwise known as Las Vegas. Highlights from this show.

Jul. 31: When Should You Move Up the Fertility Treatment Ladder

It's hard to know when to move up the infertility treatment ladder from Clomid, to IUI (artificial insemination), to IVF, to IVF/ICSI, to donor egg, to surrogacy. When should you move to more advanced forms of fertility treatment/assisted reproduction? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Jaime Knopman, Reproductive Endocrinologist with RMA of New York and Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Highlights from this show.

Aug. 7: Practical Considerations When Going Abroad for Treatment

Increasingly US citizens are looking abroad for infertility treatment, while those in other countries are coming to the US to receive fertility treatments not available or legal in their country. What are the practical considerations for infertility tourism? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Kathryn Kaycoff-Manos co-founder of the Agency for Surrogacy Solutions and Global IVF, an informational website to help Intended Parents from all over the world. She is a mom herself through surrogacy and egg donation, and knows firsthand how much of a toll financially, physically as well as emotionally infertility can take on a person. Our other guest is Sue Taylor, an IVF consultant with over 27 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, assisting patients with selecting an IVF clinic, or with the practicalities of traveling to another country for fertility treatments. She blogs at Highlights from this show.

Aug. 14: Traveling with Newly Adopted Children

Traveling with kids is hard enough when you know them and they know you. How in the world do you travel with with a newly adopted child? How do you keep a child entertained during the plane, cab, car, bus rides that are inevitable? Join our guests Brooke Randolph, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and founding team member MLJ Adoptions, Inc., where she currently serves as the VP of Social Services. She is a single adoptive mother who has recently traveled with her newly adopted 6 year old son; and Susie Doig, an adoption social worker with Holt International Adoption Agency. Highlights from this show.

Aug. 21: Should You Adopt a Child with Special Needs

Most international adoptions are now special needs adoptions, as are adoptions from US foster care. Are you up to adopting a child with special needs? Host Dawn Davenport interviews Martha Osborne, founder and director of Rainbow Kids, a photolisting website for harder to place children; and Dr. Lisa Nalven, a developmental pediatrician, specializing in caring for children with developmental disabilities. She is the Director of Developmental Pediatrics and the Adoption Screening and Evaluation program at the Kireker Center for Child Development-Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Dr. Nalven also serves on the Executive Committee for the Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Highlights from this show.

Aug. 28: Egg Freezing for Fertility Preservation and Egg Donation

Advances in egg freezing in the last couple of years have been huge. Should you use egg freezing to allow you to wait to have children later? Is this technique reliable and safe? How much does it cost and how expensive is storage? Host Dawn Davenport will interview Dr. Daniel Shapiro, Medical Director of Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta and Clinical Manager of My Egg Bank. He is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility. She will also interview Dr. Pat Mc Shane, Associate Director of Fertility Preservation at the University of Colorado Hospital and has served as the President of the New England Fertility Society. Dr. McShane is the Medical Director of The World Egg Bank. Highlights from this show.

Sept. 4: How to Interpret IVF Success Statistics

We tell people to check out the Center for Disease Control statistics before selecting an infertility clinic, but how in the world do you make sense of these numbers. Which ones are truly important? Can they be manipulated? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. David Adamson, reproductive endocrinologist and Medical Director of Fertility Physicians of Northern California and Founder and CEO of Advanced Reproductive Care, a national network of fertility clinics. He was past President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART). Our other guest will be Dr. Laurence Udoff, a reproductive endocrinologist with Genetics and IVF Institute and a professor at University of Maryland. He is the lead physician at GIVF on Donor Egg IVF and egg vitrification. Highlights from this show.

Sept. 11: Long Term Effects of Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure

Evaluating the risk of Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure is one of the hardest decisions adoptive parents must make. Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Ira Chasnoff, one of the nation's leading researchers on long term effects of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure, and author of a new book on the subject- The Mystery of Risk. Dr. Chasnoff is President of the Children's Research Triangle and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. Highlights from this show.

Sept. 18: Adoption Dissolutions: How Common, What are the Causes, How to Prevent

Not all adoptions are forever. Some fail. Recent reports by NBC News, the Today Show, and Reuters focused on the devastating outcomes for some kids and families, but left unanswered how often adoptions fail, what types of adoptions are at the most risk for adoption disruption or adoption dissolution, and what to do to prevent them from failing. Host Dawn Davenport interviewed a panel of adoption experts: Dr. Trudy Festinger, professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, and leading researcher on adoption disruptions; Stephen Hayes, adoption attorney who has handled over 3,500 adoption cases, including many adoption dissolutions, and a fellow and past Vice President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; and Regina Kupecky, psycho-therapist specializing in adoption and attachment,and co-author of Adopting The Hurt Child and Parenting the Hurt Child. Highlights from this show.

Sept. 25: Immunology and Fertility

Can your immune system affect your ability to get pregnant or stay pregnant? What is the immunological conncetion to infertility or miscarriage? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. William Kutteh, board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Immunology. He serves as Director of Fertility Associates of Memphis and Laboratory Director for Memphis Fertility Laboratory. Highlights from this show.

Oct. 2: Getting Pregnant After Cancer

What are the risks of attempting to get pregnant after cancer? Should you try? How long should you wait? What is the risk to the child and mother? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed two of the leading experts in the US on Pregnancy after Cancer: Dr. Jacqueline Jeruss, a breast surgeon and the Oncofertility Consortium's Clinical Co-Director of Oncology and an Assistant Professor within the Department of Surgery and a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University; and Dr. Nicole Noyes, Reproductive Endocrinologist with NYU Fertility Center, Professor and the Director of Reproductive Surgery at the New York University School of Medicine and Medical Center, and President of the ASRM Special Interest Group on Fertility Preservation. Highlights from this show.

