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Welcome back to Around The World With The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started The Archibald Project! Caring for orphaned and vulnerable children is one of the most important jobs in the world, but often people are too overwhelmed to get involved or lack the support they need to keep going. Our podcast is a place where you can easily find answers, encouragement, and support. Because when you thrive, children thrive.

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Welcome back to Around The World With The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started The Archibald Project! Caring for orphaned and vulnerable children is one of the most important jobs in the world, but often people are too overwhelmed to get involved or lack the support they need to keep going. Our podcast is a place where you can easily find answers, encouragement, and support. Because when you thrive, children thrive.

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This podcast is engaging, encouraging, and challenging. Would 10/10 recommend. ✌🏻

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99 Ratings
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93
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!!!

By Hannah Rodriguez - Oct 18 2019
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This podcast is engaging, encouraging, and challenging. Would 10/10 recommend. ✌🏻

Amazing!

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Love this podcast and the inspiration behind it!

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Welcome back to Around The World With The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started The Archibald Project! Caring for orphaned and vulnerable children is one of the most important jobs in the world, but often people are too overwhelmed to get involved or lack the support they need to keep going. Our podcast is a place where you can easily find answers, encouragement, and support. Because when you thrive, children thrive.

16. Kisses From Katie Author Katie & Benji Majors Talk About Adoption and Life In Uganda

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In today's interview we bring you Katie and Benji Majors. Katie is a New York Times Best Selling Author for her book Kisses From Katie. However, during our time with the Majors we take you beyond the book and bring you their perspective on getting married in Uganda, what it was like adopting 13 girls as a single twenty something, becoming a new husband and dad to 13 girls, running their organization, Amazima and some invaluable lessons they've learned along the way! 

Amazima Website
Amazima Facebook
Amazima Instagram
Katie's Twitter
Benji's Twitter

Jun 22 2016

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3. Adoption, Moving To Uganda and Marriage With Mary + JP McLeod

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In our third episode of Around The World With The Archibald Project we sit down and chat with our friends Mary and JP McLeod. We met Mary in 2013 and then JP in 2014 as he traveled to Uganda to spend time with Mary and fall in love with the Ugandan people. 

Mary and JP currently live in Los Angeles, CA running their respective businesses as wedding photographer and DJ. This November they are moving to Uganda to start their family and pursue storytelling for organizations in Eastern Africa. As much as they love dreaming big dreams, they have learned to surrender all plans to God and let Him have complete control on writing their story! 

Listen to our third podcast to find out why Mary and JP are moving to Uganda, how you can learn more about their story and a few of their favorite things about one another! You guys will seriously want to listen to their wisdom, they have a lot to offer! Oh, and they may or may not have obliged us by playing a quick game at the end of the interview! 

As promised, you can find all of the links we shared in today's episode here:

Mary's blog: www.wanderingwithmary.com
McLeod's Moving to Uganda: 
www.youcaring.com/gowithlove
Mary's Instagram: @wanderingwithmary
JP's Instagram: @jpmcleod
Mary's Photography Business: 
www.floatawaystudios.com
JP's DJ Business: www.iamdjp.com

Oct 02 2015

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26. Life As A Single Foster Mom With Millie Holloman

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Meet Millie Holloman. In today's episode of Around the World with The Archibald Project we are so excited to introduce you to single Foster and Adoptive mom, Millie Holloman! Millie started her foster journey 3 years ago as a single 33 year old photographer living in North Carolina.
Through out 8 placements she found 2 of her children, a little girl who was adopted this past March and her son whom she will adopt soon!
During our interview with Millie we find out what prompted her to enter foster care initially, we find out what emotions and experiences she's had with children entering her home aging from 5 weeks to 20 years old and we hear her heartfelt wisdom about consistently showing and extending love to vulnerable children.
If you’ve ever considered getting involved in Foster Care, even as a volunteer and not a parent, this podcast is for you!
Oh, and yes, this sweet girl above might look familiar, as you've probably seen her on Good Morning America or a famous blog circulating your social media feeds :)

Below are the photos Millie talks about in the podcast that ultimately took her adoption viral and landed her and sweet Wren on Good Morning America and other news shows around the nation.

Keep up with Millie!
Millie's Instagram
Millie's Facebook
Millie's Website


See the Hollomans on Good Morning America HERE!

May 17 2017

39mins

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11. Jamie Ivey's Advice About Adoption and Motherhood

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Some of you may know Jamie Ivey and her incredibly fun podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of listening to Jamie’s personal podcast and reading her witty blog posts, Ivey is a 37 year old mother of 4 who has learned how to walk through life, adoption, marriage and motherhood with a lot of grace and humor. 

Today in our interview with Jamie we take you behind the scenes and ask her some personal and fun questions that will leave you surprised by her answers! Find out what advice this mom, who has adopted 3 children, would give to a newly adoptive family, what she wishes she would have known 6 years ago as she brought home two children from Haiti, what you would discover if you were a fly on her wall, and how she does it all! Seriously y’all, she does it all. Blogger, Podcaster, speaker, emcee, wife, mom, friend, AND to top it all off, she’s adding book author to the list! 

