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 Recognize Mixed Maturity And Developmental Trauma

There are so many up and down emotions swirling around in our children, and we are often so exhausted, that it’s easy to forget about developmental delays. How do you recognize this in your children? This may help… 

With the journey I’ve been on with my kids over the last 13 years, I’ve become a firm believer in getting our kids evaluated by professionals. Not just any professional. But professionals who specialize in adoption. Admittedly, they are hard to find. Which is why we travel hours, and sometimes to the next state over, and pay a lot of money because insurance doesn’t usually cover the best. 

When You Say One More, But Your Kids Say No More

We know you because we are you. Your heart is bursting for vulnerable children worldwide. In fact, if you could, you would bring every child without a forever home into yours. But what do you do when your children who are already a permanent part of your home are saying, “No more”?

We’ve been conversating this one for a while now. Our last adoption happened 5 years ago. And due to a couple of our kid’s trauma issues, and the trauma that our last adoption brought to our family (in short…we had to all move to a far away land for 4 months…which resulted in another move upon our return), we have 1 kid that absolutely…

The Stuff I Learned From My Traumatic Past.

Season 6, Episode 57- The Honestly Speaking Podcast

“Your past may explain you, but it doesn’t define you.” This last installment of our summer series, “The Stuff I Learned,” is an honest story of one family’s struggle through the dark, hard places of trauma and despair, to the places (and person) of Hope.

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Don’t miss out on this amazing interview with adoptee, Sandeep Thomas, and his two special guests (you’ll have to listen to find out who!), as they share how they have found, and continue to find, hope, joy, and gratitude on the sometimes difficult journey of adoption.

The Truth About Adopting Children Who Are HIV Positive [Podcast]

Season 1, Episode 5- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

Human Immunodeficiency Virus, known as HIV, is a global disease. But it’s also very misunderstood. Along with that, it carries a big stigma. In today’s episode you’ll hear the story of one couple who intentionally chose to adopt a son who was HIV positive.

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It’s been a common theme in the short life of this podcast, that goes something like this… “God called us to do this. We listened, we followed, chose to trust, and here we are.” Sounds easy, maybe even a little cavalier. But that’s often the nature of choosing to do something radical, and then trusting that God is going to take care of you the entire way.

5 Emotions Every Adoptive Parent Goes Through

And how to overcome the bad ones

The adoption process can bring about a roller coaster ride of emotions. Over the past 13 years we’ve experienced more than we can count. From the excitement of beginning the journey, to the trails you face later. It’s real and can be all consuming. How do you ride this wild ride and keep your sanity?

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In the winter of 2002 we sat in the empty choir room of a large church on the north side of Indianapolis, listening to a woman talk about adoption. The idea both excited and terrified us. At a friend’s advice we showed up for the meeting. After some time to process all we had heard, we began filling out the lengthy paperwork. That was also the beginning of the roller coaster of emotions we would ride for the next several years.

How To Tell The World A Powerful Story Through Adoption.

Fourteen years ago we became adoptive parents and our lives changed forever. But our story didn’t start off as perfect and beautiful as some may believe. We had some big questions, with very few answers.

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The argument we were having was completely my fault.

It was a cold November night in 1998 as we sat in my car, fighting on our college campus. It wasn’t a bad fight. More like a heated disagreement. Kristin wore a diamond ring on her left ring finger so things were about to get real in just a few months. These types of disagreements were healthy, so we were told.