215 episodes

If you’re an adoptive parent looking for hope, practical tools, and friends who understand, this podcast is for you! Between the two of us, we represent all three parts of the adoption triad. We’ve been around the block a couple times with kids by birth, adoption, and foster care. And lived to tell about it. Don’t worry. We get it. And we’re here for you. Gain confidence in your parenting and hope for your family’s future.

The Adoption Connection | a podcast by and for adoptive parents Lisa Qualls and Melissa Corkum

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 190 Ratings

If you’re an adoptive parent looking for hope, practical tools, and friends who understand, this podcast is for you! Between the two of us, we represent all three parts of the adoption triad. We’ve been around the block a couple times with kids by birth, adoption, and foster care. And lived to tell about it. Don’t worry. We get it. And we’re here for you. Gain confidence in your parenting and hope for your family’s future.

    #210: Exploring How Your Past Impacts Your Parenting

    #210: Exploring How Your Past Impacts Your Parenting

    Are there specific behaviors that get under your skin? Does your child know how to push your "buttons?" This week, Lisa reads excerpts from Chapter Two of The Connected Parent. Exploring how you were parented and your attachment style gives insight for why you react to your child the way you do.

    • 17 min
    #209: [workshop] Connection Matters More than Vegetables with Dr. Rowell

    #209: [workshop] Connection Matters More than Vegetables with Dr. Rowell

    Food challenges are common for children with early adversity. We often get questions regarding undereating, overeating, picky eating, hoarding, and sneaking.

    • 37 min
    #208: Using Bibliotherapy to Tackle Tough Topics with Darren and Margie Fink

    #208: Using Bibliotherapy to Tackle Tough Topics with Darren and Margie Fink

    A lot of children shut down when you try to directly correct behaviors or address fears and past experiences. Story, imagination, and play are great ways to tackle tough issues without starting a control battle with your kids. Join Imagination Specialists and veteran parents, Darren and Margie Fink to learn the four steps of bibliotherapy.

    • 37 min
    #207: How to Help Your Children Navigate Their Identity and Thrive with Jenn and Josh Hook

    #207: How to Help Your Children Navigate Their Identity and Thrive with Jenn and Josh Hook

    How can we help our kids navigate their identity, and sit with them in the unknowns of their story or the grief and loss that comes up?

    Jenn and Josh Hook offer don't shy away from the hard topics in this fantastic interview. They offer practical ideas for connecting across cultures and supporting your child's unique identity. We also talk about following your child's lead and honoring their grief process as they try to understand their story.

    • 35 min
    #206: [mailbag] the sibling experience, choices, are we making a difference

    #206: [mailbag] the sibling experience, choices, are we making a difference

    This week we answer listener questions such as:
    What do you do when not everyone in the family wants to foster/adopt anymore?
    What if one of our kids isn't accepting a newly adopted sibling?
    What do you do when a child always wants to pick an option not on the list when given two choices?
    Is anything we're doing making a difference?

    • 33 min
    What We Learned in 2022

    What We Learned in 2022

    With the demands of life and parenting, it can be hard to find time to stop and reflect. But pausing and reflecting is good for our soul, our nervous system, and our relationships. In this last episode for 2022 we thought it would be fun to recap the year. What we learned. When we experienced God's kindness. What we're excited about in 2023.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
190 Ratings

190 Ratings

Whitney Pendell ,

So Practical

I love the mailbag episodes! They are so full of practical help.

BeallMom1 ,

My Favorite Adoption-Related Podcast

They are constantly bringing listeners crucial content for where we are in the trenches. Consistently encouraging and full of helpful resources. It’s been a life-savor in this difficult season on our journey!

Daniel with a capital D ,

much needed guidance

This podcast is not afraid to tackle tough subjects surrounding adoption! Please listen and learn.

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