Synopsis: The Childless Mothers Project (CMomA)
“Nearly 1 in 5 American women ends her childbearing years without having borne a child, compared with 1 in 10 in the 1970’s”
(Pew Research Center Summer 2010 Report)
This vision inspires the launch of an important and timely movement, which addresses a sociological shift within American culture, shining a light on women without children, now more prevalent then ever. Some of these women have made this a conscious choice. Others desired and expected they would be mothers, to no avail. Some are single and others have partners. Regardless of their status, there is heartbreak and silent suffering for many over this, as they grieve and struggle with a palpable “void”, while trying to discover where to direct their energy.
Our mission shines the spotlight on this population of women…and It will ALSO save lives.
Around the world 17,000 children die each day from hunger, 8 million are displaced, 2 million are enslaved, 143 million children are orphaned, and 2 billion live in extreme poverty. In many of these places, there is no foster care system, no clean water, not enough food or even shelter, never mind loving arms around them to keep these children safe from harm. Many older children are not wanted because they are considered “damaged” or undesirable, through having suffered early deprivation or trauma, or simply because of their age or ethnicity. These are the children who will shape the world of tomorrow … for better or worse.
Our nonprofit has been formed to build a platform to “cosmically match” these childless women, with the children around the world in dire need of someone to love and care for them.
Our 501-C3 is called Childless Mothers Adopt” ((CMomA)…Embracing Children in Need
Supporting Women Without Children to Become Mothers to Children in Need
There will be two divisions of the organization: domestic (US) and international.
Domestic: We will partner with various adoption and foster care organizations to facilitate matching women without children with older children in need of a safe and loving home.
International: Each year we will organize a group of women to go on our “CMomA Journey”. We will travel to areas in the world where the children have the least amount of resources and slimmest chances for survival. These children, despite their challenges, have the gleam in their eye that gives us hope that they will thrive in an attentive and nurturing environment.
We will also provide a sense of community and supportive resources to accompany these women before, during and after this major life decision and transition.
Funding for CMomA will help support:
* Staff/Administrative Expenses
* Costs associated with the Journey (Travel/Accommodation/Legal/Adoption Fees)
* Follow up Education, Health Care, and Child-Care needs for the children
Our Non-Profit efforts will be supported through topic related vehicles such as a book entitled, Childless Mothers….A New Generation of Women, a Website called: “Childless Mothers Connect”, and a Documentary Film of the Journey experience – “We Hear Their Call”.
– Board Members, as present, include: Jane Hoffman, Jana Kohl, Psy.D, Mark Allen Grainger, , M.D., Tim Lavender
– Advisory Board Members, at present, include: Dr. Sue Morter, Scott Carlin, Lisa Nichols, Mary Morrissey, Ben Young Mason, Missy Lavender, Marie Diamond, Paula Fellingham
The Jewish Talmud states:
“To save one life is as if you have saved the world.”
copyright © 2011 Marcy Cole, Ph.d
Marcy Cole, Ph.D is the Founder of the Childless Mothers Connect Community.
She received her BA from Northwestern University, majoring in the Radio, Television, Film, and minoring in Communications Studies.
Her early career was in television commercial sales for Katz Communications, representing affiliate television stations in the top ten markets in the United States.
During the past two decades Marcy re-focused her professional attention onto the field of Health and Wellbeing.
Her entrepreneurial spirit has helped spring forth many areas of interest and manifestation…
- Holistic Psychotherapist for the past 15 years. Marcy achieved her Masters from Loyola University and her doctorate from the Institute of Clinical Social Work.
She currently maintains a thriving practice at the Wheel of Wellbeing in Los Angeles, California. Her services include Individual, Couple and Family Counseling, Group/Corporate Consulting, Workshops and Live Speaking Engagements. To learn more about Dr. Cole’s practice, please visit: drmarcycole.com
- Founder of “First Tuesday,” a powerful women’s organization in Los Angeles, valuing social connectivity, professional networking and social service.
