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Real stories about the joys and challenges of the adoption journey. You'll hear from parents and families who've been through infant and international adoption, foster-to-adopt, and even embryo adoption. These inspiring stories are told from the perspective of the adoptee, birth parent or adoptive parent.

ADOPTION NOW April Fallon

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 144 Ratings

Real stories about the joys and challenges of the adoption journey. You'll hear from parents and families who've been through infant and international adoption, foster-to-adopt, and even embryo adoption. These inspiring stories are told from the perspective of the adoptee, birth parent or adoptive parent.

    Embryo Twins: Michael and Naomi's Embryo Adoption Story [S7E21]

    Embryo Twins: Michael and Naomi's Embryo Adoption Story [S7E21]

    After Michael and Naomi’s unsuccessful attempts to start a family, they were led to a fertility clinic where they were diagnosed with male-factor infertility. They were told IVF would be the only real option. The couple experienced a lot of grief and started praying about what to do to become parents.
    They started to research their options when God opened the door to the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville, Tennessee!! 
    This is where Michael and Naomi began their life-changing journey of becoming pregnant with two adopted boys through embryo adoption and the real twist of the story is the twins are NOT biologically related. What a MIRACLE STORY!!!
    In this episode, they want to encourage other couples facing infertility that what feels like God’s “NO” in your life (infertility, loss, etc.) may actually be leading you face-to-face with His beautiful and perfect “YES” for your family. 

    • 41 min
    Adoption in 5 Months! Jordan Moreno Shares her Adoption Story [S7E20]

    Adoption in 5 Months! Jordan Moreno Shares her Adoption Story [S7E20]

    Adoption doesn’t always have to be a daunting task! Jordan Moreno’s story tells us that the timeline might be faster than you think! Jose and Jordan have a beautiful adoption story, as they all are, but this one had an ease about it that will make anyone who is nervous feel at peace that everything can fall perfectly into place and QUICKLY!!! They announced to their family in November that they had plans to adopt, finished their home study in February, matched in June and their daughter was born July 2nd!!! After experiencing secondary infertility for 5 years after their son was born, the family was so grateful to be able to expand their family through adoption and want to encourage others in this journey!

    • 42 min
    RODS Heroes: Brady and Andrea Murray's Adoption Story [S7E19]

    RODS Heroes: Brady and Andrea Murray's Adoption Story [S7E19]

    Brady and Andrea Murray are the proud parents of eleven children, seven of which are adopted. After having a biological child diagnosed with Down Syndrome, the couple started RODS Heroes, which was founded in 2013. RODS Heroes inspires families to answer the call to adopt a child with Down Syndrome or other unique circumstances. As they were helping other families, they went to China to bring home their son, Cooper, who has become the baseball star you see on Instagram @bradymurray21. The couple went on to adopt two daughters from foster-care and then said yes to another international adoption, this time from Colombia. They just recently traveled and brought home a sibling group of 4 to join the family!  Listen to this episode to hear about adopting special needs children from China, how to start your process adopting from Colombia and how adopting through the foster care system might be the right path for you! 

    • 31 min
    Shattered Part Two: Author Jenell M. Jones Shares Her Story on Foster Care and Human Trafficking [S7E18]

    Shattered Part Two: Author Jenell M. Jones Shares Her Story on Foster Care and Human Trafficking [S7E18]

    Jenell M. Jones is the author of “Shattered,” a book that shares her experience as an adoptive mother. Last week we heard her story on adopting Mercy from the foster care system. Mercy joined the family of 6 children and had many mental and physical traumas that affected her day-to-day life. On part two, Jenell talks about how the system is set up to help children but often fails to provide resources to help foster children heal and be able to thrive in a family. On this episode she shares about the next level of trauma that vulnerable children could face. How does adoption and foster care play into human trafficking? What is being done to protect our children?

    • 40 min
    Shattered Part One: Author Jenell M. Jones Shares Her Foster to Adopt Story [S7E17]

    Shattered Part One: Author Jenell M. Jones Shares Her Foster to Adopt Story [S7E17]

    Jenell M. Jones is the author of “Shattered,” a book that shares her experience as an adoptive mother. Jenell is currently operating multiple early learning centers, which specialize in providing high quality learning experiences to children who experience trauma in low-income areas, while also raising 7 children! When she brought home Mercy she found out that her expectations about adoption were shattered. 
    Her passion is helping foster parents and adoptive parents ask the right questions on this journey. In this episode we get very real about the day-to-day challenges of raising children with mental and physical trauma. She gives advice to parents (and soon to be parents) on what they need to hear most about the foster care system. What questions do you ask social workers? What do you need to be prepared for when bringing home an older child? What do you need to know about trauma and loss? 
    This episode helps us understand how important it is that children find healing and what resources Jenell had to use to hopefully lead her daughter to find truth and peace in her story.

    • 48 min
    Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption: Rita Soronen, President and CEO, Speaks on Foster Care and Adoption [S7E16]

    Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption: Rita Soronen, President and CEO, Speaks on Foster Care and Adoption [S7E16]

    President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has joined ADOPTION NOW for an incredible interview. Rita Soronen has worked on behalf of abused, neglected and vulnerable children for more than 30 years.  As the leader of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a national nonprofit public charity, her mission is to dramatically increase the number of adoptions from foster care. They are working hard to find permanent families for the more than 140,000 waiting children in the United States foster care system. The non-profit was inspired by Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s fast-food restaurant chain, who was adopted himself! Rita shares his story, as well as her own journey in working with families and children. If you are interested in adopting an older child from the foster care system, this episode is for you!

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

Kbuck9999 ,

Love this Podcast!

This is one of my favorite podcasts! My husband and I have struggled with multiple miscarriages and now infertility. We have been thinking about adoption and foster care and this podcast has helped me learn so much. I am so grateful for this podcast and all the hard work put in to it. It has been such a blessing in my life. April, I pray you and your family are doing well and I hope you are able to come back to the podcast soon! 😃

Jess30000000000 ,

Favorite podcast

I love how this podcast honors all parts of the triad so well! I’ve learned so much about adoption through listening over the past few years. I also really appreciate how the hosts are both honest about adoption. They share hard but necessary things, and facilitate much needed conversations. I hope they come back from their hiatus and make new episodes soon!

saradevoto ,

Hearing Gods Promise

Our family has had adoption in our hearts as an option for many years, before any kids were in the picture, it’s an option we’ve been open to, but have not gone forth on pursuing more.

In 2016 we walked the path of infant loss of our son Logan and I just kept feeling “I’m a mama without a baby, and somewhere there’s another baby who just needs a mama to love them too”

I have no idea what randomly prompted me to search for “adoption” in podcasts. We haven’t talked about it for a while, but put in our vision for this year to pray about it more.

The first podcast I picked to listen to was “the empty car seat, and infertility” in the 1st minute the boys name was Logan who was adopted and they talked about the journey from the hospital home with the empty car seat. I cried remembering that feeling on our own journey and knew God was placing this story here to be heard. Thank you so much for all of these stories and sharing this passion. Anyone praying about, considering or supporting someone through an adoption journey needs to hear these stories.

Thank you for this podcast.
Sara (Logan’s mama!)

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