Enjoy!

Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey Podcast
Jamie's Website
Jamie's Instagram
Jamie's Twitter
SURRENDER TShirt!

Jamie's Podcast with Archibald Project co-founder Whitney Runyon here!

All photos above by Jamie's personal Instagram!

Apr 19 2016

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18. How I Became A Single Foster and Adoptive Mom With Kaley Eggers

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Deciding to adopt or foster a vulnerable child is a really big deal. So many thoughts and questions and considerations go into such a major life decision. We meet many single adults who express the desire to foster or adopt but don't feel like they can as a single person. Well, today, in our episode 18, we introduce you to Kaley Eggers, a single foster/adoptive mama! Kaley shares so much wisdom on entering the foster system as a single woman in her 20's and we greatly encourage you all to share this podcast with anyone you know considering foster or adoption, especially as a single adult! 

Kaley's Website
Kaley's Instagram
Kaley's National Foster Care Post for T.A.P
 

Aug 24 2016

42mins

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7. How To Prepare For A Domestic Adoption - Kristy & Adam Rice

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Welcome! Today we're excited to introduce you to Kristy and Adam Rice! We first were introduced to the Rices in an email last spring with Kristy's interest in our Media Missions. However, with expecting a new babe, schedules didn't align and she wasn't able to get away. 

In our podcast we learn from the Rices about domestic, private adoption and hear their journey of finding the best way for them to start their family. They share raw honesty about fears and hopes and the relationship they've formed with their son’s birth mother. And, this is the week their son is born!!! He should be making his arrival into the world any day now! The Rices have traveled to be by the birth mom’s side and are eagerly awaiting his arrival. So make sure you find them on instagram and congratulate them! 

~Kristy's Art Website: www.momentaldesigns.com
~Kristy's Art Site that gives back: www.kristyrice.com/pages/giving-back
~Blog post about their gender reveal: www.momentaldesigns.com/story-art-journey-baby-ii/
~Instagram: @momental@kristyriceshop
~Hashtag to follow along our adoption journey: #ourjourneytobabyblooms
~ Faithful Adoption Consultants: www.faithfuladoptionconsultants.com

Dec 02 2015

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39. Give Bio Families A Chance - An Inspiring Conversation With Foster Mom, Sherry and Bio Mom, Kami

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project. We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis!

In today's episode, we have the most inspiring conversation with foster mom Sherry, and her foster son's biological mom, Kami! We are thankful for Sherry's vulnerability as she shares how learning to love Kami and her family did not happen over night, as well as Kami's struggle to love and trust someone was hard at first, but so worth it. Although having had a rough start to their relationship, we see how loving a biological mom and cheering her on can change a family's outcome. After years of her son being in Sherry's home, Kami's son was reunified with Kami and her husband! Talk about inspiring and sacrificial love...

During our conversation Sherry and Kami talk about the awkward first car ride that Sherry offered after a visit, and the unexpected surprise visit Kami got on Christmas Eve from Sherry and her entire family. They share that listening and learning to press into love, even when it's hard, is always worth it.

I can pretty much guarantee that your hearts will be challenged to love harder after listening to our conversation with Sherry and Kami! We hope you enjoy our conversation with these two incredible women!

Jun 13 2018

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17. Joe & Jessica Honegger Talk About International Adoption and Starting Noonday Collection

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In today's podcast we introduce you to Jessica and Joe Honegger! Some of you might know Jessica as the founder of the incredibly successful fair-trade: Noonday Collection, but today we're taking you behind the scenes! Learn how Jessica and Joe met and fell in love, hear how they decided on international adoption and of course we talk about how Noonday was founded! The Honeggers also share some helpful advice about the adoption journey and share what was harder and what was easier in adoption than they might have anticipated. 

If you guys are interested in learning more about Noonday and how they are changing the world through ethical artisan programs in vulnerable communities, please head to their website here

Also, remember, we exist to end the orphan crisis but we can only do this together! Which means we would love to have you share our podcast with your friends and family so that other might be inspired to care for the orphan! 

Thanks guys! Now enjoy our time with the Honeggers! 

Jessica's Instagram
Noonday's Instagram
Noonday's Website!

(Above photos by Jessica's Instagram, Scott Wade + Wynne Elder!)

Jul 27 2016

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4. How We Fought To Make Our Adoption Ethical - Wellon and Stephen Bridgers

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If you've been following us on Instagram, then over the last week you've witnessed the Bridgers welcome Leila and Daniel into their family! In our fourth episode of Around the World with The Archibald Project we sat down the night before Gotcha Day and interviewed Stephen and Wellon! We were able to hear their heart and excitement and learn from some of the hard things they had to walk through during the adoption process. 

