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adoptee speaker

Melissa Corkum (adoptee and adoptive mom)

As a post-adoption support specialist, Safe and Sound Protocol Practitioner, Certified Enneagram Coach, and adoptee, Melissa has helped hundreds of adoptive parents shift to a brain-based view of behaviors so they can laugh more and yell less. She brings a lot of authenticity and a little bit of humor as she tackles many topics relevant to adoptive parents. Melissa is available for both in-person and virtual events as a mainstage and/or breakout speaker.

Most popular training topics:

  • Building a Calmer Brain from the Bottom Up
  • Parenting Tough Teen Behaviors
  • What To Do When You Run Out of Compassion
  • The 9 Core Messages All Adoptees Need to Hear

Lisa Qualls (birth mom and adoptive mom)

Over the past ten years, Lisa has spoken to thousands of adoptive and foster parents. She is available to provide keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops, and retreats both in-person and virtually to faith-based and secular audiences.

As the co-author of The Connected Parent (with Dr. Karyn Purvis), a TBRI Practitioner, Certified Enneagram Coach, and faith-based Parent Coach, Lisa is prepared to speak on a wide range of topics. She speaks through the unique lens of being a birth mom and adoptive mom. Above all, Lisa’s deeply rooted faith in God equips her to speak with wisdom, transparency, and hope about the challenges and beauty of adoption.

Most popular training topics:

  • Building trust and attachment with your child
  • What to do when you run out of compassion
  • Processing the gap between your expectations and your reality
  • The experience of siblings in adoptive and foster families
  • Courage and endurance for the race set before you
  • The unexpected journey from birth mom to adoptive mom

*In light of Lisa’s ministry and family commitments, she is only accepting a small number of speaking engagements in 2022.

Upcoming Appearances

September 25, 2022
Free Workshop: Building a Calmer Brain from the Bottom Up
Frederick, MD
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October 14-16, 2022
Joy in the Journey Retreat
Idyllwild, CA
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November 5, 2022
Navigation Trans-racial Adoption (Mid-Atlantic Orphan Care Coalition)
Newark, DE
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February 3-6, 2023
Filled Retreat
Lisa and Melissa
Lancaster, PA
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(use code ADOPTCONNECT for $10 off your registration)

February 24-26, 2023
The Connect Retreat
More details coming soon!