Orphans No More - Podcast
Episode 280 - Becoming FASD Informed with Sandra Flach

Episode 280 - Becoming FASD Informed with Sandra Flach

July 5, 2021

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper…” Isaiah 54:17

 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) affects 75% of the children in the child welfare system. For this reason, it is imperative for adoptive and foster parents to be FASD informed. 

 

This week on episode 280, host Sandra Flach presents information she recently learned while attending a FASCETS (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Consultation Education Training Services) training for parents and professionals. 

 

FASD is an invisible brain-based physical disability which occurs when a baby is prenatally exposed to alcohol. Alcohol, drugs and trauma impact cell growth and cause physical changes to the brain—changes that affect the structure and function of the brain. Many adoptive and foster children exhibit challenging behaviors. These behaviors are actually symptoms of an FASD.

 

Listen in as Sandra shares her lived experience and parenting strategies as a mom of 2 teens diagnosed with FASD. 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

fascets.org 

 

Episode 279 - Stay the Course with Adoptive Dad Holland Webb

Episode 279 - Stay the Course with Adoptive Dad Holland Webb

June 28, 2021

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” 

Proverbs 31:8-9

 

Throughout the month of June, we’re featuring adoptive and foster dads on our Orphans No More podcast. 

 

This week on episode 279, host Sandra Flach talks with South Carolina adoptive dad, Holland Webb.  Holland adopted two young sons who are now twenty and twenty one years old. He’s also coauthor of the book Adventures in Fatherhood—A Devotional.

 

Listen in as Holland shares why he became a single adoptive dad and what he’s learned over the past 17 years raising a bi-racial family. 

 

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Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

Adventures In Fatherhood—A Devotional

Episode 278 - The Theology of Adoption with Adoptive Dad, David Jacob

Episode 278 - The Theology of Adoption with Adoptive Dad, David Jacob

June 21, 2021

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” Galatians 4:5

 

Throughout the month of June, we’re featuring adoptive and foster dads on our Orphans No More podcast. 

 

This week on episode 278, host Sandra Flach talks with an Assemblies of God missionary  who currently serves as the missionary in residence and chair of the intercultural studies department at Trinity Bible College and Graduate School in Ellendale, ND—David Jacob. David has been married to Angie for 26 years and they have five children, two of whom are adopted from China.

 

Listen in as David shares his family’s journey to adoption and what he’s learned about the theology of adoption from the Word of God. Sandra and David discuss the many parallels between physical and spiritual adoption and the contemporary Christian Church’s view on the adoption of children.

 

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Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

Episode 277 - Navigating Adoption with Adoptive Dad, Wayne Flach

Episode 277 - Navigating Adoption with Adoptive Dad, Wayne Flach

June 14, 2021

“The King will reply, “Truly  I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

 

In honor of Father’s Day, we are featuring adoptive and foster dads on our Orphans No More podcast throughout the month of June.

 

This week on episode 277, host Sandra Flach talks with her favorite adoptive dad—her husband of 34 years, Wayne Flach.

 

Sandra and Wayne unknowingly began their adoption journey in 1999 when they opened their home to an eight year old relative. A few years later, that placement turned into a kinship adoption. In 2007 the Flach’s welcomed home a sibling set of three from Ukraine followed by a forth sibling in 2010. 

 

Sandra’s book “Orphans No More: A Journey Back to the Father” releases everywhere 6/15, but you can order your very own signed copy now HERE. 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 276 - Talking with Homeschooling Adoptive Dad, Brett Monk

Episode 276 - Talking with Homeschooling Adoptive Dad, Brett Monk

June 7, 2021

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families…”  Psalm 68:5-6

 

In honor of Father’s Day, we are featuring adoptive and foster dads on our Orphans No More podcast throughout the month of June.

 

This week on episode 276, host Sandra Flach talks with Brett Monk. Brett is a movie director and homeschool dad of a daughter he ands wife adopted from foster care. Listen in as Brett shares how they went from having no kids and 2 careers to being homeschooling adoptive parents. 

 

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Links mentioned in this episode:

mounthideaway.com 

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

Episode 275 - Surprise Adoption with Jennifer Uren of This Mom Knows Podcast

Episode 275 - Surprise Adoption with Jennifer Uren of This Mom Knows Podcast

May 31, 2021

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.” Matthew 1:5

 

Jenn Uren, host of This Mom Knows Podcast, is a connector of people. In the midst of connecting a potential adoptive family with a child in need, God surprised her by placing the child in her family. Then, He surprised her again when the child came with a sibling! 

