The Honestly Adoption Podcast

By Mike and Kristin Berry | The Parents On Demand Network

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The Honestly Adoption Podcast features real voices, sharing real hope and encouragement to parents on the journey of foster care and adoption. Hosts Mike and Kristin Berry, and Nicole Goerges share open and honest perspectives from the journey of foster, adoptive, and special needs parenting. Their goal is to be real and honest but also bring hope and encouragement to parents, all over the world.

Episode Date
How To Create Permanency For Children Who Have Been Disrupted
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While we all wish that every adoption might lead to a healthy, thriving family, the truth is that the challenges can sometimes be more than a family can handle. What happens when a struggling adoptive family comes to the place of deciding it just isn't going to work? Adoption dissolution, more commonly referred to as adoption disruption, is a topic that is often avoided and one we haven't covered before on The Honestly Adoption Podcast.<br><br>This week, Mike is interviewing Lori Word, a new friend he met at CAFO this year, to talk about adopting from disruption.&nbsp; Lori and her husband have been married for 29 years and have spent most of that in full time ministry.&nbsp; Lori and her husband have adopted 7 children from disruptions and now have a passion for helping to equip adoptive families to find resources to help adopted children stay in their homes and avoid disruption if possible.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 15, 2018
Connect Yourself To A 24-7 Virtual Support Community
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Feeling isolated and alone? Have you found it hard to connect with other foster or adoptive parents in your area? Maybe there aren't many in your area. Even if you do have a great support system in real life, maybe you are looking for more training and resources to help you navigate this journey?<br><br>These are just some of the reasons we created <a href="https://oasiscommunity.me">Oasis Community</a>!<br><br><a href="https://oasiscommunity.me">Oasis Community</a> is here to be your virtual support system that offers 24-7, 365 days a year online access to practical resources, relevant training, and parent to parent support.<br><br><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 08, 2018
Understanding The Invisible Special Needs Of Adoption
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&nbsp;Maybe your child(ren) don't have a noticeable special need or an official diagnosis and you've been wondering if you are just crazy, or if anyone else understands.&nbsp; When it looks "normal" to everyone outside of the home, the day to day frustrations of dealing with invisible special needs can make foster and adoptive parents feel isolated and judged by those who just don't get it. <br>Mike is interviewing Jamie Worley, adoption blogger at <a href="http://seejamieblog.com/">seejamieblog.com,</a> which was one of Healthline.com's 2018 Best Adoption Blogs. Jamie is passionate about encouraging other adoptive families and helping to educate those considering foster care and adoption.&nbsp; Don't miss this opportunity to be encouraged with some practical steps and words of hope in understanding and dealing with the invisible special needs of adoption.&nbsp;<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 01, 2018
Children In Foster Care Are Dearly Loved!
