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Pulled By The Root - Amplifying Adoption Issues

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Pulled By The Root - Amplifying Adoption Issues

Heidi Marble - Sean Farley - Stephanie Pipes - Alysa Zalma MD - Alex Mazurkevich

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My name is Heidi Marble. I am a domestic adoptee/author/speaker born in 1965. I did not realize the depth of pain caused from my own relinquishment until later in life. The loss surrounding adoption is so far reaching it is hard to grasp; the gravity of hurt pulled me to take action. Fueled by our amazing team, Pulled By The Root has become a collective platform that elevates, honors and gives voice to the issues surrounding adoption. Our podcast is a place to listen to an aggregate of conve ...
 
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Adoptee Rebekah Clark is a connector, creator and curator. With an international media, marketing and communications career spanning over 20 years. Rebekah's passion is people, her most ambitious endeavor to date is Happy Marlo: a well-being platform and community on a mission to change childhoods through tailored healing modalities. Rebekah radiat…
 
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