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I'd LOVE to have more adoptees on this podcast. Thriving Adoptees is a podcast where adoptees, adoptive parents and adoption professionals share what they've learned - often the hard way - to inspire and empower others. We're all on our unique adoption journey. Thriving Adoptees aims to help listeners along their own journey with insights others have gleaned along their way... So that the guests' learnings catalyse learnings in the listeners. I was adopted at 5 weeks old and told about it so ...
 
Biblical Mindset Support for Adoptive Parents Hi Neighbor! Welcome to Anchors of Encouragement. Did you finally realize your dream of having a family only to have your Happily-Ever-After turn into a nightmare? Do you find yourself up late at night wondering why nothing you try as a parent is working? Are you searching for adoption resources and a support team but can’t find any? I’m Tim Maudlin. Husband, adoptive parent, bible class teacher, and The Persistent Encourager. I too felt the joy ...
 
If you’re an adoptive parent looking for hope, practical tools, and friends who understand, this podcast is for you! Between the two of us, we represent all three parts of the adoption triad. We’ve been around the block a couple times with kids by birth, adoption, and foster care. And lived to tell about it. Don’t worry. We get it. And we’re here for you. Gain confidence in your parenting and hope for your family’s future.
 
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Seasoned professionals Phil and Mike share 2 lifetimes worth of insights, learning and understanding into what helps adopted kids thrive. Given the depth and breadth of their experience there's a host of nuggets here, so settle in for your own learning. Phil Scarpelli is the President and CEO of the Brevard Family Partnership Family of Agencies. Ph…
 
Patrick and Melissa have two kids by birth, four through adoption, and a live-in granddaughter. They’ve weathered adopting out of birth order, child on parent violence, out-of-home placement, PTSD, and becoming grandparents in their thirties. In this episode, they’ll talk candidly about the secret to maintaining a strong marriage when parenting (an…
 
When I saw it, my heart sank. I thought I had just killed my boys. Hi Neighbor!⁣ Today I would like to switch up topics a little bit. I’m not going to talk about adoption but I would like to talk about something that is encouraging. In this podcast, I talk about how to weather storms in life. In this episode, I would like to talk about a weather st…
 
Adoptee & therapist Brett dives deep into how we change. We want to change and yet the work involved seems daunting. Why is that? How does safety keep us stuck? How does adoption impact safety? Where's the freedom from this for adoptees? It's an empowering and uplifting conversation. Here's some info on Brett and the Center he works at from their w…
 
No parent enjoys a tantrum. Kids don’t either. It never feels good to have such big feelings that they come out in crying, yelling, kicking, stomping, throwing, or whatever else makes up a meltdown for your child. Over the years, we’ve gathered a bag of tricks. It’s important to have many options up your sleeve because there’s a good chance somethi…
 
It was a day my wife and I had looked forward to celebrating with our son for years. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a day of celebration turned into a day of tears. Hi Neighbor!⁣ Is it possible to be okay even if your adoptive child is not? I’m here to tell you IT IS possible. Is it going to be easy? No! In this episode, I want to share the…
 
Therapy is often seen as THE route to overcoming trauma and thriving. Mentoring is less known and less common. In this episode I interview mentor Jessica on the benefits of mentoring to help adoptees thrive. Listen in for insights, aha moments and personal learnings. Jessica is a transracial adoptee born in Bogota, Colombia who grew up in Long Isla…
 
Saying "yes" to fostering kids often stretches us in ways we never imagined. Jillana Goble is an author, advocate, non-profit founder, and—with her husband, Luke—parent of five children ranging in to age from pre-teen to adult. With honesty, faith and a dose of humor, her debut memoir, A Love-Stretched Life, chronicles what she’s continually learni…
 
If you asked me four years ago if I would ever have a conversation like I’m having today with my son, I don’t know that I would have believed you. Hi Neighbor!⁣ If there’s one thing I want to give other adopted parents today, it’s hope. There’s hope if you just hang in there. And as you’re going to see in this episode, if you can get tools that you…
 
Life can feel really tough when our kids are showing the signs of their trauma. Adoptive mom of two Heather has been there and felt like throwing in the towel. So how do we get past this? How do we ride the emotional rollercoaster that is parenting kids from tough places? Heather goes deep on self regulation, unconditional love, absolute security a…
 
