110 episodes

Two adult adoptees, Sarah Reinhardt and Louise Browne, delve into all things adoption - from their perspectives as adult adoptees. Each season Sarah and Louise recap a chapter from a book centered on adoption and then interview a guest.  Sarah and Louise come out of the 'fog' in real-time through Seasons One and Two and are advocating for change in the adoption industry. They want to give voice to all adoptees. Adoptee stories are needed to reframe the narrative around adoption.Sarah and Louise, two former business partners who had a successful ice cream truck in Los Angeles, team up again - this time in frank and honest conversations about all things adoption from the adoptee perspective. Both were adopted shortly after birth, but they had very different experiences. These will be intimate conversations, but also fun - because Sarah and Louise know how to lighten things up and have a good time. They also have an uncanny ability to get to the heart of a subject with anyone who crosses their path - so conversations will take many turns. 

Adoption: The Making of Me. An Oral History of Adoptee Stories Louise Browne & Sarah Reinhardt

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 8 Ratings

Two adult adoptees, Sarah Reinhardt and Louise Browne, delve into all things adoption - from their perspectives as adult adoptees. Each season Sarah and Louise recap a chapter from a book centered on adoption and then interview a guest.  Sarah and Louise come out of the 'fog' in real-time through Seasons One and Two and are advocating for change in the adoption industry. They want to give voice to all adoptees. Adoptee stories are needed to reframe the narrative around adoption.Sarah and Louise, two former business partners who had a successful ice cream truck in Los Angeles, team up again - this time in frank and honest conversations about all things adoption from the adoptee perspective. Both were adopted shortly after birth, but they had very different experiences. These will be intimate conversations, but also fun - because Sarah and Louise know how to lighten things up and have a good time. They also have an uncanny ability to get to the heart of a subject with anyone who crosses their path - so conversations will take many turns. 

    Valerie: Mystic Masquerade, An Adoptee's Search for Truth

    Valerie: Mystic Masquerade, An Adoptee's Search for Truth

    Valerie Naiman is an adoptee, singer, story-songwriter, eco-village founder, ontologist, and author. Her #1 bestseller book, Mystic Masquerade, an Adoptee's Search for Truth, was based on five decades of a search that took her around the world as she unraveled the mystery of her stolen identity. 
    Valerie holds a master's degree in Art and worked as a costume designer and actress in film and theatre in NY, Miami & LA. She’s the President of the Spirit Foundation, a non-profit that supports disenfranchised children..She also leads seekers to sacred sites in the USA and abroad. In 1990 she had an intense vision that ended up founding the first Eco-village in North America.

    Through all of her adventures, she journaled her findings as she excavated her biological and spiritual identity. 

    Presently, Valerie is completing an audiobook version of Mystic Masquerade and producing an album of story songs about her search. She now lives on a small organic farm in Asheville, NC with her dwarf goats and honeybees.
    Valerie's Book Trailer and Website
    Instagram @valnaimanauthor and Facebook @valnaimanauthor

    To skip ahead to the interview go to timestamp: 15:29
    Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood, by Gretchen Sisson


    S12F Helping Adoptees
    Gregory Luce and Adoptees Rights Law
    Joe Soll & other adoptee resources
    Fireside Adoptees Facebook Group
    Reckoning with the Primal Wound Documentary

    If you want to support our show, visit our Patreon Page.
    Thank you to our Patreons! Join at the $10 level and be part of our monthly Zoom adoptee community. Our Patrons:  Laura Christensen, Barbara Frank, Ramona Evans, Linda Pevac, Blonde Records, Daphne Keys, Denise Hewitt, Michelle Styles, Emily Sinagra, Linda David, John Frey, Eric David, Beth Figuls, Ron Schneider, Tony Corsentino, Kristi Reed,  Kristen Steinhilber, Jane Bofenkamp, Kelley Brickfield, Sandra de Quesada, The Harpy, Kristan Higgin, Lisa Thompson,  Michelle Goodwine, Jesper Laursen, Julie Malone, Rivi Shocket , Robert Perrino,  Colleen McCall, Janet MacDonald, Robin Wells, Lynn Grubb, Mikki Jackson-Brown, Sharon Katzmann, Carol Levitt, Elizabeth McDonald, Diane Moore, Ann Mikeska, Darra Robins, A.M. Homes, Kelly Layton, Lynn Marie, Lynn Wood, Jeff Wadstrom, Karla, Ellen Ashcraft,  Gayle Whitlock,  Dave, Kim Mullis, Simone Jung, Liesl de Wet, Kelly Jennings, Sherry Espinoza and Barbara Whitacre.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Chris: Unraveling the Mystery of Family History

