What Happens When Birth Parents And Adoptive Parents Support One Another?

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 17, Episode 134

Can birth parents and adoptive parents really enter into a supportive relationship with one another, and put the needs of the child before anything else? Yes! We believe they can. And in today’s episode, you’ll find out why…

If you haven’t met Ashley Mitchell yet, you need to. At age 26 Ashley placed her son for adoption. It was a dark time in her life. She felt a deep sense of loss as she returned home from the hospital without her baby. Would she ever find hope? The answer was yes. But it would be quite the journey. Today, 14 years later, she has become a powerful voice for birth parents, and an advocate for ethical adoptions. You will love her heart and perspective. Listen to the episode…

How To Help Our Children Navigate The Trauma Of Coronavirus

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 17, Episode 133

We are in unprecedented and uncharted territory with the Coronavirus outbreak. In fact, the landscape of life is changing quickly because of it. How do we help our children navigate the anxiety, stress, and added trauma of all of this?

If you’re anything like us, it’s been a week. We’ve all mostly stayed at home, helplessly standing by while school gets cancelled, spring sports get postponed, church services cease, and life as we know it changes day by day. And, it may be far from over. In the middle of this added stress, is the added fear and anxiety that children, who have a trauma history, are experiencing. How do we help them navigate through this? How do we, as caregivers cope? In this special episode, Mike offers some advice. Listen now…

What Happens When You Invite Men To Be Vulnerable?

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 17, Episode 132

The words ‘vulnerable’ and ‘men’ are usually not mentioned in the same sentence with one another, let alone associated with each other. Yet every fall, in the mountains of Colorado, the two words connect and form a transformational experience for foster and adoptive dads.

In 2016, sensing an urgency to create safe space where foster and adoptive dads could connect with one another, Mike Berry, Andrew Schneidler and Jason Morriss, created Road Trip: A Mountaintop Experience for Foster and Adoptive Dads. They had one goal: create safe space where men could be open, honest, and vulnerable in without fear of judgement or criticism. To date, more than 400 men have journeyed up the mountain. In this latest episode, they share openly what Road Trip is, and why it’s so transformational in men’s lives. Listen to the episode…


How The Story Of Your Past Is Not The Story Of Your Future

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 17, Episode 131

Our kids have come from hard places. And often, they can feel as if they’ll never get out from under the weight of those past storylines. But everything they’ve gone through in the past, does not define their future. Embo Tshimanga is living proof of this!

As a youngster, Embo Tshimanga lived in over twenty-five different homes including six homeless shelters, group homes, two women’s shelters, cars, and five foster homes. The norm for her was lack of electricity, water, and food. A ‘shower’ in a gas station bathroom was typical. By the time she graduated high school, she had attended a total of 28 schools. As difficult as this is to read, it was exponentially more difficult to live through. But today, at 21 years old, Embo is shining a bright light and changing the lives of vulnerable children. Listen to her interview…

Raising A Multiracial Family: A Conversation With Keia Jones-Baldwin

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 17, Episode 129

Today we’re kicking off Season 17 of the Honestly Adoption Podcast and we couldn’t be more excited. We have so many amazing, talented, and wise guests lined up. You’re going to be challenged and inspired!

Recently, Mike and Kristin sat down with Keia Jones-Baldwin from Raising Cultures to talk about raising a multiracial family, the ups and downs of parenting, her brand new podcast, and the ever so fun experience of dealing with internet trolls, and how to hit personal attacks online head on. You’re going to love this interview. Keia is a rockstar and has a brilliant perspective. Listen to the interview now…

Get A Sneak Peak Into Season 17 Of The Podcast!

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 17 Preview

Coming February 20, 2020…we’re kicking off a brand new season of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, but you get a sneak peak into what’s to come. Click below to check out our season preview!

Hard to believe that we’ve already arrived at our 17th season. Sine 2015 we’ve had so much fun, and so many memorable shows. We’ve reached milestones such as being a Top 50 show in the Children and Families category on iTunes, surpassing 20,000 monthly downloads, reaching our 25 country around the globe, and more! But the most important thing is that we’ve been invited into your lives to help you become the best parent possible! That’s the ultimate win. Season 17 is proving to be out of this world, with interviews with world-class people who are quietly but powerfully changing this world. Check out Season 17 preview…

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Let’s Talk About The Need For Community

The Honestly Adoption Podcast, Season 16, Episode 128

One of the most important ways we can take better care of ourselves, maximize this new year, and maintain health as a parent, is through a strong connection to others. But how do you find this?

On the foster and adoptive parenting journey, we need fellow parents in our corner. There’s no way we can maintain a healthy perspective, nor find the encouragement we need to keep moving forward without a strong support community around us. As we wrap up the podcast series, New Year, New You, the most important message we can leave you with, is the message of community. Listen to the episode now…

Let’s Talk About Creating Structure

The Honestly Adoption Podcast, Season 16, Episode 127

We’re continuing our new podcast series called New Year, New You with an episode about the great need for structure, creating a routine, and how you can implement both even if you haven’t to this point on your parenting journey.

Chaos. Utter and complete chaos. That describes most days on the foster and adoptive parenting journey. Heck, that describes most days for parents in general. The surefire way to overcome chaos and begin to move toward peace and consistency is through structure, and a consistent routine that you follow with your family. In today’s episode, Mike discusses principles that can help you achieve this. Listen to the episode now…