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Validation. Connection. Support. Three things greatly needed in the adoption community. Adoption is not the fairytale often portrayed by society, it involves a complexity of emotions. Often times, those affected by adoption have their voices silenced, and they feel alone. By sharing the stories and experiences of those close to adoption, this podcast aims at validating the dichotomy that is adoption, connecting those with similar experiences, and offering support as we navigate this journey. By listening, validating one another's feelings, this creates a deep connection and allows us to better support one another.

Validation. Connection. Support. Three things greatly needed in the adoption community. Adoption is not the fairytale often portrayed by society, it involves a complexity of emotions. Often times, those affected by adoption have their voices silenced, and they feel alone. By sharing the stories and experiences of those close to adoption, this podcast aims at validating the dichotomy that is adoption, connecting those with similar experiences, and offering support as we navigate this journey. By listening, validating one another's feelings, this creates a deep connection and allows us to better support one another.
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Validation. Connection. Support. Three things greatly needed in the adoption community. Adoption is not the fairytale often portrayed by society, it involves a complexity of emotions. Often times, those affected by adoption have their voices silenced, and they feel alone. By sharing the stories and experiences of those close to adoption, this podcast aims at validating the dichotomy that is adoption, connecting those with similar experiences, and offering support as we navigate this journey. By listening, validating one another's feelings, this creates a deep connection and allows us to better support one another.

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Episodes

Ereka Howard: Using your story to inspire others

7/16/2019
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Ereka Howard comes on the podcast to discuss her adoption journey. Ereka discusses how her biological mother and grandmother came to the United States from Cuba on the Mariel Boatlift. At birth, Ereka was placed in foster care and then was later adopted from a local adoption agency in Dallas, Texas. Ereka was reunited with her birth grandmother in college when she reached out to her through social media. Unfortunately, Ereka was never able to meet her first mother, she had passed away years...

Duration:00:34:46

Brooke Randolph: Adoptive mother and adoption therapist

7/2/2019
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Brooke Randolph comes on the podcast to discuss her journey with adoption. Brooke is an adoptive parent, but long before adopting, she became interested in studying the psychology of adoption. Brooke helped found an international adoption agency, and specialized helping adoptive parents prepare for this next chapter of their lives. Through her experience with international adoption, she saw the need for older children in these countries to find homes, and she herself decided to adopt. After...

Duration:00:34:02

Chris Breedlove: late discovery adoptee on a journey of forgiveness through compassion

6/18/2019
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Chris Breedlove comes on the podcast to share his story as a late discovery adoptee. Chris is the author of the book "Diehr Breedlove", a memoir chronicling his search for self-discovery, and reunion with his birth family. He describes how his relationship with each of his birthparents have evolved, and how he has integrated the reality of being an adoptee in his life, and come to peace with it. Contact Chris: Instagram Website "Diehr Breedlove" For more information on...

Duration:00:48:25

Spencer Sonnier: A special fathers day episode with my half brother, Spencer

6/4/2019
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A few weeks ago, it was confirmed through ancestry DNA that the man who is believed to be my birthfather, William, is actually, my birth father. While we all assumed this to be the case, its been a kind of surreal experience accepting this as a fact into my life. This week I wanted to do a special episode, a special fathers day episode- to find out a little more about the man who I share half of my DNA with. Unfortunately, William passed in 2010. He is survived by his mother and two sisters,...

Duration:00:42:30

Denise Defoe: Author of the book "They Chose Me"

5/21/2019
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Denise comes on the podcast to discuss her experience as an adoptee, and her journey from anger and pain to compassion and appreciation of her adoption experience. Born addicted and left in the hospital by her birthmother, Denise was placed in foster care. When her adoptive parents met her, they instantly fell in love and adopted her. Denise grew up in a loving home with endless opportunities, but always felt a bit of pain when reflecting on her origin story, especially on her birthday....

Duration:00:40:04

Jennifer Fredricksen: A special mother day episode- exploring the generational impacts of the mother/child bond

5/6/2019
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Jennifer comes on the podcast discuss generational trauma, and its impact on families. Jennifer tells her complex story of how adoption, and disruption of the mother/child bond affected her family for generations. When Jennifer's daughter became pregnant as a senior in high school, she, along with her family, decided to place the child for adoption. After the placement they came to the realization that adoption wasn't all that was promised, and the trauma left an open hole in the heart of...

Duration:00:42:26

Michael- Colombian born and adopted to America as a child, he is now facing deportation

4/23/2019
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Michael is a transracial adoptee who was brought to America from Colombia at the age of two. His adoptive parents did not complete paperwork in their home state to finalize his adoption, and thus he was never made an American citizen. Michael is a husband and father of 2, with one on the way - and is now facing deportation. Michael has never left the country, has no memory of Colombia, and does not speak the language. Today, he is very lucky to have an employer that has allowed him to...

