President & Founder
Juliana Whitney is an inspirational speaker for adoptees, adoptive parents, youth, young women and students across the United States.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and completing an Master of Business Administration program at UNLV.
Juliana was adopted as a newborn by 2 university professors from Santa Fe, NM in the 1980’s. Thanks to a supportive and open family, she has been able to explore the adoption process from the perspective of adoptees, biological parents and adoptive parents. Through experience and University research she has found her calling – to inspire and improve the lives of others.
“You know when you read those motivational quotes about being most powerful once you find your purpose and your passion? I have found mine. I am 100% certain of it. Everything in my life has been grooming me for this time where I am in a place that I can preside over That Adopted Girl Inc. and help children across the country.”
Since childhood she has dreamed of achieving great success and helping improve the lives of a substantial amount of people. The question was, how to make that dream a reality. Once she graduated from University with a BA in Sociology and a BA in Communications she started working on that goal full force. Since then she has been building her career as an inspirational and motivational speaker, and in 2014, founded That Adopted Girl. “I didn’t know that I would one day be inspired to start a non-profit organization, motivated by my experience as an adoptee. In 2014 I felt a powerful calling to do so, and I listened to that calling.”
As an adoptee herself, she was especially motivated to positively touch the lives of kids who were facing struggles similar to the ones she faced as a kid, but who did not have the kind of support that she was granted.
She is an adoption advocate, however Juliana is adamant about the fact that, That Adopted Girl focuses on the children themselves and their happiness, childhood memories, personal development and ability survive their time in the foster care system with a sense of hope and power. “Yes, a lot of these kids need to find adoptive families. Thankfully, there are a lot of organizations working hard on that. These kids also need to continue growing as individuals. They still need the love and fun that every kid should have, regardless of whether they have a family currently, or not.”
She loves her title of “Founder & President of That Adopted Girl” and would like to leave it as that. “People have tried calling me an advocate, a bleeding heart a blessing. I am simply a person who cares and wants to make a difference.”
In addition to raising awareness and positively impacting the lives of kids in the system, she wants to show people (especially youth) that helping others can be powerful, fun and aspirational. “Helping others is treated like a secondary priority in our society. I’m convinced that the Universe intended for helping others to be a primary priority. Times have changed and the perception of the non-profit sector needs to be modified in order to get more people involved.”
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