Oct. 9: Adopting and Raising a Child with HIV

The stigma against HIV is alive and well in the US and the world, and no where does this play out more poignantly than in the thousands of orphans with HIV. Adoptive parents are often afraid of adopting a child with HIV. How sick will these children be? What is their life expectancy? How much risk do they pose to other family members? Our guest are Dr. Jan Piatt, Medical Director at the Bill Holt Pediatric HIV Clinic at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Kate Foley, Social Worker and Associate Director of Outreach at Spence-Chapin Adoption Agency, and Traci Heim a Director for Project HOPEFUL, a nonprofit bringing education and encouragement for those adopting children with HIV. She is also a parent to 10 children through adoption, including a child with HIV. Highlights from this show.

Oct. 16: Toddler Adoption

Adopting a toddler is NOT the same as adopting an infant or adopting a school aged child. As the waiting times for international adoption increase more families are adopting older babies and toddlers. Foster care adoptions are also increasing and families are facing the unique issues associated with adopting children between the ages of 1 and 4. Join our guest Mary Hopkins-Best, author of Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft, to learn about the rewards and challenges of adopting a toddler, and tips for easing their transition into your home. This is a re-aring of a classic Creating a Family show from 2008. Enjoy. Highlights from this show.

Oct. 23: Overcoming Reluctance to Donor Egg, Sperm, or Embryo in Your Extended Family

This was a topic suggested by our audience. There are few, if any, resources available to help infertility patients navigate who to tell about using third party reproduction. Our guest is Bette Galen, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in infertiliy who has worked at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey for 8 years and has a private practice in Montclair, NJ. Highlights from this show.

Oct. 30: Increasing Success with IVF

To get pregnant using fertility treatment, such as in vitro fertilization, requires good embryos. Up until recently choosing the best embryos was more art than science. New research is changing that equation. Dr. Marcy Maguire, a Reproductive Embryologist at Reproductive Medical Assiociates of New Jersey and Clinical Assistant Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, will talk about the latest groundbreaking discoveries that is increasing the odds of success in IVF. Highlights from this show.

Nov. 6: Inside Transracial Adoption: Talking About Race

Transracial Adoptions (Interracial Adoption) are becoming more common. Adoptive parents must talk with their children abour race, but that is often a hard conversation to have. When to start, what to say, and how to prepare them for racism without scaring them. Our guests to talk about talking with transracially adopted children about race are Beth Hall, Founder and Director of PACT, and co-author of Inside Transracial Adoption; and Natasha Sky, a multiracial woman and mother of four multiracial children, and founder of MultiracialSky: Resources for Multiracial Families. This show originally aired in 2011.Highlights from this show.

Nov. 13: Maximizing Chances of Pregnancy in Fertility Treatment

It is so hard to know how long to stay at each level of infertility treatment. How many months on Clomid, how many IUIs (artificial inseminations) and how many cycles of IVF is reasonable before moving to donor egg? What is the best way to manage your fertility dollars and still get pregnant? Our guests were Dr. Alison Zimon, a reproductive endocrinologist at Boston IVF, and Dr. Samantha Pfeifer, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Pennsylvania Medical School. This show originally aired in 2012. Highlights from this show.

Nov. 20: Legal Issues You MUST Consider with Egg/Sperm Donation & Surrogacy

Egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy can have significant legal concerns. It is important that infertility patients considering egg or sperm donation or surrogacy think through these issues before hand. Host Dawn Davenport interviewed two of the leading reproductive law attorneys on topics that should be considered by those using donor eggs, donor sperm, or surrogacy to create their family. Our guests are Stephanie Caballero and Catherine Tucker, both reproductive law attorneys covering egg donation, sperm donation, surrogacy, and embryo donation. Highlights from this show.

Nov. 27: Coming To Terms with Infertility Grief

The pain and losses of infertility and miscarriage are often not recognized by our society. It is hard to mourn a loss others do not see. This grief can hang around and impair our joy in creating our family through adoption, egg donation, sperm donation, or surrogacy. How do men and women process this grief in different ways? How can you resolve this grief? Our guests to talk about ambiguous or disenfranchised loss are Dr. Ken Doka, Professor at The College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America. He is the the author of Disenfranchised Grief. And Kris Faasse, Director of Adoption for Bethany Christian Services, who has many years of experience counseling pre and post adoptive parents dealing with the grief of infertility and miscarriage. Highlights from this show.

Dec. 4: What Expectant Women Look for When Choosing Adoptive Parents

Each expectant woman considering placing her child for adoption is looking for something special in the adoptive parent she chooses. What common factors do adoption agencies and adoption lawyers see in how birth mothers choose adoptive parents? How does age, marital status, health, and sexual orientation affect their choice? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Lark Cooper, the Intake Coordination for Children's Connection Inc, an adoption agency with offices throughout Texas; and Danielle Goodman, an Adoption Social worker in the Delaware office of Adoptions From the Heart. Both work extensively with birth mothers when deciding on placing a child for adoption. Highlights from this show.

Dec. 11: Effect of Early Life Experiences on Adopted Children

Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Charles Nelson, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and one of the leading experts on how early childhood neglect, abuse, malnutrition, institutionalization, and prenatal environment affect children. Highlights from this show.

Dec. 18: Adopting Through an Adoption Lawyer

What is the adoption process in the US when adopting a baby through an adoption attorney? How do you find an adoption attorney? Who finds the prospective birth mothers? What questions should you ask before hiring? Host Dawn Davenport interviewed four leading adoption attorneys: Colleen Quinn, Steve Kirsch, Jim Thompson, and Michael Goldstein. Highlights from this show.

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