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Family Is The Answer

Family Is The Answer

By ROHEI Foundation and Podcast Network Asia
Family Is the Answer is a podcast to help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for adoption and foster care. ROHEI Foundation is here to share stories and resources that will inform and inspire you to keep you moving forward on that journey. Whether you've just begun exploring, you've been considering it for a long time, or you're already in it, the Family is the Answer podcast is for you.
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Episode 37: An OFW couple's adoption journey
Did you know OFWs can start their adoption journeys from abroad? Since the start of their adoption process, Neil and Kristel Garingan have endured distance, natural disasters, and a global pandemic just to reach their son, Toviel. In this episode, the Garingans will be sharing the ups and downs of their adoption journey, and how their resilience and faith helped their family through trying times.  This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
30:34
August 05, 2022
Episode 36: Stories from a children's home (Part 2)
"There is such a big gap between the church and the orphanages and children's homes of the world." Pastor Sol Huang, who is the new Executive Director of Kids With Purpose International, shares his realizations as a man of faith who is now heavily involved in the field of orphan care. He explains how churches should step up to partner with children's homes in order to provide support and guidance. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
12:46
July 22, 2022
Episode 35: Stories from a children's home (Part 1)
What are the realities inside a children's home? In this episode, we have the gracious opportunity to listen to stories from Kids With Purpose International — what we believe is one of the most intentional and nurturing children's homes in the Philippines. Their Executive Director, Pastor Sol Huang, starts off with an introduction about their institution. This is followed by the testimonies of Krisha and Jonathan, two children who are currently under their care. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
18:17
July 16, 2022
Episode 34: Adoption is the gospel with Pastor Edrei Canda
"Orphanhood was our spiritual condition and experience. For others, it is not just spiritual. It is their physical and tangible experience." This is what Pastor Edrei Canda from the church of Victory Las Piñas points out about orphanhood. In this episode, he shares more about God's heart for orphans and how the entire concept of the gospel is a concept of adoption. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
15:29
July 01, 2022
Episode 33: The church's role in the orphan crisis with Pastor Calvin Houser
Everybody can be involved in orphan care. In this episode, we dive into why and how the Christian church should respond to the orphan crisis. Let's listen to this message by Calvin Houser — an adoptive father, pastor at City Baptist Church of Lagro, and co-founder of the children's home Bahay Sibol. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
38:36
June 24, 2022
Episode 32: Adopting, fostering, and advocating as a father with Mark Cabag #LoveIsThickerThanBlood
Pastor Mark Cabag always knew the importance of adoption, but he never thought he'd eventually be both a foster and adoptive father. In this episode, he shares how his faith softened his heart to welcome children into his home. Eventually, his realization of how Filipinos are yet to be open to adoption led him to launch nomoreorphans.ph. Listen as he shares how individuals, families, and churches can respond to the orphan crisis and turn the Philippines into a nation with no more orphans. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
26:33
June 17, 2022
Episode 31: Adopting, fostering, and advocating as a father with Mike Papadopoulos #LoveIsThickerThanBlood
If there's anyone we can learn about fatherhood from, it's Mike Papadopoulos! He and his wife Malen moved to the Philippines to advocate for the orphaned, abandoned, and neglected children of the country. Mike shares his experience as a foster parent, adoptive parent, and officer of Philippines Without Orphans —  a national broad-scale and collaborative movement. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
31:38
June 17, 2022
Episode 30: The seasons of motherhood and adopting a toddler with Len Santos-Ding #WhatMakesARealMom
Meet Len's blended family! She was the mother of four children – three adults and her young son with special needs – when her family welcomed Ayla home through adoption. Len shares her unconventional yet beautiful journey as a mother of sons and daughters who are of different ages and have their own unique stories. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
37:46
May 06, 2022
Episode 29: Adopting as a single person with Amor Rebibis #WhatMakesARealMom
Did you know you can adopt as a solo parent? In this episode, Amor Rebibis shares the story of starting her adoption journey as a single mother at the age of 24. She talks about the challenges, joys, and milestones of being the solo parent to her son Moses, who she adopted when he was a baby. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
36:51
May 06, 2022
Episode 28: Is "ampon" a bad word? Talking about orphan and adoption vocabulary (Part 2)
How else should we talk about adoption? In our last episode, Rachel and Nate unpacked the word "ampon" together. Here, they share more about their experiences related to other Filipino and English terms. Listen as they share how they think people should talk about adoption, foster care, and orphanhood! This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
