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October 19, 2018

Interview with Laura Coleman, AFC®

Laura Coleman is a Tennessee-based Accredited Financial Counselor® with a special niche – preparing couples financially for fertility and adoption. After experiencing firsthand the financial burden and stress that accompanies the fertility and adoption process, Laura felt called to start her blog, podcast, and financial coaching practice, Family Money Coaching. In this interview, she shares how she is providing much-needed support and resources to families in her community.

AFCPE: What inspired you to do this work?

Laura: I’ve been AFC® certified since 2012. I kept hearing that I needed a niche. When I decided to start my own private practice, I looked at what I know best. After going through IVF 5 times and adopting 3 kids, I felt called to help other couples have their Forever Family. I didn’t want to hear, “well, we didn’t have kids because of the financial burden” nor did I want to hear regret over unrealized dreams because of money.

AFCPE: You have a podcast and blog called “Family Money Coaching”. Tell us about them.

Laura: I want to make a connection with couples wanting to adopt or go through fertility through my blog and podcast. I started my podcast in August and, so far, I’ve interviewed people that have adopted and/or started adoption grants. I love to hear how they’ve financially navigated the waters towards growing their family. I plan on interviewing fertility doctors, accountants to talk about the adoption tax credit, attorneys, adoption agencies, grant donors, and people who fundraise to share ideas that can help couples find the money needed to accomplish their goal of starting a family. I’ll be providing money tips on how to successfully raise money, money spending types/personalities, and how to improve your marriage. Marriages can struggle as you go through fertility and adoption, so we’ll discuss how to communicate about money, to alleviate one less stressor in your marriage.

For the complete interview, click here.

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