15 episodes

A place where adoptees can come to explore our stories, share our experience and speak our truth, in community and support with fellow adoptees. And where non-adoptees can come to listen, learn and support. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thisadopteelife/support

This Adoptee Life Amanda Medina

    • Society & Culture
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A place where adoptees can come to explore our stories, share our experience and speak our truth, in community and support with fellow adoptees. And where non-adoptees can come to listen, learn and support. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thisadopteelife/support

    Episode 14 - This Adoptee Life Podcast - Adoptee Author - Mariela Andersen

    Episode 14 - This Adoptee Life Podcast - Adoptee Author - Mariela Andersen

    Welcome to This Adoptee Life Podcast,

    In today's episode, I sit down with Mariela Andersen, a fellow Colombian adoptee, and we talk about her book "Home Sweet Casa". 

    Mariela grew up always knowing she was adopted, and even though hers is what she calls a positive and happy adoption story, she always had a longing to find her first mother, and to know where she came from.  Her book came out of the journaling she did while in reunion, and during her trip back to Colombia, to meet her first family.

    In this episode, we talk about the process of writing her book, some challenges, and highlights, and we get to hear Mariela read out loud part of the book. 



    To get in touch with and follow Mariela, you can find her here:

    Email: marielaandersen@yahoo.com

    Instagram: @marielaandersenn

    Website: www.marielaandersen.com

    Book link: https://www.amazon.com/Home-Sweet-Casa-Journey-Universal-ebook/dp/B08L34KQXF

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    Hosted by Amanda, Adoptee & Founder of This Adoptee Life blog, this podcast is a place for adoptees to explore our stories, own our experiences, and share our truth, in support and community with fellow adoptees, and with the world.

    This podcast is for anyone who is connected to adoption in any kind of way, so please, listen in and join the community online and in person.

    Visit the blog and sign up for our monthly newsletter at

    This Adoptee Life Website

    Follow us on social media at

    This Adoptee Life on Facebook

    This Adoptee Life on Instagram

    and join the community on

    This Adoptee Life Youtube Channel

    For comments and questions, please reach out via email to

    thisadopteelife84@gmail.com

    Thank you for being here.

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    To all my fellow adoptees,

    PS. We are all in this together.

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    Please, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review to help other people find us and hear our stories.


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    • 34 min
    Episode 13 - This Adoptee Life - Adoptee Author - Emma Stevens "The Gathering Place"

    Episode 13 - This Adoptee Life - Adoptee Author - Emma Stevens "The Gathering Place"

    Welcome to This Adoptee Life Podcast,

    In today's episode, I sit down with Emma Stevens, a fellow adoptee and published author.

    In her own words, Emma Stevens is a U.S. domestic adoptee from birth and has survived layers of trauma

    that have put her on multiple journeys. She developed the inner strength and courage to surmount

    the many struggles she faced. Her traumas were born from being an adoptee who struggled with

    being forced to wear an impossible mask of playing the part of the “good adopted child.”

    Because being relinquished and adopted has colored her life, it’s Emma’s desire to be part of the

    movement that is dedicated to helping bring forth change to the way our world views the needs

    and support of adopted individuals. She believes strongly in adoptees finding their voice and

    discovering their truth to have a solid sense of self and reclaim their identities. Through telling

    her story, Emma is dedicated to helping redefine the narrative of adoption to include the entire

    complex truth.



    Please, find and connect with Emma in the following ways:

    Linktree

    FB & Instagram
    @emmastevensthegatheringplace

    Twitter & TikTok

    @emmastevensTGP

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    Hosted by Amanda, Adoptee & Founder of This Adoptee Life blog, this podcast is a place for adoptees to explore our stories, own our experiences, and share our truth, in support and community with fellow adoptees, and with the world.

    This podcast is for anyone who is connected to adoption in any kind of way, so please, listen in and join the community online and in person.

    Visit the blog and sign up for our monthly newsletter at

    This Adoptee Life Website (New website to launch 12/1/2022

    Follow us on social media at

    This Adoptee Life on Facebook

    This Adoptee Life on Instagram

    and join the community on

    This Adoptee Life Youtube Channel

    For comments and questions, please reach out via email to

    thisadopteelife84@gmail.com

    Thank you for being here.

