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Are you thinking about adopting or fostering a child? Confused about all the options and wondering where to begin? Or are you an adoptive or foster parent trying to be the best parent possible to your precious child? This is the podcast for you! Every week we interview leading experts for an hour talking about the topics you really care about in deciding whether to adopt/foster or how to be a better parent. This podcast is produced by www.CreatingaFamily.org. We are the national non-profit with the mission to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them. Creating a Family brings you the following trauma-informed, expert-based content: weekly podcasts, weekly articles/blog posts, resource pages on all aspects of family building at our website CreatingAFamily.org. We also has an active presence on many social media platforms. Please like or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

Creating a Family: Talk about Adoption & Foster Care Creating a Family

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 219 Ratings

Are you thinking about adopting or fostering a child? Confused about all the options and wondering where to begin? Or are you an adoptive or foster parent trying to be the best parent possible to your precious child? This is the podcast for you! Every week we interview leading experts for an hour talking about the topics you really care about in deciding whether to adopt/foster or how to be a better parent. This podcast is produced by www.CreatingaFamily.org. We are the national non-profit with the mission to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them. Creating a Family brings you the following trauma-informed, expert-based content: weekly podcasts, weekly articles/blog posts, resource pages on all aspects of family building at our website CreatingAFamily.org. We also has an active presence on many social media platforms. Please like or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

    The Endocrine System, Thyroid Gland, and Fertility

    The Endocrine System, Thyroid Gland, and Fertility

    How does the endocrine system impacts fertility, what can go wrong, and what can be done about it. We talk today with Dr. Mark Trolice, the Director of Fertility CARE: The IVF Center in Orlando and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He is double Board-certified in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and OB/GYN.

    In this episode, we include:

    ·      What is the function of the endocrine system in human health?
    ·      How does the thyroid gland function within the endocrine system?
    ·      How is female fertility impacted by the endocrine system?
    ·      How is male fertility impacted by the endocrine system?
    ·      What is hypothyroidism?
    ·      What is hyperthyroidism?
    ·      How are dysfunctions in the endocrine system diagnosed?
    ·      How are dysfunctions in the endocrine system treated?
    ·      What dietary and lifestyle choices impact the health of the endocrine system and thyroid gland?
    ·      What are some common endocrine disrupting chemicals in our environment?
    ·      How are environmental endocrine disruptors impacting fertility?
    This podcast is produced  by www.CreatingaFamily.org.  Creating a Family brings you the following expert-based content:
    ·         Weekly podcasts
    ·         Weekly articles/blog posts
    ·        Resource pages on all aspects of family building 
    Support the show (https://creatingafamily.org/donation/)

    • 45 min
    Interview with Sarah Sentilles, author of "Stranger Care"

    Interview with Sarah Sentilles, author of "Stranger Care"

    In this episode we interview Sarah Sentilles, author of a newly released book by Random House titled Stranger Care. "Stranger Care" is a beautifully written book that captures the promise and often the failure of foster care. And it is a beautiful portrait of love with no promise of a future.

    In this episode, we cover:

    Beautifully written book that captures the promise and often the failure of foster care. And a beautiful portrait of love with no promise of a future.
    ·      How did you come to the decision to become foster parents? And did you come to that decision or were you really trying to become an adoptive parent?
    ·     Discussion of “ethically cleaner”.
    ·      I appreciated how you showed Evelyn, the birth mom, to be human and to love her child. You did a good job of showing the nuances, which are hard to do, especially when you are the one losing the child. I very much enjoyed seeing how that relationship grew. What helped change it?
    ·      Rooting for and against birth mom
    ·      Love and yet not belonging to you
    ·     The power of the state to remove kids should not be used without great care.
    ·      What qualifies as good parenting and is “good enough” enough. Ex. of the car seat.
    ·      Keeping siblings together.
    ·      It is discouraging that organizations, such as Creating a Family exist to support people like you when you were first considering your options. And if we didn’t reach someone like you who is educated and I would assume someone who researches and gathers info then how in the world do we reach people. Education research focused woman are our demographic!
    ·      How long has it been and do you know what has happened to Coco?
    ·      How have you and your husband been changed by this experience?
    ·      Is this book in part an attempt to reach out to Coco. Did you write it with an ear to her reading it later in life and you talking to her. Do you hope she will hear about it and read it?
    ·      Did you decide to give up on fostering? What about adopting?

