Orphans No More - Podcast
Episode 290 - Helping Families in Hard Places with Adoptive Mom, Chris Troutt

Episode 290 - Helping Families in Hard Places with Adoptive Mom, Chris Troutt

September 13, 2021

"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 3:13-14

 

In honor of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month we continue our month-long spotlight on FASD with adoptive mom and marriage and family therapist, Chris Troutt. 

 

As is a mom of 12 children—6 through adoption, Chris came face to face with childhood trauma and the impacts of FASD. Her family experienced isolation and struggled from a lack of support. That experience led Chris to establish The Papillion Center—a faith-based nonprofit therapeutic center utilizing different techniques to bring about hope and healing to children and families in hard places. 

 

Tune in as host, Sandra Flach, talks with Chris Troutt about the challenges families in hard places face and how they can find hope and healing.

 

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Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

The Papillion Center

TBRI

Chris Troutt on FaceBook

Chris Troutt on Instagram

The Papillion Center on Instagram

The Papilliion Center on FaceBook

Episode 289 - Understanding Neurodiversity & FASD with Shannon Iacobacci

Episode 289 - Understanding Neurodiversity & FASD with Shannon Iacobacci

September 6, 2021

In honor of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month we continue our month-long spotlight on FASD with foster and adoptive mom, Shannon Iacobacci. Shannon is an FASD educator, certified facilitator, disability advocate, family coach, and board chair of FASCETS. 

 

As a parent of four children diagnosed with an FASD, Shannon shares the challenges her family faced and the lack of training and supports they received from the foster care system. Listen in as Shannon describes  the life-changing training she received through FASCETS and how it not only helped her family but equipped her to help other families also.

 

Tune in as host, Sandra Flach, talks with Shannon about understanding neurodiversity and parenting children with brain-based disabilities—such as FASD.

 

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Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

Diversely Designed

FASCETS

Shannon Iacobacci - on Facebook

Shannon Iacobacci - on Instagram

FASD 5K

FASD Respect Act

 

Episode 288 -FASD Support with Foster Mom, Aubrey Page

Episode 288 -FASD Support with Foster Mom, Aubrey Page

August 31, 2021

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Ester 4:14

 

September is National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month. In support of the FASD community which includes much of the adoptive and foster care community—we are dedicating all of our September podcast episodes to the topic. 

 

To kick off our month-long FASD series, we talk with Aubrey Page. Aubrey is a foster and adoptive mom and CEO, collaborator, and trainer at The Change Starts Here Collaborative. 

 

Listen in as host, Sandra Flach, talks with Aubrey about training and equipping families and organizations about brain-based disabilities—especially FASD.

 

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Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

The Change Starts Here

The Change Starts Here FaceBook page

Aubrey Page FASD Educator FaceBook page

FASD 5K

FASD Respect Act

Episode 287 - Blazing New Homeschool Trails with Natalie Vecchione & Cindy LaJoy

Episode 287 - Blazing New Homeschool Trails with Natalie Vecchione & Cindy LaJoy

August 23, 2021

"As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?' 'Neither this man nor his parents sinned,' said Jesus, 'but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.'" John 9:1-3

 

Many adoptive and foster families step into a new school year with fear and trepidation. Our children face daily challenges which are often compounded in the classroom. Whether we send them to public or private school, provide special education services, or homeschool— children with trauma and/or brain-based disabilities such as FASD, struggle to learn and to launch.

 

Adoptive moms, Natalie Vecchione and Cindy LaJoy, realized years ago that their teens with developmental disabilities needed an alternative homeschool-highschool path. Through entrepreneurship and apprenticeship, these veteran homeschool moms prepared their teens with FASD to move forward with confidence, hope, and a set of practical life and job skills. 

 

Now, Natalie and Cindy have collaborated together to share their knowledge and lived experience with other families on the same journey. Their new book, Blazing New Homeschool Trails—Educating and Launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities is a resource every homeschooling foster and adoptive family needs. 

 

This week, on our Orphans No More Podcast, both Natalie Vecchione and Cindy LaJoy join host Sandra Flach to discuss their experience and new book.  Listen to their conversation and please be sure to subscribe to the podcast, leave a review, and share it on your social media.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

FASD 5K

FASD Respect Act

FASD Hope Podcast

Blue Collar Homeschool

Episode 286 - Run FASD 2021 with Rebecca Tillou

Episode 286 - Run FASD 2021 with Rebecca Tillou

August 16, 2021

“…but they who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

 

Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are highly overrepresented in the child welfare system. Eighty-five percent of children seen in diagnostic clinics are either adoptees or are in foster care. According to the CDC, FASD impacts as many as 1 in 20 individuals in the United States—that’s 2.5 times more than autism. 