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Mike and Kristin are so excited to welcome their good friend, Jamie Kaeb to this 82nd episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast. Jami is the director of The Forgotten Initiative and The Forgotten Podcast. She and her husband have an interracial family with seven children by birth and adoption, both international and from foster-care. Jami and the Forgotten Initiative have just written a new book series to encourage children within the foster system to know that they are dearly loved and cared for.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 27, 2018
Why Road Trip For Foster And Adoptive Dads Is A Can't-Miss Event
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For today's podcast episode we wanted to throw it back to this past fall when Mike was joined by his Road Trip Co-founders and leaders, Jason Morriss and Andrew Schneidler. You are going to want to listen in to this episode. Early bird registration is now open for 2018 but will be ending on April 30th. Visit our official Road Trip Page here to learn more!<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 12, 2018
How To Implement A Transition Plan In Foster Care
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Season 9, episode 80. We know that the goal of foster care is reunification. But how do you successfully transition children out of your home and back with their families? In today's episode of The Honestly Adoption podcast, Mike and Kristin interview blogger, speaker, and foster care expert, Jamie Finn on the importance of having a transitional plan in place, and how to establish one that helps the children in your care transition as smoothly as possible.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 30, 2018
How Families Can Eliminate Debt And Save More Money
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We are kicking off Season 9 of the Honestly Adoption Podcast with an incredible episode! Brian and Cherie Lowe join our hosts, Mike and Kristin Berry, to talk about why eliminating debt can help bring peace to your home, your heart, and your marriage and share some practical strategies for how you can do this even in a large foster or adoptive family.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 22, 2018
How This Whole Adoption Journey Began For Us
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Season 8, episode 78. It's our Season 8 finale of The Honestly Adoption Podcast and today we're talking all things new book, and how the Berrys began this whole adoption process in the first place... We are celebrating this week’s book launch of Confessions of an Adoptive Parent from our very own co-founder and host, Mike Berry.  Guest hosting the show today is Matt McCarrick, who will interview Mike and ask all the questions you’ve been dying to know about the book, the launch, and where this all <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 08, 2018
How To Love A Child Who Won't Love You Back
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Season 8, episode 77. That first real hug. Hearing "I love you mom," and knowing she means it. These are all things that most parents are accustomed to on a daily basis. But when your child has come from a traumatic past, these are moments you cherish more than gold. In today's episode of Honestly Adoption we discuss this openly and share some practical advice on navigating the tricky waters of reactive attachment disorder. You're not alone! There is hope!<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 01, 2018
Understanding The Ins And Outs Of The Private Adoption Process
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Season 8, episode 76. Fourteen years ago we began the adoption process for the first time. To say that we had no idea what we were doing is an understatement. We were clueless. We had more questions than answers. A few years ago, Mike sat down with Julie Craft from The Adoption Support Center in Indianapolis to discuss the process and procedure couples will find in a private adoption agency. In today's episode we're sharing an encore presentation of that podcast.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 25, 2018
An Adoptee Story Of Overcoming Obstacles And Finding Identity
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Season 8, episode 75. An Adoptee Story Of Overcoming Obstacles And Finding Identity<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 18, 2018
Creating A Blueprint For Helping Your Sensory Seeking Child
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Season 8, Episode 74. When you're parenting a sensory-seeking child, you are often exhausted and at your wit's end. Before you give up hope, tune into today's podcast episode. We are welcoming our good friend, and fellow foster and adoptive parent, Carrie Blaske to The Honestly Adoption Podcast today. We're talking about a huge topic when it comes to the foster and adoptive journey: how to create a blueprint for helping your sensory-seeking child.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 11, 2018
How To Provide A Healing Home For Wounded Children
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Season 8. Episode 73. You've been asking and we listened!  We are thrilled to welcome our good friends, David and Jayne Schooler from Back2Back Ministries, to the show today. They bring valuable insight and in-depth expertise to the discussion. Today we are talking about how to provide a healing home for children who have been deeply wounded.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 03, 2018
Navigating School Challenges With Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
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Perhaps for you, this school year has been filled with challenges for your children. Have you ever wondered how to adequately express those issues to your child's teacher or principal? Mike and Kristin were recently interviewed by our good friend, Jami Kaeb from The Forgotten Initiative Podcast on how to navigate school challenges with children who have experienced significant trauma. In this replay, they are practical advice to help parents navigate the challenges their children experience at school.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 27, 2017
How To Create Structure During The Chaos Of The Holidays
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The holiday season, specifically Christmas break, is often a dreaded time for foster and adoptive parents because it means a lack of normal structure for their kiddos. How do you navigate through this time successfully? On today's episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, Mike and Kristin are joined by Licensed Mental Health Counselor and therapist, Ruth Graham as they discuss how to create structure during the chaos of the holidays. This is the conclusion of our series, Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 20, 2017
How To Help Your Child Cope With Unmet Expectations At Christmas
