I’m a mom. What’s your superpower?
Parenthood is a blessing, whether through natural birth or less traditional means. Yet, I’ve noticed a stigma, even a fear, attached to adoption. Without a doubt, adoption presents a unique set of challenges, but it can also be a saving grace all the same.
A communications specialist by trade, Deborah Olivia Farmer founded Brown Farmer Media Group Inc., a full-service communications firm, after two decades working in Chicago’s newsrooms. In 2016, the firm gained national attention after being awarded a competitive contract with the City of Chicago to lead a diversity recruitment initiative for the Chicago Police Department that came to be known as “Be The Change.” Under Deborah Olivia’s leadership, the communications firm has also aided in the growth and success of dozens of other clients nationally, spanning corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and high-profile leaders.
Yet, despite achieving a great deal of professional success in her corporate and entrepreneurial careers, Deborah Olivia found that she had more of her purpose to fulfill. After life choices, discovering mentorship, and challenges with natural conception, she made the life-changing decision to foster to adopt. Now, four years later, Deborah Olivia is opening up about her faith-filled experience in a memoir entitled, “My Journey With Joshua.” MJWJ is a firsthand account of the foster to adoption process, purposed to dispel common myths, take the stigma out of adoption, and encourage other professionals to “find their happy” through the process.
Through this educational awareness platform, which also includes a line of products, Deborah Olivia hopes to create advocates for adoption and inspire more people toward adoption that will provide love, a safe space, and shelter for children in need. “My Journey With Joshua” is more than a book; it’s a movement.