Episode 6: Uplifting Children & Youth in the Foster Care System with Author Chavis Fisher

On this episode of The Greater Than Podcast, I speak with author, Chavis Fisher. We discuss how we can uplift the children and youth in foster care and raise their voices. In addition, we share the importance of foster children understanding that they are not alone in their journey—that there are people who love and care for them.

With over eighteen years of legal practice, Chavis Fisher has worked with hundreds of foster children, adoptive parents, Court Appointed Special Advocates (better known as CASA) and Department of Child Services agency employees. She received the prestigious Congressional Angels in Adoption Award for her commitment to improve the lives of children in need of permanent homes.

Chavis Fisher is the author of the book, Adopting Tigerwhich explores foster care through the eyes of a child. It’s a number one best selling book on Amazon. I couldn’t put it down!

To learn more about Chavis Fisher, please visit: chavisfisher.com.

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Episode 5: Open Adoption and Cultivating Love Between Bio & Adoptive Families with Molly Rampe Thomas

On this episode of The Greater Than Podcast, I speak with Molly Rampe Thomas. Molly is a licensed social worker, and Founder and CEO of Choice Network, a pro choice adoption agency that, at its very core, is founded on Molly’s love for her daughter’s biological mother.

We discuss open adoption and inspiring a culture of honor, gratitude, and respect between bio and adoptive families. In addition, we discuss the immense need for  families to consider adopting older children and sibling groups from the foster care system. To learn more about Choice Network and Molly’s work, visit: choicenetworkadoptions.com.

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Episode 4: Words on Adoption and Parenting with Adoptee, Madeleine Melcher

In this episode, I speak with Madeleine Melcher. Madeleine is an adoptee, mom-by-adoption to three children, book author, and owner of Our Journey to You, a company dedicated to designing adoption profile books and portfolios. She’s also an Angels in Adoption awardee who was honored in 2017.

With transparency and authenticity, Madeleine opens up about her journey as an adoptee and shares rich insight on what it means to parent children of adoption. In addition, she shares the why behind her work: every child deserves a family. It’s Madeleine’s why. IT’S HER FUEL!

To learn more about Madeleine, please visit: www.ourjourneytoyouadoption.com

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Episode 3: Transracial Adoption and Overcoming Breast Cancer with Rachel Garlinghouse

On this episode of The Greater Than Podcast, I speak with Rachel Garlinghouse, author of the book, The Hopeful Mom’s Guide to Adoption: The Wit and Wisdom You Need for the JourneyRachel has been part of the adoption community for a decade and is mothering four children, all of whom were adopted domestically and transracially. Rachel has shared her education and experiences on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NPR, and Huff Post Live, just to name a few.

In this episode, Rachel and I discuss transracial adoption and, my brave friend speaks openly about her journey as a diabetic and breast cancer survivor. In addition, we talk about the ways in which we can navigate the losses in our lives. There is such hope in Rachel’s message: such inspiration found in living a life of healing verses in living to be healed.

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Episode 2: Family, Foster Care, and Adoption with Jamie Finn

On this episode of The Greater Than Podcast, Family, Foster Care, and Adoption, I speak with Jamie Finn of Foster The Family blog.

We discuss the importance of family, foster care, and how we can work, together, to improve the system. Jamie speaks of why it is essential to respectfully and compassionately talk about birth families, and the ways in which we can show up and support foster families and children in our communities.

Jamie expresses such wisdom within this interview. I am so honored to share her voice. And, I appreciate her letting us peek into the window of her life as a parent through adopting and fostering.

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Episode 1: Grief, Compassion, & Joy with Natalie Brenner

Welcome to the first episode of The Greater Than Podcast: Grief, Compassion, & Joy.

In this episode, I speak with Natalie Brenner, adoptive mother and author of the book, This Undeserved Life: Uncovering the Gifts of Grief and the Fullness of Life. We explore how we can move through life-shattering events in our lives, and the role that God plays in helping us in times of darkness. We also discuss the ways in which we can compassionately show up for those in our lives who are experiencing grief or pain. In addition, Natalie shares her heart for adoption, motherhood, and the gratitude she feels for the blessings in her life.

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The Greater Than Project

Greater Than began as a film series. We released three important stories of women who had risen up beyond life’s challenges and pain. As powerful and visually beautiful as these episodes were, we saw a need to transform the film series into a podcast format.

This decision stemmed from our belief that podcasting is becoming one of the most influential storytelling mediums, today. We believe in the power of story as an essential way to share experience and emotion in narrative form. The voice of the human spirit is the most profound healing balm.

God created us for relationship, to trust Him and to choose Him. No matter the struggle you may be facing, right now, know that you can ask God for help. In Episode 3 of The Greater Than Project, authors Michelle Madrid-Branch and Laurie Polich Short discuss how to find a deeper sense of faith through the challenges in our lives.

To buy Laurie’s book, Finding Faith in the Dark, please visit her website: https://laurieshort.com/books/.

Domestic abuse is an epidemic that does not discriminate. It can happen to everyone: all races, all religions, all income and education levels. Some have referred to this epidemic as a psychological trap disguised as love. It’s a trap that millions fall into each and every year. In Episode 2 of The Greater Than Project, we share Kristen Van Noy’s journey of escaping and healing from an abusive relationship.

If you’re seeking inspiration along your journey to grow more self-confident and expand your sense of self-esteem, follow this link: http://store.michellemadridbranch.com… and download Michelle’s ebook Mascara Moments: embracing the woman in the mirror. This intimate little ebook was born from Michelle’s personal journey to self-discovery and self-love.

This is the first episode of The Greater Than Project. We are proud to feature the story of Michaella Bruce. In November of 2011, Michaella was involved in a life-threatening car accident in Sacramento, California. Chaos was swirling all around her and nothing seemed safe. Michaella’s world had been turned upside down—her future very much in question. Watch to hear Michaella’s story of triumph over all odds.