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Season 8, episode 70. The holiday season can be full of magic and wonder, expectations and fantasies.  What can a parent do to help their child, who struggles during this season, to make sense of how their own story fits in? Join us this week as we welcome Brooke Randolph (LMHC) to our show for part 3 of our 4 part series, "Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks." Mike, Kristin, and Brooke will discuss how we can support our children through this holiday season.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 13, 2017
How To Handle Overstimulation During The Holidays
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Season 8, episode 69. Trees! Lights! Parties! Presents! Friends! Family! How can you help your child navigate all of the overstimulation they are experiencing during this time of year? The holiday season is full of fun and exciting sights, sounds, smells, treats, and activities. Mike and Kristin have asked their good friend, Jenn Hook, to join us today as they discuss some ways parents can handle overstimulation during the holiday season.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 06, 2017
How To Help Your Child Process Disappointment During Christmas
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[Holiday Survival Tips & Tricks] Season 8, Episode 68. Today we will be kicking off our new podcast series: Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks!  We will spend the next four weeks interviewing amazing therapists about how we can navigate the big emotions and hard moments, with our kids, that tend to rise up during the holiday season. Mike and Kristin are excited to kick off this series with therapist and adoptive dad, Lynn Owens, as they discuss how we can help our children process disappointment and loss.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 30, 2017
How To Overcome Trials On The Foster Care Journey
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Season 7. Episode 67. Jamie Finn knows foster care. As an active foster parent, she consistently cares for multiple children (mostly babies) at a time. She understands fully the ups, the downs, and everything in between when it comes to the emotions you'll experience. She's here today to tell you, foster care is worth it. Even when you have to say goodbye, this is worth it. Check out our interview with her now...<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 22, 2017
Meet The People Who Are Bringing Hope To Foster And Adoptive Parents Worldwide
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Season 7. Episode 66. Today, Mike and Kristin want to introduce you to the people who make Oasis happen and bring encouragement to weary parents worldwide: Karen Anderson, Jen Summers, Beaver Trumble, and Matt McCarrick. Karen, Jen, and Beaver are all adoptive and foster parents, who are part of the Oasis Care Team (the people who are available online for support), and Matt oversees content editing, emails, and publishing details. Listen in to discover what they believe makes Oasis so special!<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 15, 2017
What Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
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Season 7. Episode 65. An adoptee herself, Sherrie Eldridge has a passion for helping adoptive parents understand, and respond empathetically to, the unique emotional needs of their children.  You will be encouraged as Sherrie shares her story with Mike, and reflects on the journey she has taken to get where she is today.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 08, 2017
What Happens When 100 Foster And Adoptive Dads Hang Out In The Mountains For A Week
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Season 7, Episode 64. Can just three days truly be life-changing? Find out as Mike reminisces with Andrew Schneidler and Jason Morris about this year's amazing Road Trip for foster and adoptive dads.  What makes this event unique and unlike anything you've ever experienced?  Listen now to find out!<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 01, 2017
How To Shift From Traditional Methods When Parenting Children From Trauma
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Season 7, Episode 63. This week on The Honestly Adoption Podcast, we are excited to share with you one of our exclusive "Backstage Pass" interviews from Oasis Community, our support and resource site for adoptive and foster parents.  In this interview, Mike gets honest with Ryan North as they discuss parenting methods better suited for children from trauma. Believe us, you will not want to miss this interview! <br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 25, 2017
Understanding Brain Development in Children from Trauma
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Season 7, Episode 62. On this episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, Mike welcomes Dr. Gary Feldman from the Stramski Children's Developmental Center to share some insights from his work with children at their International Adoption Clinic.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 18, 2017
How To See Grief As A Gift
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Season 7, Episode 61. In this episode, Mike and Kristin interview author and speaker, Natalie Brenner, on the topic of pain and grief. This is an important topic for all adoptive and foster parents. Natalie is the author of a wonderful book, This Undeserved Life: Uncovering the gifts of grief and the fullness of life.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 11, 2017
How To Make Sense Of Attachment Issues In Children From Trauma
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Season 7, Episode 60. In this episode, Mike interviews Deborah Gray (LCSW) on the topic of Attachment. Today, Deborah offers both hope, as well as amazing advice, for any parent who is dealing with attachment issues.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 04, 2017
Thoughts On Transracial Adoption From A Transracial Adoptee
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Season 7, Episode 59. In this episode, Mike interviews Angela Tucker, a voice for transracial adoption and the focus of the popular documentary, Closure. Today, Angela has an open and honest conversation with Kristin and Mike on transracial adoption from the perspective of a transracial adoptee.<br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 27, 2017
Understanding The Behaviors Of Children With FASD
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<p>Season 7, Episode 58. This is it! The very first episode of the Honestly Adoption podcast. Formally the Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast, we are headed in a new direction. In this episode, Mike interviews the one and only, Dr. Ira Chasnoff, about understanding the behaviors of children with FASD.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 20, 2017
How To Find Freedom In-Spite Of A Devastating Past.
