‘It’s Too Much Of A Wild Card’

We often hear heart-warming stories of adult adoptees finding their birth parents. And they’re often wonderful stories – filled with longing, courage, and joy. In this final episode of season one, I interview two adult adoptees – Carrie Schellpfeffer and Mike Fitzmaurice – who have consciously chosen not to find their birth parents. And why? “The fact that my parents are my parents, and that’s just the way I’ve always felt. I don’t feel I’m missing out on anything,” said Carrie.

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'These Kids Are Worth It': Debunking Foster Care Myths

The number of kids entering foster care is increasing, but conversely, the number of foster-care homes are decreasing. And many people believe, incorrectly, that the kids in foster care are there because of behavioral problems, or juvenile delinquency. Greg Eubanks, CEO of the World Association for Children and Parents, has a personal and professional connection to foster care. And in this episode, he dispels the myths about foster care, and the kids in foster care: “What I get to see every day is healing, and recovery, and a child find out that they’re worthwhile, and they belong somewhere.” 

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'Our Path to Adoption': Host Kristin Kalning's Adoption Story

Real Life Adoption host and creator Kristin Kalning thought starting a family would be no big deal. But the traditional route – pregnancy – led her and her husband, Steve, down a difficult path of infertility and uncertainty. In this inaugural episode, Kristin shares the couple’s struggles, and how a deserted beach and a podcast episode changed everything.

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