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For struggling teens and their families finding their healing path. 18yo Joey and his moms Beth and Jan share from the heart their experiences and struggles with addiction and mental health.

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For struggling teens and their families finding their healing path. 18yo Joey and his moms Beth and Jan share from the heart their experiences and struggles with addiction and mental health.

    Transitioning from Safe Home Podcast to Unraveling Adoption - Ep 74

    Transitioning from Safe Home Podcast to Unraveling Adoption - Ep 74

    In this very special episode, Beth Syverson, host of Safe Home Podcast, explains her pivot to Unraveling Adoption. This is the last episode of Safe Home, and the first episode of Unraveling Adoption. She explains what the new title means, what the future plans are, and she provides ways for everyone to help get the new podcast launched.

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    RESOURCES:

    Beth’s information:


    Email Beth at Beth@UnravelingAdoption.com
    Become a Patreon supporter at Patreon.com/UnravelingAdoption
    APtitude Support Group Membership Form (FREE): https://forms.gle/vD8mfJy3fJUDmCJe6
    More info about APtitude: A Support Group for Adoptive Parents Facing Adoption’s Challenges: SafeHomeFamilies.com/APtitude

    Other resources mentioned in this episode:


    Relapse episodes:

    Episode 6: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/3Lt2RSxK1vb
    Episode 12: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/AHNFiRxK1vb
    Episode 13: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/3Fsl3QxK1vb


    Spencer LaJoye’s episode: https://anchor.fm/safe-home-podcast/episodes/Non-Binary-Musician-Spencer-LaJoye---Ep-37-e1guoa5
    Brenda Bash-Cooper’s episode: https://anchor.fm/safe-home-podcast/episodes/Adoption-Story-with-Brenda-Bash-Cooper---Ep-21-e1c2v4r
    Cough Medicine episode: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/sMAeRLrM3vb

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    Safe Home is created by Joseph Nakao and Beth Syverson

    Music written and performed by Joseph Nakao

    Cover art by Joseph Nakao, photo by Beth Syverson

    Email questions or comments to Safe Home at Hello@SafeHomeFamilies.com

    Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube

    Support Safe Home on Patreon: Patreon.com/SafeHome

    www.SafeHomeFamilies.com

    Unraveling Adoption is created by Beth Syverson

    Music written and performed by Joseph Nakao

    Cover art by Amanda Mullins

    Email questions or comments to Beth@UnravelingAdoption.com

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    TIME STAMPS:

    1:22 Thanks to all those who’ve helped make Safe Home Podcast happen, and some stats

    9:17 Why are we making the pivot to Unraveling Adoption?

    10:50 What does Unraveling Adoption mean?

    13:05 What are our plans for the future?

    16:26 Ways you can help


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    • 21 min
    Partnership Parenting with Lainie Liberti & Her Son Miro Siegel - Ep 73

    Partnership Parenting with Lainie Liberti & Her Son Miro Siegel - Ep 73

    In this week’s Safe Home Podcast, Beth talks with Lainie Liberti and her 23yo son Miro Siegel.

    Lainie Liberti is a best selling author, international speaker, teen mentor,  worldschooler, partnership parenting paradigm advocate and mother. In 2012 Lainie co-founded Project World School with her son and has lived in community with over a 100 teens in over 20 international locations. Lainie founded Transformative Mentoring for Teens in 2020 in response to the growing need to support teen's mental health. Lainie just released her first book, Seen, Heard & Understood, Parenting and Partnering with Teens for Greater Mental Health, the number 1 best seller on Amazon in the Parenting New Releases. Her book is right in line with what we’ve been advocating here at Safe Home - that parents do their own work and partner with their kids instead of being an authoritarian figure over them.

    Beth talks with Lainie and Miro about unschooling and worldschooling because they lead a fascinating alternative life. But over the top of everything is the partnership that they’ve nurtured which allows them to both live as their fully authentic selves.

