Adoption Made Me An Entrepreneur?


Entrepreneurship has been art of my heart and soul since I was a kid.  It recently crossed my mind that maybe adoption prepared me for entrepreneurship in some way.  Maybe it prepared me for the adversity?  Maybe it gave me a hunger for doing things differently?  Maybe it made me more able to face rejection?

I thought about it a bit and shared my thoughts on America Adopts!  Check it out here.  Share with anyone you think might relate and please give me your thoughts!  Can being an adopted kid really influence your career choice?

And remember to support That Adopted Girl in creating self-worth empowerment events for girls in the foster care system by sharing on social media and making donations (100% of which go towards the organization) at

All the best,



That Adopted Girl Will Rise Again


Let’s be real, running a non-profit organization takes a lot of work!  That Adopted Girl is powerful, but small as well. Really small.  Basically a founder, a few board members and any amount of volunteers they can get at any of the events. All of whom are passionate about empowering kids in the foster care system.  This past year we have been less active than the couple before because founder Juliana Whitney is an entrepreneur and has had to put a lot of energy into her income generating startups for a bit of time.  But That Adopted Girl has NOT been forgotten, and in the midst of building her two businesses, Juliana had an epiphany.


“That Adopted Girl, helping to empower girls in the foster care system, and creating exciting youth memories for them is so dear to my heart.  As an adoptee myself, knowing the amount to which I struggled with my self-worth and struggled with turning my wounds into wisdom, bringing some sense of guidance and celebration to the lives of these girls is paramount.   It is so deeply important on a moral and human level, but also on a societal and systemic level, that I sometimes am not quite sure how to really get the message across to people how much building up the self worth of these kids builds up the value of our society. On a level of supporting children in foster care it is important. On a level of women supporting women it is is important.

I have been feeling guilty because we haven’t been able to do as many events this year for the girls.  The truth is that 100% of all money we raise goes to the gifts and events for the girls, so I have to also be able to also build a livelihood with my businesses and that has really taken a lot of my time over the past year.  TAG is a small organization and we do events for about 20-50 girls at a time.  But, I cry every time because every time we do a self worth event and celebrate the lives and the potential of these girls…at least one of them says that it’s the best day of their life, and at least one wants to know when they will be able to be at a TAG event again.”  – Juliana Whitney, Founder


Amidst being questioned about why she would take the path of lean entrepreneurship, a questions she received even upon starting That Adopted Girl, she realized that being an adopted kid really prepared her for entrepreneurship.  Adoption prepared her for the hard times, for being questioned, for doing things off the beaten path.  Juliana connected with America Adopts and asked if she could do apiece to share this realization with their readers just in case anyoneout there might relate.  Read the piece here.


As for supporters, we appreciate your support immensely.  Your donations, your time, your social media shares, and everything else you do, all mean the world to a grassroots organization like That Adopted Girl.  There will be more events for the girls in the foster care system.  You are still helping make a direct impact on girls in the foster care system. The more you give, the more we can give.    Thank you so much for everything.  You are the all stars.  You change lives.  Legitimately, without you, nothing of the past few years would have been possible.

That Adopted Girl Events Update 2016/17





Self-Worth Encourage Empower Thrive

20 girls

Started the morning with a self worth exercise (“shadow box”) where the girls made a collage of everything the show to the world on the outside of the box and everything they hide from the world on the inside of the box and we talked about why they hide what they hide, and what they could potentially gain and give by sharing their truth.

Next had mac make-up artists lead a tutorial and he gave amazing mac makeup gift bags.

We then had lunch catered by a local sandwich shop and headed to JM Hair Galleries for hair styling and positive life advice.

After the salon the girls headed to the Jeff Civillico family friendly show at the Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip.  It was a blast!

Finished the night off with family style dinner at Lindo Michoachan.




25 girls

Italian family style dinner, dancing, roses, boxed chocolates, cupcakes and a presentation and conversation surrounding the importance of loving one self and knowing one’s worth.



