19 episodes

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.

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    • Education
    • 4.9 • 134 Ratings

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

    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.
    Connect with us:
    Instagram: @adoptwell
    Email: podcast@adoptwell.com
    www.adoptwell.com

    • 31 min
    Telling Your Child Their Story

    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
     
    Connect with us:
    Instagram: @adoptwell
    Email: podcast@adoptwell.com
    www.adoptwell.com

    • 39 min
    Adoption Informed Counseling: A conversation with Cameron Small

    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.
    During the episode, you’ll hear about several helpful resources. Find more about them here:
    Therapy Redeemed
    Cam's online workshop 
    Therapist resources:
    https://www.growbeyondwords.com/adoptee-therapist-directory/
    https://www.mnadopt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Adoption-Competent-Therapist-Traits.pdf
    https://www.pactadopt.org/resources/resource-library.html
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/cameron-lee-small-minneapolis-mn/490129
     
    Connect with us:
    www.AdoptWell.com
    @AdoptWell
    Podcast@AdoptWell.com

    • 38 min
    For Friends and Family

    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. Let this be the beginning of open lines of communication and ongoing education for you and your tribe!
    You can find us on instagram at @adoptwell
    www.adoptwell.com

    • 33 min
    Creating Cultural Connections

    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. 
    She offers wisdom beyond her years for parents who have adopted transracially and internationally. 
    If this episode is helpful for you, we hope that you will subscribe and leave us an honest review!
    Connect with us:
    www.AdoptWell.com
    @AdoptWell
    Podcast@AdoptWell.com

    • 31 min
    Are You Ready to Adopt?

    Are You Ready to Adopt?

    Maybe you’ve considered adopting for a while, and now you are at the point of wondering if you’re ready to go for it.

    This episode is for you. The majority of content we share has to do with adoption education, but this episode will focus on one step before adoption. Actually deciding to adopt, are you ready to adopt.

    Adoption is beautiful and adoption is hard, so before you decide to begin the process - we have listed out quite the gamut of topics to talk through with your spouse (if married) and questions to ask yourself. By the end of this episode, we hope that you will have the necessary tools to decide what’s the best next step in your adoption journey.

    Episode referenced:
    Home Study: A Practical Guide

    We hope you find this episode helpful! If you wouldn’t mind, please leave us an honest review. It would mean so much!

    Connect with us:

    www.AdoptWell.com
    @AdoptWell
    Podcast@AdoptWell.com

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

AriLovd ,

Looking to Adopt? Start here!

My husband and I just recently decided to start our journey with adoption, and these ladies have been a heartwarming and useful resource!

Clemson_Ash ,

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.

HSFinAK ,

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!!

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