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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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United States

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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.

Language:

English

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Episodes

February 2021: Exploring Black history month and transracial adoption with Victoria DiMartile

2/15/2021
This is the February 2021 episode of the podcast. Today we have Victoria DiMartile with Wreckage and Wonder on to discuss the history of transracial adoption and adoption in the black community. We discuss Victoria's story of growing up as a transracial adoptee in a small white Kentucky town. Victoria talks about adoption in the black community, and the need for better appreciation, celebration, and understanding of the black family. We also discuss the need for more education in transracial...

Duration:00:49:49

January 2021- Kirsta Bowman: adoption agencies and ethics

1/16/2021
This is the January 2021 Episode of Adoption Advocacy Podcast; Kirsta Bowman comes on the podcast, and we discuss how adoption agencies operate in the United States, and the unethical practices used by many. Kirsta shares with us the story of her own adoption, and how in the search for her biological family she found that her placement happened in less than ideal/ethical circumstances. Having an adoptive mother who started her own agency, Kirsta had first hand seat to what goes on behind the...

Duration:00:43:44

Stephanie Oyler, Melissa Guida- Richards and Ferera Swan- the experience of being a transracial/transethnic adoptee during the holidays, especially during this political environment

12/15/2020
This is the December 2020 episode. Today we chat with Stephanie Oyler, Melissa Guida- Richards, and Ferera Swan - three transracial and transethnic adoptees. We discuss their collective experiences with the holidays, and they explain why it is so important to hold space for adoptees who come from different backgrounds and cultural traditions than their parents. We also discuss how important it is for adoptive families to be sensitive to the emotions and feelings that might arise during this...

Duration:00:53:58

November 2020: Tiffany Henness with Adoptee Influencer Network

11/15/2020
This is the November 2020 episode of the podcast. Today we have Tiffany Henness with adoptee influencer network as our special guest. Tiffany discusses how she emerged from the fog after giving birth to her first born, it was an experience that brought her closest to experience of her first mother. She tells us how she began learning about adoption trauma and found it helped to processed it all through writing and sharing her experience with others. Before becoming involved in the adoption...

Duration:00:24:57

Brittany Nash: Discussing Race and Family Separation

10/15/2020
Brittany Nash is a Black domestic transracial adoptee and the founder of The Daily Adoptee blog and soon to be online publication that highlights the experience and expertise of transracial adoptees. As an adoptee, turned foster child, who from Southern MN, she uses her experience of growing up in predominantly white spaces to connect the dots of the intent and impact of the adoption industry and foster care system as they align with history, politics, racism, discrimination, and mental...

Duration:01:03:22

Bonus Episode: Indiana Adoptee Network is going national, and changing their name to National Association for Adoptees and Parents (NAAP)

10/4/2020
On this very special bonus episode...... the ladies from Indiana Adoptee Network- Pam Kroskie, Jennifer Fahlsing, and Marcie Keithley, are here to make a big announcement- they are taking their organization national, and changing its name to National Association for Adoptees and Parents (NAAP) . Listen in to hear more about this organization, how its grown, how it plans to serve the adoption community, and what we can expect in the future. I want to thank these ladies for coming on and using...

Duration:00:21:45

Kate Carper: An adoptive parents experience with special needs and transracial adoption

9/1/2020
Kate Carper comes on the podcast to discuss her experience with adoption. Kate tells us how she grew up with adopted siblings, and always felt like adoption was a part her future family making plan. After having two biological children, Kate and her husband explored how they could help a child in need through adoption. Through much research and soul searching, Kate discovered an agency that specialized in the adoption of children with down syndrome. Kate explains a lot about this agency and...

Duration:00:25:02

Matt Sevenoaks- An adoptees journey toward reunion

8/2/2020
Matt comes on the podcast to discuss his experience as an adoptee, and how his life experiences shaped him. We also discuss his heartfelt reunion. Connect with Matt: mattsevenoaksuk@gmail.com Twitter Instagram Article 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:00:59:03

An interview with Geri Pfieffer with America's Taken

6/30/2020
Geri Pfieffer comes on the podcast to discuss the reality of America's child welfare system. Geri began working and creating America's Taken when she lost her grandson to child protective services. I encourage everyone to take a listen to todays episode to further understand what is going on in this country's child welfare system, and the reform that needs to take place now. I was very happy to bring this topic to light through this episode and hope to do more episodes like this one in the...

Duration:00:29:08

Laureen Pittman: The Lies the Bind

6/16/2020
Laureen Pittman comes on the podcast to discuss her experience as an adoptee, and her book "The Lies that Bind." Growing up, adoption didn't mean that much to Laureen, it was just something that she knew to be a fact, but didn't think much further on it. As she got older, Laureen became more interested in her origins. As Laureen began the search for her birth parents, she discovered she had actually been born in prison. Everything she discovered she chronicled in her book "The Lies that...