 

While FASD is so prevalent, many people, including foster and adoptive parents and professionals, are not informed. Rebecca Tillou, an adult adoptee living with FASD, is on a mission to change that. In collaboration with the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), Rebecca has organized the first ever FASD Run—a virtual 5K to raise awareness about FASD.

 

On this week’s Orphans No More Podcast, host Sandra Flach talks with Rebecca Tillou about her FASD diagnosis, the 5K, and the FASD Respect Act. Listen to their conversation on episode 286 and please be sure to subscribe to the podcast, leave a review, and share it on your social media.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

FASD 5K

FASD Respect Act

Adulting With FASD - Rebecca’s Blog

Episode 285 - Justice and Mercy with Adoptive Dad, Micah Foster

Episode 285 - Justice and Mercy with Adoptive Dad, Micah Foster

August 9, 2021

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

 

When a family steps into the messy world of foster care and adoption, they are stepping into an opportunity to change the world for a child. The change not only impacts the child but, along the way the family is transformed as they do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

 

On this week’s Orphans No More Podcast, host Sandra Flach talks with California pastor and adoptive dad, Micah Foster. Micah is host of the podcast - From the Garoffice-Faith in the Digital Space. 

 

Listen in as Micah shares his family’s story of adopting a three year-old boy from foster care. He also talks about how adoption changed him and offers advice for prospective foster and adoptive parents.

 

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Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

From the Garoffice-Faith in the Digital Space podcast

Episode 284 - The Heart of Adoption with Adoptive Mom, Ginny Wells

Episode 284 - The Heart of Adoption with Adoptive Mom, Ginny Wells

August 2, 2021

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

 

Adoption is a heart purifying process. A fact Ginny Wells knows first hand. Ginny and her husband are parents to one adult biological child and two children adopted internationally. 

 

The Wells family first adopted a son from Russia in the nineties after learning of the horrific conditions Russian orphans suffer under. In 2003, they adopted again, this time a daughter from China. 

 

On this week’s Orphans No More Podcast, Ginny shares her family’s story and how adoption has made her more like Christ. Please be sure to subscribe to the podcast, leave a review, and share it on your social media.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

Episode 283 - A Beautiful Belonging with Adoptee Kaitlyn Fiedler

Episode 283 - A Beautiful Belonging with Adoptee Kaitlyn Fiedler

July 26, 2021

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

 

When she was eight years old, Kaitlyn Fiedler lost almost her entire family in a tragic accident. In a moment she became orphaned. Kaitlyn’s world was shattered and her faith and future hung in the balance. 

 

Today, Kaitlyn is married and a mom to her one-year old son. She’s pursuing her MA in Christian Ministries at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and writes about finding hope in Christ through suffering on her blog—A Beautiful Belonging. 

  

Listen to the episode as Kaitlyn shares her tragedy to triumph story. Please be sure to subscribe to the podcast, leave a review, and share it on your social media.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

abeautifulbelonging.com

On Facebook @A Beautiful Belonging

On Instagram @Kaitlyn_Fiedler

Episode 282 - Live by Faith and Find Hope with Adoptive Mom, Natasha Lynn Daniels

Episode 282 - Live by Faith and Find Hope with Adoptive Mom, Natasha Lynn Daniels

July 19, 2021

“Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

 

After many years of struggling with infertility and longing to be a mom, Natasha Lynn Daniels and her husband Slick adopted their first son. Then came a heartbreaking season of loss due to miscarriage and a failed adoption.

 

In 2015 the Daniels opened their home to a pair of siblings through an orphan hosting program. Those little boys joined the family in 2017 along with their two biological sisters. 

 

Listen in to episode 282 as Natasha shares her family’s story and a how you too can live by faith and find hope. Please be sure to subscribe to the podcast, leave a review, and share it on your social media.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

NatashaLynnDaniels.com

Episode 281 - Radical Faith Adoption with Tyra Grauer

Episode 281 - Radical Faith Adoption with Tyra Grauer

July 12, 2021

“I will repay you for the years  the locusts have eaten…” Joel 2:25

 

What happens when a seven year old prays for her parents to adopt? They adopt—not once, but twice!

 

On this week’s Orphans No More Podcast, host Sandra Flach talks with adoptive mom, Tyra Grauer. Tyra shares her family’s adoption journey which includes three failed adoptions and the adoption of two daughters from China.

 

Listen in to episode 281 as Tyra describes why adoption requires radical faith. Please be sure to subscribe to the podcast, leave a review, and share it on your social media.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

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