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The Adoptee Thoughts Podcast will offer an inside look from a transracial adoptee's perspective on international adoption, race, identity, and more. This podcast will explore other adoptees' experiences in interviews while delving into the nuances of adoption, and will not shy away from the tough topics. So if you have adopted, plan to adopt a child of color, or are an adoptee... this is the place for you.

The Adoptee Thoughts Podcast will offer an inside look from a transracial adoptee's perspective on international adoption, race, identity, and more. This podcast will explore other adoptees' experiences in interviews while delving into the nuances of adoption, and will not shy away from the tough topics. So if you have adopted, plan to adopt a child of color, or are an adoptee... this is the place for you.

Location:

United States

Description:

The Adoptee Thoughts Podcast will offer an inside look from a transracial adoptee's perspective on international adoption, race, identity, and more. This podcast will explore other adoptees' experiences in interviews while delving into the nuances of adoption, and will not shy away from the tough topics. So if you have adopted, plan to adopt a child of color, or are an adoptee... this is the place for you.

Language:

English

Contact:

8455497543


Episodes

An interview with Annie Goodchild, Singer, Songwriter, and Transracial Adoptee

5/14/2021
On Season 2, Episode 4 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Annie Goodchild, and host, Melissa Guida-Richards discuss Annie's new video project, "I Used to Be Sam." This project will use interviews of fellow adoptees to an EP and audio visual project series discussing transracial adoptee experiences in addition to the one that is unique to her own. Anyone interested in participating can submit to: iusedtobesam@gmail.com Deadline: May 15, 2021 6:59 am (EST) About Annie Goodchild: On...

Duration:00:44:17

An Interview with Jenny Heijun Wills, Award Winning Author

2/24/2021
On Season 2, Episode 3 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Jenny Heijun Wills, and host, Melissa Guida-Richards discuss Jenny's Memoir Older Sister, Not Necessarily Related (now available in paperback) and the intricacies of reunion with birth family. Jenny Heijun Wills is the author of Older Sister, Not Necessarily Related (McClelland & Stewart, Penguin Random House Canada, 2019), which won the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize and the 2020 Eileen McTavish Sykes Best First...

Duration:00:52:33

An Interview with Christine, Founder of Adoptee Bridge

1/26/2021
On Season 2, Episode 2 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Christine Heimann, and host, Melissa Guida-Richards discuss their experience as international adoptees and the complexities of searching for birth family. Christine discusses why she created Adoptee Bridge and a little about her work with adoptees and adoptive families. Christine's Bio: Christine Heimann 정주빈 is a Korean American, transracial adoptee who has volunteered or worked with adoptees and adoptive families for over 15 years....

Duration:00:50:44

An Interview with Nicole Chung, Bestselling Author

1/4/2021
On Season 2, Episode 1 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Nicole Chung, and host, Melissa Guida-Richards discuss their experience with losing a loved one as an adoptee, as well as their writing process. Nicole shares some of her story as an adoptee, and advice for adoptees looking to get into writing. Nicole’s Bio: Nicole Chung is the author of the nationally bestselling memoir All You Can Ever Know (Catapult, US; Pushkin Press, UK). Named a Best Book of the Year by two dozen...

Duration:00:52:34

An Interview with Louise, an International Adoptee in An Open Adoption

10/17/2020
On Episode 11 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Louise, and host, Melissa Guida-Richards discuss the unique experience as an international adoptee who grew up in an open adoption, coming out of the fog, and more. Louise's Bio: Louise Shepherd was born as “Fenny” on the island of Java, in Indonesia in 1982. At 6 months old she was adopted by a white Australian family. It was then her name was changed to Louise. The family consisted of mum, dad, two biological sons, and then Louise. Two and...

Duration:00:53:25

An Interview with Shelley, An International Adoptee from China to Canada

9/9/2020
On Episode 10 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Shelley, and host, Melissa Guida-Richards discuss the intricacies of being an international adoptee, the benefits of having an adopted sibling, and the experience of being raised by a single mom. Shelley's Bio: My name is Shelley Rottenberg and I'm a Chinese adoptee. I was adopted from Zhejiang province when I was 8 months old and I now live in Southern Ontario. I have a Masters in Human Geography and am really interested in exploring the...

Duration:00:43:01

An Interview with Maria, On Finding Birth Family During a Pandemic

8/17/2020
On Episode 9 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Maria, and host, Melissa Guida-Richards discuss how they handled finding birth family during a pandemic, the nuances of sharing the journey with adoptive parents, and how being adopted has impacted their parenting. My name is Maria Fernanda. I am a Transracial Adoptee. I was born in Quito, Ecuador, South America. I was adopted at age 2 and brought to the United States where I have lived ever since. I have always known I was adopted, but it was...