He faced one discouraging obstacle after another, yet through it all, he persisted. How did he do it? First, he partnered with God. Hi Neighbor!⁣ In this episode of Anchors of Encouragement, I’m going to begin a new feature on the podcast. Each week I would like to bring to you a journaling exercise. I’m calling these Pen-to-Paper Journaling Prompt…
 
This week we answer listener questions such as: What do you do on days you don’t want to be around your children because you're not in a good place yourself? How do I handle my child withholding hugs from me when they hug everybody else? When do you call the police when your teen runs away? Click here to download a transcript for this episode. Rele…
 
How can adoptive parents find Support and Peace in the storms of life? May I suggest you seek out your safe harbors? Hi Neighbor! What would it feel like to have support and peace when life gets tough? I know what it feels like when that hasn’t been the case. Perhaps you do too. In this episode, I would like to consider three ways adoptive parents …
 
Is it possible to see calm in chaos? I believe it's not only possible to see it, but I believe it's possible to experience calm in chaos too. But first, you have to become a copycat. Hi Neighbor! Would you like to find calm in the chaos of life storms? In this episode, we will consider 3 WRITE Ways to Be a Copycat and See Calm In Chaos? Plus your B…
 
Known stories heal. So how do we do that? Adoptive mom and story expert Alisa shares a host of practical insights into this vital topic. She breaks the process down for adoptive parents so they can gather and share their child's story in an empowering and healing way. Here's a bit about Alisa and her organisation from her website: Alisa Matheson re…
 
We hate it when our kids lie to us; it’s annoying, frustrating and scary. In this workshop replay, you will discover insights from the scriptures and brain science to help you respond well to this challenging behavior.Click here to download a transcript for this episode.Relevant LinksEmail Karen at karen@aceadvocacy.netParenting After Trauma Podcas…
 
Life has just sucker punched you. It's late at night. You're alone with your thoughts and you cannot process the pain that you're in. What do you do? May I suggest that you reach out to a Nocturnal Anchor? Hi Neighbor! Stuff happens in life, but not on our timetable. It seems to happen at the most inopportune time, but it's how we react and what we…
 
Being where the other is. Putting ourselves in our kids' shoes. Seeing life through their lens. Maria goes deep on how we build empathy and connection with our kids to help them heal and thrive. Maria Nanos, LCSW, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of the Greenlight Family Services. Dr. Nanos received her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from the I…
 
If our kids come from trauma life can be dark. Where's the bright light of hope? It's in neuro-plasticity, the brain's built in capacity to change. Melissa translates the science into every day language we can all understand and sets out practical ways to harness neuroplasticity so our kids can thrive. Melissa is an adoptee and adoptive mom. Here's…
 
A Conversation With Adoption Trauma Therapist, Jane Baker Hi Neighbor!⁣⁣⁣⁣ This is Part 2 of my interview with Jane Baker. If you haven’t listened to Part 1, you can catch that in Episode 8. As an adoptive parent, there were many times I doubted myself. I thought I had failed my boys. That kind of thinking does not serve you or your family well. Th…
 
Is your experience of parenting children with early trauma turning out the way you expected? Or is it vastly different from what you imagined? If you are experiencing a gap between what you imagined and your reality and feeling discouraged, you are not alone. In this episode, Lisa shares seven things to help you keep your hope alive.Click here to d…
 
Lindsay Hermida helped Lindsay Rustan adopt. She's now raising 6 (yes 6!) teenagers. Her gold dust insight absolutely blew me away. So be sure to listen out for it. As a high school teacher Lindsay is ideally placed to explain what goes on within the educational system. Her knowledge puts you in a better place to get the support your kids are due. …
 
A Conversation With Adoption Trauma Therapist, Jane Baker Hi Neighbor!⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣In this episode, I'm excited to introduce to you, my neighbor from Alabama, Jane Baker. Jane will be talking about adoption and adoption trauma. One thing you’re going to notice right away is Jane’s passion for adopted kids. It was her passion that made a huge difference i…
 
Why in the world would someone who lives so far away from me, call me that? Hi Neighbor! Wouldn't it be wonderful if we would just greet each other with a simple phrase, Hi Neighbor? In this episode, I would like to share with you a couple of stories to illustrate why I just called you Neighbor. And then secondly, why I created the podcast Anchors …
 
The title may cause some to question this episode or simply not listen to it. I chose the topic out of deep respect for Herbie's beliefs and because I know a lot of adopters are religious too. I was also curious as to where we'd go. I'm not a religious person but my own healing experience appears to be more spiritual than psychological. More magic …
 