    Chris: Unraveling the Mystery of Family History

    Chris Valdheims is a domestic adoptee born in the late 1970s and adopted in the early 1980s after spending years of his early childhood in foster care. Growing up, he knew very little about his birth family other than his mother and father had met while she worked as a librarian at MIT. He also knew his father was Black, and his mother had immigrated to the United States from Latvia. He spent years searching for answers about his family of origin, and in 2009, he stumbled upon a complex story that involved his grandfather, a then-unknown geometric artist named Zanis Waldheims. 
    Following the trail from there, he began to unravel the mystery of his family history and, in the process, learn more about himself and where he had come from. His journey took him to Canada, Germany, Latvia, and Lithuania for answers, and he shares the story in a recently completed memoir for which he is currently seeking the right publishing partner. Along the way, he discovered that his father may have been one of the astronauts killed in the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle disaster.
    He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons and is the founder of a well-known law firm, Counsel for Creators.

    Chris Valdheims on Instagram.

    To skip ahead to the interview go to timestamp: 18:29

    Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood, by Gretchen Sisson


    S12F Helping Adoptees
    Gregory Luce and Adoptees Rights Law
    Joe Soll & other adoptee resources
    Fireside Adoptees Facebook Group
    Reckoning with the Primal Wound Documentary


    If you want to support our show, visit our Patreon Page.
    Thank you to our Patreons! Join at the $10 level and be part of our monthly Zoom adoptee community.
    Our Patrons:  Laura Christensen, Barbara Frank, Ramona Evans, Linda Pevac, Blonde Records, Daphne Keys, Denise Hewitt, Michelle Styles, Emily Sinagra, Linda David, John Frey, Eric David, Beth Figuls, Ron Schneider, Tony Corsentino, Kristi Reed,  Kristen Steinhilber, Jane Bofenkamp, Kelley Brickfield, Sandra de Quesada, The Harpy, Kristan Higgin, Lisa Thompson,  Michelle Goodwine, Jesper Laursen, Julie Malone, Rivi Shocket , Robert Perrino,  Colleen McCall, Janet MacDonald, Robin Wells, Lynn Grubb, Mikki Jackson-Brown, Sharon Katzmann, Carol Levitt, Elizabeth McDonald, Diane Moore, Ann Mikeska, Darra Robins, A.M. Homes, Kelly Layton, Lynn Marie, Lynn Wood, Jeff Wadstrom, Karla, Ellen Ashcraft,  Gayle Whitlock,  Dave, Kim Mullis, Simone Jung, 
    Liesl de Wet and Kelly Jennings. 
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    • 53 min
    Margaret Jane: For this Adoptee, the Questions Came Early

    Margaret Jane: For this Adoptee, the Questions Came Early

    After being an only child all her life, Margaret Jane’s adoptive parents adopted four more children through the foster care system. This experience of witnessing adoption through foster care, and being the oldest sister of a group of adoptees, has given her a unique perspective and experience with adoption. 

    Margaret Jane is married to her high school sweetheart, who she shares 3 kiddos with. She is an avid gardener, houseplant collector, and sourdough enthusiast. She also enjoys playing various musical instruments with her family and singing and playing for her church worship team.  

    Margaret Jane works as an adoption “storyteller” for Adoption.com, where her job is to write and tell her own adoption story, as well as the adoption stories of other adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. She is passionate about educating adoptive parents on how to do adoption better. She is also passionate about amplifying adoptee voices and sharing their stories. 
    To skip ahead to the interview go to timestamp: 11:31

    Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood, by Gretchen Sisson


    S12F Helping Adoptees
    Gregory Luce and Adoptees Rights Law
    Joe Soll & other adoptee resources
    Fireside Adoptees Facebook Group
    Reckoning with the Primal Wound Documentary


    If you want to support our show, visit our Patreon Page.
    Thank you to our Patreons! Join at the $10 level and be part of our monthly Zoom adoptee community.
    Our Patrons:  Laura Christensen, Barbara Frank, Ramona Evans, Linda Pevac, Blonde Records, Daphne Keys, Denise Hewitt, Michelle Styles, Emily Sinagra, Linda David, John Frey, Eric David, Beth Figuls, Ron Schneider, Tony Corsentino, Kristi Reed,  Kristen Steinhilber, Jane Bofenkamp, Kelley Brickfield, Sandra de Quesada, The Harpy, Kristan Higgin, Lisa Thompson,  Michelle Goodwine, Jesper Laursen, Julie Malone, Rivi Shocket , Robert Perrino,  Colleen McCall, Janet MacDonald, Robin Wells, Lynn Grubb, Mikki Jackson-Brown, Sharon Katzmann, Carol Levitt, Elizabeth McDonald, Diane Moore, Ann Mikeska, Darra Robins, A.M. Homes, Kelly Layton, Lynn Marie, Lynn Wood, Jeff Wadstrom, Karla, Ellen Ashcraft,  Gayle Whitlock, Dave & Kim Mullis.






