How An Adoptee’s Experience Has Impacted Her Journey As An Adoptive Parent

The Honestly Adoption Podcast- Season 18, Episode 138

We’re officially kicking off Season 18 of the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and we’ve invited a very special guest to help us do this. Melissa Corkum is an adult adoptee, advocate, and parent coach. You’re going to love her story!

We believe there’s no greater resource for foster and adoptive parents than former foster youth, or adult adoptees. Melissa Corkum is an adult adoptee living in Baltimore, Maryland. But along with being an adoptee, she’s also an adoptive mother. Her experience as an adoptee has had a profound influence on her journey as an adoptive parent. On today’s episode, she shares the joys, sorrow, struggles, and celebrations of her personal story. Listen to the episode…

How To Teach Proper Adoption Language To A Misunderstanding World.

Fourteen years ago, when we started the adoption journey, we quickly learned the difference between appropriate and inappropriate questions to ask adoptive parents, and how to respond to a misunderstanding world.

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I remember the first time someone used improper terminology in front of me. I was standing in our church lobby, holding my newborn daughter in my arms, and a well-intentioned elderly gentlemen asked if we were going to have any children of our own some day. I smiled and politely replied, “We’re not sure what the future holds but we may have children biologically. We’ll just have to see.”