The Bridgers began the process to adopt from DRC 3 1/2 years ago. After 2 years of waiting, they were matched with the most precious twin boys. As it turns out, through much misleading, many layers of fraud and brokenness and the exploitation of vulnerable families the Bridgers learned that the boys with whom they had been matched were actually wanted by their birth family. Instantly Stephen and Wellon knew they could not proceed with the adoption. The experience opened their eyes tremendously and as they began to recover from that experience, they felt truly called to find and partner with an organization more long-term that was caring more holistically for not only the orphan, but for the vulnerable family—the desperate mama, the poor community, as a whole. 

Several months later, they stumbled upon Mwana Villages (www.mwanavillages.org) and in the past months have become close friends with the co-founders,  Cheryl and Lambert. Their organization, located in Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo (not to be confused with DRC) is an AMAZING grass-roots organization that cares for vulnerable women to help them start their own business, older orphans and street children to put them through school or training programs, and—most recently (as of last June in its opening) an abandoned baby home. 

Mwana Villages Website: www.mwanavillages.org
Mwana Villages Facebook: www.facebook.com/mwanavillages
Mwana Villages Instagram: www.instagram.com/mwanavillages
The Archibald Project's Instagram: www.instagram.com/thearchibaldproject

Oct 15 2015

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21. Choosing Faithfulness Over Comfort with Adoptive Parents Kayla & Jonny Craig

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Today we are excited to introduce you to the Craig Family!

Our Episode 21 interview is full of wisdom and love. You'll hear adoptive parents, Kayla and Jonny Craig share about their desire to adopt, love their kids well, how they've grown from seeing their son persevere through pain and why they choose a life of faithfulness over comfort!

If you've ever thought about adoption and wondered if you could do it, we know this podcast is for you! The Craigs help us understand what it's like to adopt and parent a child with needs and share knowledge from a road made by walking.

To follow more of the Craig's journey, visit:

Kayla's Instagram: @kayla_craig
Kayla's Blog:  
manysparrows.me
Jonny's website/podcast: 
200churches.com
Jonny's Twitter: 
@200churches

AND you can purchase your own copy of Just Really Joseph, Kayla's book about international adoption and birth mom love at:
www.justreallyjoseph.com

Dec 14 2016

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5. What You Need To Know About Adoption and Foster Care - Kendell and Patrick Borkowskie

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Meet Kendell, Patrick and their son Lidell Borkowski! We had the honor of spending 8 days with Kendell during our April 2015 Media Mission. We saw her heart for justice and serving others and loved getting to know the passion behind her action. 

In our 5th episode of Around The World with The Archibald Project we sit down with Kendell and her husband Patrick and learn about their private adoption, future foster care process and their heart for children. 

Something we are excited to share with you is the foster organization with whom they are working. You see, often times we hear the term 'foster to adopt', but the organization the Borkowskis' have chosen to work with promotes reunification. So click play to learn about reunification, what a private domestic adoption can look like and to hear a little bit of their passion filled story!  

Links From Today's Show:
Angels Foster Family Network: http://angelsfoster.org
Fostering Hope: 
http://www.fosteringhopefoundation.org
Hey Sunshine Blog: http://www.heysunshineblog.com
Kendell's Instagram: @hey_sunshine_blog
Family photos from above: www.reamsphoto.com

Oct 29 2015

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28. What It's Like Growing Up In Foster Care With Former Foster Youth - Carlina

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We have continued on from May's National Foster Care month to share even more inspiring foster stories. One huge part of the system are the children who age out without ever finding a forever home. Today we get to talk with one of those children, Carlina Shotwell.

During our time with Carlina we talk about the day when she and her four siblings were separated, the different homes she was placed, the raw emotions she felt and still feels today, her current relationship with her biological mother, and the book she wrote to inform and inspire people about the desire foster youth have for a family! 

Carlina is honest and inspiring; she knows the system was created as a good thing to help children but also wants to shed light on the problems it holds within. This podcast will make you laugh while still informing you of how some youth deal with being placed and passed through foster care. 

Definitely stay through until the end to hear about one of Carlina's recent accomplishments! Sit back, relax, and enjoy our interview with Carlina! 

Keep up with Carlina!
Carlina's Website
Carlina's Instagram
Buy her book: HERE
 

Jun 14 2017

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36. Hallie Graves, Single Foster Mom and Lawyer Extraordinaire!

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project. We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today's interview we have an inspiring conversation with one of our dear friends, Hallie Graves! We’ve known Hallie for a few years and have gotten a front row seat to her journey to becoming a foster mom. Hallie is wonder woman in our eyes. Not only is Hallie an intentional friend, but she is a full time lawyer and a single foster mom, just to name a few. Hallie shares really practical advice for how to set your life up to receive a foster child and walks us through what a day in the life looks like for her and her 3 month old foster son. Towards the end of our conversation, Hallie shares with us some easy ways that you can get involved in foster care without becoming a foster parent.

I can assure you that Hallie’s life and passion to help vulnerable children will most definitely inspire you. Enjoy our conversation with the amazing Hallie Graves!

-Hallie's Instagram
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List of ways to support foster families (as discussed during podcast)!

May 02 2018

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44. Life in The Congo and Where The Archibald Project is Headed!