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    • 59 min
    Susan: I Would Meet You Anywhere

    Susan: I Would Meet You Anywhere

    Susan Ito is the author of the memoir, I Would Meet You Anywhere, published by the Ohio State University Press in November 2023. She co-edited the literary anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption. Her work has appeared in The Writer, Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, Literary Mama, Catapult, Hyphen, The Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere.  Her theatrical adaption of Untold, stories of reproductive stigma, was produced at Brava Theater. She is a member of the Writers’ Grotto, and teaches at the Mills College campus of Northeastern University. She was a co-organizer of Rooted and Written, a writing workshop for writers of color.

    I Would Meet You Anywhere by Susan Kiyo Ito. Use Discount  MAKINGOF  for 30% off.

    As mentioned by Susan in the episode: The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture Conference- April 4th-6th at Brown University

    To skip ahead to the interview go to timestamp: 17:15

    S12F Helping Adoptees
    Gregory Luce and Adoptees Rights Law
    Joe Soll & other adoptee resources
    Fireside Adoptees Facebook Group
    Reckoning with the Primal Wound Documentary

    Update: Although we are unable to attend Chicago's Foglift in May, here is the link for Early Bird tickets: Foglift Early Bird Link: Chicago: May 17th & 18th

    If you want to support our show, visit our Patreon Page.
    Thank you to our Patreons! Join at the $10 level and be part of our monthly Zoom adoptee community.

    Our Patrons:  Laura Christensen, Barbara Frank, Ramona Evans, Linda Pevac, Blonde Records, Daphne Keys, Denise Hewitt, Michelle Styles, Emily Sinagra, Linda David, John Frey, Eric David, Beth Figuls, Ron Schneider, Tony Corsentino, Kristi Reed,  Kristen Steinhilber, Jane Bofenkamp, Kelley Brickfield, Sandra de Quesada, The Harpy, Kristan Higgin, Lisa Thompson,  Michelle Goodwine, Jesper Laursen, Julie Malone, Rivi Shocket , Robert Perrino,  Colleen McCall, Janet MacDonald, Robin Wells, Lynn Grubb, Mikki Jackson-Brown, Sharon Katzmann, Carol Levitt, Elizabeth McDonald, Diane Moore, Ann Mikeska, Darra Robins, A.M. Homes, Kelly Layton, Lynn Marie, Lynn Wood, Jeff Wadstrom & Karla.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Stacie: For This Adoptee, the Longing Tugged at her Heart

    Stacie: For This Adoptee, the Longing Tugged at her Heart

    Stacie is a Canadian born and an adoptee to same race and religion parents in 1991-1992. She is part of a mixed family of adopted and “home-made” siblings, all boys, and is the second oldest. She grew up mostly outdoors in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Traveling to Canada every summer fostered loving bonds with both of her grandmas and many cousins. Living further away from them, though, meant she had to create her group of “family” as she grew up. She’s maintained supportive friendships spanning over 25 years that have involved a lot of skiing, hiking, traveling, education, football games, collecting dogs, significant others, and now nieces and nephews.

    Reading and music have always been crucial in her life allowing her to think beyond the mountains enclosing the valley she grew up in. Her parents couldn’t contain her independence early on as she studied abroad in Costa Rica and then Spain. After the initial culture shock, she thrives in solitude; searching for something untouched by her conscious mind, a longing that always tugged at her heart. Learning about and experiencing other cultures has been a way to fill the void of her unknown lineage. She isn’t afraid to show her gratitude in any setting: thankfulness, every moment, every experience, and every person who has contributed to that
    sense of fullness.

    Regardless of the reason for “searching” for a first family, Stacie believes in adoptees. should always feel free and empowered to do so. She doesn’t believe there is a “right” way to do it as adoptees never signed a legal form to be in this position so they shouldn’t be held to the standards are adoptive parents agreed to. The World Wide Web is our friend!

