Hi friends! Welcome to Confessions of An Adoptive Parent. We (Mike and Kristin Berry) and our amazing team strive to encourage moms and dads along this unique journey of foster and adoptive parenting.
We have been married for 19 years and parents for 16. All 8 of our children joined our family through adoption. We fostered for 9 years and have had 23 children come through our doors. Our newest adventure is grandparenting. We are convinced that grandchildren are the greatest joy in this life!
Our central focus is the health and well being of our children. In order to create a nurturing environment for our children to grow, we must be healthy as parents. As we have traveled this road of foster care and adoption, we have come to realize that we are better parents when we are surrounded by a supportive community.
We believe in the restoration and preservation of families. We believe in the biological family unit, and desire to lend resources and encouragement to families who need support. We recognize that sometimes children cannot thrive within their family of origin. All children deserve permanency and stability in a forever family. We believe that with support, foster and adoptive parents can guide our families toward healing, security, and healthy identity.
What You’ll Find Here
We are committed to sharing our story honestly and openly in the hope that families like ours will feel the strength of like-minded community. When we are strong as parents, we can support our children well.
If you’re new to our site, here are some of our top posts to get you started:
- Don’t Save My Child!
- 10 Things Foster Parents Wish Their Case Managers Knew
- I Don’t Expect You To Understand Why I Parent The Way I Do
- Sex Starts In The Morning
- The Lonely Battle Of Special Needs
- Sex Starts In The Morning- Part 2
- “Dad, Do You Think My Teacher Is Pretty?”
- 6 Struggles Every Foster Parent Faces
- A Letter To An Entitled Pre-Teen
- The Greatest Adoption Myth
- How To Face The Reality Of Placing Your Child In Residential Care
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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:
Connect with Us
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 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 100,000 unique readers from 45 different countries visit this site. That means there’s a whole army of adoptive & foster parents right there with you on the journey.
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Here’s to you! And to a little more hope for families on the foster or adoptive journey.
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