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project! We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today’s episode, Nick and I share an update about our life in the Republic of The Congo, what adopting three kids has been like while living in a developing country, and where The Archibald Project is headed! We answer questions about our own adoption including why we decided to temporarily move to the Congo and why we changed our kids names. We are so thankful for the incredible support we have received from you guys as we have walked through our adoption.

We hope you are encouraged by this podcast and enjoy our conversation! 

Follow along with @whitrunyon, @nackolas and @runyonsontheroad! And of course @thearchibaldproject too!

Aug 29 2018

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35. Life in Uganda and Catching Up with the Via Family

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project!
My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project. We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today's episode we have a fun time catching up with our old friends Smooth and Kelly Via. If you don't know who the Vias are then you're missing out. We'll cover our back story during our interview with them but in a nutshell the Vias were denied a VISA for their Ugandan daughter so they moved their then family of 5 to Uganda to be with their daughter. The Via's have been living in Uganda, doing regular life for the past 4 years and today we hear all about what life is like, how they feel about being in Uganda for so long, where they are in their adoption, how their kids have adjusted and what their future looks like as a now family of 8.

I do want to share that this was recorded last fall so if you know the Vias or follow the Vias on social media don't be confused when we talk about Kelly being pregnant or the fact that they've in the states. Since this podcast was recorded I'm happy to announce that Kelly has had a healthy baby boy named Corban (who was actually born on my birthday), and that all 8 Vias are back in Uganda and are doing well!

Enjoy our conversation with our dear friends Smooth and Kelly! 



Kelly's Instagram
Smooth's Instagram
Smooth's Twitter
The Via's Website

Apr 18 2018

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8. Inspiration From A 22 Year Old Single Foster Mom to 6 Handicapped Children In India - Colleen Williams

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Holy cow you guys! Get ready for a podcast that will knock your socks off! Today we introduce you to Colleen, a 22 year old, volunteer foster mom to 6 handicapped orphans in India. Yup, you read that right!

A few months after Colleen graduated college she boarded on a plane towards a country she had never  before been, all to live and serve abandoned disabled children. In our interview we talk about how Colleen got connected to Sarah's Covenant Home, hear about her 6 foster kiddos, find out how she lives day to day in India and hear about her love for her children and blasting Taylor Swift!

Make sure you stick around to the end of the podcast to find out how you can get involved in the children she serves, even without even leaving your home :)   

Colleen's Blog: https://shininginindia.wordpress.com/
SCH Website: 
www.schindia.com
My Bi-Monthly Newsletter: 
http://eepurl.com/btDGjz
SCH Facebook Page: 
https://www.facebook.com/schindia

Feb 03 2016

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31. Co-Founders Whitney & Nick Runyon Interview Each Other For TAP's 6th Anniversary!

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Welcome to our 6 year anniversary of the very first adoption we documented! 6 years ago today we photographed an adoption in a Bulgarian orphanage where the photos inspired another family to adopt. It was then that we saw the power of storytelling and realized that we could use our gifts to advocate for vulnerable children all over the world! 

In today's episode of Around the World with The Archibald Project we get up close and personal while Whitney and Nick interview each other. We love interviewing outside guests but thought it would be special to interview one another about the past 6 years. We look back, laugh and share memories that you've never heard! We also share an exciting new project that we've been working hard on toward the end of the interview! 

You'll hear Nick embarrass Whitney as he confesses what our organization was originally named, you'll find out what the Runyon's future hopes for The Archibald Project are, you'll laugh as the couple bickers about accuracy of memories and you'll be impassioned by their passion to see the orphan crisis eliminated! 

Thank you guys so much for tuning in! YOU are apart of our movement and together we can all work towards ending this crisis!!!

If you guys enjoy our podcast we'd love to have you give it a quick review right here! (Click 'View in iTunes' right below our Podcast graphic to write a review!)

Keep up with Whitney here!
Keep up with Nick here!
Keep up with their Behind the Scenes travels here!

Photos from Archie's Adoption:

Aug 08 2017

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32. Down Syndrome and Adoption With Lisa Eicher

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! Today we are so excited to kick off National Adoption Month by bringing you a podcast with our namesake's mama, Lisa Eicher! 

You see, we traveled with the Joey Eicher to Bulgaria in 2011 and documented the adoption of Archie, who was 7 at the time. We returned home, put the photos on Facebook and went about our lives. A few weeks later a stranger messaged us and said that because of our photos of Archie's adoption they found their son and were now adopting a chronically ill child from Ukraine!!! And that's when we discovered the power of storytelling to help vulnerable children!

In today's interview we talk about how the Eicher family decided to enter into down syndrome adoption, how their family of 6 was affected by Hurricane Harvey and how feelings of love and attachment don't always come so easily in adoption.

Lisa opens up about the hardships of bonding with her older daughter and how the loving emotions didn't just happen automatically and you guys she gives great advice if you're experiencing this in your own adoption! This is definitely an interview you do not want to miss!