Most of know about adoption through foster care or private, infant adoption. But what do you know about embryo adoption?Rachel and her husband, Evan, have four children who all joined their family through adoption. Their youngest son joined their family through embryo adoption. Rachel has worked in adoption support, directing family camps, retreats…
 
How do transracial adoptees come to terms with feelings of loss and shame? Clare shares what she's learning as we dive deep into mental health and limiting beliefs. We also touch on physical health given her wake up call after being diagnosed with diabetes. Inspirational. Check out Claire's amazing letter to herself here https://docs.google.com/doc…
 
I Was Dreading This Moment. It Was Time to Say Goodbye! Hi Neighbor! Have you ever had to say a hard goodbye? We all have. They can turn you into a nervous wreck. You’re anxious, scared, and unsure of yourself. I know I was. Today, I would like to share with you a story about the hardest goodbye I’ve ever had to say. I’ve said final goodbyes to bot…
 
Life can be chaotic for all families. So how do get comfortable with the chaos? What do we focus on to help our kids thrive? How do we need to be so that happen? Danielle dives deep into humility, vulnerability, re-thinking our own past. Boldly being wrong about who we think we are and what we do changes our lives for the better. Here are links to …
 
Maybe You Should Tell Yourself to Take a Hike! Hi Neighbor! Are you stressed and overwhelmed? It’s hard not to be. Are there times when you have trouble breathing? In this episode, I’m going to encourage you to tell yourself to Take a Hike! We’ll look at 3 benefits of walking as we consider the Healthy Boundaries Anchor. To your health and less str…
 
Adoptee Emma shares what she's learned about how we break from addiction whether that's our thinking or other addictions like alcohol. It's a particularly profound episode. I hope you find it as powerfully enlightening and empowering as I did. Emma Stevens is a U.S. domestic adoptee from birth and has survived layers of trauma that have put her on …
 
This week we answer listener questions such as:How do you help kids handle sudden changes to routine?How do we hold our son responsible for destruction of property?How can we help our kids process grief when a loved one dies?Click here to download a transcript for this episode.Relevant LinksTear Soup book*The Invisible String book*Join The Village …
 
A low sense of self worth can plague adoptees. So how do we make our kids see their iron clad value? To be comfortable in their own skins? How does being a transracial adoptee play out in this issue which is in fact all about identity? What do we need to do to help our kids with this? Adoptive dad, counselor and professor Dr Mark Andrews shares his…
 
Ever Said Something Out of Anger or Frustration? Become a Paper Tiger Instead? Hi Neighbor! Have you ever said something out of anger or frustration and as soon as it left your mouth, you wish you could take it back? Been there and done that more times than I care to remember. In this episode, I want to encourage you to become a Paper Tiger instead…
 
Why You Should Ignore Your Critics? Hi Neighbor! You’re trying to do your best but there is someone on the sidelines criticizing your every move. Discouraging? You bet! I’ve been there. In this episode, I would like to share with you a 2,000-year-old story and how one person stood up to her critics and did what she could. This story explains the Bi…
 
Mike's sense of self crumbled on finding out he was adopted at 9. It took him decades to become secure in himself. How did he? What can we learn to unleash our own greatness? How can we be more of who we truly are? Listen in with big ears. Our greatest learnings often come from the toughest times. Here's a bit about Mike from his website: "When I w…
 
Kelly thought that her experience raising 3 bio kids, her knowledge of trauma and qualifications in children and infant mental health would make raising her adopted child straightforward. It was anything but. Listen as we take a deep dive into what she learned and continues to learn. We explore helping kids adjust to new environments, building trus…
 
Students impacted by trauma, early adversity, and chronic stress often struggle in classroom and education environments. Many adopted children qualify for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan, but it can be tricky to find the accommodations that will help your child be successful.In this episode, you will learn:How to know when your c…
 
Here's the link to the other podcast episode on unpacking our own baggage as adoptive parents that I mention in the interview https://thriving-adoptees.simplecast.com/episodes/unpacking-our-own-baggage-as-adoptive-parents-with-hollyann-petree-mom-executive-director Marcy and her husband adopted a biological sibling pair. While remote schooling my c…
 
Here's a bit about Meg and the Trust she works for. As the Director of Home Visiting Training and Professional Development, Meg oversees all initial and ongoing professional development for home visiting staff across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. During her tenure with the Children’s Trust, Meg has developed partnerships to strengthen and adva…
 
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