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The Forgotten Adoption Option Podcast

The Forgotten Adoption Option Podcast

By Marcy Bursac

Adoptive mom and author Marcy Bursac invites you to listen in on heartfelt conversations about foster care adoption - the most affordable way to adopt with a financial cost of $0-$2,500.

In Season 2’s monthly episodes, you’ll learn HOW to adopt children waiting in foster care. Grab a cup of tea and turn on Season 1 for personal stories of adoptive parents and adopted children.

To learn more about the foster care adoption process and get a copy of The Forgotten Adoption Option in paperback, ebook or audiobook, visit: forgottenadoptionoption.com.
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HOW to write a children's book about foster care adoption
HOW to write a children's book about foster care adoption
Meet Adam Gunn the co-founder of Seventh Avenue Creative and the incredibly talented illustrator of my new children's book Mallory Cheatham.
27:56
November 08, 2022
HOW to make a make a child in foster care comfortable in your home
HOW to make a make a child in foster care comfortable in your home
Rob experienced the foster care system as a child and then, as an adult, started a nonprofit called Comfort Cases which assembles care packs for children in foster care.  To date, his organization has impacted over 185,000 children in the foster care system. Rob has adopted 5 children through the foster care system and is the author of his memoir called A Forever Family: Fostering One Child at a Time.
28:22
October 06, 2022
HOW to use the kitchen to connect with children who have been in foster care
HOW to use the kitchen to connect with children who have been in foster care
Meet Chef Kibby - biological, foster, and adoptive dad. During the pandemic he pivoted from a catering business to helping foster and adoptive parents connect with their children through the shared act of cooking and eating together.
35:47
September 13, 2022
HOW to understand the unmet needs of children in foster care
HOW to understand the unmet needs of children in foster care
Meet Shari Shink, child welfare advocate. She spent 33 years as a lawyer, founded the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center (the first non-profit law firm for abused and neglected children), and most recently, founded Cobbled Streets, a nonprofit that goes 'upstream' to serve younger foster children, promoting their health, growth, and development and preventing them from emancipating from the foster care system to the streets and homelessness. 
43:06
August 09, 2022
HOW to share your family's foster care adoption story
HOW to share your family's foster care adoption story
Meet Ancil Lea, adoptive dad & business owner, who peaked the hearts of almost 8 million adults through a simple LinkedIn post.
43:07
July 12, 2022
HOW to verbalize and process fears associated with adopting children in foster care
HOW to verbalize and process fears associated with adopting children in foster care
Meet Joy Gilraine, adoptive mom and parenting coach. In this episode, Joy shares practical ways for current and prospective adoptive families to own their foster care adoption fears and explore them without judgement. 
37:37
June 07, 2022
HOW to find and become an adoption-friendly workplace
HOW to find and become an adoption-friendly workplace
Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, returns to share about the rewards and impact of being an Adoption-Friendly Workplace.
29:11
May 02, 2022
HOW to see professional photographs and bios of children waiting to be adopted through foster care
HOW to see professional photographs and bios of children waiting to be adopted through foster care
Matthew Straeb co-founded the Heart Gallery of America. In this episode you'll learn HOW to see professional photographs and bios of children waiting to be adopted through foster care so that you can consider adopting these children and also share this resource with those you know who are interested in adoption. 
32:58
April 05, 2022
HOW you can obtain required training hours without having to go in-person to a class
HOW you can obtain required training hours without having to go in-person to a class
Meet Liz Brooks Wilburn, Co-Director of Foster Parent College. Noticing the need for convenient high-quality training, Northwest Media Inc. created FosterParentCollege.com to provide online, on-demand, engaging training for current and future foster parents.
32:12
March 08, 2022
HOW to know you're ready to adopt