If you have a movement would you head over to our iTunes page and write a quick review for us? Reviews help others out there find our podcast and we have heard from many of you that because of our podcast many of you have started the foster care process, adoption process or begun sponsoring children in group homes! So you see, people really do need to find our podcast as it is impacting children and families all over the world! 

Lisa's Instagram
Lisa's Blog
Archie's Adoption 

Nov 01 2017

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30. Education in War Zones With Cassandra & Edison Lee of Justice Rising

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Welcome to our 30th episode of Around the World with The Archibald Project! Today, we bring you and incredibly powerful interview with a couple living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo running an education program in war torn villages. Cassandra Lee founded Justice Rising with the desire and passion to empower communities to rise above war and bring lasting peace. 

As a 10 year old growing up in Canada Cassandra became passionate about working in war zones with a specific pull towards villages in the D.R.C. She jokes that she accidentally started her first school but shortly after the Lees were married they became an official 501c-3 and are now running a locally reputable education program throughout the country.

In today's interview we hear about the Lee's lives before marriage and before taking Justice Rising full time, we hear about their passion to not just put a bandaid on conflict but how they are working towards bringing lasting peace in war torn areas, we hear how education directly impacts the orphan crisis and how education can literally keep children in their families and off the streets and we share bits of wisdom and advice about how YOU can get involved in changing the world without even leaving your home.

This is one amazing interview so please don't forget to share this podcast with your friends and family! 

Keep Up with Justice Rising!
Justice Rising Website
Justice Rising Instagram
Justice Rising Facebook

Jul 17 2017

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40. Foster and Adoptive Parents Going From 0-6 kids in 3 Years!

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project. We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today's episode, we have an inspiring conversation with Daniel and Shellee Hyde! Daniel and Shellee went from 0 to 6 kids in just 3 years! They share with us how they made the jump from 0 to 6, and what becoming foster parents was like for them and how it lead to the adoption of 4 of their children! During our conversation, Daniel and Shellee open up and give us a front row seat to what it was like to just show up and be consistent with the kids that came in and out of their care, even when there wasn't certainty or permanency in their journey.

Enjoy our encouraging conversation with foster and adoptive parents, Daniel and Shellee!

Instagram: @thehyde.life

Jun 27 2018

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49. Advice From Adoption Therapist and Adoptee - Kelly Curry

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“Why do you look different than your parents?”

“Are you black or are you white?”

The questions an adopted child may encounter from peers and even adults might shock you. And these questions, whether mean spirited or just from curiosity, can evoke deep feelings. Thankfully our guest, Kelly Curry, has personal and professional experience to share with us today.

Not only was Kelly adopted as a baby from South Korea and raised in Birmingham, Alamabama, but she now works as a child and family therapist at an adoption agency. She shares about the personal success of her own family and areas where there was room for improvement, while also drawing from her experience as a professional. Whether you are adopting, adopted, or in process, Kelly has wisdom for you and your family.

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Nov 27 2019

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48. Race and Adoption Advice from Adult Adoptee Kiana Bosman

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started The Archibald Project! At The Archibald Project, we support people caring for orphaned and vulnerable children. Thank you for stopping by our podcast, we know you will leave inspired after listening to this powerful story today!

Being a kid and trying to fit in is difficult. Now add being an adopted child from a foreign country and growing up in a town where you are the racial minority…  fitting in would seem almost impossible right?

These are just a few of the challenges that Kiana Bosman faced after being adopted from Haiti as a baby. But with the help of her family, Kiana shares ways that her mom, grandpa and two adopted sisters from Haiti have helped her grow up to be confident in her identity and a successful young woman majoring in criminal justice. She has developed wisdom beyond her years and is kind enough to share it with us.

Follow Kiana Bosman on Instagram!

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Nov 13 2019

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47. The Benefits of An Unconventional Childhood - Hank Fortener

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started The Archibald Project! At The Archibald Project, we support people caring for orphaned and vulnerable children. Thank you for stopping by our podcast, we know you will leave inspired after listening to this powerful story today!

Have you ever been overwhelmed by the cost of adoption? Or questioned how your kids will respond to adding a new child to the mix? Or wondered how to celebrate World Adoption Day when adoption, at its core, is tragic and heartbreaking? Fortunately for us, Hank Fortener has experience in all of these things. Hank grew up with 36 foster siblings, 8 adopted siblings, 2 bio siblings, and is the founder of Adopt Together and World Adoption Day. His broad experience and unique perspectives will encourage you no matter where you are on your journey.


Follow Hank and AdoptTogether on Instagram!

Nov 09 2019

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46. Helpful Advice With Adoption and Trafficking - Lauren and Adrian Mills

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started The Archibald Project! At The Archibald Project, we support people caring for orphaned and vulnerable children. Thank you for stopping by our podcast, we know you will leave inspired after listening to this powerful story today!

In today’s episode, we interview adoptive parents, Lauren and Adrian Mills. To say what these two have walked through over the past couple years has been challenging would not do their suffering justice. They began the adoption process from the Democratic Republic of The Congo, only to realize once their adoption was finalized and they were waiting to bring their daughter home that she had been trafficked from her family. Following the heart breaking but beautiful journey of working to reunify “their daughter” with her mother, they began a domestic adoption that later failed for unimaginably hard reasons…. This lead them through a wilderness season of absolute surrender, only to land them back in the international adoption process. This time with an ethical organization and a child that truly needed to be adopted.