 

This week on episode 275 of our Orphans No More podcast, host Sandra Flach talks with Jenn Uren. Listen in as Jenn shares her story of obedience, becoming a trauma-informed parent, and how she learned to survive surprise adoption. 

 

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Links mentioned in this episode:

This Mom Knows Podcast

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

Episode 274 - Hope For Families Raising Children with FASD with Dr. Christie Petrenko

Episode 274 - Hope For Families Raising Children with FASD with Dr. Christie Petrenko

May 24, 2021

“Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25:5

 

In honor of National Foster Care Month we are dedicating our May Orphans No More podcast episodes to foster parents. 

 

According to Proof Alliance, 80% of children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome are in foster or adoptive care and as many as 75% of children in foster care have a family history of alcohol abuse. According to these statistics, foster parents will most likely welcome a child who was prenatally exposed to alcohol. Children in FASD-informed foster, adoptive or kinship families are more likely to have successful outcomes.

 

This week on episode 274 of our Orphans No More podcast, host Sandra Flach talks with Christie Petrenko, PhD—a clinical psychologist conducting research with individuals with FASD since 2003. Dr. Petrenko is currently a faculty member at Mt. Hope Family Center at the University of Rochester where her research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions for people with FASD. She also runs a multidisciplinary FASD clinic in Rochester, NY. 

 

Listen in as Dr. Petrenko shares about FASD symptoms, diagnosis, interventions, and support services. Please be sure to subscribe to the podcast, leave a review, and share it on your social media.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

Proof Alliance

FASD Clinic Rochester, NY

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

Episode #273 - Rush to Hope with Adoptive Mom Samantha Morgan

Episode #273 - Rush to Hope with Adoptive Mom Samantha Morgan

May 17, 2021

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4

 

After many years struggling with infertility, Samantha Morgan and her husband adopted two beautiful children. Their son, Rush, is adopted from Russia and daughter, Hope, arrived through domestic infant adoption. 

 

After sharing her testimony with her church family Samantha launched Rush to Hope Ministries. Her website and blog are a place where people sharing similar journeys can connect, cry, and find comfort. 

 

This week on episode 273 of our Orphans No More podcast, host Sandra Flach talks with Samantha Morgan. Listen in as Samantha shares her story of infertility, international adoption, domestic adoption, and finding hope along the way. 

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Links mentioned in this episode:

RushtoHopeMinistries

Miraculously Mine Own book

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

Episode #272 - Speak Up For Children in Foster Care with Jeanette Barreiro

Episode #272 - Speak Up For Children in Foster Care with Jeanette Barreiro

May 10, 2021

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” Proverbs 31:8

 

May is National Foster Care Month. To celebrate their selfless service, we are dedicating our Orphans No More podcast episodes this month to foster parents. 

 

Our guest this week is Kentucky foster and adoptive mom, Jeanette Barreiro. Jeanette shares why she and her husband became foster parents and details the highs and lows of fostering and adopting two children from the system. 

 

Listen in as Jeanette describes the challenges of parenting children with trauma histories and how she advocates for educators to be trauma informed as well. 

 

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Links mentioned in this episode:

sandraflach.com

justicefororphansny.org

Episode 271 - FASD Advocate Susan Shepard Carlson of NOFAS

Episode 271 - FASD Advocate Susan Shepard Carlson of NOFAS

May 3, 2021

“Let true justice prevail, so you may live and occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 16:20

 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a topic of extreme importance for adoptive and foster families. Prenatal exposure to alcohol can cause FASDs—a wide rage of conditions including birth defects, brain injury, and physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. These conditions are lifelong and irreversible. 

 

Eighty percent of children with FASD are in foster and adoptive care. And 86.5% of children with FASD in out-of-home placement have never been diagnosed or have been misdiagnosed. Diagnosis and training for caregivers is vital to an individual’s success. And policy change at the state and national levels are key for families and everyone who comes in contact with individuals with an FASD.

 

This week on our Orphans No More Podcast, host Sandra Flach talks with Susan Shepard Carlson. Susan, Minnesota’s First Lady (1991-1997) is an attorney and retired Hennepin County Juvenile District Court judicial officer. She formed MOFAS in 1998 which is now Proof Alliance. Susan currently is on the Board of Directors of NOFAS (National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome). 

 

Listen in as Susan shares why she is a passionate advocate for the FASD community and discusses the Advancing FASD Research, Prevention, and Services Act—a bill about to be introduced in the Senate. Please be sure to subscribe to the podcast, leave a review, and share it on your social media.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

Proof Alliance

NOFAS

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