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<p>#TBT to Season 1, Season 4. In this episode we're revisiting an amazing episode we did back in Season 1 with Nikka Palmer.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 14, 2017
What An Adoptee Wants You To Know About Open Adoption.
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<p>TBT to Season 2, Episode 19. In this episode we interview our daughter on what an adoptee wants you to know about open adoption. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Sep 07, 2017
Can You Really Find Hope On The Road Of Foster Care and Adoption?
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<p>#TBT session 2. In this episode we're tossing it all the way back to our very first episode a couple of years ago, "Can You Really Find Hope On The Road Of Foster Care and Adoption?"</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 31, 2017
How To Love A Child Who Won't Love You Back.
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<p>#TBT- Season 2, Episode 14. In this very first episode of our special throwback Thursday edition (leading up to the re-launch of The Honestly Adoption Podcast), we're throwing it back to Season 2. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 24, 2017
The Stuff I Learned From My Traumatic Past
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<p>Season 6, Episode 57. In the final episode of Season 6, Mike interviews adoptee Sandeep Thomas on his traumatic past, and finding hope in-spite of it.  </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 16, 2017
The Stuff I Learned Through The Trials Of The Adoptive Journey.
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<p>Season 6, Episode 56. In this episode, Mike interviews Lisa Qualls. Lisa's story is one of defeat, devastation, but also immense hope through unexpected trials. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 09, 2017
The Stuff I Learned About Taking Care Of Myself.
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<p>Season 6, Episode 55. In this episode Mike interviews Carrie Blaske about self care. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Aug 02, 2017
The Stuff I Learned From Our 16-Year Adoptive Journey
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<p>Season 6, Episode 54. In this episode, Sandra Flach, from Justice For Orphans, interviews Mike on his and Kristin's adoptive journey.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 25, 2017
The Stuff I Learned About Trust From My International Adoption Journey
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<p>Season 6, Episode 53. in this episode Mike interviews Jesse and Andrea DeBoer who are domestic and international adoptive parents, as well as foster parents in the US.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 19, 2017
The Stuff I Learned From Unexpectedly Becoming A Special Needs Parent
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<p>Season 6, Episode 52. In this episode, Mike interviews author and blogger Courtney Westlake on becoming a special needs parent without warning. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jul 12, 2017
The Stuff I've Learned From Raising Children With HIV
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<p>Season 6, Episode 50. In this episode, Mike interviews one of our team members, Michelle McKinney on their journey in parenting children with a known disease that carries a lot of stigmas and mistruth. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 28, 2017
The Stuff I Learned About Loss And New Beginnings
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<p>Season 6, Episode 49. In the Season 6 debut, Mike kicks off a new summer series entitled "The Stuff I Learned." His guest in this episode is Natalie Brenner, an author and blogger from Portland, Oregon. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 21, 2017
The Stuff I Learned From My Time As A Case Manager.
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<p>Season 6, Episode 51. In this episode, Mike interviews Megan Stroup, former Case Manger and now the director of a special visitation center in central Indiana called Helen's House.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 07, 2017
How To Navigate Summer Vacation With A Child Who Needs Structure.