    This podcast is produced  by www.CreatingaFamily.org. We are a national non-profit with the mission to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them. Creating a Family brings you the following trauma-informed, expert-based content:
    Weekly podcastsWeekly articles/blog postsResource pages on all aspects of family building 


    Support the show (https://creatingafamily.org/donation/)

    • 54 min
    Blending Children by Birth and Adoption

    Blending Children by Birth and Adoption

    Have you ever considered adopting after you had children by birth? Or thought about trying to get pregnant after you adopted? Is it a good idea to combine kids by birth and adoption. In this episode, we talk with Rebecca Ricardo, an LCSW who has worked in the field of adoption since 1991. She currently serves as the Executive Director for a licensed, child-placing agency that provides both placement and support services. She is an adoptee and a birth mom. The son she placed for adoption was raised as the only adopted child between two children born to his adoptive parents.

    In this episode, we cover:
    •       What are the typical reasons why families have both adopted and non-adopted kids?
    •       What does the research show on how children and families adjust when there are children by both adoption and infertility?
    •       Do parents have a tendency to favor their biological children? Kin Selection Theory based on evolutionary psychology.
    •       Does it matter if the adopted child is adopted after the family has had bio kids, or if the adopted child comes first (most often because the parents were infertile) and they went back into treatment after they adopted to try for a biological child? What different factors come into play?
    •       Favoritism by grandparents or extended family. How to handle?
    •       The tendency of parents of families that combine biological and adopted kids to downplay genetics, birth stories, etc.
    •       How to handle conflicts with children or extended family members when children require a different type of parenting because one child has experienced trauma?
    •       How to handle conflicts when one child requires more of the parent’s time than another child?
    •       Tips for parents who are combining kids by birth and adoption. How can social workers help families that are considering this?
    This podcast is produced  by www.CreatingaFamily.org. We are a national non-profit with the mission to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them. Creating a Family brings you the following trauma-informed, expert-based content:
    Weekly podcastsWeekly articles/blog postsResource pages on all aspects of family building 

    Support the show (https://creatingafamily.org/donation/)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Taking Care of Yourself When Parenting Harder to Parent Kids

    Taking Care of Yourself When Parenting Harder to Parent Kids

    Do you sometimes feel that self-care is an impossible goal when you are parenting kids who have experienced trauma. There isn't enough time in the day to do it all, much less take care of yourself. Or is there? Join us to talk about how to find time to take care of yourself. We will talk with Angelica Jones, MSW, Program Director of Intercountry Services and the Intensive Service Foster Care Recruiter and Trainer at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services.

    In this episode, we cover:
    ·      “Selfcare” or “take care of yourself” are overused but still vitally important terms for  foster, adoptive, and kinship parents.
    ·      Why do all parents but especially parents of kids who’ve experienced trauma need to practice self-care?
    ·      What is secondary trauma?
    ·      Why are kids who’ve experience neglect, abuse and other childhood traumas harder to  parent?
    ·      The busyness of foster and adoptive parenting.
    ·      What are some of the barriers to taking care of ourselves as adoptive, foster or kinship parents?
    ·      The importance of respite care and the barriers to parents using it.
    ·      Practical ideas for providing self-care.
    ·      Think small when thinking self-care.
    ·      Ask for help and accept it when offered. If someone offers to help, say “yes” and suggest something specific. Ex. A meal on Wednesday night. Babysitting or taking a child to the movies once a month.
    ·      Parent Support groups

    This podcast is produced  by www.CreatingaFamily.org. We are a national non-profit with the mission to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them. Creating a Family brings you the following trauma-informed, expert-based content:
    ·         Weekly podcasts
    ·         Weekly articles/blog posts
    ·        Resource pages on all aspects of family building 
    Support the show (https://creatingafamily.org/donation/)

    • 38 min
    Impact of OTC Drugs on Fertility

    Impact of OTC Drugs on Fertility

    Do you worry that the over the counter medications you take for a headache or allergies could impact your fertility? What about CBD or melatonin? We talk with Dr. Kathleen Tucker, a scientific director for various IVF labs; and with K.E. Tucker Consulting, and Dr. Angie Beltos, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Vios Fertility Institute.