Through the heart ache, Lauren and Adrian give such profound advice and tips for what to look out for when pursuing adoption. They give hope to those waiting, and provide steps to take to see if the agency you’re working with is a good one or if they are actually trafficking children for money. We hope you come away having a greater awareness of the global orphan crisis and a deeper understanding of how to fight for ethical adoptions.

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Oct 30 2019

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45. Advice and Encouragement With Adoption and Illness - Ebie Hepworth

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started The Archibald Project! Caring for orphaned and vulnerable children is one of the most important jobs in the world, but often people are too overwhelmed to get involved or lack the support they need to keep going. Our podcast is a place where you can easily find answers, encouragement, and support. Because when you thrive, children thrive.

In this weeks episode we sat down with Ebie Hepworth! Ebie is an adoptive mama to two kiddos, Asa and Birdie. Ebie, her husband Zack, and Asa and Birdie have been home together for 2 years, and through all of the joys that come with adoption, their family walks through a very real suffering every day. After being matched with Asa and Birdie, they found out Asa was very sick. Ebie and Zack sold a lot of their things, including their couch, to fundraise for their adoption and move to Liberia to be with their kids until they could travel home. After 4 months of living in Liberia, nothing would prepare them for the news they received when they got back to their home in Boise, Idaho.

We are thankful for Ebie’s vulnerability as she shares with us what it was like finding out her son has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a life altering illness. Even in the pain though, Ebie carries with her a hope that is not of this world and is believing in full faith for her son to be healed. Our desire is that you would be filled with hope in the things that seem impossible in your own lives. Enjoy our podcast with Ebie!

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Oct 16 2019

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44. Life in The Congo and Where The Archibald Project is Headed!

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project! We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today’s episode, Nick and I share an update about our life in the Republic of The Congo, what adopting three kids has been like while living in a developing country, and where The Archibald Project is headed! We answer questions about our own adoption including why we decided to temporarily move to the Congo and why we changed our kids names. We are so thankful for the incredible support we have received from you guys as we have walked through our adoption.

We hope you are encouraged by this podcast and enjoy our conversation! 

Follow along with @whitrunyon, @nackolas and @runyonsontheroad! And of course @thearchibaldproject too!

Aug 29 2018

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43. How Oleg Overcame His Own Odds

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project! We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today’s episode, we sit down with Oleg Lougheed, an inspiring young man who not only has started the non-profit Overcoming Odds, but he himself has indeed overcome many odds. Oleg entered an orphanage in Russia at age 9 to try and get his own life on track. Without a father present and an alcoholic mother, he did what he thought was the best option. Oleg's life is a testament to not giving up when times are tough. At the age of 12, Oleg was adopted from Russia and came to live with his new family in America. Since being in America, Oleg is helping other adoptees, foster youth, and adults find their voice and heal from their traumatic pasts.

We are beyond inspired by not only Oleg's adoption story, but for the way he is helping people heal. Oleg shares with us his emotions and feelings towards his own adoption, and how his adoptive parents helped him heal and really grow into the man he has become. If you know anyone who is adopted, is adopting or is thinking about adoption, we encourage you to listen to our podcast with Oleg as we think it will give incredible insight to an adopted child's thoughts and feelings. Thank you and enjoy our conversation with Oleg!

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Aug 15 2018

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42. Catching Up With Courtney Bolander in Romania

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project. We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today’s episode, we catch up with our dear friend, and former media mission team member, Courtney Bolander. After our media mission in 2015, Courtney and her husband Ricky packed up their lives in New York and moved to Romania to start an organization called Radiant Hope that seeks to restore identity and dignity to youth that are vulnerable to human trafficking. Courtney shares with us how meeting one special girl in Romania changed the course of their lives and was a huge catalyst for starting Radiant Hope. Courtney talks about what a day in the life looks like for them in Romania and their desire to pour into youth and show them their worth and value.

I will mention, this podcast was recorded last August, so Courtney and Ricky have now been living in Romania for a little over a year. Enjoy our inspiring conversation with our friend Courtney!

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Jul 25 2018

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41. Maryssa Vasquez, President of PUSH and Former Foster Youth

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project. We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today's episode, we have an inspiring conversation with former foster youth, Maryssa Vasquez, as she shares with us about her past, growing up in foster care, and how an organization she joined in college has changed the direction of her life! Now, as the president of PUSH, Persevere UNTil Success Happens, Maryssa supports former foster youth by encouraging them and creating a space for them to heal by surrounding them with community. Maryssa is helping these youth overcome the odds and make it through college! Make sure you stick around until the end to hear her advice about how you can help support former foster youth make it through college and empower them to have a voice!

Enjoy our encouraging conversation with Maryssa!

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Jul 11 2018

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40. Foster and Adoptive Parents Going From 0-6 kids in 3 Years!