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<p>Season 5, Episode 48. In this episode, the crew discusses some practical strategies to help navigate summer vacation with children who thrive in structure. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 25, 2017
How To Form Healthy Partnerships With Your Child's School
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<p>Season 5, Episode 47. In this latest episode, the crew discusses how to effectively communicate the needs of your children if they don't have an IEP. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 17, 2017
How To Raise A Multi-Racial Family In A Not-So-Multi-Racial World
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<p>Season 5, Episode 46. In this episode the crew discusses practical ways you can help your children navigate a world that is still very much racially divided. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 11, 2017
How Do You Maintain A Level Of Respect For A Birth Parent When Their Choices Are Bad?
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<p>Season 5, Episode 45. In this episode we are answering one of the biggest questions we receive from foster and adoptive parents? How do you maintain a level of respect for birth parents when their choices are so bad?</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 05, 2017
4 Practical Tips For Entering The Foster Care System.
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<p>Season 5, Episode 44. In this episode, Matt, Kristin, Mike and Nicole discuss practical steps you can take if you are about to re-enter the foster care journey.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 29, 2017
To Medicate Or Not To Medicate? That Is The Question!
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<p>Season 5, Episode 43. In this episode, the crew discusses the pros and cons of placing your child on medication, and some of the alternatives.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 22, 2017
How Can The Church Support Foster And Adoptive Families?
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<p>Season 5, Episode 42. In this episode Mike and Matt discuss 5 key things the church can do to better support foster and adoptive families. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 15, 2017
How To Keep Your Marriage Healthy Through The Trials Of Foster Care and Adoption.
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<p>Season 5, Episode 41. In this episode Mike and Matt discuss practical tips for staying healthy as married couples when the journey of foster care and adoption becomes tough.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 08, 2017
Practical Strategies To Help Parents Who Are Raising Children With FASD.
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<p>Season 5, Episode 40. In this episode Mike and our new host, Matt McCarrick discuss practical strategies to help parents who are in the trenches of raising children with FASD.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 22, 2017
How Can Spouses Help Husbands Overcome Resistance To Adoption? (Dads And Adoption Part 2)
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<p>Season 4, Episode 39. In our conclusion of Season 4, we're in part 2 of Dads and Adoption, and we're talking about how a spouse can help her husband overcome his resistance of adoption.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 01, 2017
Why Are Men So Resistant To Adoption? (Part 1- Dads And Adoption)
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<p>Season 4, Episode 38. In this first of a 2-part series, we are talking about dads and adoption, and specifically why guys tend to be so resistant to adoption.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 26, 2017
How Can I Find Hope When My Life Is Collapsing Around Me?
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<p>Season 4, Episode 37. In this episode we're sharing a recent recording from the debut Refresh Chicago conference. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 11, 2017
How The Foster Care Movement Is Changing The Game For At-Risk Kids
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<p>Season 4, Episode 36. In this episode Mike interviews Jason Weber, the National Director of Foster Care Initiatives at Christian Alliance For Orphans.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 21, 2016
How To Handle A DCS Investigation
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<p>Season 4, Episode 35. In this episode we discuss some practical steps you can take if, or when, you are investigated by department of child services.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 14, 2016
How Do I Find Support On This Journey?
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<p>Season 4, Episode 34. In this episode we outline the 4 keys to finding the right people for your support system in foster care and adoption.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 08, 2016
3 Ways To Care For Yourself When The Journey Gets Difficult.
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<p>Season 4, Episode 33. In the episode we share a recent session we taught on self care. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 23, 2016
My Child's Attachment Disorder Is Taking The Life Out Of Me
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<p>Season 4, Episode 32. In this episode we unpack what attachment disorders look like in foster care and adoption, and how to navigate the tricky waters of it.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 17, 2016
How Do You Make It Through Placing Your Child In Residential Treatment?