    _______________________________________

    To all my fellow adoptees,

    PS. We are all in this together.

    __________________________________

    Please, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review to help other people find us and hear our stories.


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thisadopteelife/support

    • 37 min
    Episode 12 - This Adoptee Life Podcast - Lara Leon

    Episode 12 - This Adoptee Life Podcast - Lara Leon

    Welcome to This Adoptee Life Podcast,

    In today's episode, I sit down with Lara Leon, a fellow adoptee from the UK. 

    In her own words, Lara is "out of the fog, out of the reunion, helping to spread the word on how to help adoptees with their journey to adjustment."

    We talk about adoptee well-being, a topic Lara feels strongly about and has worked on for quite some time. 

    In addition to being a coach, educator, and supporter, Lara has done research on the topic of adoptee wellbeing.

    She collaborates with fellow adoptees in the UK, via webinars, her blog, youtube channel, and social media, to bring awareness for non-adoptees, and support for fellow adoptees.

    Please, follow the link below, to find out more about Lara, her work, and how to connect with her.

    https://linktr.ee/iamlaraleon

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    This episode marks the final one for season one, and when we return with season two, there will be much more in store. We will hear from adoptee authors and we will expand on the different voices we'll hear from. We will always have adoption at the center and the purpose remains to offer support and validation for fellow adoptees while spreading awareness for those who are listening in as non-adoptees. 

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    Hosted by Amanda, Adoptee & Founder of This Adoptee Life blog, this podcast is a place for adoptees to explore our stories, own our experiences, and share our truth, in support and community with fellow adoptees, and with the world.

    This podcast is for anyone who is connected to adoption in any kind of way, so please, listen in and join the community online and in person.

    Visit the blog and sign up for our monthly newsletter at

    This Adoptee Life Website

    Follow us on social media at

    This Adoptee Life on Facebook

    This Adoptee Life on Instagram

    and join the community on

    This Adoptee Life Youtube Channel

    For comments and questions, please reach out via email to

    thisadopteelife84@gmail.com

    Thank you for being here.

    _______________________________________

    To all my fellow adoptees,

    PS. We are all in this together.

    __________________________________

    Please, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review to help other people find us and hear our stories.


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thisadopteelife/support

    • 51 min
    Episode 11 - This Adoptee Life Podcast - Amy Hansen

    Episode 11 - This Adoptee Life Podcast - Amy Hansen

    Welcome to This Adoptee Life Podcast,

    Please, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review to help other people find us and hear our stories.

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    Amy Hansen is my guest on today's episode. She reached out to me, wanting to share her adoptee story on This Adoptee Life Podcast. I can't thank her enough for her patience, as she has waited from recording to the release of the episode. 

    We talk about common themes for adoptees, such as loss and coming out of the fog. We also touch on the fact that Amy is not the only adoptee in her family, and how coming out of the fog is shaping her perspective on wanting to be of guidance to fellow adoptees, including those in her family.

    Amy shares some thoughts on opening the door to some of those tough conversations as adoptive parents and how recognizing loss can help build the ground for understanding one another. 

    If you wish to connect with Amy, you can find her on social media via the following links:

    FaceBook 

     Instragram 

     Twitter

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    Hosted by Amanda, Adoptee & Founder of This Adoptee Life blog, this podcast is a place for adoptees to explore our stories, own our experiences and share our truth, in support and community with fellow adoptees, and with the world.

    This podcast is for anyone who is connected to adoption in any kind of way, so please, listen in and join the community online and in person.

    Visit the blog and sign up for our monthly newsletter at

    This Adoptee Life Website

    Follow us on social media at

    This Adoptee Life on Facebook

    This Adoptee Life on Instagram

    and join the community on

    This Adoptee Life Youtube Channel

    For comments and questions, please reach out via email to

    thisadopteelife84@gmail.com

    Thank you for being here.

    _______________________________________

    To all my fellow adoptees,

    PS. We are all in this together.


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thisadopteelife/support

    • 53 min
    Episode 10 - This Adoptee Life Podcast - Heather Marshall

    Episode 10 - This Adoptee Life Podcast - Heather Marshall

    Welcome to This Adoptee Life Podcast,

    Heather Marshall, fellow adoptee, shares her story with us on This Adoptee Life Podcast.