HOW to know you're ready to adopt
Lynn Stacy shares how she knew she was ready to adopt and what social service agencies are looking for in adoptive families.
37:11
February 08, 2022
HOW to spot a future adoptive parent
HOW to spot a future adoptive parent
Denise Goodman has cracked the code on recruiting foster and adoptive parents. Are you a future adoptive parent? Find out how to know.
40:25
January 04, 2022
HOW to help waiting children find YOU
HOW to help waiting children find YOU
Jennifer Jacobs & Jessica Stern developed a software platform that uses "family mapping" technology to find forever families for waiting children. Is your data up-to-date and in the right places? Get the scoop on how online data is used to map a child's family and friend tree and could lead to them finding a permanent family.  Learn more about the tools Jennifer and Jessica are building to help children in foster care at: www.connectourkids.org
42:48
December 17, 2021
Meet Travis & Anna - Adoptive Parents
Meet Travis & Anna - Adoptive Parents
Travis and Anna adopted a daughter through foster care and then had biological children.
42:31
November 05, 2021
Meet Sandra Flach - Adoptive Mom & Author
Meet Sandra Flach - Adoptive Mom & Author
Sandra is the author of Orphans No More, co-founder and president of Justice for Orphans, and mom of 8 total children, 5 of which are adopted.  Dive deeper into fetal alcohol spectrum disorder using Sandra's resources at: www.justicefororphansny.org/new-resources.
41:39
October 22, 2021
Meet Ben & Emily: Soon-To-Be Adoptive Parents
Meet Ben & Emily: Soon-To-Be Adoptive Parents
Ben and Emily are in the process of getting licensed to adopt through foster care! Get a peek into what the process is like.
41:04
October 08, 2021
Q&A with Nathan & Marcy
Q&A with Nathan & Marcy
My husband and I answer your questions about the foster care adoption process from readers of my book The Forgotten Adoption Option and The Forgotten Adoption Option Community on Facebook.
30:41
September 24, 2021
Meet Tanya - Adoptive Mom of a Sibling Pair
Meet Tanya - Adoptive Mom of a Sibling Pair
My husband and I provided respite care for Tanya's boys who she ended up adopting.
37:22
September 09, 2021
Meet Melody - Foster Youth
Meet Melody - Foster Youth
Melody speaks of her personal journey navigating life from the inside of foster care. She was in foster care for 8 years but never adopted.
36:03
August 27, 2021
Meet Mary - Adopted Child
Meet Mary - Adopted Child
Mary was adopted through foster care as an infant.
34:05
August 13, 2021
Meet Dalton - Adopted at Age 6
Meet Dalton - Adopted at Age 6
Dalton shares his personal story about being in foster care and then adopted.
33:24
July 30, 2021
Meet Pam - Adoptive Mom (of a sibling group of 7!)
Meet Pam - Adoptive Mom (of a sibling group of 7!)
Pam and her husband raised 5 biological children and then adopted a sibling group of 7 additional children.
40:36
July 16, 2021
Meet CJ - Foster Child & Author
Meet CJ - Foster Child & Author
CJ is the author of "Obliterating the Odds". She was in foster care and was never adopted although she lived in 35 homes before age 17. Listen to hear her journey of going from tragedy to triumph. 
41:14
June 30, 2021
Meet Amber - Adoptive Mom (of a sibling pair!)
Meet Amber - Adoptive Mom (of a sibling pair!)
Amber is in Texas and is the adoptive mom of a sibling pair. She also gifts my book The Forgotten Adoption Option to potential adoptive families in her area. Get ideas and insights about foster care adoption in this episode.
26:19
June 10, 2021
Meet Sherry Hursey - Creator, Co-Writer and Star of “Lilly’s Light: The Movie
Meet Sherry Hursey - Creator, Co-Writer and Star of “Lilly’s Light: The Movie
By celebrating current and retired foster parents and spreading awareness about the need for more foster families, Marcy and Sherry hope to inspire prospective foster parents to take the next steps in caring for children in need. Sherry Hursey (Lilly) is an award-winning actress, vocalist, writer and producer whose face and voice are very familiar to television, radio and film audiences worldwide.  Most recognized as Ilene from the hit series HOME IMPROVEMENT and Kirsten Dunst’s mother in the Universal blockbuster BRING IT ON, Sherry has an extensive list of credits from stage to screen. Spreading her wings and following the call of her spirit, Sherry wrote, produced and starred in the uplifting musical pilot LILLY’S LIGHT, which aired on PBS and was the winner of the KIDS FIRST BEST AWARD! Following this, she founded Lilly’s Fostering Hearts (lillysfosteringhearts.org), a non-profit org advocating for displaced and foster youth. This led her to producing PSAs and interstitials for public TV. Sherry is now the co-owner of Turning On the Light Entertainment (TOtLEntertainment.com), for which her and her husband Rick Cowling’s hearts and talents are being fully expressed by producing inspiring and uplifting, positive music and media.  “Lilly’s Light: The Movie” is currently available for purchase or rental on platforms like Amazon, iTunes, and YouTube.  Download the free “Lilly’s Light: The Movie” Activity Kit Watch the "Lilly's Light: The Movie" trailer
