Dads And Adoption: How To Find Strength And Hope For The Journey [Podcast].

Season 3, Episode 20- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

We’re kicking off a brand new season of The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast. We are so excited to introduce Season 3 to all of you. This is going to be a fun season. We have so many great topics we’re covering. It begins today, with Dads and Adoption…

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Our guest today is Andrew Schneidler, founder of The Permanence Project, an organization dedicated to being a voice for the vulnerable children in the state of Washington. He is also co-founder of The Refresh Conference along with his wife, Michele, who serves as Orphan Care Pastor at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Washington.

Andrew has an amazing perspective, and valuable wisdom to share, when it comes to helping men on the adoption journey. Specifically, men who are questioning their identity or feeling resentful toward the adoption decision. In this episode he shares some powerful truth in finding strength and hope as an adoptive father.

Listen to the Podcast.


Notes and Quotes from the Show.

Andrew shared so many “truth-bombs” and valuable wisdom that any man who is struggling can take away. Here are some of our favorite quotes…

We talked very openly about the misconceptions our society has when it comes to masculinity, and how prevalent that misunderstanding is in the adoptive community. Here are two powerful truths that Andrew shared concerning this topic…

Finally, Andrew summed up this episode’s topic perfectly when he shared this…

Resources and Links.

As we often do, because are such big believers in this event, we are sharing the link to The Refresh Conference main site. Below that are links to The Permanence Project and The Children’s Law Center of Washington’s main Facebook page…

We hope you enjoyed the season debut of Season 3 of The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast. Feel free to leave a comment below or visit our iTunes page and leave a review. We’d love to hear from you!

Question: Are you an adoptive father? What have you struggled with the most on this journey? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Steve Bourque

    Thanks for the podcast guys! I attended your webinar last Fall when we were at our lowest moment. We had fostered a 14 yo girl, then taken guardianship. Sadly it broke down in November. She went to be with a family we knew, but just now that broke down as well. Some hard stuff there for sure. Your support (including talking directly with Andrew) during this time has helped with our healing. Now we’re just grieving for her. I’m also questioning our future role with foster care. That was just a hard experience. Thanks for your encouragement!

    • Steve, you are welcome! I am so glad to hear from you and that you have found support from us. I am so sorry that you are grieving this great loss. And equally that it’s hit you more than once. Hang in there. Let us know if there’s anything else we can do for you.

  • Scott Gillespie

    In the podcast you mentioned there could be a way to connect with other Dad’s to e-mail / talk / text with when in the trenches. How would I go about finding someone or some people? I don’t have people in my area that I can approach. I also find that its nice to have people that are totally outside my circle of friends and my physical location because they can be an outside observer and may see things others can’t.

    • Hey Scott, we totally understand. When it comes to this site and our Facebook Page, we are there for you to reach out to us. Feel free to send me an email (which you can find on the About Us page above) or a message through our Facebook page (which you can connect to and Like by clicking above). Looking forward to hearing from you and helping in anyway I can.