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    RESOURCES:

    Lainie’s & Miro’s information:


    Lainie’s LinkTree: https://linktr.ee/ilainie
    Transformative Mentoring for Teens - Mentoring & Courses designed to transform teen's lives (and yours): https://transformativementoringforteens.com/
    The Partnership Parent Movement - Children need connection, not coercion. Together, we will change the world, one family at a time: https://partnershipparent.com/
    Project World School - Inspiring Temporary Lear ning Communities for Teens & Young Adults: https://ProjectWorldSchool.com
    Project World School Family Summit - Biannual community gatherings for worldschooling families interested in travel, education and wellness: https://worldschoolfamilysummit.com
    We Are Worldschoolers - Gain access to exclusive supportive community, articles, interviews, worldschooling mini-courses,  and resource lists: https://weareworldschoolers.org/
    Lainie’s & Miro’s TEDx talk - Making The World Our Classroom: https://youtu.be/bH-kQJ10WWo
    Lainie’s book Seen, Heard & Understood: Parenting & Partnering with Teens for Greater Mental Health: https://www.amazon.com/Seen-Heard-Understood-Parenting-Partnering-ebook/dp/B0B1XKB1WN

    Other resources mentioned in this episode:


    The Hub - Miro’s current employer - TheHub.community

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    Safe Home is created by Joseph Nakao and Beth Syverson

    Music written and performed by Joseph Nakao

    www.SafeHomeFamilies.com


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    • 45 min
    Neurodiverse Family Adventures with Carolyn Balagot - Ep 72

    Neurodiverse Family Adventures with Carolyn Balagot - Ep 72

    In this week’s Safe Home Podcast, Beth talks with   Carolyn Balagot, an advocate for neurodiverse people. In her family, she, her husband, and her 3 kids are all neurodiverse in one way or another - primarily with ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has worked at her children’s school as a 504 case carrier, advocating for students’ needs. Her kids all went to school at Orange County School of the Arts, where I used to teach and which I highly respect and admire. Especially in an arts school, all kinds of diversity are celebrated, including neurodiversity. Carolyn will talk to us about her family’s challenges and triumphs, and help us know how to better advocate for our neurodivergent loved ones or community members.

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    Carolyn’s information:


    Facebook group Cypress Neurodiversity Friends: https://www.facebook.com/groups/711278036622893/
    Carolyn’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.balagot
    Carolyn’s Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/redmama73/

    Other resources mentioned in this episode:


    Orange County School of the ARTS (OCSA): https://www.ocsarts.net/
    Penguin meme showing autism spectrum diversity: https://www.facebook.com/theicannetwork/photos/a.278436099008274/1965490896969444
    Understood website - information about 504s and IEPs: Understood.org
    Neurodivergent Rebel, Lyric Holmans’ website: https://neurodivergentrebel.com/
    Neurodivergent Rebel’s Safehome Podcast episode: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/fo36eVKbPvb
    Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASN): https://autisticadvocacy.org/

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    TIME STAMPS:

    1:52 Carolyn’s family’s background and diagnoses

    8:20 High-functioning and low-functioning are outdated. What vocabulary is correct nowadays?

    9:50 Autistic people?  Or people with autism?

    12:35 504 v IEP accommodations

    13:55 Is anxiety a neurodivergence? Is a student with anxiety eligible for accommodations?

    15:48 Cum. files and labeling in school

    18:33 What is ableism? What are some examples of ableist policies in school and work?

    21:20 Did Carolyn’s child’s diagnosis make things better or worse?

    22:30 Carolyn and her husband are waiting to get their own diagnosis of autism confirmed

    25:40 How job interviews are challenging for autistic people and how to make them better

    27:30 The powerful concept of universal design

    28:43 Carolyn’s advice for parents who think their child might be neurodiverse

    30:10 Why to steer clear of ABA - listen to adult autistic people

    35:15 Why Autism Speaks is problematic

    37:40 Carolyn’s advocacy for the LGBTQ community too


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    • 40 min
    Destigmatizing Mental Illness with Amanda Lipp - Ep 71

    Destigmatizing Mental Illness with Amanda Lipp - Ep 71

    In this week’s Safe Home Podcast, Beth talks with Amanda Lipp, a documentary filmmaker and social entrepreneur working at the intersection of mental health, storytelling, and technology. Amanda has produced over 80 short documentaries about mental health and social impact - covering topics such as youth psychosis, schizophrenia, art therapy, cyberbullying prevention, and housing relief from wildfires.  A passionate mental health advocate, she has given over 150 speeches around the U.S. since age 18 sharing her journey navigating the mental health system. Amanda is passionate about mental health leadership, policy change, and tying films to mental health research studies. She serves on the Mental Health Advisory Panel at Google, and the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Committee (ISMICC) created by Congress to advise on federal mental health policy. Amanda formerly served on the board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest grassroots mental health nonprofit in the U.S.

