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“Jane Aronson is remarkable,” wrote Anderson Cooper. “Her concern for children has taken her all over the world, and her understanding of their needs is unparalleled.”

As founder of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, she has changed the destinies of thousands of children. Her book, Carried In Our Hearts, received an outpouring of acclaim when published in 2013. Join her and some of those featured in the book for a powerful and moving discussion about the journeys she and countless families have taken in shepherding children through the process of finding permanent and loving homes.

Brief Bios

Dr. Jane Aronson is a pediatrician, adoption medicine specialist and the founder and CEO of Worldwide Orphans, a non-profit organization that provides direct services to orphaned and at-risk children in Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Haiti, Serbia and Vietnam. She also had a solo pediatric practice in Manhattan specializing in adoption medicine since 2000, evaluating well over 10,000 adopted children to date and has conducted medical missions to orphanages in over eight countries. She is on faculty at Cornell University, Columbia University and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and speaks all over the world advocating for orphans, including Women in the World (2013) and Unite for Sight Global Health Conference at Yale (2009-2013). Her many recognitions include the Angel in Adoption Award, Glamour Woman of the Year (2013), Time 100 Nominee, Honored Alumna of Valley Stream North High School, Hunter College Hall of Fame, and Distinguished Alumna from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Aronson writes for Huffington Post Impact and is available to provide innovative problem solving for children living in adversity. She is regularly featured in the media, including frequent guest appearances on CNN and NPR. She is the author of Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption: Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents. She is the parent of two sons through adoptions: Benjamin from Vietnam and Desalegn from Ethiopia.

Deborra-lee Furness is an internationally acclaimed actress as well as a passionate supporter of children and defender of their human rights across the globe. It is her passion that children all over the world be given every chance to live a fulfilled and joyous life and achieve their full potential. Deborra-lee is Patron of the Lighthouse Foundation for displaced children in Melbourne Australia, Patron of the Fight Cancer foundation Australia and Patron of International Adoption Families for Queensland. As a World Vision ambassador Deborra-lee has travelled through Asia and Africa to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding poverty and the enormity of the Global Orphan Crisis. Most recently travelling as part of a delegation with President Bill Clinton throughout Africa to witness the initiatives crated by the Clinton Global Initiative. Deborra-lee is Executive Director for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation Australia and was honoured at the Worldwide Orphans Gala in New York City for all her work in advocacy for vulnerable children. She was honored in Washington this October by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Instiute. Deborra-lee founded National Adoption Awareness Week in Australia when she recognized the great need to address what needs to be done in serving abandoned and vulnerable children around the world.

Theresa Rebeck New York productions: Dead Accounts, Seminar, The Understudy, Mauritius, The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection, Spike Heels, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, View of the Dome and Omnium Gatherum (co-written, Pulitzer finalist). Publications: Collected Plays Volumes I, II and III, Free Fire Zone, all with Smith & Kraus, and two novels, Three Girls and Their Brother and Twelve Rooms With a View, with Random House/Shaye Areheart Books. Film: Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker (adapted from her play The Scene). Awards include the Writer’s Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama and a Peabody Award for her work on “NYPD Blue,” the National Theatre Conference Award, the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, the Athena Film Festival Award, an Alex Award, a Lilly Award and in 2011 she was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek. She is the creator of the NBC drama, “Smash.”


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