34 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. 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 season Sarah and Louise recap a chapter from a book centered on adoption and then interview a guest. Season One broke down THE PRIMAL WOUND by Nancy Newton Verrier, and Season Two tackles JOURNEY OF THE ADOPTED SELF by Betty Jean Lifton. 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.

Adoption: The Making of Me Louise Browne & Sarah Reinhardt

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 43 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. 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 season Sarah and Louise recap a chapter from a book centered on adoption and then interview a guest. Season One broke down THE PRIMAL WOUND by Nancy Newton Verrier, and Season Two tackles JOURNEY OF THE ADOPTED SELF by Betty Jean Lifton. 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.

    S2 Ep. 15: Jeff

    S2 Ep. 15: Jeff

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Fifteen of  “Journey of The Adopted Self” by Betty Jean Lifton and then they speak to Jeff Forney.

    Jeff Forney was born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay town of Moraga, CA. 
    A photographer based in Los Angeles, he has been working on a documentary filming interviews of adoptees in reunion.
    As Jeff says, ‘Finding your birth parents is the base camp of Mt. Everest, now you have to climb the bitch’.
    His goal is to take the stigma out of adoption, help adoptees identify with others' stories, and through that, restore power that had been buried and forgotten.
    My life is not better because someone adopted me, my life is different. Adoption can multitask. She is many things at once. So are we. We are the bastards, the unwanted, the surrendered, the saved, the chosen, the rescued, the loved, and the forsaken. Allow us our entirety.   -Mindy Stern-
    Jeff can be found here: Jeff Forney Photographer
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    They are: Laura Christensen, Barbara Frank, Ramona Evans, Linda Pevac, Blonde Records, Denise Cruz-Castino, Daphne Keys, Denise Hewitt, Michelle Styles, Emily Sinagra, Linda David, John Frey, Eric David, Beth Figuls, Ron Schneider, Tony Corsentino, Kristi Reed, 
    Kristen Steinhilber, Jane Bofenkamp, Kelley Brickfield, Sandra de Quesada, The Harpy and 
    Kristan Higgins.
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    S2 Ep. 14: Lenore

    S2 Ep. 14: Lenore

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Fourteen  of  “Journey of The Adopted Self” by Betty Jean Lifton and then they speak to Lenore Paletta Hiller.

    Lenore Paletta Hiller is an international adoptee born in Southern Italy in the mid-1960's. She lived with her birth mother for the first five months of her life, but was separated from her due to poverty and other circumstances. She was adopted to the United States when she was 20 months old. She has been in various stages of reunion with her birth family since 1995. 
    Lenore is hopeful that the future of adoption research will include the effects of intergenerational trauma on the children of adoptees.
     She is a member of the Facebook group Italiadoption, a space where Italian adoptees and their families can find resources and connect. 
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    Thank you to our current Patreon donors for their support.  
    They are: Laura Christensen, Barbara Frank, Ramona Evans, Linda Pevac, Blonde Records, Denise Cruz-Castino, Daphne Keys, Denise Hewitt, Michelle Styles, Emily Sinagra, Linda David, John Frey, Eric David, Beth Figuls, Ron Schneider, Tony Corsentino, Kristi Reed, 
    Kristen Steinhilber, Jane Bofenkamp, Kelley Brickfield, Sandra de Quesada, The Harpy and 
    Kristan Higgins.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    S2 Ep. 13: Jenni (aka Cami)

    S2 Ep. 13: Jenni (aka Cami)

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Thirteen of  “Journey of The Adopted Self” by Betty Jean Lifton and then they speak to Jenni Alpert who also goes by her birth name, Cami.

    After being taken away from her birth parents as a baby by the state, and adopted out of foster care at age 4, singer-songwriter Jenni Alpert (aka birth name: Cami) decided to go searching for her birth father. After weeks undercover on the street of LA, she finally found him homeless, addicted, and running from the law, yet a musician, just like her. Ultimately she guides him out of the legal system and off of the streets becoming his advocate and shadow adopting him into her life, cultivating an inspiring transformation as Don transitions from self identified vagrant to self esteemed volunteer with the music they share in their extraordinary partnership founded on unconditional love. 
    To find Jenni / Cami and her amazing story & music you can find her on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter as: : @jennialpert @camianddon

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    They are: Laura Christensen, Barbara Frank, Ramona Evans, Linda Pevac, Blonde Records, Denise Cruz-Castino, Daphne Keys, Denise Hewitt, Michelle Styles, Emily Sinagra, Linda David, John Frey, Eric David, Beth Figuls, Ron Schneider, Tony Corsentino, Kristi Reed, 
    Kristen Steinhilber, Jane Bofenkamp, Kelley Brickfield, Sandra de Quesada and The Harpy.
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    S2 Ep. 12: Michael

    S2 Ep. 12: Michael

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Twelve of  “Journey of The Adopted Self” by Betty Jean Lifton and then they speak to Michael Knox.