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    RESOURCES:

    Amanda’s information:


    Website: https://amandalipp.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amandalipp01
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandalipp/

    Other resources mentioned in this episode:


    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): https://nami.org/
    The Truman Show (film): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120382/
    The Truman Show Delusion (disorder): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Truman_Show_delusion
    988 Lifeline: https://988lifeline.org
    Pride & Joy Foundation: https://www.prideandjoyfoundation.com/
    Elena Joy Thurston’s Safe Home Podcast episode about Pride & Joy Foundation: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/klzqKKg6Evb

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    TIME STAMPS:

    2:09 Amanda’s lived experience with mental illness

    6:05 Sports injuries and Amanda’s depression

    9:50 Using drugs like an emotional credit card

    11:05 Amanda’s support system and challenges of parenting a “problem child”

    12:55 Amanda’s major mental breakdown as a college freshman - The Truman Show Delusion

    15:08 Psychiatrist ICU and outpatient services from induced psychosis

    17:50 Amanda’s daily regimen to maintain her mental health

    22:40 Behind the scenes in mental health organizations

    24:00 Amanda’s reprise of The Truman Show Delusion and how her parents handled it

    26:37 The danger of cops responding to mental health crises, and the hope of the new 988 lifeline

    28:50 The importance of compassion and curiosity in responding to psychiatric emergencies

    31:50 Advice for how to be supportive to your loved one struggling with mental illness

    33:46 How Amanda’s sexual identity intersected with her mental health

    35:50 Seek out access points for professional help before a crisis occurs

    36:43 Befriending all parts of ourselves with grace, and lean on community




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    • 39 min
    An Unforgettable Adoption Reunion Story with Doris Blumenthal - Ep 70

    An Unforgettable Adoption Reunion Story with Doris Blumenthal - Ep 70

    In this week’s Safe Home Podcast, Beth talks with Doris Blumenthal, an adopted person who lives in Northern California. Her adoption story is one of the adoptee narratives in the documentary Reckoning with the Primal Wound, which you’ve probably heard me talking about before. The filmmaker Rebecca Autumn Sansom was on this podcast in Episode 30. If you haven’t seen Reckoning with the Primal Wound yet, I highly recommend it, and I also want to let you know that this episode contains spoilers.

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    Resources mentioned in this episode:


    Reckoning with the Primal Wound documentary: https://reckoningwiththeprimalwound.com/
    ALMA - The Adoptees' Liberty Movement Association: https://thealmasociety.org/
    The Primal Wound by Nancy Verrier: https://www.amazon.com/Primal-Wound-Understanding-Adopted-Child/dp/0963648004
    Safe Home Bookclub - free discussion questions for The Primal Wound: https://bookclubs.com/safe-home-book-club/join/
    APtitude Support Group for Adoptive Parents Facing Adoption’s Challenges: SafeHomeFamilies.com/APtitude

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    TIME STAMPS:

    2:00 Doris’ adoption story, crossing paths with birth mother in the early days

    6:40 The overwhelming need to know one’s biological roots

    9:16 Doris’ adoptive parents’ attitude about adoption

    11:54 The mysterious photograph and the broken relationship with Doris’ bio brother

    13:35 Complex emotions with Doris’ paternal sisters

    14:36 Starting the pre-internet search process

    18:50 First attempt at finding birth mother

    20:15 How DNA searches help

    21:11 A common problem for adopted people: lack of health history

    21:56 Minnesota sisters and other maternal relatives

    22:54 How Arizona’s open records laws enabled Doris to find her birth mother

    25:05 Finding Doris’ birth mother’s home - and SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen the Reckoning film yet

    28:00 Doris’ brother’s attitude toward Doris, privacy v. right to know

    31:35 Another amazing coincidence

    33:40 More details about the reunion day

    38:45 Did she find the mysterious photograph or any other mementos?

