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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
    • 4.7 • 227 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.

    Effectiveness of Online Parent Support Groups

    Effectiveness of Online Parent Support Groups

    What is the future for parent support groups and are online support groups here to stay? How can we make them better? We talk with Dr. Jay Miller, Dean and Dorothy Miller Research Professor at the College of Social Work, University of Kentucky. He is a former foster youth and is now a prolific researcher in what works to support foster, adoptive, and kinship families.

    In this episode, we cover:
    The Virtual Interaction Pilot Program at the University of KentuckyHow to create a sense of community and relationship building with online parent support groups?How many is too many participants in online groups?What platform is best? Zoom? Microsoft Teams? Google Meet?What day of week and time of day is best for participation?Are there differences between urban vs. rural support groups?How to increase engagement in meetings? Do hybrid parent support groups work?What is the future for foster, adoptive, and kinship parent support groups?Do you see a difference in support groups for kinship 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

    • 52 min
    Protecting our Kids from Sexual Exploitation

    Protecting our Kids from Sexual Exploitation

    Foster youth or children who have been in the foster care system make up over 80% of children being sexually exploited. What can you do to prevent this from happening to your child? We talk with Audrey Morrissey, Co-Executive Director of My Life My Choice, a survivor-led nonprofit fighting sexual exploitation of youth.

    In this episode, we cover:
    What are some of the different forms that sexual exploitation can take?What is included in sexual trafficking?Internet exploitation.How does grooming take place.Are foster children disproportionately represented in the sexually exploited population?Are children who have experienced trauma over represented?Seeking love and connection.Sexual exploit of boys?What can parents do to protect their children from sexual exploitation?What resources are available to parents and young people?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

    • 38 min
    Raising a Blended Family

    Raising a Blended Family

    Representative Marjorie Margolies had a busy career as a journalist, author, Congressional Representative, professor, and founder of Women’s Campaign International all while raising 11 kids by adoption, birth, sponsorship, and marriage. She is the author of a new memoir And How Are the Children.

    In this episode, we cover:
    How did each of your children join your family?How did you “blend” children that came to you in different ways, with different backgrounds, and different ages?What were the biggest challenges?Did some of your children struggled? How much do you think the way they came to your family impacted their struggles?What did you learn along the way? 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

    • 31 min
    Disclosing Donor Conception to Our Kids

    Disclosing Donor Conception to Our Kids

    Have you conceived through donor conception or are you considering this? Join us for the fascinating dive into disclosing (or not) this information to your child. We will talk with Dr. Patricia E. Hershberger, Associate Professor at the College of Nursing and Affiliate Professor at the College of Medicine, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

    In this episode, we cover:
    How common is donor conception in the US? In other countries?What percentage of parents in heterosexual couples tell their child of their donor conception?Is there a difference in the percentage of parents disclosing donor conception with children conceived by donor sperm, donor egg, or donor embryo?Is there a difference in the willingness to discuss surrogacy with children? What does the research show about how many parents that say they are going to tell actually do tell by age 5 or age 10 or age 15?Is there a difference of opinion in the professional field on whether children should be told? On whether professionals should counsel patients to tell their child?The impact of over-the-counter genetic testing on parents’ willingness to disclose donor conception and infertility professionals’ willingness to encourage disclosure. Genetics study in school also raises questions Is telling more common in same sex couples?What are the motivating factors for parents who have told?What reasons do parents give for not telling their child?Is unresolved grief over their infertility (if infertility was a factor) a motivating factor for not telling?Research has found that there are two general approaches behind when to tell children about their conception by donor sperm, egg, or embryo: “seed planting” and “right time”.What is the average age that parents tell their child about their conception via donor sperm, egg, or embryo?What word do parents use to describe the donor to the child? Does this word differ based on whether the parent is in a heterosexual partnership, a same-sex partnership, or is single?How do parents talk about donor conception? If a two-parent household, which parent usually tells?Is there a general story-line that parents use when disclosing donor conception to the child?What does the research show about how donor conceived children feel about donor conception? Does it impact the quality of family functioning in a positive or negative way?Use of children’s books.What role could infertility professionals, especially nurses, play in disclosure decisions for infertility patients?Should nurses, or other professionals, encourage disclosure?How can they support following through on disclosure of donor conception?
    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

    • 59 min
    A Panel of Birth Moms Talk About Adoption

    A Panel of Birth Moms Talk About Adoption

    We talk with a panel of birth moms about their adoption experience. What is the adoption experience for birth mothers and what do they think of some of the controversies in adoption, such as pre-birth matching, adoptive parents at the hospital, adoptive mother breastfeeding, etc.

    In this episode, we cover:
    Tell us what your child’s adoption looks like.What are your ideas on:Options counseling being provided by adoption agencies—is there a conflict of interest.Pre-birth matchingSome have stated that an infant should go into temporary or foster care for a time (usually 1-2 months) between birth and placement as a revocation period. Fundraising for adoptionAdoptive parent breastfeeding.What did you look for in adoptive parents?There is a lot of talk in adoption world about subtle and not so subtle forms of coercion that could influence a mom’s decision to place. Hopeful adoptive parents attend doctor appointments.Adoptive parents being present at the birth and at the hospital?How involved do you think adoptive parents should be at the hospital?Openness:How was openness described to you before the adoption.Does the reality of open adoption match what was promised.Benefit and limitations of post adoption contracts. (Did you understand open adoption wasn’t enforceable (may depend upon the state)?)Ethical adoption practices that expectant parents considering adoption should know about.Tips for birth parents and adoptive parents to look for in adoption agencies to make sure they are choosing an ethical agency as to how they treat expectant and birth parents.Importance of separate legal counsel for birth 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/)

    • 54 min
    First Six Months with a Baby with Opioid Exposure

    First Six Months with a Baby with Opioid Exposure

    Are you considering adopting or fostering a baby who was exposed to opioids prenatally? We talk with Dr. Robin Gurwitch, a faculty member in the Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Child and Family Health. Her research focuses on improving the outcomes and increasing resilience in children who have experienced trauma, including prenatal exposure.
    In this episode, we cover:
    What drugs are included in the category of opioids? Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. Methadone and suboxone?How does prenatal exposure to opioids affect a fetus?How can you tell if the baby is born dependent on opioids?What are the symptoms of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)?How common is testing of the newborn or mother?What impacts the severity of the withdrawal symptoms an infant might experience?timing of the mother’s most recent intake of opioidmaternal metabolismplacental metabolisminfant metabolism and excretionmaternal taking of other substances, including cigarettes, alcohol, cocaine, hypnotics sedatives, and/or barbituratesHow is NAS treated in the hospital?What can parents expect at the hospital when a baby is born dependent or was exposed prenatally?What can parents expect when they first bring the baby home?How can parents help soothe a baby going through withdrawal?How can parents help a baby going through withdrawal with sucking?What can parents do to help their baby exposed to opioids sleep through the night?Any additional tips for dealing with and helping a baby who was exposed to opioids?Long term impacts.Does being born dependent predict the degree the child might be impacted?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/)

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
227 Ratings

227 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.

Ace624 ,

Great Podcast!

Great podcast with tons of information to help.

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