Welcome to the Adopt Well Podcast! We are an educational community for anyone touched by adoption. Each episode exists to educate and encourage. We know that adopting well is a lifelong mission. It means learning from those around us - adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. We’re never going to be perfect and that’s ok. But, anything worth doing is worth doing well. No matter how you’re touched by adoption, we are glad you're here.
Creating an Adoption Profile
Did you know that hopeful adoptive parents often overlook one of the most important parts of their adoption journey?
Hannah Eloge from Kindred + Co. sat down with us for thirty minutes to give us the low down on creating a profile book! We chat about why it’s important and what it should (and shouldn't) include.
If you’re in the process of adopting and getting ready to create an adoption profile book, this episode will be invaluable to you. Hannah offers a fresh perspective on the precious opportunity to connect with an expectant mother (and sometimes family) for the first time. She takes the guess work out of what your profile should communicate!
To learn more about Kindred + Co. and the beautiful profile books that Hannah helps create, visit kindredand.co. You can also follow her on Instagram at @kindredand.co & @heloge.
PS - for 30 days after this podcast is published, Hannah is giving you $100 off a template or full custom book by using code AWPOD.
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Pregnancy, miscarriage, secondary infertility, adoption - Macie Perreault, founder of Adopt Well, shares about all of the above as she reflects over the last nine years. Adoption is a journey, and while it looks different for us all, there is oftentimes comfort in knowing others have walked a similar path.
We hope you find courage and hope in Macie's story.
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Telling Your Child Their Story
As adoptive parents, we know the weight of sharing your kids story with them. There’s no handbook for it, and every story is different, every kid is different, so it makes it impossible to really plug it into an equation. In this episode, we share some findings from research and survey results from over 130 adoptees in the Adopt Well community.
We will answer questions around the topic of talking to your children about their adoption story and share advice from adult adoptees on how to do that well. As adoptive moms ourselves, we also give some specific examples on how we talk to our own young children about their adoption story.
We reference two previous episodes, here’s a quick link to both of those:
Season 1 Ep. 3: Navigating a Closed Adoption
Season 1 Ep. 6: Adoption and Christianity
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Adoption Informed Counseling: A conversation with Cameron Small
In this episode, we interviewed trauma informed, licensed clinical counselor, and transracial adoptee, Cameron Lee Small from Therapy Redeemed.
Among other things, Cam shares what a therapy journey looks like and how we as adoptive parents can support our children.
Therapy Redeemed (Cameron’s website) https://therapyredeemed.wordpress.com/start-here/
Online workshop https://therapyredeemed.wordpress.com/campfire-workshop/
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For Friends and Family
Do you wish you had a way to include your friends & family in your adoption education journey? Are there things you wish you could tell them, but you don't know how? This episode is for you!
We asked the Adopt Well Instagram community what they want their friends & family to know, and in this episode we share their responses.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but we hope you will find this episode helpful to share with your friends and family.
Creating Cultural Connections
Kiana Bosman was so kind to sit and share with us about her experience as an international & transracial adoptee. She was adopted from Haiti as a toddler and has maintained cultural connections to her home country.
We talked through practical ways that Kiana and her family have maintained a cultural connection to Haiti, all the way from Washington. From cooking Haitian meals to attending camps, and even making trips to Haiti.
Perspective Adoptive Family
We are still early in our journey and having this podcast to use as education has been so helpful. Thank you ladies so much for all you do! Would love some new episodes to help make the wait more manageable.
Thank you for the connection!!
I’m an adoptive mom, two years into the journey. I so strongly identify with SO MUCH of what you share; several times I’ve been able to speak along with you because I’ve experienced the same feelings or emotions around something you’ve described. Although we’ve tried, unfortunately we have not found friends who are in this same experience. Thank you for filling some of that void for which I’ve been searching. You two are amazing!!
Honest, educational and applicable. Well done ladies!
As both and adoptee and an Adoptive Parent Caseworker at a Christian agency, this resource is gold. I love your heart to listen, learn and lovingly flesh out your mission. This indeed is adoption done well. Very, well. It is admirable that you value all members in the adoption triad, seeking out particular guests to highlight each of these very important perspectives.
With every podcast I hear, certain adoptive couples I’ve worked with over time come to mind and I’m so grateful that I can now share episodes that will speak to them. Adoption reading is crucial and shouldn’t be forgotten, however, your topical podcasts are so practical and convenient for busy mommas. As an adoptee, thank you for valuing our stories and learning from each of us. Your podcasts have given me the words and terminology to match many confusing feelings I’ve held inside throughout the years. Thank you for being mommas who are all about open, honest and life-giving communication with your children. If nothing else, this is everything to an adopted child. Also, I’m a fellow momma similar in age to you both, your friendship and support for one another is genuine. I feel like I’m right there with y’all having coffee and talking shop. Thank you for responding to this call on your lives, you most certainly are healthily impacting, educating and empowering all who listen. Thank you for keeping it real.