Anna Maria DiDio

"This book is an honest account of international adoption... a trustworthy narrative about the joys and difficulties of adoption, one from which prospective adoptive parents can read and learn."


author of

THE PRIMAL WOUND: Understanding the

Adopted Child

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Most of us today come from blended families of one kind or another. Podcast host Jason Fury speaks with talented debut author of the new memoir "Love At The Border" where author Anna Maria DiDio deal talks in depth about how her and her husband's challenging adoption of a seven year old girl in Mexico led to self-publishing a touching memoir that was almost 10 years in the making.

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Women's Author Panel
November 12, 2020
6 - 8 PM

Pyramid CLub

Philadelphia, PA

Symposium on Empowerment for Women

February 22, 2020

9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Villa Joseph Marie High School

Holland, PA

Help Women Around the World

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Two of the most important organizations in my life are Ministerios De Amor - who brought Priscilla to us - and WIL, Women International Leaders of Greater Philadelphia. WIL provides micro-finance loans and giving circle grants to women in developing countries. For both organizations, a little goes such a long way. Please consider donating whatever you can give to help these organizations.  Let's show our love for women at the border - all over the world!


WIL leadership is excited to announce the formation of a GIVING CIRCLE. A Giving Circle is a form of participatory philanthropy where a group comes together and pools their funds to support a cause. If you are interested in changing the lives of women and girls around the world, consider a donation to our giving circle. Membership in WIL is not required.


More information about WIL and our giving circle can be found at

Ministries of Love was born out of love for the most marginalized population in the country: children at risk. Our goal is to ensure that these children, including those rescued from the streets, orphans and children of prisoners are reintegrated into society as safe, independent and productive people.

Ministries of Love provides comprehensive assistance, that is, a loving home to live in; academic and moral education; medical and psychological care and recreational activities. This year we celebrate 32 years of uninterrupted work, which means entire generations of rescued children. Visit their website to make a donation.


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Anna Maria holds a BA in Psychology from Villanova University, and MSW in Family Specialization from the University of Pennsylvania. An HR consultant, author and speaker, she has coached senior leaders across many industries and has served as a trusted advisor on all human capital matters. Areas of expertise include: Executive Coaching, Facilitation/Mediation, Employee Relations, Performance Management and Leadership Development.

For over twenty years, Anna Maria DiDio has devoted her time and talents to many non-profit organizations focusing on women, girls, and families in the US and developing countries. She is currently President-elect of Women International Leaders (WIL) of Greater Philadelphia, which provides microfinance loans and Giving Circle grants to women in developing countries, and a volunteer with Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) which builds local capacities for peace and promotes mediation worldwide.

She is the mother of two young wonderful women and loves to cook, shop and watch movies with them – together or separately – depending on any number of mitigating factors. Anna Maria is at her most creative when she is traveling and experiencing new people, places and things to eat and then writing about it! She will never say no to a chocolate chip cookie and lives in Philadelphia with her husband Richard.

Anna Maria's travel writing and other essays can be found on The Bean's Talk – her Medium publication.

In June of 2019 Anna Maria published Love at the Border, An Adoption Memoir from Mexico. This is the true story of how her family was created and it is now available on Amazon.

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