75 episodes

There are no shortcuts in adoption but there IS help! The Adoption Hacks Podcast celebrates and educates potential and current adoptive and foster families by sharing stories from the triad.

Join Co-hosts and Adoptive Moms, Kandace Lecocq and Callie Troyer as they interview professionals and moms and dads who have been there. If you're looking for support and encouragement in your adoptive and foster journey, this podcast is for you! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/adoptionhacks/support

Adoption Hacks Kandace Lecocq & Callie Troyer

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 105 Ratings

There are no shortcuts in adoption but there IS help! The Adoption Hacks Podcast celebrates and educates potential and current adoptive and foster families by sharing stories from the triad.

Join Co-hosts and Adoptive Moms, Kandace Lecocq and Callie Troyer as they interview professionals and moms and dads who have been there. If you're looking for support and encouragement in your adoptive and foster journey, this podcast is for you! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/adoptionhacks/support

    75. Both Hands with JT Olsen

    75. Both Hands with JT Olsen

    Today on the show, Kandace interviews JT Olsen, founder and executive director of Both Hands. Both Hands helps families fundraise for their adoption by coordinating a service project fixing up a widow's home. Their mission is to fulfill James 1:27 by serving widows, orphans and adoptive families simultaneously. 

    If you are fundraising fr an adoption, this is a must listen! Hear the heart behind this organization and get inspired to do your own project. And even if you are not currently fundraising, this episode is wrth the listen to hear JT's own story of loss and how it led him to create Both Hands. 

    Check out all Both Hands is doing Here: 

    https://bothhands.org/

    In a couple weeks we are going to do a Q&A episode! So send us ALL your questions! You can DM us on Instagram or Facebook @adoptionhacks email us at adoptionhacksinfo@gmail.com or send us a voice memo that could be featured on the show! anchor.fm/adoptionhacks 

    Find Us: 

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    facebook.com/adoptionhacks

    Guest views and opinions are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Adoption Hacks. We strive to create a space for adoptive parents to learn and grow from a variety of perspectives, experiences and opinions from all sides of the triad. We hope you join us in honoring the unique backgrounds and stories of our guests. 


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    • 34 min
    74. Navigating the Unexpected with Kasi Pruitt

    74. Navigating the Unexpected with Kasi Pruitt

    Kasi Pruitt is with us today and WOW it is so incredible to hear her adoption journey and her perspective. She is a mom of 5, soon to be 6 kids. In this episode we talk about navigating unknowns. What do we do when life looks different from what we imagined? Maybe that is medical needs or simply starting an adoption in the middle of a pandemic. Most adoptions at some point hit things we just did not expect. Kasi talks us through what that was like for her family and walks us through some things she has learned along the way. 



    Find Kasi on Instagram: 

    @pruittkasi 

    Email Us: 

    adoptionhacksinfo@gmail.com

    Find Us FB/IG:

    @adoptionhacks



    Guest views and opinions are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Adoption Hacks. We strive to create a space for adoptive parents to learn and grow from a variety of perspectives, experiences and opinions from all sides of the triad. We hope you join us in honoring the unique backgrounds and stories of our guests. 


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/adoptionhacks/support

    • 51 min
    73. Adoption Profile Book Advice with Kindred + Co.

    73. Adoption Profile Book Advice with Kindred + Co.

    On this episode we have some very practical and helpful advice about profile books from the amazing Kindred + Co. Team! Profile books are used by domestic infant adoptive parents and it can be overwhelming to know how to create one of these books and what you should and shouldn’t include. So Hannah Eloge and Jessie Mattos are here to walk us through it all!

    Kindred + Co. creates modern, custom adoption profile books for prospective adoptive parents. Kindred + Co. was the first profile book provider to have a birth mom on their team that educates clients on language and best practices for making your profile book. Kindred helps you make a book that you can feel proud to present - while making sure that every expectant mom that flips through your book feels seen and respected.

    Kindred also hosts online coffee hours, in person retreats and hopefully will be launching their first conference in the near future. Weekly, you can find blogs written by all sides of the triad at www.kindredand.co/blog

    To learn more you can visiting www.kindredand.co - and following Kindred + Co. on instagram @kindredand.co



    Email Us: 

    adoptionahacksinfo@gmail.com

    Find Us IG/FB: 

    @adoptionhacks



    Guest views and opinions are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Adoption Hacks. We strive to create a space for adoptive parents to learn and grow from a variety of perspectives, experiences and opinions from all sides of the triad. We hope you will join us in honoring the unique backgrounds and stories of our guests.