Duration:00:40:12

Renee Gelin with Saving Our Sisters (S.O.S.)

4/9/2019
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Renee Gelin comes on the podcast to tell her story, and discuss her organization, Saving Our Sisters (S.O.S). Renee lost her son to adoption in 2011. She lacked the resources and support at the time to parent her son, and believed she was doing the best for him by placing him for adoption. After placement she began learning and experiencing the lifelong psychological affects that adoption has on both the adoptee and first family. She also began to realize that adoption, in her case, as well...

Duration:01:01:09

Amanda Medina- The contradictions adoptees face, and exploring your story

3/26/2019
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Amanda comes on the podcast to discuss her experience as an adopte, born in Colombia, adopted, and raised in Sweden. We discuss the roles grief, guilt, and attachment play in adoption. Amanda also explains the contradictory emotions that are constantly at play for adoptees. We wrap up by discussing Amanda’s blog “This Adoptee Life”, where she is shares voices of adoptees from around the world. This Adoptee Life links: Website Email Instagram Facebook Twitter

Duration:00:37:56

Kelsey Freeman- finding your own moral compass while navigating adoption

3/12/2019
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Kelsey discusses her journey to becoming a potential adoptive parent. We discuss her experience with three disrupted adoptions, and how her views on adoption, especially the ethics of it, have changed. We discuss what lead Kelsey to speak out about the unethical practices of adoption agencies, and how she believes its up to adoptive and prospective adoptive parents to lead the way in stopping these practices from continuing into the future. Connect with Kelsey: Instagram For more...

Duration:00:39:59

BONUS CALL TO ACTION- Desiree Stephens with Access Connecticut

3/5/2019
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For all adoptees and birthfamily interested in helping, please write a brief testimony explaining why opening the records is so important to you and email them to: pdtestimony@cga.ct.gov Be sure to include your testimony is about Senate Bill 972 THIS IS A SPECIAL CALL TO ACTION PODCAST EPISODE. Desiree comes on the podcast to talk about her experience as an adoptee, and how she began her work in adoptee rights legislation. She is currently working with Access Connecticut to open the...

Duration:00:37:53

Melissa Guida- Richards- Late discovery adoptee, hidden racial identity

2/26/2019
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** note- in this episode Melissa discusses adoptee suicide. She states one in four adoptees commit suicide- but what is meant is attempt. Adoptees are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than non adoptees. Melissa comes on the podcast to discuss what its like to be an transracial, late discovery adoptee. We talk about the impact discovering her adoption had on her, and how it changed the way she identified racially and culturally. We wrap up discussing the impact race has on adoption,...

Duration:00:37:00

Monica Hall- healing with compassion, and an open heart; an adoptee and birthmother story

2/12/2019
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Monica comes on the podcast to share her experiences as an adoptee, and as a birthmother. She discusses the obstacles she has had to overcome, reunion with her birth family and daughter, and finding a path toward healing. We talk about the compassion needed in the adoption community, and the importance of being open to the experiences of others in the adoption triad. Connect with Monica: Twitter Facebook Instagram Website For more information on Adoption Advocacy Podcast, and to...

Duration:00:57:16

Vin Adoptee- a journey from bullying and adversity to helping others

1/29/2019
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** note in this episode Vin discusses adoptee suicide. The exact statistic is that adoptees are 4 times more likely to commit suicide than non adoptees. Vin Adoptee comes on the podcast to tell his story. We discuss what its like to be an international adoptee, racial issues, bullying, and overcoming adversity. Vin also tells us about the facebook groups he administrates, and the importance of having a group for prospective and adoptive parents, that is run by adoptees. Connect with...

Duration:01:20:44

Michaela- having a sibling whose an adoptee

1/15/2019
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Michaela discusses what it's like to have a sibling whose an adoptee. We talk about how her views on adoption have changed, and supporting the adoptee in your life! For more information on Adoption Advocacy Podcast, and to participate in this episodes discussion board, please visit: http://www.adoptionadvocacypodcast.com Find the podcast on social media: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Duration:00:22:40

Destini- a story of the resilience and faith of a late-teen adoptee

1/1/2019
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Destini tells her story. We discuss trauma, grief, and healing. Connect with Destini: Instagram For more information on Adoption Advocacy Podcast, and to participate in this episodes discussion board, please visit: http://www.adoptionadvocacypodcast.com Find the podcast on social media: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Duration:00:53:48

Trailer & Introduction- about adoption advocacy podcast, and creator and host Francie Frisbie

12/18/2018
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An introduction to the mission of this podcast, and a little background on creator and host Francie Frisbie. For more information on Adoption Advocacy Podcast, and to participate in this episodes discussion board, please visit: http://www.adoptionadvocacypodcast.com Find the podcast on social media: Facebook Twitter Instagram

Duration:00:32:37