200 episodes

ThinkOrphan, the podcast for orphan excellence, helping you navigate the global orphan crisis with experts from around the world.

The ThinkOrphan Podcast Think Orphan

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 68 Ratings

ThinkOrphan, the podcast for orphan excellence, helping you navigate the global orphan crisis with experts from around the world.

    Jedd Medefind - Abortion and the Future of Orphan Care

    Jedd Medefind - Abortion and the Future of Orphan Care

    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. 
    Full show notes can be found at thinkorphan.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Alycia Pinizzotto - Writing a New Story in Guatemala

    Alycia Pinizzotto - Writing a New Story in Guatemala

    In episode 198, we're speaking with Alycia Pinizzotto of Story International in Guatemala about piloting foster care in a new context, parenting teens and ministering in the midst of tragedy. Alycia brings a lot of first-hand experience and thoughtful reflections on ministering to orphans and vulnerable children, not only in Guatemala but in the US system as well.
    Full show notes can be found at thinkorphan.com

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Brittany Salmon - Navigating Cross-Cultural Adoption

    Brittany Salmon - Navigating Cross-Cultural Adoption

    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.
    Full show notes can be found at thinkorphan.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Tori Hope Petersen - An Insider's View of Foster Care

    Tori Hope Petersen - An Insider's View of Foster Care

    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.
    Full show notes can be found at thinkorphan.com

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Scott Moeschberger - Addressing Violence Against Children

    Scott Moeschberger - Addressing Violence Against Children

    In episode 195, we're talking with Dr. Scott Moeschberger. Scott is the Director of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Degree Program at Taylor University and a leading expert globally on violence against children. We discuss the program at Taylor and dig into his upcoming book "Building Cultures of Peace: Psychological Perspectives on Understanding and Addressing Violence Against Children".

    • 58 min
    Morgan Wienberg - "Not About Me"

    Morgan Wienberg - "Not About Me"

    In episode 194, we're talking with Morgan Wienberg about her organization Little Footprints Big Steps, serving vulnerable children in Haiti and the new feature documentary Not About Me. Our conversation centers around eager volunteers, maturing into better practice and the prevalence of for-profit orphanages.
    Full show notes for the episode can be found at thinkorphan.com

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

Kaitlin Riffel ,

Definitely Worth a Listen!!

The Think Orphan Podcast is incredibly informative, conversational and thoughtful in the way they approached tough subjects. There was a wide variety of topics talked about by people who are well informed and have done a lot of work with orphans and vulnerable children. This is a great resource to learn more about organizations who are working to alleviate this problem and who will give helpful opinions and resources on how we can take tangible steps to help with this issue! Definitely is a humbling podcast and makes me recognize that the world is far bigger than just me :) thankful for this resource!

Ayye Deb ,

A Student’s Perspective

There are many treasures throughout these episodes! For a course called, “Orphaned and Vulnerable Children,” we were given this podcast to go through to listen and reflect on the conversations within various episodes. I’m so blessed to have been exposed to such insights! This podcast’s scope of conversations makes each episode worth the time to listen!! It’s not just focused on one problem within the orphan crisis which creates a great atmosphere for tough talks and vulnerability! I would recommend to all! Caring for orphaned and Vulnerable children should be a Christina “thing” rather Everyone pursuit.

kar_woo ,

Worth the Listen! :)

The Think Orphan Podcast was super informative and engaging! Something I really enjoyed was being able to go through and hear some of the same speakers on different topics. It added a level of continuity while still providing new and intriguing facts with each new podcast. I also really enjoyed hearing how the Lord worked in each of the speaker’s lives to get them to the place where they felt the urge to help those who were also in need. Some individuals went very deep with great sentiment while relaying their memories while others just enjoyed sharing what they have been learning in terms of psychological advancements or even research breakthroughs. I thought it was a pretty healthy balance that gave people a chance to share their testimony while also being able to share their expertise.

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