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This is a podcast about all things adoption brought to you by Spence-Chapin, an adoption services and support nonprofit organization based in New York City with over a century of experience. There are many voices that make up the adoption constellation. This podcast aims to hear from all of them because each voice brings an important perspective & story about adoption. Twice a month, this podcast brings you conversations with adoptees, birth parents, adoptive families, adoption professionals and health and social service experts as they share their experiences and discuss all things adoption.

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This is a podcast about all things adoption brought to you by Spence-Chapin, an adoption services and support nonprofit organization based in New York City with over a century of experience. There are many voices that make up the adoption constellation. This podcast aims to hear from all of them because each voice brings an important perspective & story about adoption. Twice a month, this podcast brings you conversations with adoptees, birth parents, adoptive families, adoption professionals and health and social service experts as they share their experiences and discuss all things adoption.

    Danielle and Madison's Sibling Perspectives: Stories of the Constellation

    Danielle and Madison's Sibling Perspectives: Stories of the Constellation

    Welcome to another episode in our very special National Adoption Awareness Month series, Stories of the Constellation. While traditionally we may think about the adoption community as all being members of the so-called "triad," the truth is that there are many individuals who are touched by adoption beyond the birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees. These may be partners of adoptees, biological siblings of adoptees, extended family members, and many more.  This week we focus on the relationship between Danielle, an adoptee, and her biological half-sister, Madison, who was raised by the birth parent Danielle had been searching for. Together, the sisters discuss the moment they learned they had a sister and how their relationship has evolved since. 

    If you or someone you know is searching for biological relatives or navigating a new relationship after a search and reunion, our team of adoption-competent therapists are here to help you navigate any challenges or concerns you may have. To learn more, contact us at info www.spence-chapin.org/therapy or call 646-539-2167. We're here for you.

    • 33 min
    Blondene's Kinship Adoption Journey - Stories of the Constellation

    Blondene's Kinship Adoption Journey - Stories of the Constellation

    Welcome to another episode in our very special National Adoption Awareness Month series, Stories of the Constellation. This week we feature a story about kinship adoption, which refers to a formal legal adoption process of a child by their relative or kin, such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle. What many may not know about kinship adoption is that the process is the same as a non-kin adoption, which can come as a surprise and a challenge for many families, especially in cases where the adoption is international and is prompted by the death of a child's main caregiver, creating real urgency in moving the adoption along. This was the case for Blondene, who shares her story on today's episode. 

    If you or someone you know needs support in a kinship adoption, our team of adoption experts is here to support you. We can provide guidance and resources to get you started, conduct your home study, and provide counseling and other support to ensure a smooth transition for your family. To learn more, contact us at info at www.spence-chapin.org or call 212-369-0300.

    • 23 min
    Filmmaker and Adoptee Rebecca Autumn Samson on Reckoning with the Primal Wound

    Filmmaker and Adoptee Rebecca Autumn Samson on Reckoning with the Primal Wound

    On today's episode, we hear from filmmaker and adoptee, Rebecca Autumn Samson, who, along with her biological mother, Jill Hawkins, have released a feature-length documentary called Reckoning with the Primal Wound, which explores the 1993 book by Nancy Verrier, The Primal Wound, which has sparked discussion and interest in the adoption community for almost two decades. Rebecca shares with us her personal and professional journey in making the film, and the reactions from viewers she has received along the way. Let's get started!

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    • 22 min
    Paulette's Search and Reunion Journey - Stories of the Constellation

    Paulette's Search and Reunion Journey - Stories of the Constellation

    Welcome to the first episode of a very special National Adoption Awareness month series, Stories of the Constellation, where each week we will be highlighting the diverse and unique stories of individuals and families connected to adoption. This is the first of a four-part series discussing Search and Reunion, Kinship Adoption, Sibling Perspectives, and Adoptee Voices.

    We'll first be speaking with Paulette, a Spence-Chapin adoptee who learned she was adopted as an adult and spent decades searching for her birth family. Originally interviewed for a blog series on our website, Rocky Road to Reunion, Paulette's journey had her crossing the country, utilizing DNA testing, and fighting legal barriers. We are pleased to share the conversation between Spence-Chapin's Alexandra Poirier and Paulette, where she shares her remarkable story.

    • 50 min
    Adoption in the US Today, The Child Welfare System, and What Research Tells Us with Ryan Hanlon, Naomi Riley, and Kate Trambitskaya

    Adoption in the US Today, The Child Welfare System, and What Research Tells Us with Ryan Hanlon, Naomi Riley, and Kate Trambitskaya

    Prompted by new research published by the National Council for Adoption, today's episode brings together its President and CEO, Ryan Hanlon, with author, columnist and Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Naomi Riley, to discuss with Spence-Chapin CEO Kate Trambitskaya, the state of adoption today, the child welfare system, and issues facing the adoption community. Let's get started.

    • 59 min
    Semi-Open Adoption, Therapy, and Tween Parenting with Erika and Efrain

    Semi-Open Adoption, Therapy, and Tween Parenting with Erika and Efrain

    On today's episode, we hear from Erika and Efrain, parents of a twelve-year-old tween, about their experience navigating a semi-open adoption with their daughter's birth family,  and their process in seeking out adoption-competent therapy to work through some of life's challenges. Host Linda Alexandre, Spence-Chapin's Chief Program Officer of Domestic Adoption Programs, leads this helpful discussion about managing a child's and family's expectations when a birth parent is non-responsive, how to seek out the right kind of support when issues arise, and the ways we can be purposeful to build and create the community we need.

    • 52 min

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