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<p>Season 4, Episode 31. In this episode, Nicole Goerges, co-host of the podcast, turns the mic on Mike and Kristin and asks them this question.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 09, 2016
Is Everyone Called To Be A Foster Parent?
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<p>Season 4, Episode 30. In this season debut Mike, Kristin and Nicole answer a big question- "Is everyone called to be a foster parent?"</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 02, 2016
Parenting On Purpose Part 3- Parenting With Intention
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<p>Season 3, Episode 28. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 08, 2016
Parenting On Purpose Part 2- Creating Healthy Boundaries For Your Children
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<p>Season 3, Episode 27. In this episode we share Part 2 from our 3-part parenting series, Parenting On Purpose. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jun 02, 2016
Parenting On Purpose Part 1- Setting Boundaries For You
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<p>Season 3, Episode 26. In the very first session of a 3-part series, entitled Parenting On Purpose, we're beginning by talking about the need for us to create boundaries for ourselves as parents first and foremost.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 25, 2016
How To Fight For The Heart Of Your Children
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<p>Season 3, Episode 25. In this episode we discuss the 7 critical battles adoptive and foster parents must fight in order to win the war for the heart of their children.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 18, 2016
Can My Family's Journey Tell The World A Bigger Story?
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<p>Season 3, Episode 24. In this episode we're talking about how our stories as foster and adoptive parents can show the world hope.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 11, 2016
How To Find Hope When Everything Seems Hopeless
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<p>Season 3, Episode 23. In this episode we're talking about finding hope even when everything you see and experience around you seems hopeless.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
May 04, 2016
How To Stay Sane When Your Difficult Child Pushes You To The Edge
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<p>Season 3, Episode 22. In this episode, we discuss practical steps you can take when your difficult or out-of-control child pushes you to the edge or beyond. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 27, 2016
Answers To Your Biggest Questions On FASD.
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<p>Season 3, Episode 21. We are replaying the audio from our hugely successful online Q&A webinar on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 13, 2016
Dads And Adoption: How To Find Strength To Lead And Love
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<p>Season 3, Episode 20. In the season premier of <a href="http://confessionsofanadoptiveparent.com/podcast-2/">The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast</a>, we welcome our good friend Andrew Schneidler to the show to talk about something that ever men need to hear when it comes to the adoptive journey.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Apr 06, 2016
What An Adoptee Wants You To Know About Closed Adoptions
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<p>Season 2, Episode 19. In the season finale for season 2 we are interviewing our firstborn daughter Jaala on what it's like to be adopted and not have contact with her birth family.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 30, 2016
Why You Should Never Give Up As A Foster Parent
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<p>Season 2, Episode 18. In this episode we share the amazing audio interview that Mike did with a woman named Tricia Collins. Her story is inspiring and motivating to any foster parent who feels like they're not making a difference.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 23, 2016
Is Fostering-To-Adopt The Right Path For Us?
