In episode 199, we’re talking with old friend and President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, Jedd Medefind. With his years of leadership in the OVC space, we pick Jedd’s brain on what trends he’s seeing and what the future might hold for advocates and practitioners alike. We then get into a longer conversation on Roe v. Wade and the practical implications if federal legislation on abortion changes. 

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In episode 197, we’re speaking with author, professor and mother Brittany Salmon about the in’s and out’s of cross-cultural and trans-racial adoption. We learn not only from her family’s experience but also research and writing that she’s put together in her new book, It Takes More Than Love. After the interview, Brandon and Phil discuss race a little further and emphasize the importance of listening and building towards unity.

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In episode 196, we’re talking with Tori Hope Petersen. Tori is an author, speaker and foster care advocate with lived experience in the system (oh, yeah, she’s also Mrs. Universe). We discuss what foster care looks like from the inside, what changes ought to be made and what compelled Tori to go from being a foster youth, to now welcoming kids in to her home as a parent.

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In episode 186, you will hear from the crew at SFAC: Mick Pease, Dan Hope and Dr Caitlin Lance Hope. They get into an array of topics with Phil and Brandon around child protection, family care services and what they’ve learned from years working in global child welfare.

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In episode 184, you’ll hear from Dr. Susan Hillis who works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and also serves on the leadership team of World Without Orphans. In this episode, Dr. Hillis shares with us her own background as an adoptive mother, the importance of a global response for orphaned and at-risk children and the far reaching implications of the millions of children left orphaned by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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In episode 179, you’ll hear from Pastor Evans Baggs who serves as the Pastor of Mobilization at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. We talk with Evans about the recent research from Barna Group, Faith to Action and Changing the Way We Care on Christian giving to orphanages. We’ll also hear his thoughts on the role of the American church in missions and ministry to orphan and vulnerable children and how to prioritize relationship and accountability with international partners.

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In Episode 173, you will hear from Jenn Hook, Founder and Executive Director of Replanted, and author of the book also called Replanted, talking with Phil about: Continue reading →

In Episode 149Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation with Karen Springs, Author of Adoption Through the Rear View Mirror: Learning from Stories of Heartache and Hope and Communications Director for World Without Orphans, about (time-stamps following each bullet-point indicate the beginning of Karen’s answer covering each topic (video and audio timestamps differ slightly))   Continue reading →

In Episode 140, you will hear from Mike Berryauthor of Honestly Adoption (and a bunch of other books), founder of Confessions of an Adoptive Parentco-host of the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and adoptive father, talking with Phil about: 

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In Episode 134, you will hear from Jenn Hook, Founder and Executive Director of Replanted, and author of a new book of the same name, talking with Phil about: Continue reading →