AMP S3E15: A Different Kind of Family - Meg Meredith, Kayla Crow, Madi Hutson, and Patty Baxter

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Essentially the entire point of this podcast is to talk about families who do not share biology, this this episode will take it a step further. When they collectively adopted a large sibling group, the Meredeth, Crow, Hutson, and Baxter families combine to form one big, happy family.

In this episode, I got to sit down with the women of each of these families to talk about their dynamic, why it’s important to keep their kids together, and how they make that work.

Meg Meredith and her husband are a fellow accidental twins family, with one biological son and their adopted daughter, Phoenix, hovering right about the same age. Meg is a writer and a publisher as well as being a mama and Army Wife.

Kayla Crow’s family is made up of one biological child and two adopted from different cases. They have the oldest son of the adopted sibling group, James. Kayla is also a nurse practitioner.

Madi Hutson and her husband have a teen girl from the families’ sibling group, as well as three biological children. Madi is the executive director of TASC, which aids the state’s juvenile system with community service projects, among other things.

Finally, Patty Baxter and her husband own a golf store in the area and they were the only ones to adopt two of the siblings when they got twins into their home!

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AMP S3E14: Kids are Aging out of Foster Care, How Can We Help? - Kamilah Bunn, CEO of The Adoption Exchange Association

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This week, I had the incredible honor to interview Kamilah Bunn, the CEO of The Adoption Exchange Association which runs, among other things, the country’s premier national association of adoption professionals and organizations.

Kamilah and I got to discuss what adoption looks like on a larger scale and how the AEA helps bring awareness to the need and resources to those who step up for kids who need families. They work with The Dave Thomas Foundation and several other organizations to reach as many kids and parents as they can get their hands on to further this incredible initiative to which we have all said yes in some capacity.

I hope you love getting to hear from someone doing the work nationally to help us doing the work locally. Also, be sure to check below for links and resources on everything the AEA has their hands on!

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AMP S3E13: What Is Adoption Like for a Dad? - Chuck Butler and Bryan Fittin

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Let’s be honest, most of you reading this are women. BUT there are also plenty of male listeners AND most of you with and XX Chromosome have an XY in your life who needs support too. SO we started a new tradition here on the podcast. DAD WEEK!

Enter Chuck Butler. That last name is probably familiar to listeners from his wife, Amy Butler. Chuck is the other half of this amazing marital team who champions for adoption and for wholeness for adoptive parents.

Chuck and Amy have two biological and two adopted kids, and Amy recently shared about their disrupted adoption experience as well.

Chuck and Bryan chat about manhood and fatherhood and what those roles mean for this incredibly hard calling to which we’ve all said yes. They also answered some listener questions crowdsourced from social media, and, bonus, they’re both hilarious.

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I have to tell you about my husband Bryan really quickly too. He is just my favorite person on earth (Shocker, right?). He is so smart and business-savvy, but he’s also cool and trendy and funny. He has his own podcast on photography and also owns and manages Go Rogue, a digital marketing consulting and production company. I’m pretty proud of this guy if you couldn’t tell.

I hope you love listening to these two chat about what it means to be a adoptive dad.

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AMP S3E12: Practical Skills to Help Kids Who Have Been Abused - Z & Britt Ivy

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Meet power couple Z (Zanas) and Britt Ivy. They are awesome.

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Z is the owner and head instructor of Gracie Jiu Jitsu NWA with Britt as his co-pilot to teach self-defense and empowerment to all people, but their passion is absolutely to teach women these skills.

Why?

On top of having two daughters, the issue of being able to protect yourself hits close to home for the Ivys. When Britt was raped in college, she thought she’d never get past her trauma. Even after she married her husband Z and was in an assuredly safe environment, there was still a gap in her life as a result of what happened years ago. It wasn’t until their family dove into Gracie Jiu Jitsu that she began to fully heal.

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Their story, especially Britt’s, is so powerful and gives us an amazing tool to hand our kids with abusive pasts. I absolutely cannot wait for you to get to know this amazing and godly couple.

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AMP S3E10-11: Disrupted Adoptions (Parts 1 and 2) - Amy Butler, Rachel Kirksey, and Randi Perkins

This episode was so full of amazingness that I couldn’t stand to cut any of it out to get it to all fit in one episode, so, like any good host in a bind, I made it a 2-parter!

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First up, a VIP of the show, Amy Butler. You guys fell in love with Amy back in season 1, and she’s here on this episode to tell you guys about a much harder part of their adoption journey, one in which they chose to disrupt a placement for the health of their family.

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The finale interview of part 1 comes from Rachel Kirksey. Rachel and her husband Ben never opened as an adoptive home or even as a foster home officially, but they did say yes when God literally dropped a young boy on their doorstep and asked them to take care of him. Through a really tough seasons, Rachel learned that yes to God doesn’t always mean what you think it will.

(Photos Curtesy of Brooke Cagle Photography)

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In part 2 of our series on disrupted adoption, we sit down with Randi Perkins. Randi and her husband Lloyd have 3 boys, none of whom are adopted, but not for lack of trying. Randi had a tough few years where she waited out a hard season of following the Lord that ended in 3 disrupted adoptions. From really hard behavioral problems to some spiritual warfare issues, Randi had to learn to follow God wherever He led her.

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