One of Our Own - Snap #203

Some say blood is thicker than water. On this episode we explore the different ways people create that special alchemy called family.  Get the podcast and listen now!

Triple Jeopardy

A young couple waits by the phone, hoping their social services agency has good news about a child placement.  When they do get the call, it’s even more than they bargained for.

Produced by Mark Ristich and Glynn Washington

This Can Go On Forever

Carol and Joel are about to meet.  They don’t know anything about each other and have never spoken, but they share the most intimate of bonds.

Produced by Shea Shackelford and Virginia Millington.

Not Without My Son

Kim de Blecourt and her husband Jahn thought it might be nice if their daughter had a sibling.  After a few unsuccessful domestic attempts at adoption, the de Blecourts extended their search, internationally.  

They considered various places and finally decided to work with a country Kim had traveled to as a missionary.


Produced by Mark Ristich and Glynn Washington

Labeled: Undesirable

When a mixed race baby is adopted in rural Vermont in the 1960’s, questions about her background take on a new gravity.

Produced by Anna Sussman.

Secrets of War

During El Salvador’s long civil war, thousands of babies were adopted by American families. Now those children are using DNA samples to help them find their biological families in the wake of the conflict. Angela Fillingham had no idea where her cheek swab would lead .

Produced by Anna Sussman. 

Find out more about DNA matching for El Salvador’s disappeared here.


The Good Shepherd

Adoption officials told Fisseha’s new, American family that his family had died.  Upon his return to Ethiopia, Fisseha’s adoptive family learned a far more complicated truth.

Produced by Molly Samuel and Stephanie Foo.

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