learning about adoption
If you are pursuing adoption, you are embarking on one of the most rewarding but challenging of your life’s experiences. During the process of becoming approved to adopt, you can expect to spend substantial time reflecting on how you found yourself pursuing adoption, your hopes for your future self regarding the kind of parent you wish to be, and challenging your own understanding of adoption and it’s impact on you, an adoptee and your core group of friends and family. While you may not be required to complete education to adopt, to do so without is truly a missed opportunity for you as a potential parent and the child you wish to adopt.
We encourage you to lean into this process. Parenting a child who you come to know through adoption is NOT the same as parenting a biological child. The educational experiences captured below are designed to prepare you for the path of adoptive parenting so that you can show up as the parent your adoptee needs to develop with confidence and connection.
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GRIEF AND LOSS
The Adoption Connection
In this episode, we talk honestly about grief surrounding foster care and adoption through the lens of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's Five Stages of Grief, plus an additional sixth stage.
A Mother, a Child, and the Secret History of Adoption: The shocking truth about postwar adoption in America, told through the bittersweet story of one teenager, the son she was forced to relinquish, and their search to find each other.
ADOPTION: THE LONG VIEW
Gabrielle Glaser is the author, most recently, of American Baby: A Mother, A Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption, which tells the shocking truth about postwar adoption in America through the bittersweet story of one teenager, the son she was forced to relinquish, and their lifelong search to find each other.
Inclusive Family Support Model
This animated short video provides an easy-to-understand explanation of openness in adoption and the Inclusive Family Support Model (IFSM), the country’s first practice model specifically designed to support adoptive parents in creating a spirit of openness for the benefit of adoptees.
Adoption: The Long View Podcast
The Long View Podcast, Episode 101 In this episode, Lori Holden talks with single adoptive mom Leah Campbell about the unexpected way she became a mom to her beloved daughter, "Cheeks," now 7. Author of the just-released children's book The Story of My Open Adoption, Leah talks about the challenges of maintaining an open adoption.
INFANT ADOPTION GUIDE
Podcast with Tim Elder, adoptive father, in which he hosts experts in the adoption community to share stores about all things adoption.
EXPLORING ADOPTION AND IDENTITY
Host April Dinwoodie says, "As a trans-racially adopted person I think about my identity a lot; consciously and unconsciously exploring who I am in some way every day. Sometimes this exploration is light and fun, sometimes it is deep and painful, and sometimes it is somewhere in between."
AMANDA WOOLSTON, Adoptee and LCSW
Amanda maintains an excellent Instagram with consistent content about adoptive identity. You can also find her content on The Declassified Adoptee
BORN IN JUNE, RAISED IN APRIL
Ep: We're Adopted Lucky Us? A Conversation With Susan Ito. Host April Dinwoodie sits down with an amazing women, writer, editor, performer, teacher and adopted person, Susan Ito. Together they discuss the complex realities around what it means to be lucky in adoption as well as the importance of documenting narratives in adoption.
ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW
From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee.
TERATOGEN INFORMATION SPECIALIST
Asking Questions That Count When Considering Adoption by Kirstie Perrotta, MPH, a a Teratogen Information Specialist at MotherToBaby California.
THERAPY FOR BLACK GIRLS
Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, interviews Judith Sadora, LMFT about identity formation and what this might look like for a child who is a transracial adoptee, what it might look like to hold space for both gratitude and grief as it relates to adoption, things to consider about reuniting with biological family, and she shares some of her favorite resources for anyone wanting to learn more.
CULTURAL RESOURCE MANUAL
This booklet will help you understand the importance of race and culture for your family; and share helpful hints, parenting tips and resources for you on the culturally rich journey of transracial parenting.
SURVIVING THE WHITE GAZE
Rebecca Carroll grew up the only black person in her rural New Hampshire town. Adopted at birth by artistic parents who believed in peace, love, and zero population growth, her early childhood was loving and idyllic—and yet she couldn’t articulate the deep sense of isolation she increasingly felt as she grew older.
WHAT WHITE PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRANSRACIAL ADOPTION
AN ADOPTEE'S PERSPECTIVE ON ITS HISTORY, NUANCES, AND PRACTICES By Melissa Guida-Richards
TRAUMA INFORMED PARENTING
THE ADOPTED BABY AS A BLANK SLATE
Adoption: The Long View Podcast; 111: Lesli Johnson, MFT, explores two concepts in infant adoption: (1) the newborn as a “blank slate,” and (2) the nature vs nurture argument.
An absolutely essential read to enhance understanding and skills for trauma informed parenting.
RAISING GOOD HUMANS PODCAST
Melinda Wenner Moyer discusses her book, How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes.
BIRTH PARENT EXPERIENCE
TWISTED SISTERHOOD PODCAST
Guest Episode: Erika Gonzales A podcast for birth moms, by birth moms. Ashley Mitchell and Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard have other birth mom guests on the show to join in on the conversation.
ADOPT WELL PODCAST
Ashley Mitchell talks about the grief cycle of a birth mother.
TALKING ABOUT ADOPTION
THE RIGHT WAY TO TELL YOUR CHILD'S ADOPTION STORY
How we see ourselves as adoptive parents is intricately tied with how we see our children via adoption, and ultimately how they see themselves. Seemingly heroic narratives like “saving a child” and seemingly innocuous ones like “we were meant to be together” may have unintended effects that parents don’t see on the front end -- until after damage has been done.
TALK TO KIDS ABOUT ANYTHING
This podcast will focus on adoption—what it is, what it isn’t and how to talk to kids about it when emotions and fear and love and hope are all wrapped up in it. Carrie Goldman, adoptive mom and writer/founder of the adoption blog, Portrait of Adoption, on How to Talk to Kids about Anything today.
Children’s curiosity about their adoption story is a normal part of growing up. Open and informative discussions are crucial for the development of your child’s sense of self.