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project. We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today's episode, we have an inspiring conversation with Daniel and Shellee Hyde! Daniel and Shellee went from 0 to 6 kids in just 3 years! They share with us how they made the jump from 0 to 6, and what becoming foster parents was like for them and how it lead to the adoption of 4 of their children! During our conversation, Daniel and Shellee open up and give us a front row seat to what it was like to just show up and be consistent with the kids that came in and out of their care, even when there wasn't certainty or permanency in their journey.

Enjoy our encouraging conversation with foster and adoptive parents, Daniel and Shellee!

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Jun 27 2018

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39. Give Bio Families A Chance - An Inspiring Conversation With Foster Mom, Sherry and Bio Mom, Kami

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project. We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis!

In today's episode, we have the most inspiring conversation with foster mom Sherry, and her foster son's biological mom, Kami! We are thankful for Sherry's vulnerability as she shares how learning to love Kami and her family did not happen over night, as well as Kami's struggle to love and trust someone was hard at first, but so worth it. Although having had a rough start to their relationship, we see how loving a biological mom and cheering her on can change a family's outcome. After years of her son being in Sherry's home, Kami's son was reunified with Kami and her husband! Talk about inspiring and sacrificial love...

During our conversation Sherry and Kami talk about the awkward first car ride that Sherry offered after a visit, and the unexpected surprise visit Kami got on Christmas Eve from Sherry and her entire family. They share that listening and learning to press into love, even when it's hard, is always worth it.

I can pretty much guarantee that your hearts will be challenged to love harder after listening to our conversation with Sherry and Kami! We hope you enjoy our conversation with these two incredible women!

Jun 13 2018

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38. Sisters That Live Together, Foster Together

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project. We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today's episode, we interview not 1, not 2, but 3 sisters living together... and fostering together!!! We are inspired by their commitment to the betterment of vulnerable children and their willingness to sacrifice comfort to care for these kids. Life can be crazy with "3 bosses" as they like to call themselves in their home, but they are quick to express that although challenging at times, foster care is the most rewarding and beautiful thing they have ever done.

During our conversation, Grace, Joy and Hope, share with us what a day in the life looks like, how they balance working full time, crazy schedules, and the countless visitations, doctors appointments and meetings for their gaggle of foster kiddos.

We hope you enjoy our conversation with the inspiring 3 Sisters!

May 30 2018

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37. Adoption, Bonding Trips and Life With The Mwana Mamas

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project. We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today's episode, I catch up with 4 of my amazing friends and fellow adoptive mamas, aka the 'Mwana Mamas' as we like to call ourselves. When Nick and I traveled to Congo to meet our kids for the first time, we were with these women and their husbands! The leading up to traveling to Congo, while we were in country and in the waiting since returning from Congo, these women have encouraged me, laughed with me and cried with me through many different seasons.

During our conversation we share some memorable moments from our time in Congo, some difficult memories, and we cry and laugh a lot. Our hope is that you would feel encouraged to find people that you can walk through the adoption journey with.

I hope you enjoy my conversation catching up with the amazing Mwana Mamas!

May 16 2018

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36. Hallie Graves, Single Foster Mom and Lawyer Extraordinaire!

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project. We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today's interview we have an inspiring conversation with one of our dear friends, Hallie Graves! We’ve known Hallie for a few years and have gotten a front row seat to her journey to becoming a foster mom. Hallie is wonder woman in our eyes. Not only is Hallie an intentional friend, but she is a full time lawyer and a single foster mom, just to name a few. Hallie shares really practical advice for how to set your life up to receive a foster child and walks us through what a day in the life looks like for her and her 3 month old foster son. Towards the end of our conversation, Hallie shares with us some easy ways that you can get involved in foster care without becoming a foster parent.

I can assure you that Hallie’s life and passion to help vulnerable children will most definitely inspire you. Enjoy our conversation with the amazing Hallie Graves!

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May 02 2018

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35. Life in Uganda and Catching Up with the Via Family

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project!
My name is Whitney and together with my husband Nick, we started our orphan care advocacy organization, The Archibald Project. We've been working hard to tell inspiring stories about vulnerable children ever since and our goal is to ultimately end the global orphan crisis through storytelling! We believe that the more people who see and hear our stories then the more people who will be inspired to get involved and help end the orphan crisis! 

In today's episode we have a fun time catching up with our old friends Smooth and Kelly Via. If you don't know who the Vias are then you're missing out. We'll cover our back story during our interview with them but in a nutshell the Vias were denied a VISA for their Ugandan daughter so they moved their then family of 5 to Uganda to be with their daughter. The Via's have been living in Uganda, doing regular life for the past 4 years and today we hear all about what life is like, how they feel about being in Uganda for so long, where they are in their adoption, how their kids have adjusted and what their future looks like as a now family of 8.

I do want to share that this was recorded last fall so if you know the Vias or follow the Vias on social media don't be confused when we talk about Kelly being pregnant or the fact that they've in the states. Since this podcast was recorded I'm happy to announce that Kelly has had a healthy baby boy named Corban (who was actually born on my birthday), and that all 8 Vias are back in Uganda and are doing well!

