Think Orphan Podcast

Think Orphan

Navigates how we can achieve justice for vulnerable children and families

All Episodes

In episode 184, you'll hear from Dr. Susan Hillis who works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and also serves on the leadership team of World Without Orphans. In this episode, Dr. Hillis shares with us her own background as an adoptive mother, the importance of a global response for orphaned and at-risk children and the far reaching implications of the millions of children left orphaned by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Show notes for the podcast can be found at thinkorphan.com

Nov 23

1 hr 2 min

In episode 183, you’ll hear from Kara Wilson Garcia who serves as the Executive Director of Project RED. We talk with Kara about the effects of conflict in El Salvador, how reintegration policies can go wrong and the work Project RED is doing to strengthen families and support children. Show notes for the podcast can be found at thinkorphan.com

Nov 9

55 min 30 sec

In episode 182, you’ll hear from Jonathan Dowell who serves as the Executive Director of Weza Care Solutions. We talk with Jonathan about Weza Care Solutions and the emphasis on their social work and rehabilitation work. They are filling gaps in the transition between the old system of institutionalized care and maturing organizations in Kenya who want to take on new models of care to help children and families. Show notes for the podcast can be found at thinkorphan.com

Oct 26

52 min 21 sec

In episode 181, you’ll hear from Ian Forber-Pratt who serves as the CEO of The Institute for Child Welfare Innovation, the Director of Global Advocacy at CERI, and also teaches at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. We talk with Ian about the work that he and his team are undertaking in domestic and international reform to “Protect Childhood.”

Oct 12

1 hr 2 min

In episode 180, you'll hear from Aaron Blue who serves as the Thailand Director for The Charis Project. We talk with Aaron about the work that he and his team are undertaking in Mae Sot, Thailand to strengthen families and develop communities. Show notes for the podcast can be found at thinkorphan.com

Sep 28

57 min 1 sec

In episode 179, you'll hear from Pastor Evans Baggs who serves as the Pastor of Mobilization at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. We talk with Evans about the recent research from Barna Group, Faith to Action and Changing the Way We Care on Christian giving to orphanages. We'll also get his thoughts on the role of the American church in global ministries to orphans and vulnerable children and how to prioritize relationship and accountability with international partners. Show notes for the episode can be found at thinkorphan.com

Sep 14

1 hr 1 min

In episode 178, you'll hear from Anja Goertzen Gaona of Paraguay Protects Families about collaborating across sectors in Paraguay and Latin America to promote systemic care reform and family based services. Show notes for this episode can be found at thinkorphan.com

Aug 31

1 hr 4 min

In episode 177, you will hear from children's rights advocate and global voice for care leavers, Ruth Wacuka. She'll be talking with us about the importance of engaging care leavers beyond just hearing their stories, but collaborating on actual care programming and reforms. 

Aug 17

56 min 23 sec

In episode 176, you will hear from Dr. Greg Burch, Chair of the Global Studies Department at Multnomah University and expert on issues surrounding children at risk. He's talking with us today about issues facing street connected children, the problems with statistics when it comes to at risk children and the role education plays to equip practitioners towards caring for orphans and vulnerable children with excellence.

Aug 3

1 hr 9 min

In episode 175, you will hear from Ashlee Heiligman, Global Director at Global Child Advocates talking with us about their transition to family care, working with vulnerable populations and how they've adapted their ministry to serve vulnerable children in Myanmar's current conflict.

Jul 20

50 min 52 sec

In Episode 174, Dr. Rick, Phil and Brandon have a conversation about transitions, working in the OVC sector and preview some of the guests that you'll be hearing from in Season 9.

Jul 6

40 min 41 sec

In Episode 173, you will hear from Jenn Hook, Founder and Executive Director of Replanted, and author of the book also called Replanted.

Jun 22

1 hr 3 min

In this recast, Episode 172, you will hear from Amanda Cox, who has worked with Lumos, Faith to Action Initiative, and Hope and Homes for Children to help orphaned and vulnerable children around the world flourish.

Jun 8

58 min 46 sec

In this recast, you will hear from Bruce Kendrick of Watermark Community Church.

May 25

1 hr 17 min

In this recast  Episode 170, you will hear from Marisa Stam, Executive Director for Selamta Family Project.

May 11

1 hr 7 min

In the recast episode 169, you will hear wisdom from Dr. Mandy Howard, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Samford University, who worked with Dr. Karyn Purvis at the TCU Institute of Child Development for several years.