Duration:00:28:17

Jesse Bradley: A journey of faith and adoption

6/2/2020
Jesse Bradley comes on the podcast to discuss how life's twist and turns lead him to a journey of faith and adoption. Jesse was once a professional soccer player, whose career was cut short when a medication he took to prevent malaria built up toxic levels in his system, and he became too sick to play. Jesse later discovered god and became a pastor. He now leads a city wide movement for churches to become more multicultural. Jesse preaches to his congregation the need for people to open...

Duration:00:31:25

Cassandra Adams: Finding out one in Donor Conceived through a DNA kit

5/19/2020
Cassandra Adams comes on the podcast to discuss how she discovered she was actually donor conceived, and the man who had raised her was not actually her biological father. We discuss the complexities of being a donor conceived person, and what needs to change to make donor conception more ethical. Connect with Cassandra: Facebook Instagram Donor Conceived Facebook Group YouTube YouTube YouTube Documentary Petition to keep Donor Conceived records open for a minimum of 50...

Duration:00:37:01

Linda L. Franklin: First Mother and author of the book "Ill Always Carry You"

5/5/2020
Linda L. Franklin comes on the podcast to discuss her experience as a first mother who placed her son for adoption during the baby scoop era. Linda tells us her story of placing her son through the Gladney Agency, her life after placement, her reunion, and what lead to her writing her book "Ill Always Carry You". Connect with Linda: Twitter Personal Facebook Author Facebook website For more information on Adoption Advocacy Podcast, and to participate in this episodes discussion...

Duration:00:51:03

Paige Adams Strickland: Adoptee and author of the books "Akin to the Truth" and "After the Truth"

4/21/2020
Today on the podcast, Paige Adams Strickland discusses her experience with adoption, and her two books "Akin to the Truth" and "After the Truth". Paige tells us about her adoptee experience as a child, and what lead to her searching for her biological roots. We also discuss what lead to her publishing two books about her experience finding her biological family. Connect with Paige: Website Facebook Instagram "Akin to the Truth" "After the Truth" For more information on Adoption...

Duration:00:52:12

Kelli Belt: Story of a mothers journey through adopting her daughter from Ethiopia, and now helping other parents with their adoptive children

4/7/2020
Today on the podcast we have Kelli Belt. She is an adoptive mother and created of the Podcast "Beauty is Rising". Kelli discusses her journey with adopting her daughter from Ethiopia, the process to get her to the united states, parenting a child with her daughters background, and what it has taught her. Kelli works with other adoptive parents to teach and share ways of helping ones own adopted child. In this episode Kelli does not share her daughters story, rather her story when it comes to...

Duration:00:33:32

Blake Alexis Noble: Adoptee discusses his journey with adoption, from a difficult childhood to navigating life now as a young adult

3/24/2020
Blake comes on the podcast to discuss his experience as an adoptee born in the United States, and adopted in the UK. Blake discusses his difficult childhood and his feelings about being an adoptee. We also discuss Blakes views on adoption and adoption in the LGBTQ community. Connect with Blake: Facebook Group- Queer We Go For more information on Adoption Advocacy Podcast, and to participate in this episodes discussion board, please visit: http://www.adoptionadvocacypodcast.com Find...

Duration:00:51:38

Laura Gray: A first mother's journey with adoption

3/24/2020
Laura Gray comes on the podcast to discuss her experience with adoption as a first mother. Laura, as a teen, found herself pregnant for a second time after already having twins. With the help of her mother, she looked into placing her child for adoption. Soon after starting a prayer chain she was re-connected with a church friend from New Jersey, where she used to live, and she decided to place her child with her and her husband. Shortly after the placement, Laura realized this couple did...

Duration:00:26:30

Elena Hall: Russian Adoptee and author of "Through Adopted Eyes" and "Through Adopted Hearts"

2/25/2020
Elena Hall comes on the podcast to discuss her experience as an adoptee from Russia. Elena discusses her experience as an international adoptee, and navigating the complex emotions surrounding adoption. We discuss her feelings about Russia no longer allowing international adoption and how her journey has lead her to writing both her books and going into the social work field. Connect with Elena: Facebook Instagram Website "Through Adopted Eyes" "Through Adopted Hearts" For more...

Duration:00:27:03

Janelle and David: Discussing adoption from foster care, and keeping sibling groups together

2/11/2020
Janelle comes on the podcast, along with her son David. They discuss the foster care system and the formation of their family. We also discuss the issue of how children who end up is foster care are placed for adoption, and the importance of keeping sibling groups together. Although David is a minor, we have kept his real name, identity, and full story out of this episode. David is passionate about sharing his experience and heartbreak over loosing his two younger siblings in hopes to help...

Duration:00:31:24

Christian Mayer: Chilean adoptee, from adversity and addiction to reunion and advocacy

1/28/2020
Today on the podcast, Christian Mayer discusses his experience as an international/ transracial adoptee from Chile. Christian tells us how he began experiencing challenges as an adolescent surrounding his adoption, and how this later lead to a reunion with his first family, and struggle with alcoholism. Through his recovery process he realized how adoptees are over-represented in those seeking treatment and decided to be proactive in helping young adoptees navigate these issues. Connect...

Duration:00:34:49