Enjoy our conversation with our dear friends Smooth and Kelly! 



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Apr 18 2018

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34. The Movement of Closing Down Orphanages with Julie Walton

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In today's episode we're talking with Julie Walton, longterm volunteer and advocate for an organization in Sri Lanka. Julie has visited Sri Lanka as often as she can for the past 6 years to serve a program called Kidz Net & she has also begun working towards her Masters of Arts in International Affairs. After learning about a movement of global policy makers are starting called Deinstitutionalization, Julie being deeply troubled began thinking "Somebody ought to do something about this." 

Apr 04 2018

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33. Get To Know The TAP Team!

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Welcome to Season 2 of Around the World with The Archibald Project!
We are so excited to introduce you to our newest team member and rock star Operations Manager, Amanda McGinley! 

In today's podcast we discuss our deep passion behind addressing the global orphan crisis through an educated and holistic manner. We'll walk you through our orphan care travel show, The Advocates, the number one reason why children are orphaned, and why we are all individually passionate about addressing this crisis. 

You'll learn what's next for The Archibald Project and where our team is headed next! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram to get real time updates on our orphan care storytelling and please do subscribe to our YouTube Channel! Don't worry, we won't blame you if you binge watch Season One of The Advocates, it's pretty inspiring! 

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Mar 28 2018

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32. Down Syndrome and Adoption With Lisa Eicher

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Welcome back to Around the World with The Archibald Project! Today we are so excited to kick off National Adoption Month by bringing you a podcast with our namesake's mama, Lisa Eicher! 

You see, we traveled with the Joey Eicher to Bulgaria in 2011 and documented the adoption of Archie, who was 7 at the time. We returned home, put the photos on Facebook and went about our lives. A few weeks later a stranger messaged us and said that because of our photos of Archie's adoption they found their son and were now adopting a chronically ill child from Ukraine!!! And that's when we discovered the power of storytelling to help vulnerable children!

In today's interview we talk about how the Eicher family decided to enter into down syndrome adoption, how their family of 6 was affected by Hurricane Harvey and how feelings of love and attachment don't always come so easily in adoption.

Lisa opens up about the hardships of bonding with her older daughter and how the loving emotions didn't just happen automatically and you guys she gives great advice if you're experiencing this in your own adoption! This is definitely an interview you do not want to miss!

If you have a movement would you head over to our iTunes page and write a quick review for us? Reviews help others out there find our podcast and we have heard from many of you that because of our podcast many of you have started the foster care process, adoption process or begun sponsoring children in group homes! So you see, people really do need to find our podcast as it is impacting children and families all over the world! 

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Nov 01 2017

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31. Co-Founders Whitney & Nick Runyon Interview Each Other For TAP's 6th Anniversary!

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Welcome to our 6 year anniversary of the very first adoption we documented! 6 years ago today we photographed an adoption in a Bulgarian orphanage where the photos inspired another family to adopt. It was then that we saw the power of storytelling and realized that we could use our gifts to advocate for vulnerable children all over the world! 

In today's episode of Around the World with The Archibald Project we get up close and personal while Whitney and Nick interview each other. We love interviewing outside guests but thought it would be special to interview one another about the past 6 years. We look back, laugh and share memories that you've never heard! We also share an exciting new project that we've been working hard on toward the end of the interview! 

You'll hear Nick embarrass Whitney as he confesses what our organization was originally named, you'll find out what the Runyon's future hopes for The Archibald Project are, you'll laugh as the couple bickers about accuracy of memories and you'll be impassioned by their passion to see the orphan crisis eliminated! 

Thank you guys so much for tuning in! YOU are apart of our movement and together we can all work towards ending this crisis!!!

If you guys enjoy our podcast we'd love to have you give it a quick review right here! (Click 'View in iTunes' right below our Podcast graphic to write a review!)

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Aug 08 2017

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30. Education in War Zones With Cassandra & Edison Lee of Justice Rising

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Welcome to our 30th episode of Around the World with The Archibald Project! Today, we bring you and incredibly powerful interview with a couple living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo running an education program in war torn villages. Cassandra Lee founded Justice Rising with the desire and passion to empower communities to rise above war and bring lasting peace. 

As a 10 year old growing up in Canada Cassandra became passionate about working in war zones with a specific pull towards villages in the D.R.C. She jokes that she accidentally started her first school but shortly after the Lees were married they became an official 501c-3 and are now running a locally reputable education program throughout the country.

In today's interview we hear about the Lee's lives before marriage and before taking Justice Rising full time, we hear about their passion to not just put a bandaid on conflict but how they are working towards bringing lasting peace in war torn areas, we hear how education directly impacts the orphan crisis and how education can literally keep children in their families and off the streets and we share bits of wisdom and advice about how YOU can get involved in changing the world without even leaving your home.

This is one amazing interview so please don't forget to share this podcast with your friends and family! 

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Jul 17 2017

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