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Beth Norton and Sara Kennedy

Beth Norton (37) and her aunt Sara Kennedy (66) reflect on the challenges they have faced, and the importance of support from loved ones.

My Great Grandmother’s Early Life

My great grandmother who we all call Granny, tells me a brief summary about her childhood and her easy life. Along the way she married and had kids, who had kids, who had me. She is my mothers grandmother and...

National Adoption Awareness Month

This interview expresses the importance of adoption and the rewarding experience as it relays to Adoption Awareness for November.

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Patrick Butler and Nancy Duling

One Small Step partners Patrick Butler (71) and Nancy Duling (60) discuss Patrick's military service during the Vietnam War and their reluctance to express their political views in the current divisive climate.

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Liz Kachris-Jones and Peter Kachris

Liz Kachris-Jones (59) shares a conversation with her father, Peter Kachris (86), about his childhood, his parents, and his career. Peter also talks about both of his parents passing away when he was a child and about the woman who...

Em Gathers Interviews Her Sibling, Iggy Gathers, About Growing Up as a LGBTQ Foster Youth

For the Great Thanksgiving Listen in November 2021, Em Gathers (17) interviews her sibling, Iggy Gathers (21), at her dorm in New Jersey. They talk about their childhood and high school memories. They share their struggles and experiences as lgbtq...

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Delilah Ramos and Frederic Winkler

New friends Delilah Ramos (27) and Frederic Winkler (40) talk about foster care, cultural diversity, and collaborating with other artists.

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Larry Smith and Darwensi Clark

Friends and comrades in the freedom fighting for black lives Larry Malcolm Smith Jr. AKA "IamQueens" (22) and Darwensi Clark (42), talk about Larry's time in the foster care system. Larry shares memories from his time in the system and...

Adoption and foster care

My mom, Denise Leadingham talked her experience in foster and adoption.

Sarah Vliet’s favorite place.

Sarah vliet’s favorite place is her old house, She had to move when her father passed away on 10-25-2017. She felt very upset about her fathers passing. Her favorite memory was of her and her dad watching movies in their...

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Erin Martin and Keith Martin

Erin Martin (34) talks to her husband Keith Martin (36) about her experience adopting their two daughters, Annika and Eliana. She explains going to Kazakhstan to meet Annika through a blind adoption as compared to the process of adopting Eliana...

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Suzon Lucore and Geoffrey McCain

Geoffrey McCain (52) interviews his friend Suzon Lucore (50) about her adoption, her family growing up, her son and husband, her interests and paintings as well as stories about neighbors and friends.

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Coreen Campos and Cherella Nicholson

One Small Step conversation partners Coreen Campos (34) and Cherella Nicholson (37) talk about the personal experiences that brought them to their work, the importance of self-care in the nonprofit sector, and their hopes for Fresno.

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Theresa Taken and Emily Taken-Vertz

Theresa Taken (72) talks with her daughter Emily Taken-Vertz (28) about growing up in rural Iowa, being adventurous, going to college, traveling the world, and becoming a lawyer after being a social worker in the South Bronx.

Interview with Gio

I, Holton Smith, was interviewing my adopted brother Gio Smith. Throughout the interview I asked him questions about life and about the foster system and adopted process.

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Kathy Dellinger and Erin DeVera

Kathy Dellinger (57) talks to her daughter, Erin DeVera (37), about the hardships in her life, being a mother, and her outlook on life.

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Tori Brasher-Weathers and Tamekia Jackson

Tori Brasher-Weathers (40) speaks with conversation partner and new friend Tamekia Jackson (37) about her experiences with and journey to motherhood.

From Foster Child to Parent: The Childhood of Mandy Lehman.

Mandy Lehman, a mother with mitochondrial disease, describes her childhood and what it was like growing up with an abusive family and the foster care system.

“I probably did more in one life than many people do in ten or twenty.”
January 23, 2017 App Interview

In 1974, Sue Dondiego, along with her husband Bernie and their friend Hattie Talley founded the New Jersey Foster Parent Association, now known as foster care nonprofit Foster and Adoptive Family Services (FAFS). Sue and her biological daughter, Mary Grace,...