    We talk about navigating life as an adoptee, the guilt born out of not having a voice as children, the mask we wear to fit in as adoptees, the fear of everything falling apart, motherhood as an adoptee, and what honoring our feelings might look like while working towards the rocky road of healing.

    It was a wonderful conversation and I hope you will love listening to it as much as I did recording it.

    Please, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review to help other people find us and hear our stories.

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    Heather Marshall is an adoptee, author, teacher, and coach whose classes, workshops, and coaching focus primarily on helping people access their own stories. This might be to process the past, establish a vision forward or be fully present in the moment. Heather uses a combination of yoga, meditation, and movement to deepen her own writing practice as well as her students'. Her fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction are published in a variety of periodicals and anthologies in the US and the UK. Her novel, The Thorn Tree, was released in 2014. She’s currently on the hunt for a publisher for her recently completed novel manuscript, When the Ocean Flies, a story of longing and love that spans oceans and generations, exploring the hidden past of women, the adoptee experience, abuse and survival, and finding the strength to uncover your authentic self. When she isn’t writing, reading, or teaching, you can find her hiking, traveling, or playing bass drum in a bagpipe band.



    You can find and connect with Heather via the following outlets:

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Website

    Ted Talk 

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    Hosted by Amanda, Adoptee & Founder of This Adoptee Life blog, this podcast is a place for adoptees to explore our stories, own our experience and share our truth, in support and community with fellow adoptees, and with the world.

    This podcast is for anyone who is connected to adoption in any kind of way, so please, listen in and join the community online and in person.

    Visit the blog and sign up for our monthly newsletter at

    This Adoptee Life Website

    Follow us on social media at

    This Adoptee Life on Facebook

    This Adoptee Life on Instagram

    and join the community on

    This Adoptee Life Youtube Channel

    For comments and questions, please reach out via email to

    thisadopteelife84@gmail.com

    Thank you for being here.

    _______________________________________

    To all my fellow adoptees,

    PS. We are all in this together.


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thisadopteelife/support

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 9 - This Adoptee Life Podcast - Cassie Davis

    Episode 9 - This Adoptee Life Podcast - Cassie Davis

    Welcome to This Adoptee Life Podcast.

    Fellow adoptee Cassie Davis and I talk about sibling relationships as an adoptee, both with adoptive siblings and biological siblings. There is a unique dynamic in her experience that she shares with us. We also talk about unpacking our past, connecting dots, and how we have worked through several common adoption/adoptee-related struggles. Birth trauma, hyper-vigilance, and empowerment are all topics that are part of this conversation. 

    If you wish to connect with Cassie, she is on social media HERE

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    Hosted by Amanda, Adoptee & Founder of This Adoptee Life blog, this podcast is a place for adoptees to explore our stories, own our experience and share our truth, in support and community with fellow adoptees, and with the world.

    This podcast is for anyone who is connected to adoption in any kind of way, so please, listen in and join the community online and in person.

    Visit the blog and sign up for our monthly newsletter at

    This Adoptee Life Website

    Follow us on social media at

    This Adoptee Life on Facebook

    This Adoptee Life on Instagram

    and join the community on

    This Adoptee Life Youtube Channel



    For comments and questions, please reach out via email to

    thisadopteelife84@gmail.com

    Thank you for being here.

    _______________________________________

    To all my fellow adoptees,

    PS. We are all in this together.


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thisadopteelife/support

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

vietnam1636 ,

This podcast packs a punch

As a fellow adoptee, it is wonderful to hear these stories on this podcast. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

SAEB62 ,

Adoptee

I have never really opened up about my story to very many people. It gives me courage to hear you and your words. Your manner is very calming as I tend to sound anxious when I talk about my experience. My children hear me yet I don’t think they are listening- maybe people don’t listen due to not being able to relate - they know their birth stories, their birth families but the few people I have opened up to seem to react in a way that puzzles me- that I should be grateful that I was adopted, chosen, or whatever word they use to fill in the blank. That’s the key word for me - blank- I relate that to my adoptee experience since I feel I had no existence for the first few years of my life. My life was just blank. Anyways, thank you for giving us a platform. I wish you much success with the podcast!

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