Wayne Naugle, Families 4 Families, and Scott Phelan, Janney Montgomery Scott (Good2Give Podcast, Episode 6)
Wayne Naugle, Executive Director of Families 4 Families, and Scott Phelan, Janney Montgomery Scott, joined hosts Maria Walden-Sullivan and DePriest Waddy on this edition of the Good2Give Podcast. Wayne shared his own story of adopting two girls through the foster care system and discussed the process and challenges that both families and children face. Wayne covered the process of becoming a foster parent, dealing with special needs children, and how Families 4 Families supports those involved in fostering and adopting. Wayne and Scott discussed how charitable partnerships help nonprofit organizations achieve their missions, the role of community foundations and donor-advised funds in supporting organizations like Families 4 Families, and more.
The Good2Give Podcast is presented by the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia and is produced by the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX®. You can find the full archive of shows by following this link. The show is available on all the major podcast apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, Amazon, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, TuneIn, and others.
Families 4 Families
Families 4 Families was founded in 2017. Today they have seven offices in Georgia and have placed over 900 kids in foster homes. Since they started adoptions in 2018, they have completed over 130 adoptions in Georgia alone. Families 4 Families is recognized as the largest faith-based agency in Georgia. They have placed over 200 kids in 2023 alone.
Wayne Naugle, Executive Director, Families 4 Families
Wayne Naugle is a Gwinnett native; he graduated from Berkmar High School in 1990 and went on to earn an associate degree from Gwinnett Tech. His background consists of land clearing and landscaping. Later in life, he attended Luther Rice University and holds a degree in Ministry Arts.
Wayne and his wife Kelli have been married for 30 years and have five biological children, two adopted children, and one perfect granddaughter.
Willett Phelan Myers Rodts Wealth, Janney Montgomery Scott
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They take a comprehensive and customized approach to your finances by understanding your needs and goals and aligning your investment strategies to help meet those goals. Their depth of knowledge and experience, combined with their firm’s capabilities and resources, enables them to provide high-quality service while offering advice and executing financial solutions for every stage of life.
No need is more important than your own. They pride themselves on making your needs and goals their own. They don’t simply work for you. They work with you to understand who you are as an individual and as an investor.
Their mission is to help you define your financial objectives and then use that knowledge to develop, together, a plan that is tailored to fit your unique needs and preferences and is in your best interest. They’re proud to offer comprehensive financial planning resources, providing you access to education, advice, planning, and consultation.
Scott Phelan, CFP, Executive Vice President/Wealth Management, Financial Advisor, Janney Montgomery Scott
Scott Phelan has over 20 years of financial advisory and planning experience. As Executive Vice President/Wealth Management, Financial Advisor, his focus is helping build wealth for high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients. His core competencies include estate, retirement, insurance, and income tax planning strategies.
Scott has a long and distinguished career in the financial services industry, having held leadership positions at Edward Jones, The Hartford, and New England Financial. Most recently, he was a Senior Vice President, Wealth Management, Financial Advisor/Senior Portfolio Management Director at Morgan Stanley.
Scott began his career at the New England Financial Group, where he developed and implemented employee 401(k) programs.
Topics Discussed in this Interview:
01:23 Wayne’s Personal Journey into Foster Care
04:26 Challenges and Realities of Foster Care
07:00 The Adoption Process and Special Needs Children
13:28 The Importance of Foster Home Placement
16:59 Personal Stories and Experiences with Foster Care
18:48 Reconnecting with a Birth Mother
20:14 Support Groups for Foster Parents
21:07 Providing Additional Support for Foster Families
21:39 The Importance of Breaks for Foster Parents
23:53 Fundraising Efforts and Support
25:39 The Role of Donor Advised Funds in Charitable Giving
35:37 The Impact of Foster Care on Other Social Issues
37:14 Contact Information and Final Thoughts
The Good2Give Podcast celebrates the work of donors, nonprofits, and the causes they care about. The hosts of the show are DePriest Waddy and Maria Walden-Sullivan, and the show series is presented by the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia.
The Good2Give Podcast is produced by the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX®. You can find the full archive of shows by following this link. You can also find the show on all the major podcast apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and many others.
At the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia, everything they do centers around one purpose – improving the world through the power of philanthropy.
On a fundamental level, they do that through managing funds held in trust, donated by individuals, organizations, and businesses. Most funds are donor-advised funds, similar to savings accounts. These funds are pooled for investment purposes, and their income is used to make grants for a wide variety of charitable purposes.
But the Foundation’s goals expand far beyond managing funds. They desire to strengthen the communities they serve in Gwinnett, Northeast Georgia, and beyond by providing leadership, addressing community needs, and assisting individuals and organizations with their charitable giving.