    Michael was adopted in 1961 in Illinois. He was raised with two younger sisters, one adopted and one bio. He moved to Southern California when he was five. He has been married for thirty six years and has three wonderful children and one granddaughter. Michael worked in the television industry for many years and moved his family to Atlanta work on the Olympics and he never left Atlanta.

    Around twenty-two years ago Michael started running, biking and swimming. One thing led to another and he started doing Iron Man triathlons and is currently training for one this year. If you asked him to describe himself 2 1/2 years ago he would say “A husband, father, grandfather & athlete”. He did both 'Ancestry' and '23 and Me' out of curiosity, never was searching for family then there was a match on 23andMe and life changed forever! Now he describes himself as ADOPTED, husband, father, grandfather & athlete.

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    Thank you to our current Patreon donors for their support.  
    They are: Laura Christensen, Barbara Frank, Ramona Evans, Linda Pevac, Blonde Records, Denise Cruz-Castino, Daphne Keys, Denise Hewitt, Michelle Styles, Emily Sinagra, Linda David, John Frey, Eric David, Beth Figuls, Ron Schneider, Tony Corsentino, Kristi Reed, 
    Kristen Steinhilber, Jane Bofenkamp, Kelley Brickfield, Sandra de Quesada and The Harpy.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    S2 Ep. 11: Carolina

    S2 Ep. 11: Carolina

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Eleven of  “Journey of The Adopted Self” by Betty Jean Lifton and then they speak to Carolina Khan.

    Carolina Khan is a transnational adoptee from Palmira, Colombia. As early as she can recall, she has always been informed of her adoption that took place at 18 months old. What she was not informed of were her circumstances surrounding her adoption and most importantly where her natural mother was and where she could be found. Why was adoption her story? Carolina had made it her priority to receive support and work through her own adoption trauma. Ultimately, she finds herself wanting to share her process of gaining her identity as a Colombian woman, sense of self, individuation and healing.
    List of Resources - a major part of Carolina’s journey:
    Joe Soll, LCSW
    Adoption Healing
    Author: Adoption Healing a Path to Recovery
    Daily Chat Room, Healing Weekends & opportunities to meet 1st moms/ adoptees
    http://www.adoptionhealing.com
    Jorge Ivan Restrepo (Busca Personas Reencuentros)buscapersonasreencuentros@hotmail.com
    Elena Di Giovanno Serrato
    http://www.healingpuentes.com
    Abby Forero-Hilty, Founder of Decoding Origins
    https://decodingorigins.com/
    Editor: Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees
    Jacob Taylor-Mosquera
    SALA: Spanish for Adoptees from Latin America
    Memoir: I met Myself in October
    Kate Betancourt CLC 
    Avanza Adoptee Services 
    Transracial International Colombian adoptee
    katebetancourtclc@gmail.com

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    And if you want to support our show, you can go to our Patreon Page.

    Thank you to our current Patreon donors for their support.  
    They are: Laura Christensen, Barbara Frank, Ramona Evans, Linda Pevac, Blonde Records, Denise Cruz-Castino, Daphne Keys, Denise Hewitt, Michelle Styles, Emily Sinagra, Linda David, John Frey, Eric David, Beth Figuls, Ron Schneider, Tony Corsentino, Kristi Reed, 
    Kristen Steinhilber, Jane Bofenkamp, Kelley Brickfield, Sandra de Quesada and The Harpy.
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    S2 Ep. 10: Ed

    S2 Ep. 10: Ed

    In this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss Chapter Ten of  “Journey of The Adopted Self” by Betty Jean Lifton and then they speak to Edward Di Gangi.

    Adopted at birth, Edward Di Gangi was born and raised in New York City. Although he knew for most of his life that he was adopted, it wasn’t until he approached his 70th birthday that he began to search for the identity of his birth mother. His journey and the many surprising discoveries he made as he searched are recounted in his memoir, The Gift Best Given. Edward and his wife now live in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He is a popular book club presenter and podcast guest. The Gift Best Given is his first full-length book.
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    Kristen Steinhilber, Jane Bofenkamp, Kelley Brickfield, Sandra de Quesada and The Harpy.
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

thegatheringplace ,

Dynamic Duo!

The rapport that Sarah and Louise share helps draw the listener in to be able to talk about the entire, complex truth of being an adoptee. Kudos!

akgeorge1230 ,

Thank you for sharing!

As an adoptive mom, I really value hearing from adoptees. This podcast has been great! Thank you for taking us along on your journey.

MZ, the original ,

Thanks

What I enjoy most about the podcast:
The conversation between the hosts—two “experienced” adoptees reflecting from a distance on their own lived experiences as adoptees. It’s not a sideshow or a victim-fest.

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