    40:35 How Doris handles her complicated grief

    43:45 Most adopted people have a deep desire to meet their natural parents

    45:05 Doris’ dream of ideal records for adopted people

    47:33 Backlash from sharing her story in the Reckoning with the Primal Wound documentary

    51:34 Doris’ advice for adopted people who are contemplating reunion, and book recommendation

    53:30 Doris’ book recommendation - The Primal Wound by Nancy Verrier

    56:37 Doris’ advice for adoptive parents regarding reunion


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    • 1 hr
    Connective Parenting with Bonnie Harris - Ep 69

    Connective Parenting with Bonnie Harris - Ep 69

    In this week’s Safe Home Podcast, Beth talks with Bonnie Harris, a New Hampshire-area director of Connective Parenting, where she is a parent educator, counselor, coach, and speaker. She wrote two parenting books:  When Your Kids Push Your Buttons and Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids You’ll Love to Live With. AND she has her own podcast Tell Me About Your Kids where anyone can listen in on her parent coaching sessions. Bonnie has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education And is the proud mother of two adult children raised with her connective approach.

    In today’s episode, Bonnie will help us answer the question: HOW CAN WE BE MORE CONNECTED WITH the KIDS in our lives?

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    Bonnie’s information:


    Bonnie’s email: bh@bonnieharris.com
    Bonnie’s Website: https://bonnieharris.com/   
    Bonnie’s Book: When Your Kids Push Your Buttons and What You Can Do About It: https://bonnieharris.com/product/when-your-kids-push-your-buttons-2/
    Bonnie’s Book: Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids You’ll Love to Live With: https://bonnieharris.com/product/confident-parents-remarkable-kids-2/
    Bonnie’s podcast, Tell Me About Your Kids: https://bonnieharris.com/podcast/

    Other resources mentioned in this episode:


    The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive by W. Thomas Boyce, M. D.: https://www.amazon.com/Orchid-Dandelion-Children-Struggle-Thrive/dp/1101946563
    Hilltop Preschool: https://www.hilltoppreschool.com/

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    Safe Home is created by Joseph Nakao and Beth Syverson

    Music written and performed by Joseph Nakao

    Cover art by Joseph Nakao, photo by Beth Syverson

    Email questions or comments to Safe Home at Hello@SafeHomeFamilies.com

    Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube

    Support Safe Home on Patreon: Patreon.com/SafeHome

    www.SafeHomeFamilies.com

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    TIME STAMPS:

    1:26 How Bonnie parented her own (now grown) children

    6:08 How Bonnie developed her connective parenting model by learning about herself

    9:25 The Dandelion Child and the Orchid Child

    13:00 Bonnie’s own terms: The Harmony Child and The Integrity Child

    13:50 Characteristics of The Harmony Child - compliant but harbors shame

    16:40 How Connective Parenting focuses on the parents, not the child

    22:56 Connecting with your child’s emotional state instead of their behavior

    28:17 Connective parenting as an investment for your child’s self-confidence

    31:04 Characteristics of The Integrity Child - demanding but knows what they want

    36:07 How to turn the parenting ship around

    40:26 How did Bonnie’s orchid daughter turn out?

    44:10 “My child is having a problem, not being a problem.”


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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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Great demonstration of the human spirit!

This podcast lifts stories and gives frameworks for working through unexpected relationship dynamics which may apply to a multitude of lived experiences. I do not have children, but I find this podcast helps me to reshape my thinking and holding patterns in many of my relationships. The breadth and depth of each episode and the collection as a whole provide such a healthy perspective for leaning into unfamiliar or uncomfortable topics. Well done!

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Safe home podcast

Even though my kids are grown and my grandkids are in their mid twenties and so far on the right path in their lives I thoroughly enjoy this platform. I have learned so much by listening to all these episodes and have shared this podcast to many of my friends (of all ages). It’s good to be informed and up- to- date on all the information these episodes share. This is such a worthwhile platform to help all families. So interesting and so easy to understand by the explanations each speaker shares. I highly recommend this podcast to everyone. Thank you to Beth,Joey and Jan for initiating this podcast to help others.

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What every family dealing with addiction needs

I love listening to this podcast. This is a family that’s focused on solutions and a great example of loving someone through active addiction and recovery without enabling. I could have used this podcast 6 years ago when my daughter’s addiction started, but I still find it helpful today even though she’s in recovery. This is a must listen.

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