19 episodes

Two adult adoptees, Sarah Reinhardt and Louise Browne, delve into all things adoption - from their perspectives as adult adoptees, to DNA testing, to nature vs. nurture and beyond. Adoption has many layers, but one of the biggest curiosities to adoptees when growing up is - why am I the way I am? From physical qualities to personality traits, it’s all an unknown until, and if, the day comes when adoptees and biological families meet. 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. Both were adopted shortly after birth, but they had very different experiences. Each episode, Sarah and Louise will discuss a chapter from THE PRIMAL WOUND by Nancy Newton Verrier, and then interview other adoptees, along with biological parents who gave their kids up for adoption, adoptive parents, and siblings from both. 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 that crosses their path - so conversations will take many turns. Buckle up and come along for the ride!

Adoption: The Making of Me Louise Browne & Sarah Reinhardt

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Two adult adoptees, Sarah Reinhardt and Louise Browne, delve into all things adoption - from their perspectives as adult adoptees, to DNA testing, to nature vs. nurture and beyond. Adoption has many layers, but one of the biggest curiosities to adoptees when growing up is - why am I the way I am? From physical qualities to personality traits, it’s all an unknown until, and if, the day comes when adoptees and biological families meet. 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. Both were adopted shortly after birth, but they had very different experiences. Each episode, Sarah and Louise will discuss a chapter from THE PRIMAL WOUND by Nancy Newton Verrier, and then interview other adoptees, along with biological parents who gave their kids up for adoption, adoptive parents, and siblings from both. 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 that crosses their path - so conversations will take many turns. Buckle up and come along for the ride!

    Season One Finale: Megan

    Season One Finale: Megan

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise recap Season One and then they speak to Megan Culhane Galbraith.

    Megan Culhane Galbraith is a writer, visual artist and adoptee. Her debut memoir-in-essays The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child's Memory Book (Mad Creek Books/Ohio State University Press) was published in May 2021. Megan's work was listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2021 and 2017 and recognized by Poets & Writers in their "5 Over 50" issue. She is the 2022 Writer-in-Residence at adopteeson.com. Her essays, interviews, reviews and visual art have appeared in BOMB, The Believer, HYPERALLERGIC! ZZYZYVA, Tupelo Quarterly, Hobart, Redivider, Longreads, Hotel Amerika, and Catapult, among others. Megan has been awarded fellowships from The Saltonstall Foundation, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Horned Dorset Colony. She is the founding director of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Young Writers Institute. She holds a BA in Journalism from the Pennsylvania State University and an MFA in Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars.
     Website:          www.megangalbraith.com
    Twitter:           @megangalbraith
    Instagram:       @m.galbraith and @the_d0llh0use
    Facebook:       https://www.facebook.com/megan.culhane.galbraith
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ann Marie

    Ann Marie

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Sixteen  of  “The Primal Wound” by Nancy Newton Verrier and then they speak to Ann Marie Morello.

    Ann Marie Morello is a licensed mental health counselor, Adoptee coach and self proclaimed “truth warrior.” She owns a boutique private mental health practice in Suffolk County, New York. Ann Marie was a closed domestic adoption, was in foster care, and has been in reunion since 2017. We will hear how being an adoptee shapes her work as a licensed trauma professional, and the personal fulfillment she receives volunteering as co-facilitator of the Long Island chapter of Adoptees Connect Inc. She credits finding her truth with the help of a professional genealogist, DNA, and personal tenacity.  Ann Marie continues to uncover more secrets since reunion and is currently handling the emotional pain of secondary loss/estrangement with first family.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Eric

    Eric

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Fifteen  of  “The Primal Wound” by Nancy Newton Verrier and then they speak to Eric David.

    Born in Queens in 1966, Eric was adopted at two months old. He is the oldest and has one sister who is adopted and one who is not, all treated equally by their parents. Eric's married with two sons: one who died in 2013 and the other who is graduating college next year. Having his own genetic kin caused him to start his search. Eric recently found his birth mother through a DNA test after years of searching, and they reunited in August of 2021.
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    • 57 min
    Rachel

    Rachel

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Fourteen of  “The Primal Wound” by Nancy Newton Verrier and then they speak to Rachel Atiemo-Obeng.

    Rachel Atiemo-Obeng was born In Southfield Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, adopted as an infant, and raised in Midland Michigan. She received her M.Ed. with emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University, and has worked with special needs children for over ten years in clinical and school settings. She has recently relocated to Los Angeles California where she works as a Special Education Paraeducator and Special Education advocate for California Connections Academy. She is also pursuing her passion as a singer/songwriter, going by the artist name Rachel AO for her works. 


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    • 40 min
    Casey

    Casey

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Thirteen of  “The Primal Wound” by Nancy Newton Verrier and then they speak to Representative Casey Weinstein.

    Casey Weinstein is currently serving his second term as a State Representative in the Ohio House of Representatives. He lives in Hudson, Ohio with his wife Amanda and their three children—Nora, Emelia, and Brady. Both Casey and Amanda are veterans of the United States Air Force and served at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base before eventually moving to Ohio to start their family. Their son, Brady, was formally adopted earlier this year.


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    • 48 min
    Special Episode: Jennifer

    Special Episode: Jennifer

    In this special episode, Sarah and Louise put their chapter discussion on hold to talk to Jennifer Utley, Director of Research, at Ancestry.

    Jennifer’s journey at Ancestry® began more than 20 years ago with a love of editing, writing, and publishing—and a strong desire to remain close to her Utah roots. Today, her passion for storytelling remains at an all-time high, thanks in part to the technological innovations she’s witnessed throughout her career. Stories that once took days to research now unfold in minutes. It’s Jennifer’s job to surface the power of Ancestry® for television programming, public relations campaigns, and media outlets.
     On a personal note, Jennifer has had the pleasure of tracing her interests in publishing, reading, and music to not-so-distant relatives. And by learning more about the adversity some of her ancestors faced, Jennifer is able to draw strength and resolve to achieve her own goals. From battle-worn grandfathers to early colonial patriots, Jennifer’s family history embodies a bold sense of pride in forging ahead where others might give pause. This makes her the perfect choice to curate and distribute the most compelling Ancestry® narratives to empower personal discoveries and enrich lives.
    For Jennifer, the most rewarding part of her work at Ancestry® is the emotional connections that develop when customers keep coming back to connect their own dots.

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 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

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