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Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 1

Topics covered: Jared Rehberg, $2,000 Giveaway, Social Welfare Society, Inc. (SWS), Eastern Social Welfare Society (ESWS), Children’s Home Society & Family Services (CHSFS), birth family searches, homeland tours, adoption referrals, adoption ethics, Katie Leo/Four Destinies.

Click on the link below to listen.  Enjoy.

–>LGA Podcast 1<–

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 2,
aka, Social worker Julie Hart schools a muzzled Kevin Ost-Vollmers

Topics covered: loss in adoption, identity formation in adoption, adoptee resources.  Click on the link below to listen.  Enjoy.

–>LGA Podcast 2<–

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 3,
aka, Shannon Heit discusses the Korean Unwed Mothers Families’ Association

Topics covered: Studying in Korea, Adoptee Solidarity Korea (ASK), Korean Unwed Mothers Families’ Association (KUMFA), KUMFA/HEATER Fundraiser, the “angry adoptee” myth, Human rights of unwed Korean women and their children, the “Korean birthmother” myth, practices of Korean adoption agencies.

For additional information about the KUMFA/HEATER fundraiser and how you can help, please click here.

Enjoy.

–>LGA Podcast-Shannon Heit<–

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 4,
aka, Grandpa Mark Hagland hearts the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN)

Topics covered: KAAN, adoption professionals, adoptive parents, VERY bad adoption jokes

–> Mark Haglund Podcast Part 1<–

–>LGA Podcast Mark Hagland Part 2<–

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 5,
aka, Jane Jeong Trenka talks with talks with LGA in the middle of the night

Topics covered: Language of BloodTruth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea (TRACK), Adoptee Solidarity Korea (ASK), Convention On the Rights of the Child (UNCRC),Hague Adoption ConventionKorea Central Adoption Resources (KCARE), Eastern Social Welfare Society (ESWS), Social Welfare Society, Inc. (SWS), Holt InternationalDillon International, Korean family search, unwarranted post adoption fees charged by Korean and US adoption agencies, new adoption and single parent support legislation in Korea, First Worldwide Adoptee Online Auction.

Click on the link below to listen.  Enjoy.

–>Jane Jeong Trenka Podcast<–

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 6,
aka, LGA talks shop with Lisa Marie Rollins, the Ungrateful Daughter

Topics Covered: Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girls Story of Being Adopted into a White Family…That Aren’t CelebritiesAdopted and Fostered Adults of the Afrian Dispora(AFAAD), AFAAD 2011 Seattle Conference, Korean adoptees, the role of adult adoptees in adoption.

Click on the link below to listen.  Enjoy.

–>Lisa Marie Rollins Podcast<–

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 7,
aka, LGA’s conversation with Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Institute

Topics Covered: Evan B. Donaldson InstituteAdoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and AmericaGay and Lesbian Adoption: A New Dimension in Family Diversity, ethics in adoption, the role of adoptees in adoption, the role of non-adoptee adoption experts in elevating the voices of adult adoptees.

Click on the link below to listen.  Enjoy.

–>Adam Pertmand Podcast<–

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 8,
aka, Korean Adoptee Disempowerment – ESWS/CHSFS Style!

Description: LGA monthly contributor (and mild mannered) Shelise Gieseke talks about her recent, not-so-pleasant and frustrating experience with Eastern Social Welfare Society (ESWS) and Children’s Home Society & Family Services (CHSFS).

Topics Covered: Birth family search, GOA’LKorea Central Adoption Resource (KCARE), Eastern Social Welfare Society (ESWS), Children’s Home Society & Family Services (CHSFS), responsibilities of adoption agencies.

Additional Note: A couple of weeks ago we reached out to the Children’s Home Society & Family Services (CHSFS) leadership, offering the agency the opportunity to respond to conversations like this podcast.  Believe it or not, but we here at LGA want to be fair.  The leadership declined the invitation.

Click on the link below to listen.  Enjoy.

–>Shelise Gieseke Podcast<–

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 9, aka, LGA sits down with Colombian adoptee Astrid Dabbeni, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Adoption Mosaic

Part 1

Topics covered: Adoption Mosaic, pre and post adoption education, Holt International, adoption agency/adoptive family relations, adoptee/adoption agency partnerships.

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–>Astrid Dabbeni Podcast 1<–

Part 2

Topics covered: Colombian adoption, sibling adoption, adoptees working in adoption.