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<p>Season 2, Episode 17. In this episode we discuss the ins and outs of fostering-to-adopt. In the interview with the Robbins family we'll discover how beautiful fostering to adopt is.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Mar 09, 2016
Understanding The Process Of Private Adoption
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<p>Season 2, Episode 16. In this episode we're discussing the process of private adoption as we share audio from an interview with the director of a private adoption agency.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 24, 2016
How To Navigate The Obstacles And Big Myths Of Adoption
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<p>Season 2, Episode 15. In this episode we're sharing the audio recording from The Prepped & Polished Podcast, where host Alexis Avila interviews Mike on the premise behind Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent, how to navigate big obstacles, and get through the common myths surrounding adoption.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 17, 2016
How To Love A Child Who Won't Love You Back
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<p>Season 2, Episode 14. In this episode, Mike, Kristin and Nicole discuss the effects of reactive attachment disorder on children from traumatic pasts, and how to keep going even when your child keeps pushing you away.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 10, 2016
How To Fight The Lonely Battle Of Special Needs Parenting
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<p>Season 2, Episode 13. In this episode, Mike, Kristin and Nicole interview Ellen Stumbo from Disability Matters and Ellenstumbo.com, on what it takes to overcome the lonely battles that parenting children with special needs often brings. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Feb 03, 2016
How To Overcome Sheer Exhaustion In Parenting
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<p>Season 2, Episode 12. In this episode we discuss practical steps to help foster and adoptive parents find more rest on the weary journey of parenting.</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 27, 2016
5 Things Every Adoptive Parent Wants Teachers To Know About Trauma
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<p>Season 2, Episode 11. In this episode we're playing back the audio from a video we recorded last year for adoptive and foster parents to share with their child's teachers. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 20, 2016
7 Realities Everyone Should Know Before They Become Foster Parents
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<p>Season 2, Episode 10. In this episode we discuss 7 realities that anyone who is just starting out on the foster care journey should know. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 13, 2016
How To Heal From Hurt And Find New Hope in Foster Care and Adoption
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<p>Season 2, Episode 9. In this episode Mike kicks off Season 2 by sharing the roadmap of the new season of The Honestly Speaking Podcast. We also share a recent webinar recording we did with <a href="therefreshconference.org">The Refresh Conference</a> founders, Andrew and Michele Schneidler. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Jan 06, 2016
The Value Of A Strong Support System And Why You Need One
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<p>Season 1, Episode 8. In this episode Mike and Kristin discuss the value of a support system in foster care and adoption and why it's so critical to your health and well being on the journey. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 16, 2015
How To Overcome The Devastation Of Losing A Child
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<p>Season 1, Episode 7. In this episode we interview Denise Rose, who lost her son on December 24th, 2013. Denise shares the pain they went through and how they are continuing to live life each day in the wake of a devastating tragedy.  </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 09, 2015
What Every Foster Parent Wishes Their Case Manager Knew
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<p>Season 1, Episode 6. In this episode we talk through 10 things foster parents wish their case manager knew about their life and the children they are caring for. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Dec 02, 2015
The Truth About Adopting Children Who Are HIV Positive
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<p>Season 1, Episode 5. In this episode we interview Peter and Krista Baughn who adopted two teenage boys internationally from Africa a little more than a year ago. One of their sons is HIV positive. They share with us how often misunderstood and judged HIV is and why they are choosing to do it all over again with their next adoption.  </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 25, 2015
How To Find Freedom From A Devastating Past Of Abuse
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<p>Season 1, Episode 4. In this episode we interview Nikka Palmer who grew up bouncing from home to home through foster care. She witnessed first hand, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as domestic violence. At one point she was even caught in a house fire. She survived, against all odds, and today is a wife, mother and public school teacher. She and her husband are working hard to break the cycle of foster care, abuse, and domestic violence by loving and leading their children and the children they care for through foster care. If you're an adoptive or foster parent this is an episode you must listen to!</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 18, 2015
Learning To Live With Your Child's Special Need
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<p>Season 1, Episode 3. In today's show Mike sits down with Bruce Humphrey, father of a child diagnosed with autism, to discuss how he learned to live with the reality of his son's special need. Bruce shares openly and honestly how we blamed himself for many years, and even tried to fix his son's disorder. </p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 11, 2015
How To Live A Life Of Compassion And Change The World
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<p>Season 1, Episode 2 of The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast. In this episode Mike and Kristin sit down with comedian, author, and Compassion International representative, Tony Wolf to discuss what a life lived with compassion really looks like and how it can have a big impact on the world we live in!</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Nov 03, 2015
Can You Really Find Rest On The Weary Road of Parenting?
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<p>In this debut episode, we pose the question, "Can you really find rest on the weary road of parenting, particular foster, adoptive or special needs parenting?" We answer this big question by walking through 5 key action steps you as a parent can take to help you find the rest you need and finally stop feeling alone!</p><br><br>Learn more about your ad choices. Visit <a href="https://megaphone.fm/adchoices">megaphone.fm/adchoices</a>
Oct 27, 2015