Attend one of her live personal/professional development networking events and to join their community on line. Visit FirstTuesdayLA.com for more information.
- Regular Online Internet Show Host for “Everyday Alchemy” and “Childless Mothers” on the Women’s Information Network.
For recent show recordings or to watch LIVE, visit: thewinonline.com
- Published Best-selling Co-Author, Dr. Cole’s 1999 published doctoral dissertation was a qualitative study on: “The Experiences of Never Married Women from the ages 29-39 who desire marriage and children.” She is the Best Selling Co-Author of two Anthologies of Inspirational Stories, “Living Proof…Celebrating the Gifts that Come Wrapped in Sand Paper” and “Get Your Woman On…Embracing Beauty, Grace and the Power of Women.” Marcy is currently working on her book entitled: “Childless Mothers….A New Generation of Women.”
She is also is a contributing author of the Huffington Post. You can find her articles by visiting: huffingtonpost.com/marcy-cole
- Founder of “Childess Mother’s Connect” and “Childless Mother’s Adopt” 501-C3. CMC is a progressive Women’s Movement honoring the “Mother” within every woman who has not had a biological or adopted child, either by choice or circumstance.
Marcy also serves as the Executive Director of the 501-C3 Non-Profit, “Childless Mothers Adopt,” (Aka: “CMomA) whose mission is to provide a platform of support to help facilitate bringing women and couples without children, together with children in need.
Marcy lives with her husband and their furry animals “Daisy the Dog” and “Cirrus the Cat” in Marina Del Rey, California. She would love to hear from you at: Marcy@CMomA.com
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors are chosen individuals who have joined our CMomA vision with passion, conviction and committment.
Our organization is quite fortunate to have their expertise and support. We look forward to our expansion over time, inviting other inspirational change makers “On Board”!
MARCY COLE, PH.D: Holistic Psychotherapist, CMomA Executive Director
Dr. Marcy Cole maintains a part time private practice at the Wheel of Wellbeing in Westwood, California. She also founded an on and off-line vibrant women’s social and professional networking group called “First Tuesday LA”. In the Fall of 2011 Marcy founded the Childless Mothers Adopt 501-C3, and is now the Executive Director. (drmarcycole.com)
JANA KOHL, Psy.D Psychologist
Kohl, Psy.D is a psychologist, author, speaker, artist and activist. Having worked for the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, her concern over socially sanctioned cruelty includes the legal abuse of animals. She is a founding member of Shamayim V’Aretz, an organization that embraces Judaism and animal welfare. Her books include A Rare Breed of Love and Unbreakable Spirit (drjanakohl.com)
MARK ALLEN GRAINGER; The Inspirational Marketer
Mark’s company, Grainger Leadership Institute has executed over 450 branding & promotional campaigns for clients like McDonalds, Budweiser and hundreds of Visionary Entrepreneurs. As the creator of the “Heart-Centered Influence Formula”, Mark’s purpose is to serve and support visionary women & enlightened men by providing them with the tools for emotional & financial empowerment. (theinspirationalmarketer.com/)
Jane Hoffman is the Chairman of the Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy. She is also the author of “Green: Your Place in the New Energy Revolution” published by Palgrave Macmillan. She has previously served as Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York and Commissioner of Consumer Affairs and Deputy Commissioner for the United nations and Consular Affairs.
TIMOTHY LAVENDER: Partner in Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s Chicago.
Tim He received his J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Tim’s law practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, general corporate counseling and taxation. Tim and his staff generously handle all legally related issues related to our non-profit.
DR. ROBIN ROSENBLATE: Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor at UCLA
Following her residency at Rush Medical college, Dr. Rosenblate focused her research on pharmacology, and maintained a private practice.
At present, she is on the teaching faculty for residents at the Woman’s Life Center at UCLA. Dr. Rosenblate is a certified “Reflective Parenting” facilitator and is currently writing a book on raising well adjusted children to be independent, productive members of society.
