NCFA is excited to welcome Joy of Adoption author LeAnn Thieman as a keynote speaker at the Putting Family First Conference in Arlington, VA, this June!
We think LeAnn Thieman, #PFF keynote speaker, gets it just right when she says: “Every adoptive parent, child, and family member will find a piece of themselves” in the collection of stories highlighted in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption. This heartwarming collection highlights the struggles, grace, healing, and love surrounding adoption. In renowned Chicken Soup for the Soul fashion, contributors share personal experiences with adoption in deeply emotional and uplifting stories that touch hearts and inspire readers. The book is divided into ten easy to read sections filled with stories that focus on encouraging and positive outcomes and encompasses the many joys associated with finding family through adoption. We especially enjoyed LeAnn Thieman’s heartwarming story, titled “Operation Babylift,” describing her experiences helping to care for over 100 babies as they were evacuated from Vietnam and the story of meeting her son, Mitchell, for the first time.
We are so delighted that LeAnn is going to speak about the courage she found in the wake of these extraordinary circumstances at our Putting Family First Conference on Monday, June 22nd. LeAnn’s keynote message titled “Light a Single Candle” is sure to inspire and honor those in the adoption community by reminding them to follow the advice she found written at a Vietnamese hospital: “light a single candle rather than curse the darkness.” LeAnn is a nurse, writer, and award winning speaker, but she says her true joy is found in being a wife and mother. She uses her own personal experiences with adoption to address and connect to the adoption community in a uniquely personal way.
LeAnn Thieman started her writing career in 1995 when she published This Must be My Brother, a more in-depth story about her experience with Operation Babylift. During this mass evacuation mission, Thieman assisted the organization Friends of Children in Vietnam in rescuing 300 babies as Saigon was falling. On this trip, she met her son, Mitchell, for the first time and then welcomed him into her family through adoption. A shortened version of this heartwarming story was first featured in Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul and now again in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption.
If you’ll be joining us for #PFF15, don’t miss LeAnn’s keynote and the great opportunity to learn more about Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption by visiting the Exhibitor Hall and learning more about ways the adoption community can take advantage of this special resource.