Creating a Dream Family through Alternative Parenthood With Arden O’Connor (Ep. 5)

Creating a Dream Family through Alternative Parenthood With Arden O’Connor (Ep. 5)

The journey to parenthood is filled with twists and turns, and it’s rarely an easy one. But for those who must take the path less traveled to create a baby, the journey can be even more challenging. Despite the obstacles, these individuals are determined to overcome adversity and build the family of their dreams.

In this episode, Tim Volk welcomes back Arden O’Connor to the podcast to share her inspiring story of building her own family. Unable to have children of her own, Arden has explored every option out there, overcoming obstacles at each step of the way.

Tim and Arden discuss more on: 

  • The exciting array of options available to individuals who are unable to conceive children naturally
  • The incredible advances in science that have opened up a world of possibilities for creating a family
  • Arden’s personal experience and unique perspective on navigating the surrogacy process
  • Gain valuable insights into why adoption may not be the right fit for everyone
  • And more!

Join us as we delve into the inspiring stories and uplifting journeys of those who have overcome obstacles to create the family of their dreams.


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About our Guest: 

At the age of 25, Arden was diagnosed with Leukemia, leaving her unable to have children of her own. Knowing she wanted to become a mother, Arden set out on her journey of creating her family. 

Arden founded the O’Connor Professional Group to address the needs of families and individuals struggling with various behavioral health issues, including addiction, mental health disorders, eating disorders, learning, and other developmental challenges. With several relatives in recovery, Arden is passionate about helping families and individuals navigate the highly fragmented treatment system in a way that creates positive outcomes and allows families to heal. 

Arden is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She remains heavily involved in community activities, as a board member of Winsor School Corporation, Collaboration for Family Flourishing, and Massachusetts Association of Mental Health. Previously, she served as a board member for the Justice Resource Institute (former chair), C4 Recovery Solutions, Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, Harvard Club of Boston, Victory Programs, and Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Boston.

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