My Conversation With Vanessa McGrady, Author Of Rock Needs River: A Memoir About A Very Open Adoption

Click Here To Listen Vanessa McGrady From a story first told in the popular New York Times parenting blog comes a funny, touching memoir about a mother who welcomes more than a new daughter into her home. After two years of waiting to adopt—slogging through paperwork and bouncing between hope and despair—a miracle finally happened for Vanessa McGrady. Her sweet baby, Grace, was a dream come true. Then Vanessa made a highly uncommon gesture: when Grace’s biological parents became homeless, Vanessa invited them to stay. Without a blueprint for navigating the practical basics of an open adoption or any discussion of expectations or boundaries, the unusual living arrangement became a bottomless well of conflicting emotions [...]

By |February 11th, 2019|Adoption, Children, Parenting, Women, Youth|Comments Off on My Conversation With Vanessa McGrady, Author Of Rock Needs River: A Memoir About A Very Open Adoption

My Conversation With Ariane de Bonvoisin, Author Of The Giggles & Joy Gift Set

Click Here To Listen Ariane de Bonvoisin This delightful gift set comprises all three books in the Giggles and Joy series - Giggles and Joy, You Are Loved and Being You. With their valuable spiritual life lessons, entertaining rhymes and beautiful illustrations, these books are ideal for all children aged 2-10 years. For a birthday, holiday or special occasion, the Giggles and Joy Gift Set is a perfect present. The books are 'spiritual' in that they focus on nurturing a child's spirit with love, optimism, humor, honesty and common sense. They are not for or against any religion and co-exist beautifully next to any and all spiritual beliefs. All three books are designed to help [...]

By |July 27th, 2018|Adoption, Children, Education, Youth|Comments Off on My Conversation With Ariane de Bonvoisin, Author Of The Giggles & Joy Gift Set

The Year She Left Us By Kathryn Ma chats with Dr. Alvin

Kathyrn Ma Click Here To Listen   The Kong women are in crisis. A disastrous trip to visit her "home" orphanage in China has plunged eighteen-year-old Ari into a self-destructive spiral. Her adoptive mother, Charlie, a lawyer with a great heart, is desperate to keep her daughter safe. Meanwhile, Charlie must endure the prickly scrutiny of her beautiful, Bryn Mawr–educated mother, Gran—who, as the daughter of a cultured Chinese doctor, came to America to survive Mao's Revolution—and her sister, Les, a brilliant judge with a penchant for ruling over everyone's lives. As they cope with Ari's journey of discovery and its aftermath, the Kong women will come face-to-face with the truths of their lives—four powerful, [...]

By |May 20th, 2014|Adoption, Fiction, Parenting, Women|Comments Off on The Year She Left Us By Kathryn Ma chats with Dr. Alvin

Make Me A Mother By Susanne Antonetta chats with Dr. Alvin

Susanne Antonetta Click Here To Listen In Make Me a Mother, acclaimed memoirist Susanne Antonetta adopts an infant from Seoul, South Korea. After meeting their six-month-old son, Jin, at the airport—an incident made memorable when Susanne, so eager to meet her son, is chased down by security—Susanne and her husband learn lessons common to all parents, such as the lack of sleep and the worry and joy of loving a child. They also learn lessons particular to their own family: not just how another being can take over your life but how to let an entire culture in, how to discuss birth parents who gave up a child, and the tricky steps required to navigate [...]

By |May 13th, 2014|Adoption, Children, Parenting, Women, Youth|Comments Off on Make Me A Mother By Susanne Antonetta chats with Dr. Alvin