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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 • 225 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.

    2021 Adoption Tax Credit

    2021 Adoption Tax Credit

    Are you planning on claiming the Adoption Tax Credit this year? We talk with Becky Wilmoth, an Enrolled Agent and Adoption Tax Credit Specialist with Bill's Tax Service and Josh Kroll, the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center coordinator at the North American Council on Adoptable Children.

    In this episode, we cover:
    What is the Adoption Tax Credit for adoption being claimed on 2021 federal taxes? $14,440 per childIt is a non-refundable tax credit. How to advocate for refundability?What is a “credit” and how does it differ from a deduction or some other form of tax savings?If you get a tax refund every year, how would you use the Adoption Tax Credit?If you don’t have any federal tax liability, should you still apply the credit to your federal income taxes?What type of adoptions are included or excluded? Stepparent adoption? Embryo adoption? Same-sex partner second parent adoption? Unmarried heterosexual second parent adoption? Surrogacy?Can you get credit for each adoption you complete even if completed in the same year? What about adopting siblings at the same time?What is a Qualified Adoption Expense for purposes of the Adoption Tax Credit 2021?When can you claim the Adoption Tax Credit?Domestic private adoptionInternational AdoptionRe-adoption in the US for international adoptionFoster Care AdoptionHow does the Adoption Tax Credit work with kinship adoptions? What if the child never was involved with the foster care?Special Needs Adoption: How does the Adoption Tax Credit differ for adoptions from foster care? What does the IRS accept as proof of “special needs”?Special needs child for international adoption?Can you reclaim your expenses for a failed adoption? How?What income level is excluded from claiming the Adoption Tax Credit in 2021?How long can the credit be carried over?Will the Adoption Tax Credit offset self-employment tax? Secure Act and Qualified birth or adoption distributions.How does the Adoption Tax Credit work in conjunction with employee adoption benefits? For special needs adoption?If you adopt, can you still get the Child Tax Credit? How does the timing work?What do you need in order to get the Child Tax Credit for your adopted child? Social Security # for the child.How does Advanced Tax Payments work with adoption?What type of documentation for the Adoption Tax Credit should you submit with your taxes? What type of documentation should you keep in your records?What should you do if you do not have your child’s social security number when you get ready to file your taxes? When should you consider using an Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN #) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN #)?What are the most common questions received about the Adoption Tax Credit?How to find a tax specialist knowledgeable on the Adoption Tax Credit?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 buildingPlease leave us a rating or review RateThisPo
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    • 58 min
    What Are Your Chances of Getting Pregnant With Unexplained Infertility

    What Are Your Chances of Getting Pregnant With Unexplained Infertility

    If you have unexplained infertility, what are your chances of ultimately having a baby—either through infertility treatment or natural conception? We talk with Dr. Denis Vaughan, a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at Boston IVF and a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He was the principal investigator on the study "Long-term reproductive outcomes in patients with unexplained infertility".
     
    In this episode, we cover:
    What year was the original FASTT trial and what were the findings?What is unexplained infertility and how common is it?Did most of the women try to conceive after the original FASTT trial?How did the women who agree to participate in this follow-up study compare to the original FASTT participants? Was there a difference between those who participated in the follow-up and those who did not?What percentage of the women were successful at conception with IUI? IVF? Natural conception?What percentage tried to conceive with donor egg?What percentage adopted?If the woman had conceived via fertility treatment in the original FASTT trial is she more likely to conceive successfully in the future?Some speculate that a significant proportion of unexplained infertility is due to un-diagnosed endometriosis. Did this follow-up study shed light on that question?Did many of the women after the original FASTT study receive a more definitive diagnosis of why they were not able to conceive?What did the study show about patient satisfaction with their family building process and ultimate family size?What did we learn about conception with unexplained infertility as a result of the follow-up to the FASTT study?This podcast is produced  by www.CreatingaFamily.org. We are a national non-profit with the mission to strengthen and inspire infertility patients 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 buildingPlease leave us a rating or review RateThisPodcast.com/creatingafamily
    Support the show (https://creatingafamily.org/donation/)

    • 46 min
    The Connected Parent

    The Connected Parent

    The next step in understanding attachment and Trust-Based Relational Intervention is the new book, The Connected Parent, by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Lisa Qualls, with great assistance from Emmelie Pickett. On this episode, we interview Lisa and Emmelie about connected parenting.

    In this episode, we cover:
    Understanding the foundations of attachment.What do parents bring to the situation that influences how their children attach.Using “scripts” to help you implement Trust-Based Relational Intervention.Coping with chronic fear in our kids.Coping with parental fear that things will never improve or that our children will never be able to heal.How to discipline the TBRI® way.How to teach respect.Understanding how sensory issues can be confused with attachment issues.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 buildingPlease leave us a rating or review RateThisPodcast.com/creatingafamily
    Support the show (https://creatingafamily.org/donation/)

    • 59 min
    How Does Adoption Affect the Siblings Already in a Family?