38:39
May 28, 2021
Meet Nathan - Foster Dad (for 16 years!) to Teens and Young Adults
Meet Nathan - Foster Dad (for 16 years!) to Teens and Young Adults
Nathan shares about his experience being family to teens and young adults. He has been a foster parent for 16 years.
34:20
May 18, 2021
Meet Big Brother & Little Sister - My Adopted Sibling Pair
Meet Big Brother & Little Sister - My Adopted Sibling Pair
A special Mother's Day episode with my children - Big Brother & Little Sister.
33:21
May 07, 2021
Meet Natalie - Adoptive Mom (who adopted her first 2 placements!)
Meet Natalie - Adoptive Mom (who adopted her first 2 placements!)
For Natalie and her husband, adoption was their Plan A. She shares lessons learned and emotions experienced.
23:01
April 27, 2021
Meet Robin & Dave - Adoptive Parents (of older boys!)
Meet Robin & Dave - Adoptive Parents (of older boys!)
Meet Robin & Dave. A couple who has opened their homes, changed family trees, and started a nonprofit to teach other families how to do that same.
34:08
April 13, 2021
Meet Alice - Adoptive Mom (and one of my mentors!)
Meet Alice - Adoptive Mom (and one of my mentors!)
Alice is a decade-long foster and adoptive mom. Listen as she shares insights on parenting children as a single mom.
28:40
March 30, 2021
Meet Grandpa Bob - Adoptive Grandparent (and my dad!)
Meet Grandpa Bob - Adoptive Grandparent (and my dad!)
Adoption impacts immediate and extended family. I'm excited to introduce you to my dad who shares his experience with my family's foster care adoption journey. 
22:13
March 09, 2021
Meet Rita Soronen - Foster Care Adoption Advocate
Meet Rita Soronen - Foster Care Adoption Advocate
Learn about the opportunity to adopt and advocate for children through the foster care system from Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. 
36:42
February 16, 2021
Meet Hunter - An Adopted Child (who is now an adult!)
Meet Hunter - An Adopted Child (who is now an adult!)
Hunter shares his personal story of being in foster care for 6 years and then being adopted by a family that spent many of those years with him. 
27:19
February 02, 2021
Meet Jane - Adoptive Mom (when her son was 6-years-old!)
Meet Jane - Adoptive Mom (when her son was 6-years-old!)
Jane is a caring coworker who adopted a son when he was 6-years-old. She didn’t feel finished parenting after raising three biological children. Hear how “love can be a noun, a verb, and a decision” when it comes to foster care adoption. 
18:60
January 18, 2021
Meet Robin - Adoptive Mom (of a teenager!)
Meet Robin - Adoptive Mom (of a teenager!)
"It is the best thing and the hardest thing she's ever done." Robin of Exodus Fitness Retreats shares how she went from "mentor" to "mother" overnight.
30:58
January 06, 2021
Meet Jennifer - Adoptive Mom (and fellow author!)
Meet Jennifer - Adoptive Mom (and fellow author!)
This episode is about a 3 month-old baby girl who met her forever family on Christmas Eve. Adoptive Mom, Jennifer Elwood is the Author of Counting Up to Christmas: 24 Gifts from the Gospel of Luke. Her book is available in full-color paperback and Kindle formats. We met through the FlourishWriters Community.   To learn more on becoming a Respite Provider Google "foster carerespite provider + [your city & state]". For example, here is information on becoming a Foster Care Respite Provider in Missouri. I found this information by Googling "foster care respite provider st louis missouri".
26:49
December 17, 2020
Meet Nathan - Adoptive Dad (who also happens to be my husband!)
Meet Nathan - Adoptive Dad (who also happens to be my husband!)
This has the feeling of a private conversation in our home. Learn from an adoptive dad who went from zero to two kids overnight. Learn common reservations for pursuing adoption and get a peek inside the real-life journey of the foster care adoption process.
23:41
December 04, 2020