34:41
April 22, 2022
Episode 27: Is "ampon" a bad word? Talking about orphan and adoption vocabulary (Part 1)
Is it okay to ask someone if they're adopted? Because adoption and foster care are taboo topics in the Philippines, many of us aren't sure how to talk about them. In this episode, adoptees Rachel Escosar-Arellano and Nate Pante share how they feel about vocabulary related to the local orphan crisis. Listen as they help us understand why words are important in creating a culture that celebrates adoption and foster care. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
26:45
April 15, 2022
Episode 26: The Philippine orphan crisis and ROHEI Foundation’s response
The Philippines has an orphan crisis. Around 6 million orphaned, abandoned, and neglected children are part of a generational cycle of poverty, abuse, and illegitimacy. This cycle includes pregnant women in crisis who — because of desperation and shame — are pushed to abandon, neglect, illegally abort, or traffic their children. Despite how overwhelming the facts are, Jon and Chrina talk about how everybody has the power to respond to this issue. They specifically share ROHEI Foundation's orphan prevention and orphan care programs that demonstrate that family is the answer to the orphan crisis. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
19:07
April 08, 2022
Episode 25: Adopting and fostering through ROHEI Foundation
Start your adoption and foster care journey with us! As a licensed Child Placement Agency, the ROHEI Foundation can facilitate adoptions, license foster families, and do foster placements in the National Capital Region of the Philippines. Listen to this episode to learn about the requirements and procedures to become an adoptive parent or foster parent if you apply through ROHEI Foundation. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
17:32
April 01, 2022
Episode 24: What the law says about adoption
Did you know children have the right to feel happy, loved, and understood by their families?  It's important to be aware of laws about adoption and foster care because they're meant to protect children and families, but it can be intimidating to learn about the legal aspects of people's identity, dignity, and rights.  That's why in this episode, Jam Buen — ROHEI Foundation’s Director of Advocacy and a graduating law student from the University of the Philippines — joins Chrina in simplifying and explaining international and local laws related to adoption and foster care.  This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org  TIMESTAMPS 00:45 INTRODUCTION 04:15 INTERNATIONAL LAWS The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, The Hague Convention on Protection of Children 09:20 PHILIPPINE LAWS The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines, PD 603: Child and Youth Welfare Code, RA 11222: Simulated Birth Rectification Act, RA 9523: An Act Requiring Certification to Declare A Child Legally Available For Adoption, RA 10165: Foster Care Act of 2012, RA 8043: The Inter-country Adoption Act of 1995, RA 8552: Domestic Adoption Law of 1998 24:29 THE NEW ADOPTION LAW IN THE PHILIPPINES The Domestic Administrative Adoption and Alternative Child Care Act or RA 11642 29:47 WHY THIS IS SIGNIFICANT TO KNOW This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
35:22
March 25, 2022
Episode 23: We're now a Child Placement Agency for adoption and foster care!
The ROHEI Foundation is now a Child Placement Agency (CPA)! After being licensced by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, we can now facilitate adoptions, license foster families, and do foster placements in the National Capital Region of the Philippines. In this episode, our Managing Director Chrina, Director of Advocacy Jam, and Director of Child Placement Agency and resident social worker Sam talk about our journey to becoming a CPA and how our license allows us to respond to the Philippine orphan crisis in a larger capacity. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
30:06
March 18, 2022
Episode 22: Prayer and thanksgiving with our adoption and foster care community
Family is the Answer is back! To start our first episode of the year, we wanted to share the recording of Night of Gratitude — an event that was live-streamed by the ROHEI Foundation in our social media platforms.  It was an evening filled with prayer, thanksgiving, and celebration because of the miracles that welcomed us this year, including ROHEI Foundation's Child Placement Agency license from the Department of Social Welfare and Development!  In this episode, members of our adoption and foster care community respond to the orphan crisis by praying for the orphans, aged-out individuals, adoptive and foster families, children's homes, churches, and advocates with our adoption and foster care community. Watch the live stream here: https://bit.ly/ROHEIFoundationNightofGratitude
34:56
March 11, 2022
Episode 21: How 2021 transformed our family through foster care (Part 2 with Dennis and Thammie Sy)
As we close the year, we think of the many ways 2021 transformed us. For Dennis, Thammie, and the entire Sy family, one of the shifts that happened in their hearts came through foster care. The privilege of pouring out love to a child. The grief that comes with saying goodbye. And the profound hope for justice they now carry with them as they continue their journey of faith as a family. Don't miss out on this special New Year's episode! We also have a big announcement from ROHEI Foundation! This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org Check out Dennis and Thammie Sy's Our Parent Hood Podcast: https://anchor.fm/ourparenthood