    In this episode, we include:
    Research has found three reasons why the impact of OTC medication on fertility has become an increasing issue.We are taking more medications now that people in the past. People are waiting longer to start a family and age is associated with greater medication use.People are experiencing more chronic disease at earlier ages.Taken together, these factors have increased the number of prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs being taken by women and men attempting to get pregnant with or without fertility treatment.As always, talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding both prescription and non-prescription medications.Impact of OTC drugs on fertility - female and male fertility.Impact on natural conception.Impact when taken during fertility treatment.Impact on pregnancy.Impact of NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) on fertility.Aspirin (brand names include Bayer, Bufferin, Ecotrin, St. Joseph)Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)Excedrin (acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine)Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox DS, Naprosyn)Celecoxib (Celebrex)-prescription onlyAcetaminophen (Tylenol)Antacids-histamine blockers and proton pump inhibitorsAntihistamines B-both types? 1st generation, 2nd generationSleep aidsCBDOther common over-the-counter (OTC) medicationsSkin and hair care productsHerbal supplements?As always, talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding both prescription and non-prescription.This podcast is produced  by www.CreatingaFamily.org. We are a national non-profit with the mission to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them. Creating a Family brings you the following trauma-informed, expert-based content:
    ·         Weekly podcasts
    ·         Weekly articles/blog posts
    ·        Resource pages on all aspects of family building 
    Support the show (https://creatingafamily.org/donation/)

    • 49 min
    Talking with Young Children about Adoption and Birth Parents

    Talking with Young Children about Adoption and Birth Parents

    How should you talk with young children, toddlers, and preschoolers about adoption. How do you talk about birth mothers and birth fathers? In this episode we talk with Jenna Howard, a LMSW who has worked in the adoption field since 1994 in both domestic and international adoption. In addition, she is an adoptee and an adoptive mom.

    In this episode, we cover:
    Why is it important to start talking about adoption and birth parents with kids when they are very young?When should you begin talking about adoption with children if they are adopted at birth or a very young age?How to talk with infants about adoption.What do young children understand about the concept of adoption?What name should be used when referring to birth parents?How to talk with toddlers and preschoolers about adoption. (They are accepting of what parents say and the attitude it was said.)Adoption is cool stage.Oversharing details. Distinction between secret and private.Oversharing as a parent.Helping child explain adoption.Talking about adoption vs. different ways families are made.Keep it short and simple. Laying the groundwork.Positive adoption language.Common questions children this age might ask and sample answers.How to talk about birth fathers and the role of birth fathers when the child doesn’t understand conception?How to talk about birth fathers when birth father is unknown or otherwise not in the picture?How to talk about birth siblings.Why do some adoptive parents hesitate to talk with young children about adoption?When should parents share some of the harder parts of their child’s adoption story  (domestic violence, substance abuse, incarceration, unknown birth father, rape)?Tips:Books – Creating a Family has a great list of the Best of the Best Adoption books for kids broken out by type of adoption and age of the child.Movies/TV shows (Sesame Street, Mister Rodgers, etc)Make a life bookParenting Your Adopted Preschooler and the link won’t change so that makes it easy. https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/preschoolThis podcast is produced  by www.CreatingaFamily.org. We are a national non-profit with the mission to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them. Creating a Family brings you the following trauma-informed, expert-based content:
    ·         Weekly podcasts
    ·         Weekly articles/blog posts
    ·        Resource pages on all aspects of family building 
    Support the show (https://creatingafamily.org/donation/)

    • 59 min

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219 Ratings

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