Our Story

Hi friends! Welcome to Confessions of An Adoptive Parent, the place where we (Mike & Kristin Berry) do our best to offer hope for families in the trenches.

We’re here to help weary adoptive & foster parents find the support & validation they need to regain hope and finally stop feeling alone.


We have been married almost 17 years and are raising 8 amazing children, all of whom have been adopted. In addition to being adoptive parents, we’ve also served as foster parents for 8 years.

One thing we know for sure from our 14 years of parenthood: parenting is hard. REALLY hard! And that’s especially true for adoptive & foster parents.

There are incredible blessings in this kind of parenting, but there are some tough challenges too.


We know from experience how easy it can be to feel all alone as an adoptive or foster parent – like there’s no one else in the world who’s facing the same challenges you are.

That’s why we’re so committed to sharing our story here: honest & unfiltered. Because we want you to know you’re not the only one. We’ve struggled on this difficult journey, too. And we know for a fact that there is hope!

What You’ll Find Here

This blog exists to be an “I know, I’ve been there, you’re not alone” on the parenting journey.

We usually post twice a week, but every now and then, we’ll post 3 times. In every post, you can count on a lot of honesty, a little humor & some hope to get you through your day.

If you’re new to our site, here are some of our top posts to get you started:

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Because, let’s be honest, parenting is exhausting. For those who (like us at one point) have long since forgotten what a good night’s sleep feels like, it’s time for some reinforcements. Get your free copy & our email updates here:

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We love to dialogue with parents all over the world. It’s one of the greatest payoffs of having a blog on parenting as far as we’re concerned. If you have questions or need advice, here are some great ways to connect with us:

If you’d like to connect in person, you can also sometimes find us speaking at live events. With over 17 years of experience as public speakers and family consultants, we love to serve other families with our story. You can schedule us to speak at your event or find an upcoming event near you by visiting our speaker page.


Our Writing & Sharing Policy

We love to share honest stories and experiences on this blog. The number of parents we’ve interacted with over the past year have made it all worth it. We also know that many folks have great content to share. However, we do not accept unsolicited guest posts for this blog.

As much as we’d like to, we have tons of content to share already, plus a small circle of bloggers who guest post for Confessions of an Adoptive Parent. We’re confident there are tons of great writers out there with a message to share. We don’t want to hold you back, so, feel free to send guest post submissions to another blog that accepts them. You won’t hurt our feelings. Promise! 🙂

We get many requests to share full posts or excerpts from some of the posts we’ve written. It’s truly one of our biggest honors! We would love for you to share small excerpts from our posts. You don’t even have to ask permission. We ask that you quote us directly or tag this blog to your excerpt. You can even use Mike’s Twitter or Kristin’s Twitter, or the Confessions Facebook page as a means of referencing us. If you want to re-post one of our posts in its entirety, please email us for permission.

Thanks Again for Visiting!


Again, we really appreciate you checking out Confessions of an Adoptive Parent. We hope you leave here feeling supported, understood & certain that you are not alone. Each month, over 50,000 unique readers visit this site. That means there’s a whole army of adoptive & foster parents right there with you in the trenches.

It’s great to know that we’re all in this together, so please take a moment to connect with us through email or on social media. We would love to get to know you!

And don’t forget to sign up for our email updates so you don’t miss a moment of our crazy confessions.

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Here’s to you! And to a little more hope for families in the trenches.

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