Hand crafted 26 Easter baskets for girls in the foster care system!



Being an adopted kid, Founder Juliana Whitney can get bit emotional on her birthday.  Instead of focusing too much on herself she wanted to use her day of adoption to help kids in the foster care system by turning her birthday celebration into a fundraiser.  Wine tasting fundraiser at Khoury’s Fine Wine and Spirits.




30 gift bags

Youth helping youth.  Gathered 30 high school students to build 30 holiday gift bags filled with candy, fuzzy socks, face masks, manicure kits, hair ties, and more.



Gave 25 copies of Brene Brown’s book “Rising Strong” to a girls group home.  Founder, Juliana Whitney’s birth mother told her that the book helped her feel “less guilty and ashamed” about giving Juliana up for adoption, so we thought the book might help heal some similar wounds for the girls.


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What is Worthy?


The guy wearing this wristband had a moment where someone commented on his sexuality in a derogatory manner, saying “that’s homo.” He looked at me and said “did you hear what that guy said?” I saw a glimpse of serious pain on his face so I took this WORTHY wristband off of my wrist, gave it to him and told him all about the WORTHY mission…the message in my heart being, “you are worthy.”

Let me tell you about WORTHY….
***This is a bit long but if you start reading it, please read it to the end. It’s worth it.

WORTHY: It’s a tribe, a philosophy and a movement. Everyone is welcome.

You may or may not have noticed that I focus on promoting self worth and ‪#‎TheWorthyTribe‬, especially through That Adopted Girl

WHY out of all the words in the world did I choose worthy to represent the company, to be a motto in my life and to create a tribe around?

First let me tell you that a person with a sense of self worth is more likely to be joyful, successful and fulfilled. They are more likely to maintain their boundaries, walk away from toxic situations, go after what they want, treat themselves well and treat others well.

Self worth is a sense of one’s inherent value as a human being. 

*This isn’t all about foster and adopted kids so hang with me.*
Adopted and foster kids struggle immensely with self worth for numerous reasons.It might be sadness and confusion about why their biological parents (the people who are supposed to have an undying love for them) were either unwilling or unable to care for them. It might be physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect or relinquishment. The Worthy message was created partly for them. So that they may be told they are worthy, so that they may experience being treated as a worthy person, so that they may find their sense of self worth as they hear the message repeated and so they may feel like they belong by being part of the tribe.

WORTHY goes so much further. Human beings in general struggle with self worth. You, me, the family down the street. It may be a deep struggle and it may be a slight struggle that pops up from time to time. It could be triggered by rejection, failure, disappointment. You might start feeling unworthy when you go through a break up, when you get in trouble at work, when your loved ones don’t believe in your dream, when you don’t get an invite, when an audience doesn’t respond to your performance the way you thought they would, when an investor doesn’t think your concept is worth investing in, when someone makes a derogatory comment about your race, sex, sexuality, physicality, intelligence… On top of that, we are inundated with advertising, media messaging and societal norms that are designed to point out things that make someone worthy, and of course point out that you don’t have those things. But you could have those things, and be worthy, if only you X and Y and Z.

The point is that there are a lot of things in life that challenge our ability to recognize our own worth. Because of that, on some level we can understand how low and heavy a lack of self worth can feel, how much it can hurt and how much better life is with your sense of self-worth in tact.

#TheWorthyTribe is for you. For everyone who on some level understands what it’s like to question ones worth. Everyone who deeply struggles with finding their worth. Everyone who only questions their worth from time to time. Everyone who can maintain their sense of self worth through thick and thin, come rain or shine. Everyone who wants to promote self worth in others. Everyone who wants to live in the positive rather than the negative, in love rather than hate, in WORTHINESS rather than degradation.


If we all worked on developing a strong sense of worth in ourselves and others, imagine how different the world would be. Seriously, think about how many debates, fights and political issues are actually about who is worth more and who is worth less.

