Episode #12: Closure an Interview with Angela Tucker

Angela Tucker is a trans-racial adoptee, adopted from foster care – born in the South and raised in the Pacific Northwest.  She recently reunited with some of her birth relatives, and is still actively searching for another birth sister.  Angela holds a B.A. in Psychology and is a contributing author for Woven Together and Perpetual Child: Adult Adoptee Anthology; Dismantling the Stereotype.   Angela, along with her husband Bryan, filmed and edited “Closure,” a documentary that follows Angela for two years during the search for her birth family.  Several twists and surprising revelations ultimately lead Angela and her family across the country to her place of birth. “Closure” is available for purchase on their website or you may view it at an upcoming screening.

Websites mentioned in this podcast:

Closure the documentary:  http://closuredocumentary.com/

Screening at Swarthmore College on January 26, 2014:  http://www.openarmsadoption.net/events/2014/01/26/families-like-ours-flo/families-like-ours-flo-special-event-screening-of-the-documentary-closure/

Angela’s personal blog:  http://www.Theadoptedlife.com


Episode #10: From Caseworker to Client, An Interview with Raina Carwell

Raina (pronounced:  Renee) Carwell is the homeschooling mother of two beautiful children, Joshua and Layla.  She and her husband John have been married for 14 years.  For the past few years, Raina has had the blessing of helping children find their forever family as an adoption social worker for Bethany Christian Services. Feeling led to do more for the orphans in our world, she and her husband have decided to answer God’s call to adopt.  Raina and her family are now anxiously awaiting two or three blessings they hope to adopt from foster care.

In this episode, Raina shares what it’s like to go from being an adoption caseworker to a pre-adoptive mom.


Episode #8: How One Becomes Eight, An Interview with Kelly Rumbaugh

Kelly Rumbaugh is a pastor’s wife, mother of ten (two biological and eight special needs kiddos from China), and a grandma to two.  Having survived breast cancer almost three years ago, it is no wonder why she is a sold out for Jesus.  With a deep heart for the plight of the orphan, Kelly founded Ladybugs N Love in 2006 which is a care package and update service for waiting parents adopting from China.  Kelly blogs at www.mommymonmentsandgodwinks.blogspot.com.

In this episode, Kelly shares some creative ways to cover the cost of adoption and lessons about trusting God.


Websites mentioned in this episode:


Episode #7: Laura Riness, Ebony Girl in an Ivory World

Laura Riness is a transracial adoptee from Minnesota.  She grew up on her family’s farm along with three Korean-born siblings and four Caucasian siblings.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Child and Family Studies from South Dakota State University and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling & Student Personnel from Minnesota State University, Mankato and is currently working on her doctorate degree.  In this episode, Laura shares her thoughts, memories, and reflections of being adopted into a Caucasian home and community as an infant.  Laura is one of the main session speakers as the Voice of the Adoptee at the upcoming Joy for the Journey Retreat.


Episode #6: Interview with Cheryl Carter on Adopting Multiple Multiples

Cheryl Carter shares her family’s  journey to adopting four boys; two sets of biological twins.  Cheryl is the co-founder of Joy for the Journey Ministries.  Cheryl Carter is a presenter at Joy for the Journey Retreat this November.  Cheryl is also a freelance parenting writer, homeschool leader and the author of nine books, including Organize Your ADD/ADHD Child, Chasing God and the Kids Too and Getting Organized and Staying Organized.

This November 15 to 17, she is presenting a Writer’s Intensive Workshop, a Power Session:  Lying, Cheating, and Stealing…Oh My! and a workshop Pages from a Lifebook at Joy for the Journey Retreat.