Apr 28

56 min 48 sec

In this recast Episode 168, you will hear from Josh Shipp, author of the best-selling book, The Teen’s Guide to World Domination, global youth empowerment expert, and acclaimed speaker.

Apr 13

1 hr 3 min

In this recast Episode 167, you will hear from Jason Johnson, Author of Everyone Can Do Something, Reframing Foster Care, and All In Orphan Care, and Director of Church Ministry Initiatives for CAFO.

Mar 30

1 hr 6 min

In Recasted Episode 166, you will hear from Brian Fikkert, President of The Chalmers Center, Professor of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College, and co-author of When Helping Hurts.

Mar 16

1 hr 8 min

[Recast] - In Episode 165 you will hear a conversation between Brian Fisher, co-founder and President of Human Coalition, and Kira Schlesinger, Episcopalian Priest and author of Pro-Choice and Christian

Mar 2

1 hr 8 min

In this recast episode, you will hear from Curt Thompson, Psychiatrist and prolific author, including Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame.

Feb 16

1 hr 4 min

In Episode 163, Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation about their favorite parts about Season 8, things we can all learn from the amazing guests we have had with us this season, a recommendation about a great show, some important news about the podcast, and an opportunity that you don’t want to miss.   

Feb 2

39 min 30 sec

In Episode 162, Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation with Elli Oswald, Executive Director of Faith to Action, and Karen Springs, of World Without Orphans.

Jan 19

57 min 14 sec

In Episode 161, Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation with Jeff Juhala, National Director of Training and Ministry Programs for For the Children.

Jan 5

1 hr 4 min

In Episode 160, Dr. Rick and Phil look back on 2020, talk about the ups and downs of this crazy year, opportunities that have arisen because of the lockdowns and travel restrictions, a passage about eagles that has really spoken to Rick this year, and resources that have impacted them over the past 12 months. They also have a fun conversation about a TV show that most would not expect to be covered on Think Orphan.

Dec 2020

54 min 52 sec

In Episode 159, Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation with Jared Scheppmann, Executive Director of Ekisa Ministries in Uganda.

Dec 2020

1 hr 5 min

In Episode 158, Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation with Lisa Qualls, Co-author of The Connected Parent: Real Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment, and the blog, “One Thankful Mom” 

Nov 2020

56 min 55 sec

In Episode 157, Dr. Rick and Phil take a look back at the highlights from the first 8 episodes of Season 8. 

Nov 2020

57 min 22 sec

[ This episode is a recast from January 15, 2019 ] In Episode 156, you will hear from Dr. Caroline Leaf, neuroscientist, author of numerous books, and global speaker, talking with Phil about:  How the mind controls the brain and why that is important The plasticity of the brain and how it gives us great hope in our work with orphaned and vulnerable children The importance of reconceptualizing your past, and rewiring and changing any toxicity in your brain Examining and challenging some of the research connected to attachment theory and other orphan care principles The importance of knowing your true identity, the science of identity, and how science points us to God and is working to catch up to the Bible. The concept that we can’t control our circumstances but we can control how we react to our circumstances The place of medication in the context of caring for children suffering from mental and physical disorders and/or trauma in their lives And so much more!

Oct 2020

47 min 23 sec

In Episode 155, Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation with Spencer Reeves, Executive Director of Child Hope International.

Oct 2020

51 min 18 sec

In Episode 154, Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation with Robert Glover OBE, Founder and Executive Director of Care for Children and author of As Many as the Stars: A Story of Change for the Children of China.

Sep 2020

1 hr 8 min

In Episode 153, Part 2 of the two-part episode with Keith McFarland, Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation with Keith, co-author/co-editor of In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence and Director of the Institute for Gospel Transformation at New Hope Uganda.

Sep 2020

51 min 18 sec

In Episode 152, Part 1 of the two-part episode with Keith McFarland, Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation with Keith, co-author/co-editor of In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence and Director of the Institute for Gospel Transformation at New Hope Uganda.

Sep 2020

44 min 29 sec

In Episode 151, Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation with Todd Chipman, a pastor, professor, and author of Until Every Child is Home: Why the Church Can and Must Care for Orphans

Aug 2020

48 min 25 sec

In Episode 150, Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation with DJ Jordan, an adoptive parent and a huge advocate for orphaned and vulnerable children, who has worked on congressional staffs and has contributed on Fox News and CNN, among many other things...

Aug 2020

1 hr 1 min

In Episode 149, Dr. Rick and Phil have a conversation with Karen Springs, Author of Adoption Through the Rear View Mirror: Learning from Stories of Heartache and Hope and Communications Director for World Without Orphans. 