46:54
December 31, 2021
Episode 20: Making room and moving in compassion during Christmas (Part 1 with Dennis and Thammie Sy)
Merry Christmas from the Family is the Answer Podcast! For this very special episode, we are joined by our mentors and friends, Dennis and Thammie Sy. Having opened up their home to a child in need in 2020 and allowing their family to take part in foster care since, Dennis and Thammie share some of the most profound things they've learned along the way—on brokenness, compassion, and the miracle of making room in your "inn" for a child in need, just like that first Christmas day. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org Check out Dennis and Thammie Sy's Our Parent Hood Podcast: https://anchor.fm/ourparenthood
26:20
December 24, 2021
Episode 19: Christmas Special with Edrei and Thine Canda (Part 2)
Here's the second part of our holiday chat on adoption with Jon and Chrina Henson, and Edrei and Thine Canda. This time, we dive into Edrei's recent article, "What Being An Ampon Really Means," where he talks about stigma in the Filipino culture, followed by biblical truth on adoption, family, and identity. Whether you're a parent, young professional, or a student, don't miss this enlightening and encouraging chat and all the lessons that come with it. Read Edrei's article: https://enc.ph/what-being-an-ampon-really-means/ This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
31:30
December 17, 2021
Episode 18: Christmas Special with Edrei and Thine Canda (Part 1)
We're celebrating the holiday season with Christmas specials this month. To kick it off, Jon and Chrina Henson chat with their very good friends and fellow adoption advocates, Edrei and Thine Canda. In this first part, they chat and reflect on the Christmas story and their own family's adoption story. Tune in to hear about how they waited for seven years, how God opened their hearts to adoption, and how their daughter changed their lives forever.  This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
33:45
December 10, 2021
Episode 17: The truth about being adopted with Ina Ferrer and Carissa Moran (Part 2)
Do adoptees think about their biological families? This is one of the most common questions around adoption. On the podcsat, we get to hear the answer from adoptees themselves. Listen to Part 2 of our episode on the truth about being adopted with Ina Ferrer and Carissa Moran. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
18:49
December 03, 2021
Episode 16: The truth about being adopted with Ina Ferrer and Carissa Moran
In this conversation, we get real about what it's like growing up as adopted kids—the love, beauty, and power, as well as the expectations, trauma, triggers, and more. Join Ina Ferrer and Carissa Moran as they share stories of adoption and their friendship from childhood, adulthood, and now even motherhood! This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
34:02
November 26, 2021
Episode 15: How Your Life Purpose Can Lead to Social Impact
Discovering your purpose is not a straight path. In fact, for Chrina, the path that led to ROHEI Foundation included some very difficult seasons. In this episode, she recounts the journey of learning that it's not so much God giving purpose in our pain, but more of leaning in and discovering the purpose that is there. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
24:34
November 19, 2021
Episode 14: I'm in college and not ready to adopt, so what can I do? (Part 2)
This episode is with students, about students, and for students! We continue our conversation with Jhannah and Tanya, where they share their experience as interns—projects they did, friendships they built, and the amazing impact they made. It's people like them that make us believe students play a tremendous role in ending the orphan crisis. Listen to find out why! This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
32:32
November 12, 2021
Episode 13: I'm in college and not ready to adopt, so what can I do? (Part 1)
Fun fact: Around 40 of the volunteers behind ROHEI Foundation are students! Yup, while most people think that adoption and foster care are for those ready to welcome home a child, Team ROHEI Foundation proves that anyone and everyone can take part in ending the orphan crisis! In this episode, we catch up with two of our interns, Jhannah Capistrano and Tanya Paraso. Listen as they share the real reason why they chose to serve with ROHEI Foundation, and what their experience was like as interns. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
27:09
November 05, 2021
Episode 12: Why we can’t solve the orphan crisis without kindness
Kindness is loaning someone your strength instead of reminding them of their weakness. — Andy Stanley In this episode, join Chrina and ROHEI Foundation's Manager for Partnerships, Esther Suson, as they recall how the power of kindness showed up in the stories around us and got the team through a very difficult week. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org
27:58
October 29, 2021
Episode 11: Older kids—what happens if we don't adopt them?
Did you know that for children in institutions, there's a higher chance of aging out than getting adopted? This was the reality that Issa Tica and her family encountered when they met the two boys that they would eventually call their sons. In this episode, Issa shares how fostering and adopting an older child can be one of the most powerful things you can do. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia, the hosts of the program or other programs of the network. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
34:32
October 22, 2021
Episode 10: Is adoption right for you?
