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Adopting a Heart that Needed Mending

PRESENTED ON OCT 01, 2015
IN BATAVIA @ VOL 1

Stephen Schmidt and his wife, Arlene, began the journey of adoption 18 years ago by becoming licensed foster parents. Stephen tells his family’s story, one filled with laughter and tears, sadness and joy, and ultimately filled with a family stitched together by love. Thinking of adoption? Beware: it may be the most powerful thing you ever do with your life.

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Ordinary Parents

BY JACOB MARTINEZ
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Jacob Martinez is a resident of Watsonville, community organizer, and a social entrepreneur. He designs and manages programs to increase the skills and confidence of Latinos/as to pursue careers in technology, increase parent engagement, community and coalition building. In this talk, Jacob talks about the inspiration behind his work and joy of being a father to his adopted children. 

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Dogs Dogs Dogs

BY STEVEN PETERMAN
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 14, 2015

Steven Peterman loves dogs! He takes us through some of his most memorable foster dog experiences, the good, the bad, the gross! 

Steven is the founder and director of the world famous Sketchbook Project. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife of five years, Sara, and their very tolerant cat, Thrifty.

If interested in fostering dogs in the NYC area, check out the following website. Steven insists it will change your life:

fosterdogsnyc.com

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My Parents

BY LARS TOPELMANN
@ VOL 16 ON MAY 27, 2015

Speaker reflects on the theme of 'Creative Inspiration' gathering insight and interpretation from reflections on work, life and personal experiences. 

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Trans-Racial Adoption

BY DENNIS MULLINS
@ VOL 27 ON JUN 09, 2016

Dennis Mullins is a father of three children and a grandfather to one. He is a musician, an avid gardener, and he works for Montgomery County Department of Jobs and Family Services. 

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“The 99 Times My Heart Stopped”.

BY HEATHER POLLOCK BURNS
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 03, 2017

It was a talk designed to remind folks to take each other to heart -versus for granted- by recognizing what our stories tell others about ourselves, and how they connect us, even when all else fails.

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Eric's Shoes

BY PAT KING
@ VOL 10 ON MAR 27, 2017

Pat King tells us about how adopting one boy changed the entire direction of her and her family's life. 

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Journey of the Heart

BY PATRICIA GAFFNEY-KINDIG
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

Patricia Gaffney-Kindig, a World War II orphan, after seeing a Good Morning America broadcast on discovering and identifying the remains of WWII pilots who never returned from Papua New Guinea, started a journey to discover her father, and finds him and so much more! (Patricia Skyped in from Denver, CO and presented live for this event)

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Street Dogs: So Much Love

BY MARIE HALFNIGHTS
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2018

In her presentation, Marie Halfnights describes how adopting a street dog changed her life for the better.

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My Heart is in the Shape of Colorado

BY ELLEN DETTMER
@ VOL 13 ON SEP 27, 2018

Ellen Dettmer reminisces about her family vacations to Colorado growing up and shares stories of how hiking and the mountains taught her lessons she takes with her today.