    How Does Adoption Affect the Siblings Already in a Family?

    Does adoption positively or negatively affect children already in the family and what can parents do to lessen the negative impacts. We discuss this topic with Dr. Jana Hunsley, an experimental psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and TBRI® Practitioner, specializing in understanding and meeting the needs of siblings is foster and adoptive families.

    In this episode, we cover:
    Much of the focus of adoption literature and research is on the adopted child and the adoptive parents with little attention on the children already in the family.Tell us your story as the sibling of 7 adopted siblings.Research on adopted siblings.What are some of the challenges that siblings of the adopted child might face?Feeling invisibleCoping with overwhelmed distracted parentsParentificationBecoming another parent to your siblingsBecoming the emotional support for their parentsTrying to keep the peace in the home by acting as a peacemakerFeeling the need to be extra good or accomplished to add less stress to their parents. Or suppressing their own needs so as to not add to their parent’s burden. Try to not have any needs.Feeling embarrassed by your sibling’s behaviorBlaming parent who isn’t able to “control” the new child or make them behave better or meet their needs.Mourning the loss of your calm “normal” familySecondary traumaUnwanted public attention on your family because of size, behavior, transracial adoptionJealous of the adopted child because they perceive them as getting all the attentionResentful of the adopted child because of the added burden they brought to the familyWhat factors influence the degree of these challenges to siblings in an adoptive family? (age of the children in the family and the children being adopted, degree of trauma, type of behavioral issues, etc.)  Disrupting birth order.What can adoptive parents and professionals do to mitigate some of these challenges of siblings of adopted children? How can parents prepare kids already in the family for the adoption of a sibling? Tips for parents in reducing the negative impact of adoption on the children already in the family.What are some of the benefits of adoption to siblings in the family?Have you talked with your parents?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 buildingPlease leave us a rating or review RateThisPodcast.com/creatingafamily
    Support the show (https://creatingafamily.org/donation/)

    • 49 min
    LGBTQ+ Parenting (Part 2): Adoption

    LGBTQ+ Parenting (Part 2): Adoption

    We talk about LGBTQ+ adoption with Dr. Abbie Goldberg, a Professor of Psychology and Director of Women’s & Gender Studies at Clark University. Her research and writing focus on diverse families, including LGBTQ parent and adoptive families, and she has authored and edited 8 books and over 130 peer-reviewed articles in this area.

    In this episode, we cover:
    Legality of LGBTQ+ parents adopting in the US. Statistics on LGBTQ+ adoptions. Percentage, transracial, foster care adoptionDo you see any residual prejudice against LGBTQ+ parents when wanting to adopt or foster? Foster care? Domestic infant? International? Embryo?Hesitancy with placing with someone who is transgender?Does open adoption look different in LGBTQ+ adoptive families.Do LGBTQ+ parents parent in ways that are different than cisgender heterosexual parents?How are children in LGBTQ+ faring?Lesbian, gay, and heterosexual adoptive parents’ experiences with pediatricians: A mixed-methods study. Parental naming practices in same-sex adoptive families. How are LGBTQ+ youth in foster care doing? Additional resources:
    www.abbiegoldberg.comwww.teachallfamilies.comThis 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 buildingPlease leave us a rating or review RateThisPodcast.com/creatingafamily
    Support the show (https://creatingafamily.org/donation/)

    • 43 min
    LGBTQ+ Parenting (Part 1): Surrogacy

    LGBTQ+ Parenting (Part 1): Surrogacy

    What's it like for a gay couple to create their family through egg donation and surrogacy. We talk with Armando Correa, People Magazine En Español's Editor In Chief and author of In Search of Emma: How We Created Our Family.

    In this episode, we cover:
    Did you always want to be a parent?Did you think that you would get to realize that dream?What options for becoming a parent did you consider?Why did you decide on surrogacy?Did you also use a separate egg donor?What was your process to finding an egg donor and surrogate?Was cost a consideration?How much did it cost you in total to become Emma’s dad?What has happened to your family since Emma arrived?What would you recommend to other gay guys who want to become a father? 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 buildingPlease leave us a rating or review RateThisPodcast.com/creatingafamily
    Support the show (https://creatingafamily.org/donation/)

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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225 Ratings

225 Ratings

Chef Kibby ,

Meeting me where I am

I am so appreciative of your episode on how fostering and adopting can affect other children in the home. Not enough people are speaking up about this circumstance, and it’s one that hit home for me. Thank you!

Denise8 ,

Topics are great but overall falls flat

I want to love this podcast because of the topics but I find there isn’t enough substance in most episodes. The 45-50 minute episodes usually cover helpful info in 10-15 minutes and the rest is repetitive fluff or not helpful. And the conversations are bland otherwise. Good for this program for providing those who need it some important information. I just need something more.

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Great Podcast!

Great podcast with tons of information to help.

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