Adoption is a big and important life decision for your family and the child that could be involved. This is why we encourage you to take your time and put careful thought and prayer in pushing through with the adoption journey. For this week's episode, let's recalibrate together as we prompt you with some reasons why adoption would be right for you! This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia, the hosts of the program or other programs of the network. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
22:10
October 15, 2021
Episode 9: Orphan Sunday with Jodi Jackson Tucker
As Orphan Sunday marks its 20th year, we're sharing this eye-opening conversation we had with its Global Director, Jodi Jackson Tucker, back in 2020. In this episode, see how Orphan Sunday got started and how God has used it to spread the light of His love to orphans and vulnerable children. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org Know more about Orphan Sunday at orphansunday.org DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia, the hosts of the program or other programs of the network. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
31:60
October 08, 2021
Episode 8: How to support families in their adoption or foster care journey
Whether adoption and foster care are not for you, or you're just not ready for it yet, this cause can still be dear to your heart - and something you can take action in! In this episode, we explore the different ways you can show love and care for adoptive and foster families around you. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia, the hosts of the program or other programs of the network. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
21:56
October 01, 2021
Episode 7: What happens when a baby gets sold
Content Warning: Child Trafficking In the Philippines and other Asian countries, it is a sad reality that some mothers cannot hold their newborn babies in their arms for as long as they want to. They resort to selling their babies and leaving their fate to illegal adoption. Together with Managing Director, Chrina Henson, and Social Worker, Sam Quibot, let's learn about how ROHEI Foundation addresses the issue by caring for vulnerable women through our Pregnant Women In Crisis (PWIC Program). This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia, the hosts of the program or other programs of the network. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
29:12
September 24, 2021
Episode 6: How you can create a healthy adoption culture for your child
How do we avoid awkward conversations? How soon can we share about our adoption plans? Why should we celebrate Gotcha Day? In this episode, we give some very practical tips on creating a culture that not only accepts adoption, but celebrates it. These are things that families can do to prepare for and enjoy the journey. More than that, they also invite relatives, friends, and communities to embrace their role in culture-building for future generations. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia, the hosts of the program or other programs of the network. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
16:02
September 17, 2021
Episode 5: How the pandemic affects orphaned children
Because of the pandemic, we now know what it's like to be isolated, wait endlessly, and wonder when we’ll reunite with family. Now that we understand how tough it is, we remember orphaned and abandoned children who have been waiting in children's homes for years—for many of them, even without the assurance of being with a family. What is waiting like for these children? How are children’s homes coping now? What should we do about it? This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Read more: https://roheifoundation.org/quarantine-a-year-of-constraints-and-compassion/ DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia, the hosts of the program or other programs of the network. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
19:01
September 10, 2021
Episode 4: Why consider foster care even if it's not forever
Let's talk about foster care. What is it and how is it different from adoption? How exactly does it work in the Philippines? And why should I consider it if I know I'm going to say goodbye? Join ROHEI Foundation's Managing Director, Chrina Cuna Henson, and Director for Advocacy, Jam Buen, as they share some truths they learned about foster care. This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia, the hosts of the program or other programs of the network. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
24:29
September 03, 2021
Episode 3: Starting your adoption journey
Emotional preparation, communication with loved ones, logistics... we know it's a lot to think about, and so we lay the groundwork on how to get your adoption or foster care journey started.  This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia, the hosts of the program or other programs of the network. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
20:17
August 27, 2021
Episode 2: Our response to the orphan crisis
"Is anybody going to come and get me?" This is a question asked by millions of children all over the Philippines who are orphaned, abandoned, and neglected. The question for us now is, "How do we respond?" In this episode, learn what ROHEI Foundation does to address the orphan crisis, and discover what role you can play in orphan care and orphan prevention.   This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia, the hosts of the program or other programs of the network. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
21:34
August 27, 2021
Episode 1: The orphan crisis and why everyone should care
In our debut episode, our managing director Chrina Cuna-Henson tells us about the heart behind ROHEI Foundation and its beginnings. Here in the Philippines, we're familiar with visiting children's homes, but we don't always feel these children's urgent need for a family.  Let's talk about the orphan crisis in our nation and the call for families that brought ROHEI Foundation to life.  This is Family is the Answer: An Adoption and Foster Care Podcast. Know more about us at roheifoundation.org DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia, the hosts of the program or other programs of the network. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
23:44
August 27, 2021
Family Is The Answer Trailer
Family Is the Answer is a podcast to help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for adoption and foster care. ROHEI Foundation is here to share stories and resources that will inform and inspire you to keep you moving forward on that journey. Whether you've just begun exploring, you've been considering it for a long time, or you're already in it, the Family is the Answer podcast is for you.
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August 13, 2021