    Stacie hopes to finish her memoir at some point in the future and maintain healthy
    relationships with all the family involved in her birth and upbringing. You can find her only on Instagram @stacegrier or in the mountains. Sending so much love to all the adoptees finding their way or already there

    Update: We are not able to attend Chicago Foglift - to attend: Foglift Early Bird Link: Chicago: May 17th & 18th


    LIVE PODCAST GUEST: If you would like to be the guest on the LIVE podcast by Sarah & Louise, please send an email to: themakingofmepodcast@gmail.com (make sure you are free to be in Chicago and you would be comfortable in front of a live audience and being filmed/recorded). We will choose one adoptee.
     
    I Would Meet You Anywhere by Susan Kiyo Ito. Use Discount  MAKINGOF  for 30% off.

    Gregory Luce and Adoptees Rights Law
    Joe Soll & other adoptee resources
    Fireside Adoptees Facebook Group
    Reckoning with the Primal Wound Documentary

    If you want to support our show, visit our Patreon Page.
    Thank you to our Patreons! Join at the $10 level and be part of our monthly Zoom adoptee community.
    Support the show
    To support the show - Patreon.

    • 59 min
    Ken: The Unknown Led to Answers

    Ken: The Unknown Led to Answers

    Ken DeStefano is a domestic adoptee born in the late 1960's and raised in a caring and loving home.  As an adoptee, he has had a largely happy life, but always wondered about the unknown.  That curiosity led to a search for his birth mother and a reunification with her.  His debut novel, "I Will See You Again...Hearts Will Sing," tells the story of two people whose past, present, and future lives are inexplicably linked.

    Update: We are not able to attend Chicago Foglift - to attend: Foglift Early Bird Link: Chicago: May 17th & 18th


    LIVE PODCAST GUEST: If you would like to be the guest on the LIVE podcast by Sarah & Louise, please send an email to: themakingofmepodcast@gmail.com (make sure you are free to be in Chicago and you would be comfortable in front of a live audience and being filmed/recorded). We will choose one adoptee.
     
    I Would Meet You Anywhere by Susan Kiyo Ito.
    Use Discount  MAKINGOF  for 30% off.

    Thank you S12F for our past support and support of Adoptee 501c3 organizations.
    Gregory Luce and Adoptees Rights Law
    Joe Soll & other adoptee resources
    Fireside Adoptees Facebook Group
    Reckoning with the Primal Wound Documentary
    To learn more about CAAR visit the Facebook Page


    If you want to support our show, visit our Patreon Page.
    Our Patrons:  Laura Christensen, Barbara Frank, Ramona Evans, Linda Pevac, Blonde Records, Daphne Keys, Denise Hewitt, Michelle Styles, Emily Sinagra, Linda David, John Frey, Eric David, Beth Figuls, Ron Schneider, Tony Corsentino, Kristi Reed,  Kristen Steinhilber, Jane Bofenkamp, Kelley Brickfield, Sandra de Quesada, The Harpy, Kristan Higgin, Lisa Thompson,  Michelle Goodwine, Jesper Laursen, Julie Malone, Rivi Shocket , Robert Perrino,  Colleen McCall, Janet MacDonald, Robin Wells, Lynn Grubb, Mikki Jackson-Brown, Sharon Katzmann, Carol Levitt, Elizabeth McDonald, Diane Moore, Ann Mikeska, Darra Robins, A.M. Homes, Kelly Layton, Lynn Marie & Karla.
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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

M.H. Yoga ,

Highly recommended!

Hi ladies;
I found and began listening to your podcast at the perfect time in my journey through search and reunion. I have been reunited with my Bmom and am currently still searching for Bdad. I had read Nancy Verrier’s book the “Primal Wound” when I was buried in a deep layer of adoption fog. I wasn’t quite yet ready to hear the message and absorb it’s teachings. Now, a few years later, I was thinking about re reading this pivotal book. I am more ready at this stage in my journey. Your review of the book in your first few episodes in conjunction with sharing stories of fellow adoptees, had me hooked from the first episode of your podcast. I enjoy the friendly banter you as hosts have with one another and your both dog people, which automatically makes you my kind of women. Congratulations on a job well done. I will and have recommended you to fellow adoptees. Looking forward to listening to your growth as you journey this path together!

Warmly,
Mimi Hanson

Gzmo55 ,

Unsubscribing

I am unsubscribing to your podcast. The talking over each other and interrupting the interviewee is triggering for me. Sometimes three people are talking at the SAME time.

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