The Worthy Tribe – a tribe of people internationally who believe in and promote the worth of themselves and the worth of others. None more, none less.

Everyone is welcome.

One of my favorite parts of this tribe is that, by being part of the tribe, the people who feel invisible, who feel like they are on the outside looking in, who feel like they are forgotten or like they have been thrown away by society (like foster kids)…..they can feel like they belong again

You are worthy.


To learn more and support, visit


6 Year Old Helps other kids by Donating to Awareness Campaign


A little girl named Jade, 6 years old, painted these pictures in her art therapy session and donated them to the That Adopted Girl National Adoption Month awareness art gallery show. She really wanted to help the cause and we were MORE than happy to add her pieces to the show heart emoticon. Jade unfortunately lost a parent to illness a couple of years ago so when she heard what foster kids experience she connected to it on some level. She said that she could be in foster care if she had lost both parents, which she really hopes never happens. Both of Jade’s paintings sold today!!! Imagine, 6 years old with a huge heart wanting to help raise awareness for other kids, and now also having sold her first art pieces!

Thank you SO much Jade for your contribution!

YOU can join Jade by making a contribution to the awareness campaigns, empower hours and other life changing programs at

(* Name has been changed to protect identity)

Have You Seen This Amazing National Adoption Month Awareness Project?


The That Adopted Girl ‘ Forgotten Futures’ gallery opening last night held at EDEN Art Studio and Gallery in The Arts Factory was awesome! We are immensely proud of this awareness campaign during National Adoption Month. The campaign and the opening night manifested almost exactly as we envisioned! The vibe was just right with music by Vertex, wine from Khoury’s Fine Wine and Spirits , gourmet popcorn from Popped and incredible people from across the Las Vegas Valley.

The pieces in Forgotten Futures were created from the hearts, minds and experiences of foster youth, former foster youth and local Las Vegas artists. They are inspiring and powerful, and they speak volumes about the kids in the foster care system and of adopted kids across the U.S.

Guests were looking at the paintings, reading the stories that went with each painting and raising their social consciousness. More than once we heard “I didn’t know that kind of thing happened” and “WOW.”

A BIG thank you to everyone who came and showed support, made generous donations and purchased some of the art pieces. We had so much fun and are excited for the next 2 weeks of the show! Take some time this week to experience Forgotten Futures by That Adopted Girl.

– The team at That Adopted Girl
Learn more and contribute at

You can visit the gallery anytime between now and December 4th at EDEN Gallery at 107 E. Charleston Blvd.
Also on closing night December 4th the whole team will be at the gallery 6-10!

For more information contact

To learn more about That Adopted Girl and to make a donation to the cause, visit

If you would like to visit the gallery show, it is up until December 4th (First Friday) at the EDEN gallery at 107 E. Charleston Blvd!


Why helping people is badass


I founded That Adopted Girl in 2014.  If you don’t know about That Adopted Girl, it’s a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed to inspire, empower and uplift kids in the foster care system, as well as to raise awareness about adoption and foster care in the United states.

Since founding That Adopted Girl I have been called sweet, cute, etc.  I understand that these classifications are coming from a good place.  But…these words make me cringe a little every time I hear them.  It takes everything in me not to show my discomfort through my facial expression.  If I don’t have much time to stay and chat I smile and say “thank you.”  If I do have time to stay and chat I smile and say, “No, I’m a badass.”

Helping people is badass.  It is what we should all be doing.  It is a hustle, it’s a grind and it helps society as a whole.  I’m not sweet.  I am determined to reduce human suffering and increase the amount of positive energy in this world.  Changing lives in a positive way is my passion.  Passion is power.

Helping humankind progress to be as powerful, strong and loving as possible is a PRIMARY human purpose.  #Alpha

Love always,

Juliana Whitney

Founder & President

That Adopted girl inc.