SCOTT CARLIN: Multi-dimensional Media executive and producer
Up until 2010, Scott was President for the Domestic Television Distribution for HBO. In 2009, he founded Soul-Centered Media, a development and production company designed to facilitate the creation and distribution of transformational content across all media.
Currently, Scott is a producer on the new Rosie O’Donnell TV series, in partnership with OWN Network.
Dr. Paula Fellingham, an international speaker, author of five books, and former syndicated radio show host, received her Doctorate of Education in Human Relations. Paula is the Founder and CEO of The Women’s Information Network (theWINonline.com). The WIN is in the fastest-growing global women’s network; they’re in 152 countries. Paula is the mother of 7 grown children and the grandmother of 19.
MISSY LAVENDER: Founder: Women’s Health Foundation
Missy Lavender graduated with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. Her early professional career was focused on real estate, finance, and investments. In 2004, Missy co-founded Women’s Health Foundation (WHF) to help bring education, funding, and research to the field of women’s pelvic health.
BEN YOUNG MASON: Film & television writer and producer.
Nominated for an Academy Award for “For all Mankind”, Ben has been in close association with the aerospace industry with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). He is currently writing and producing a symphonic celebration of Mexico’s Day of the Dead, scheduled to premiere in Mexico City and Houston during the 2012-2013 concert season.
MARY MORRISSEY: Founder and CEO of LifeSOULutions.
Speaker, best-selling author, executive coach, and corporate consultant, Mary Morrissey’s transformational talks and seminars have made her one of the elite teachers in the human potential movement. Mary is the president and founder of LifeSOULutions, an international company providing programs and products that transform dreams into reality. Mary has over 30 years experience empowering individuals in achieving new heights of spiritual aliveness, wealth, and authentic success.
DR. SUE MORTER: Founder: Morter Institute & Healing Center
Dr. Sue Morter is an internationally recognized authority on bridging science, spirit and human possibility. She founded Morter Institute & HealthCenter, a multi-doctor healing and wellness facility. In addition to her private practice, she speaks internationally and she holds seminars around the world.
LISA NICHOLS: CEO of Motivating the Teen Spirit, LLC
Lisa Nichols is a best-selling author, International Speaker and Empowerment Coach.Her participation in the self-development phenomenon, The Secret, catapulted her popularity across the globe. Lisa has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Extra,” “Larry King Live” and on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning show, “Starting Over.” Lisa is the founder of Motivating the Masses and CEO of Motivating the Teen Spirit, LLC.
SHANNON MABREY ROTENBERG: Executive Directorj.k. livin foundation
Rotenberg started her career in the entertainment industry for Tommy Hilfiger Inc., and at Creative Artists Agency, where she was a program director in their philanthropic division. Shannon continues to take on leadership roles in a number of charitable causes in Los Angeles, including The Faro Foundation, The Sam Loeb Scholarship Fund, One Voice, Communities In Schools, Teach for America, Hollygrove,, and Fairfax High School .
What is CMC
CMC stands for “Childless Mothers Connect”….our sister website, providing an on-line haven for ALL women without children. Some of us consciously chose not to have children. Others wish they had and are still grappling with it, while some are in the process of trying to have a baby and/or adopt. Many of of us are coupled and many single. Regardless of circumstance…there is a huge and growing population (reported to be over 20%) of childless women in America today.
CMC’s Mission is to CREATE:
Community: To Acknowledge one another as a prevalent and powerful demographic in America today.
Conversation: To Open up the lines of communication about how we got to be childless and how it feels to be here.
Connection: To Offer the opportunity for genuine alliance and friendship with like minded women.
Collaboration: To Share our professional resources, offerings and services with one another.
Celebration: To Honor the “Mother” within the heart of every woman…
We invite you to join our viral community where we will create many meaningful connections, supporting one another to continue to live out our greatest hearts’ desires, in both our personal and professional lives.