Duration:00:55:40

Interview with Aliyah Santos, a Mixed Race Domestic Adoptee

8/10/2020
On Episode 8 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Aliyah, and host, Melissa Guida-Richards discuss her experience growing up in a predominantly white community, racism, and her experience working in foster care after seeing the flaws in the system. Aliyah Santos is a TRA, writer, podcaster, and single mother of 4. After finally leaving the fog at the age of 30, Aliyah set out to heal the trauma of growing up adopted in an abusive home through world travel with her kids. Now she's made a...

Duration:00:50:31

An Interview with Lauren Sharkey, adoptee & author of 'Inconvenient Daughter'

7/31/2020
Episode 7: An Interview with Lauren Sharkey, adoptee & author of 'Inconvenient Daughter' In Episode 7 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Lauren and host, Melissa Guida-Richards have a chat about her debut book that reflects some of her experiences as an adoptee, how being an adoptee impacts other relationships in our lives, and her thoughts on the industry of adoption. Lauren J. Sharkey is a writer, teacher, and transracial adoptee. After her birth in South Korea, she was adopted by Irish...

Duration:00:58:33

An Interview with Anissa Druesedow, a Deported Adoptee

7/24/2020
Episode 6: An Interview with Anissa Druesedow Anissa E. Druesedow, mother, adoptee, activist, and deportee. In episode 6, she shares her story of family separation and deportation as an adoptee without citizenship. Adoptees for Justice Ways to Help -------- To read more of the work by your host Melissa Guida-Richards, check out guida-richards.com, or the podcast's website adopteethoughts.com. My book is now available for preorder and in stores on October 5th! 📖What White Parents Should...

Duration:01:23:07

An Interview with Jessica Luciere, Colombian Adoptee and Mentorship Director

7/15/2020
On Episode 5 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Guida-Richards talks with Jessica and discusses her experience finding and reuniting with her birth family, her work in mentoring fellow Adoptees, and helpful advice for adoptive parents. Mentorship at Spence-Chapin: NYC based Mentorship All Together Now: Brooklyn based Mentorship Bio: Based in New York, Jessica M. Luciere (she/hers), is a mother, photographer, transracial adoptee, and adoptee advocate who has spent 15+ years working with...

Duration:00:55:42

An Interview with Kylie Peterson, a Black TRA

6/30/2020
On Episode 4 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, I have the honor of interviewing fellow transracial adoptee, Kylie Peterson. She talks about growing up as a Black TRA with white adoptive parents and how she has been discussing race and BLM with her family during this time. Kylie also shares some great tips for fellow transracial adoptees and we delve into some great insights that are essential for adoptive parents. Find Kylie on Instagram here! -------- To read more of the work by your...

Duration:00:54:08

Adoption Influencers and 'Rehoming' Adoptees

6/15/2020
In episode 3 we discuss adoption influencer, Myka Stauffer, and the practice of rehoming adopted children. As an adoptee with disabilities I share my opinion on Adoption influencers and why it is problematic. For more information about Stauffer and her son Huxley, check out my article on Insider- 'I was adopted outside of the US and have disabilities. I'm tired of the savior narrative among white adoptive parents.' -------- To read more of the work by your host Melissa Guida-Richards,...

Duration:00:44:12

Why Adoptees Search for Birth Family

5/28/2020
In this episode, we are delving into why adoptees search for birth family. I explain my reasons for genetic testing, why I wanted to search, and the importance of taking the time to prepare yourself before searching. This episode also includes a little behind the scenes of my recent HuffPo article, "My Half Siblings Found Me on 23andMe. I Wasn't Prepared for What Happened Next." -------- To read more of the work by your host Melissa Guida-Richards, check out guida-richards.com, or the...

Duration:00:37:46

Meet Your Host- Melissa Guida-Richards

5/18/2020
This is an introductory episode for Adoptee Thoughts. Your host, Melissa Guida-Richards, introduces herself and why she decided to start an adoptee centric podcast. She delves into her qualifications as a transracial adoptee, author, and mom. As well as discusses a bit her late-discovery adoption story. -------- To read more of the work by your host Melissa Guida-Richards, check out guida-richards.com, or the podcast's website adopteethoughts.com. My book is now available for preorder...

Duration:00:18:37