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/adoptionhacks/support

    • 28 min
    72. Now I Am Known with Peter Mutabazi

    72. Now I Am Known with Peter Mutabazi

    As a child Peter Mutabazi ran away from an abusive home and was helped by the kindness of strangers. As an adult he found  himself in a position of being able to help foster children, so he began taking children into his home years ago to give back what was so freely given to him. It's his mission to give back as much as he can to the vulnerable among us. That's what drives Now I Am Known: to bring a message of hope to the hopeless, the same message Peter needed so badly to hear as a child. He and his son will be partnering with foster care agencies to give away a plush puppy with the message "Now I Am Known, Seen, and Heard" to at-risk children across the country.

    Hear his incredible story of becoming a foster dad, and how he is reaching so many children with the affirming message that they are known and loved. 

    Find Peter Here:

    www.NowIAmKnown.com

    YouTube: @nowiamknown
    Instagram: @fosterdadflipper

    Facebook: @fosterdadflipper



    Email Us: 

    adoptionhacksinfo@gmail.com

    Find Us FB/IG:

    @adoptionhacks



    Guest views and opinions are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Adoption Hacks. We strive to create a space for adoptive parents to learn and grow from a variety of perspectives, experiences and opinions from all sides of the triad. We hope you will join us in honoring the unique backgrounds and stories of our guests.


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/adoptionhacks/support

    • 40 min
    71. Ethics in Adoption with Whitney Runyon

    71. Ethics in Adoption with Whitney Runyon

    This week we get to talk with Whitney Runyon from The Archibald Project! Whitney and her husband are adoptive parents who are passionate about empowering others to care for orphaned and vulnerable children.

    In this episode we get to hear Whitney’s personal adoption story and what the Archibald Project is and how it began. Then we dive into a deep discussion of ethics in adoption. What can we do as prospective and current adoptive parents to ensure that we are promoting ethical adoptions? What are some of the typical ethical downfalls in this process and how can we spot the red flags? We know this talk is Heavy! But its sooo important for us to have.

    Check out all The Archibald Project is doing here:

    TheArchibaldProject.com

    And on Instagram at @TheArchibaldProject

    Email Us:

    adoptionhacksinfo@gmail.com

    Find Us IG/FB:

    @adoptionhacks



    Guest views and opinions are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Adoption Hacks. We strive to create a space for adoptive parents to learn and grow from a variety of perspectives, experiences and opinions from all sides of the triad. We hope you will join us in honoring the unique backgrounds and stories of our guests.


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/adoptionhacks/support

    • 20 min
    70. Adoption Books with Lanaya Graham

    70. Adoption Books with Lanaya Graham

    Lanaya Graham is with us this week! And of course we are talking about BOOKS! 
    You may know Lanaya from her instagram account @adoption.books where she shares her honest, detailed book reviews- not just recommendations. She speaks out about how the complexities of adoption really need to be reflected in Children’s books, and that adoptees need appropriate representation in literature. Her reviews include children’s literature, biographies, and adoptive parenting books.
    Resources Mentioned in Episode: 
    Adoptee Reading: http://adopteereading.com/
    Frankie and Friends Talk Adoption by Pam Kroskie
    Motherbridge of Love by Xinran
    Growing Grace by Erin Mason
    Star of the Week by Darlene Friedman
    Through Adopted Eyes by Elena Hall
    The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis
    The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler
    Primal Wound by Nancy Verrier

    Find her on IG at adoption.books and her website www.lanayagraham.com

    This weeks episode is sponsored by Kindred + Co!
    Kindred + Co. is a brave adoption community that lifts stories from all sides in the adoption triad. Kindred believes that sharing stories is a powerful way to understand and education on the complexities of adoption. Kindred and Co. desires to see relationships built within the adoption triad. Kindred hosts online coffee hours, in person retreats and hopefully will be launching their first conference in the near future. Weekly, you can find blogs written by all sides of the triad at www.kindredand.co/blog
    Kindred + Co. also creates modern, custom adoption profile books for prospective adoptive parents. Kindred + Co. was the first profile book provider to have a birth mom on their team that educates clients on language and best practices for making your profiebook. Kindred helps you make a book that you can feel proud to present - while making sure that every expectant mom that flips through your book feels seen and respected.
    To learn more you can visiting www.kindredand.co - and following Kindred + Co.  on instagram @kindredand.co


    Find Us on IG/FB: 
    @adoptionhacks
    Email Us: 
    adoptionhacksinfo@gmail.com



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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

Kysterrr1 ,

Highly recommend

This is a very interesting and informative podcast for those involved in the adoption process. Kandace has a heart for helping others and a lot of topics are discussed that will be helpful.

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Enjoyable

Very interesting and informative way to learn about the behind scenes world of adoption.

Joni Stansbury ,

Very helpful!

This podcast is full of informative and helpful insights for the uncharted waters of adoption to those who are pursuing this beautiful choice. Kandace shares from her own very personal experiences and interviews a great variety of interesting guests who have much to contribute as well!

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