Understanding The Ins And Outs Of The Private Adoption Process

We are excited to share a special Encore Podcast Presentation with you as we prepare brand new episodes for The Honestly Adoption Podcast. Click below to listen to this week’s episode…

Fourteen years ago we began the adoption process for the first time. To say that we had no idea what we were doing is an understatement. We were clueless. We had more questions than answers. In fact, we wrote an entire book about this. It’s easy to get lost in the process. A few years ago, Mike sat down with Julie Craft from The Adoption Support Center in Indianapolis to discuss the process and procedure couples will find in a private adoption agency. Later on we turned that audio into a podcast. In today’s episode we’re sharing an encore presentation of that podcast.

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How To Take Better Care Of You In The New Year.

You’ll often hear us say that self-care isn’t selfish, and self-care isn’t hard. In fact, it’s quite simple. Our community manager, Michelle McKinney (who went to college for fitness), and is now on the adoption journey, breaks it down for us…

It’s January. You might be saying, “Ugh.” Or you might be saying, “Praise Jesus!” All depends on what happened the previous year to either give you hope for moving on or angst of the inevitable. For adoptive parents, it’s probably both. We feel hope because our kids are older and maturing. But then there’s the fact that they are older and maturing…bringing bigger, more life-altering consequences. If you’re like me, because of the above struggle, I rarely if ever make the common New Year’s resolutions. Honestly, I don’t have time for that silliness. I only have time to survive is what I usually think.

An Adoptee’s Story Of Overcoming Obstacles And Finding Identity

The Honestly Adoption Podcast - Season 8, Episode 75

One of the brand new content pieces we’ve added to Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent is adoptee stories. We believe in telling transformational stories, and that begins with the amazing adoptees we know and love. We’re kicking this off by sharing Christie Cronan’s story on today’s podcast episode.

On this special 75th episode of the Honestly Adoption Podcast, Mike and Kristin are excited to welcome Christie Cronan to the show. Christie is an adoptee, Korean mom, and blogger at RaisingWhasians. We invite you to listen in as she shares about her ongoing journey toward finding identity, and some of the challenges she faced as an adopted person moving into adulthood.  Christie also has some great tips for how adoptees and adoptive parents can handle those “interesting” or inappropriate questions that others sometimes ask us and our kids.

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An Invitation To Look Beyond Your Child’s Trauma.

When you’re in the thick of dealing with tantrums, meltdowns, outbursts, or aggression, it’s hard to see the heart of your child. But look deeper and your perspective, and own heart, may change…

I sit in the bland, cold waiting room of the latest residential treatment facility my child is a resident in. Clutching my legs just above my knees tightly, I listen to other residents and their parents receive instructions on a pending off-campus visit, in the waiting area next to where I sit. “Make sure he doesn’t have access to a cell phone, or social media, or email. You need to be back by 4pm sharp, no exceptions. Please stay within 10 miles of the facility. Absolutely no visits to home. If he tries to run here is the number you call. Have a nice visit!”

Creating A Blueprint For Helping Your Sensory Seeking Child

The Honestly Adoption Podcast: Season 8, Episode 74

When you’re parenting a sensory-seeking child, you are often exhausted and at your wit’s end. Before you give up hope, tune into today’s podcast episode. By the end of the show, you will have a brand new perspective…

We are welcoming our good friend, and fellow foster and adoptive parent, Carrie Blaske to The Honestly Adoption Podcast today. This is an awesome interview! We’re talking about a huge topic when it comes to the foster and adoptive journey: how to create a blueprint for helping your sensory-seeking child.

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Notes and Quotes:

Sensory processing disorder (SPD; also known as sensory integration dysfunction) is a condition that exists when multisensory integration is not adequately processed in order to provide appropriate responses to the demands of the environment. (Wikipedia)

Our 5 external senses must be combined with our two internal senses in order to function properly in everyday life.

Do I Have What It Takes To Care For This Child?

It’s a question we all wonder: “Do I have what it takes to care for this hurting child?” I believe with all of my heart that we do. We’ve got this. And here’s why…

I know you.

And I know what’s going through your mind right now.

Those questions and fears that bounce around your mind like a pinball in a pinball machine???

Yeah, I have them too! Trust me.

How To Provide A Healing Home For Wounded Children

The Honestly Adoption Podcast: Season 8, Episode 73

It’s never easy for a child, who’s been through significant trauma, to step into a home they’re unfamiliar with. Oftentimes, it only deepens their traumatic experience. It might leave you wondering, “Is there any way to provide a healing environment for this child?” The answer is, yes. Here’s why…

You’ve been asking and we listened!  We are thrilled to welcome our good friends, David and Jayne Schooler from Back2Back Ministries, to the show today. They bring valuable insight and in-depth expertise to the discussion. Today we are talking about how to provide a healing home for children who have been deeply wounded.

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Could You Help Us Improve In 2018?

Take our 2018 reader survey today!

We are always striving to make Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent a better blog that helps you on your journey. That’s why we greatly value your opinion and feedback. Could you help us out by filling out our 2018 reader survey? It takes about 10 minutes to complete…


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Two-thousand-seventeen was an amazing year with many new milestones and accomplishments. We traveled to more than 30 states around the country speaking to foster and adoptive parenting groups, our podcast, The Honestly Adoption Podcast averaged over 12,000 downloads a month, and our monthly readership grew from 75,000 to more than 100,000 readers a month.