Meet YOUR SPEAKERS
Callie Jett from Talk About Adoption™: “How to talk about adoption, and honest support for birth mothers."
Callie Jett is a birth mom, wife, stay-at-home mom, and the CEO of Talk About Adoption™. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Child Development with a Master of Arts Degree in Human Services. Callie has worked extensively with various families and especially children in their homes through past career positions as a Child Protective Services Investigator, Foster care Worker, and Social Worker. She also recently worked as a Family Case Manager in assisting mothers and children through a home visiting program before pursuing Talk About Adoption™ again full time. Callie began Talk About Adoption™ because she saw a huge need for correct adoption education for men and women who were abortion-determined and facing unexpected pregnancies, which led to her traveling and educating Pregnancy Resource Centers on the topics surrounding parenting, open adoption and birth mom support.
Callie has shared her story as a birth mom and has educated others about open adoption through various Podcasts, written articles, and at events and conferences such as the 2017 March for Life Conference in D.C. She currently assists men and women who are facing unexpected pregnancies through the programs and support systems in place at Talk About Adoption™, as well as peacefully outside her local abortion centers. She is an advocate for ethical adoption practices and policies in adoption-related businesses, and spends her free time with her children and husband on their five acre farm. Follow Talk About Adoption™ at @Talkaboutadoption.
Bethany Bomberger from The Radiance Foundation: “Taking back the true meaning of adoption."
Bethany Bomberger is the Co-Founder (along with her hubby, Ryan) and Executive Director of The Radiance Foundation, a life-affirming organization that creatively illuminates that life has purpose. She is the author of the new and groundbreaking children’s book, PRO-LIFE KIDS! - an adorably illustrated children’s book that uses rhyme to teach an age-appropriate pro-life worldview. Bethany has been an educator for more than two decades. She has taught in both public and private schools, working with thousands of children, youth and adults of all ages. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Family Studies from Messiah College and a Master’s Degree in Education from Regent University, Bethany has spearheaded innovative educational programs in her classrooms and the communities where she has lived. As a public speaker, she addresses large and diverse audiences with inspiring messages of faith, hope and Christ’s love while tackling issues that are close to her heart - parenting, living a life of purpose, adoption advocacy, and other topics. Her greatest joy in life has been marrying her best friend, Ryan, and raising both biological and adopted children - Radiance, Mikai, Aliyah, and Justice.
Tori Petersen: "The Purpose of Adoption."
Tori Petersen is a former foster youth hoping to let her Abba Father be known and loved by His children through her stories. She is a national speaker, writer, and advocate for the preservation of family and The Gospel. She is also a wife to Jacob, a mom to two littles, and currently a foster mom to one. After growing up in the foster care system, having lived in twelve different homes, discovering she was conceived out of rape, and being adopted as an adult, Tori knew her calling was to communicate The Gospel through the light of adoption and the stories God has granted her.
Tori has presented policy to White House staff, congressmen and to families on how to reduce abuse and neglect in foster care and eliminate statistics among foster youth. She trains county agencies and foster parents on the affects of trauma in foster youth and has worked with various nonprofits to support vulnerable families. She has educated and shared her powerful story with various organizations such as Brave Global Inc., The Forgotten Initiative, America's Kids Belong, Students for Life of America, and in detention centers - including the one she once attended. She has been featured as a resource for vulnerable young women in human trafficking, those coming out of the foster care system, and she helped form the Brave Leadership Academy to help young women grow in leadership. Tori has also shared her story in various Podcasts and written articles featured on platforms such as the Global Leadership Summit and Proverbs 31 Ministries. Follow Tori and her mission on Instagram at @torihopepetersen.
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Kristan Hawkins from Students for Life of America: "Encouraging our next generation with accurate life-affirming choices for men, women and their preborn babies - including open adoption."
Kristan Hawkins is a Christian, wife, mother, grassroots activist, author, speaker, Podcast host and a human rights advocate. President of Students for Life of America, she was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation. Since then, she has built up a small organization made up of a few dozen student groups scattered around the country to a coordinated national team serving more than 1,200 Students for Life chapters in all fifty states. She hosts a weekly podcast, “Explicitly Pro-Life,” found on iTunes or YouTube. A frequent speaker at college campuses like Harvard, Dartmouth, UC-Berkley and media analyst, Kristan’s expertise includes topics of abortion, feminism, disability advocacy, and healthcare, as she navigates the social conditions and public policies that impact the human rights issues of our day. She does all this while multitasking as a mother of four children, two of whom have cystic fibrosis. Kristan knows firsthand that all children have value, no matter the perception of their abilities, and works daily to be a voice for Millennials and the Generation Z who recognize the horrors of abortion for women and their preborn infants. You can follow her on social media at @KristanHawkins, and Students for Life of America at @Studentsforlife.
Justin Reeder from Love Life: "Encouraging our churches to get involved in ending abortion while also opening our homes to foster care adoption."