Jul 2020

1 hr 4 min

In Episode 148, Dr. Rick and Phil discuss our pursuit of justice in connection with race relations, orphaned and vulnerable children, and other issues in our world today.  

Jul 2020

50 min 44 sec

In Episode 147, Dr. Rick and Phil discuss some of the great resources we have to help us in our work to address the priority needs through and after the COVID-19 crisis so that we can love orphaned and vulnerable children with excellence. 

Apr 2020

31 min 44 sec

In Episode 146, you will hear from Rebecca Patterson and Krish Kandiah, who work with Home for Good.

Apr 2020

1 hr 10 min

In Episode 145, you will hear from Brandon Stiver, Director of Community and Church Engagement for 1MILLIONHOME.

Mar 2020

1 hr

In Episode 144 you will hear from Elli Oswald about working to Get Children into Healthy Families.

Mar 2020

1 hr

In Episode 143, you will hear from Arthur C. Woods, Speaker, Teacher, and Writer, talking with Phil about:  His incredible story and how he started working with teens from hard places  How we can love teenage young adults who come from hard places  Why discipleship and mentorship is so important in our work with teens and why it is important for us to know the difference between the two.  How mentoring teens from hard and traumatic backgrounds differs from those not coming from trauma, and how we can mentor teens from hard places with excellence  How we can build trust with teens who experienced trauma in their past  His DVD Series and Podcast, “Trusting the God of the Gospel,” and how it can help teens truly know, trust, and love God  Defining the terms, “Truth,” “Gospel,” and “God."  And so much more! 

Mar 2020

53 min 7 sec

In Episode 142, you will hear from Ruby Johnston, Co-Founder and Director of International Field Operations for Lamb International, and Executive Team Member for World Without Orphans (“WWO”), talking with Phil about:  Ruby’s story to see how she got to be where she is today.  The training work that Ruby does all around the world Why the training her and her husband do more than 300 days a year is so important for all of us to know about Why understanding the distinction between training and capacity building is so important The WWO Road Map and how it can help all of us love OVC with excellence How the orphan care movement has changed over the decades that Ruby has been working to equip OVC organizations What Ruby believes are some of the biggest issues we are facing today in connection with the care of OVC and how we can address them with excellence And so much more!     

Feb 2020

59 min 59 sec

In Episode 141, you will hear from Mohamed Nabieu (“Nabs”), Child Welfare Programs Liaison for Helping Children Worldwide, talking with Phil about:  His incredible story from being cared for in an orphanage to transitioning orphanages to family-based care  How he has been able to deal with his childhood trauma and now help children who have experienced similar trauma in their lives  Why he loves Mondays and his unorthodox theory about elevators  The good and bad of orphanages, and why he believes that we need to shift our mindsets from orphanages to family-based care  How his organization, Helping Children Worldwide, is working to strengthen families and get orphaned and vulnerable children into families  Why we need to coach the people and not the problems  Why collaboration with people different from us is so important And so much more!   

Feb 2020

1 hr 14 min

In Episode 140, you will hear from Mike Berry, author of Honestly Adoption (and a bunch of other books), founder of Confessions of an Adoptive Parent, co-host of the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and adoptive father, talking with Phil about: The why and what of Mike and Kristin’s new book, Honestly Adoption, and what Mike hopes the reader will experience as they read it 
 The difficult questions we face in adoption and foster care 
 What it was like for Mike to write this book with his wife 
 How are personalities impact how we can work together effectively 
 The importance of hearing from the voices of the adoptees 
 The importance of self-care in the lives of adoptive and foster families 
 Mike’s favorite part of the new book 
 And much more!

Jan 2020

1 hr 2 min

In Episode 139, you will hear from Phil and Dr. Rick talking about some of the cool things that have happened since the end of Season 6, what’s coming up in Season 7, and a few more things that we know you’ll want to hear.

Jan 2020

42 min 43 sec

In Episode 138, you will hear from Phil and Dr. Rick talking about their thoughts on this past season and a few more things that we know you’ll want to hear. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.com

Apr 2019

27 min 30 sec

In Episode 137, you will hear from Matt Parker, Executive Director of Kids Alive International. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.com

Mar 2019

1 hr 1 min

In Episode 137, you will hear from Marisa Stam, Executive Director for Selamta Family Project. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.com

Mar 2019

1 hr 7 min

In Episode 135, you will hear from Corbey Dukes, Guatemala Field Director at Kids Alive International. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.com

Mar 2019

51 min 22 sec