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–>Astrid Dabbeni Podcast 2<–

Part 3

Topics covered: adoptees as parents, Adoption MosaicThe Adoption Constellation Magazine, adoptees’ role in adoption, adoptees as adoption professionals, Kevin Ost-Vollmers is a jerk, being informed about the adoption process.

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–>Astrid Dabbeni Podcast 3<–

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 10, aka, The Fairy Tale of Indian Adoptee A.J. Bryant 

Part 1

Topics covered: Indian adoptees, Jersey Shore, Washington, DC living, working/traveling to India.

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–>AJ Bryant Podcast 1 <–

Part 2

Topics covered: World Citizens Blog, Indian adoptee/Korean adoptee similarities, traveling to/living in the “homeland,” finding love in the “homeland.”

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–>AJ Bryant Podcast 2<– 

Part 3

Topics covered: finding love in the “homeland,” discovering self in the “homeland.” visiting place of birth.

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–>AJ Bryant Podcast 3<– 

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 11, aka, LGA’s conversation with New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer Lauch – The Bodhisattva Adoptee

Part 1

Topics covered: Jennifer’s best selling memoirs – Blackbird, Still Waters, Show Me the Way, Found, Oprah, complexities of adoptee emotions, spirituality, family search.

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–>Jennifer Lauck Podcast 1<–

Part 2

Topics covered: National Adoption Awareness Month -Jennifer’s teleseminars, adoptees as leaders in the adoption community, parenting, memoir instruction,Adoption Mosaic, adoption in the broader community, Buddhism.

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–>Jennifer Lauck Podcast 2<–

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 12, aka, LGA Chats With the Folks Behind YOU FOLLOW: A Search for One’s Past 

Part 1

Topics covered: background for YOU FOLLOW: A Search for One’s Past.

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–>YOU FOLLOW Podcast 1<–

Part 2

Topics covered: Mixed Roots/KorAM Fundraiserhow to financially supporting YOU FOLLOW: A Search for One’s Past, the director is camera shy, Satan Is My Homegirl.

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–>YOU FOLLOW Podcast 2<– 

Click here to financially support YOU FOLLOW: A Search for One’s Past

YOU FOLLOW: A Search for One’s Past from sharmila ray on Vimeo.

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 13, aka, LGA’s conversation with Valerie Andrews, Executive Director of Origins Canada Inc.

Part 1

Topics covered: Origins Canada Inc., natural mothers, natural families, open records, adoption industry practices, Origins Canada Inc. 2012 Conference, misunderstanding of adoptive parents, Baby Scoop Erathe language of adoption.

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–>Valerie Andrews Podcast 1<–

Part 2

Topics covered: adoption industry’s victimization of natural mothers, the role the US plays in adoption, the role pre-adoptive parents play in adoption, adoptees and natural mothers working in the adoption industry.

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–>Valerie Andrews Podcast 2<–

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 14, aka, LGA’s conversation with Indian adoptee Pushpa Duncklee of Beaches Boot Camp, Inc. 

Part 1

Topics covered: Beaches Boot Camp, Inc., traveling from Indian to Oregon as a six year old, culture shock, “fitting in” in high school.

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Pushpa Duncklee Podcast 1

Part 2

Topics covered: Indian community in Florida, resources for Indian adoptive families, adoptees vs. nonadoptees, returning to India/reconnecting with family, unethical adoption(?).

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Pushpa Duncklee Podcast 2

Part 3

Topics covered: adoptive/natural family relations, YOU FOLLOW: A Search for One’s Past, adult adoptee resources, adoption agencies connecting with adult adoptees, book/film project.

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Pushpa Duncklee Podcast 3

Land of Gazillion Adoptees Podcast, Episode 15, aka, LGA’s conversation with Lena Wood, the adoptee doula. 

[Update from Lena: “Just a note of clarification: the Adoption Constellation magazine WILL continue to be published by Adoption Mosaic…there will be a short transition period with the editorial team, but they plan to resume publication in the spring!”]

Part 1

Topics covered: leaving Minnesota, Oregon, Adoption Mosaic, China travel group, adoptees as parents, male adoptees.

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Lena Wood Podcast 1

Part 2

Topics covered: Chinese adoptees, traveling to China, traveling to South Korea, adoptees as resources.

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Lena Wood Podcast 2

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