Justin Reeder currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his beautiful bride, Jennifer Reeder, and their three children, Jack, Josie and Esther. He gave his life to Jesus at 11 years old and felt the call of full-time ministry on his life. He didn't know what that meant for him until later in life. At 20 years old, Justin left college to start a business, Superior Wash Southeast. Thirteen years later, Superior Wash Southeast has grown to six states with eleven offices across the southeast, washing 8,000+ commercial trucks every week. He began his business thinking it would be a stepping stone to a "higher calling," but God quickly showed him that the marketplace was his ministry. He witnessed and continues to believe that there is no separation between the ministry and the marketplace. “When Jesus is in our hearts, we are always in full-time ministry,” he says.
On August 20th, he felt God speak to him during prayer, saying: “I have called you to the least of these and to be a voice for the voiceless right here in your city.” Over the course of that week, God continued downloading a strategy and plan into his heart to begin Love Life. In March 2016, Love Life was born. Love Life is a 40-week Journey of Hope, uniting and mobilizing the church to create a culture of love and life that will bring an end to abortion and the orphan crisis in North Carolina. So far, over 300+ churches have partnered and participated with Love Life. Over 65,000+ people have mobilized in prayer and fasting outside of Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh and New York City’s busiest abortion businesses. They have seen 1,800+ families choose life and have witnessed a significant drop in people showing up for abortions. Through Love Life, 500+ Christians have responded to the call to mentor, foster or adopt, become a sidewalk champion, or become involved in one of their other connection opportunities to rebuild their city! Follow Love Life at @Lovelifeclt.
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Aimee Cook from I Am His: "Post Adoption Support and Healing."
Aimee was adopted from Korea by a loving Christian family at the age of three. Although she had a wonderful childhood that was filled with love and acceptance, now looking back on her early years she realizes how growing up as the "token Asian girl" in a family and world of Caucasians impacted her identity and choices for decades to come. As a child, other children would ask her why she didn’t look like the rest of her family, or why her “real mom gave her away." These questions were innocent in intention, but they were painful and they impacted Aimee far greater than she ever realized, cultivating deep roots of abandonment and rejection within her.
Because of Aimee's own personal experiences with bi-racial adoption, her passion lies in educating families on how to properly address matters related to bi-racial adoption as they arise, while bringing her own experiences of healing and hope to others who have experienced similar life circumstances and, most importantly, emphasizing that our greatest need as adoptees is to understand that our identities and worth come solely from Christ. Aimee is happily married to the man of her dreams, as she and her husband currently live in Simi Valley, California. She is a successful business woman, a Survivor-Mentor, and certified to work with women and children who have been rescued from sex trafficking. Aimee has also led a Restoration Study for women all over the country, and is a Conference Speaker and Co-Founder of the I Am His Women’s Conference.
Lynea Krukiewicz from Life After Placement: "Cultivating healthy boundaries before, during and after the process of making an adoption plan."
Lynea Krukiewicz is a birth mother of 29 years and has been reunited with her biological daughter for the last 16 years. She is the Birth Mother representative/Board Member for Utah Adoption Council and United for Adoption where she works to re-define Utah's adoption laws into modern acceptance. She is also the Founder and President of Life After Placement, a 501(c)3 non-profit birth mother support foundation. Through Life After Placement, she encourages women who have placed to confidently contribute their support and share their experiences within the adoption community. Lynea also leads post-placement group support meetings for birth moms across the country and connects people struggling with various mental health issues after their placement to the proper resources for help and assistance. Her experience as a birth mother has helped her understand the trauma that both the placing mother and child can experience when adoption processes do not go as expected. She is driven to create awareness of the strain that placement can impose on one's mental health, and her efforts are gaining traction as she continues to speak on the damaging effects of ignoring mental health issues related to placement and how to move forward when dealing with these issues.
Lynea has spent countless hours working with women making an adoption plan, to those who are post-placement, helping them navigate the years ahead successfully. Lynea stresses the importance of how healthy outcomes are a direct result of an honest relationship with the child, along with the importance of well-communicated boundaries with all parties in the adoption triad. Working with parents seeking to adopt has helped Lynea better understand both sides of the adoption process. Emotions run high and misinterpretations are common with the agreements made during the adoption process. She teaches the necessity of having a calm individual present who can manage and mediate all negotiations in order to facilitate understanding between all parties and produce a better outcome overall.
When Lynea is not diligently working in the adoption community, she loves camping and 4-wheeling in Utah. “Getting out and escaping the day-to-day pressures gives me a new sense of hope and allows me to ground myself by spending private time to work out things in my mind, something I seem to need constantly.”
Lyndsay Smith from On Loan from Heaven: "An adoptive parent's view of adoption and parenting."
Lindsay Smith from On Loan From Heaven is the proud wife to Joey, and a Mama to Hannah, Hunter, Michael, Abram, and their Sweet One in Heaven. Lindsay writes and speaks on the story God has written for her and her family through infertility, open adoption, relative adoption, miscarriage, parenting a child with special needs, and her experience as an adoption professional.
Lindsay has taken the stage at many birth mom conferences, supporting BirthMom Buds and educating the church body on ethical adoption practices. She comes alongside attorneys and agencies as they join together for children born with special needs and the Mamas who are boldly and lovingly making placement decisions for them. Lindsay is an advocate of many things, but above all, for every Mama. Lindsay finds her joy in extending the same grace to others as God has given to her. "From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace" (John 1:16).
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