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The Honestly Adoption Podcast

The Honestly Adoption Podcast features real voices, sharing real hope and encouragement to parents on the journey of foster care and adoption. Hosts Mike and Kristin Berry, and Nicole Goerges share open and honest perspectives from the journey of foster, adoptive, and special needs parenting. Their goal is to be real and honest but also bring hope and encouragement to parents, all over the world.

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Raising A Multiracial Family: A Conversation With Keia Jones-Baldwin

Today we're kicking off Season 17 of the Honestly Adoption Podcast and we couldn't be more excited. We have so many amazing, talented, and wise guests lined up. You're going to be challenged and inspired! Recently, Mike and Kristin sat down with Keia Jones-Baldwin from Raising Cultures to talk about raising a multiracial family, the ups and downs of parenting, her brand new podcast, and the ever so fun experience of dealing with internet trolls, and how to hit personal attacks online head on. You're going to love this interview. Keia is a rockstar and has a brilliant perspective. Listen to the interview now...

44mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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Thoughts On Adoption From A Transracial Adoptee

One of the greatest resources for us as adoptive and foster parents is adoptees, and adoptee's voices. We are fortunate to partner with many adoptees from all ages and walks of life. We have learned so much from them, and will continue to do so. On the latest episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast we are pleased to welcome transracial adoptee and advocate, Tori DeMartile.

42mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Honestly Adoption "Answers" (Part 1)

In just a couple of weeks, on August 6th, we will release our new book, Honestly Adoption: Answers To 101 Questions About Adoption and Foster Care. In this 3-part series called "Answers," we're taking you behind the scenes of how the book was written, and also answering some of the questions we ask in the book.

19mins

26 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Is It Disobedience Or Lack Of Executive Functioning?

On today's episode of the The Honestly Adoption Podcast we are continuing our series called "Is It Disobedience Or Something Else," by answering the question, "Is it disobedience or lack of executive functioning?"

34mins

30 May 2019

Rank #4

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How To Help Your Child Regulate During The Holidays

It's November 1st. Halloween decorations are being replaced with turkey cut-outs and corn-a-capias on front doors. Soon, Christmas lights will dawn those same homes. It's officially the holiday season. But for foster and adoptive families, this can mean dysregulation city! How do you help your children stay calm and regulated during this season?

23mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Let's Talk About Your Finances

Finances. Wow! Sticky subject. Especially right after the Holidays. But it's a crucial topic and there are simply ways you can maximize your money, even if you have a small budget (which a lot of us on the foster and adoptive journey do). Our good friend Chad Johnson, from Blue Financial Coaching joins us to explain some simple methods to make our budget go a long way.

37mins

17 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Why Is Emotional Regulation So Important?

We know that some children with trauma histories can display extreme behaviors (aggression, belligerence, disrespect, or even violence). But what about the child who deals with major anxiety, stress, nervousness, or often seems physically out of control of his or her body? That's where emotional regulation is key.

20mins

6 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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Is It Disobedience Or Survival?

For the next several weeks we are asking the question, "Is it disobedience or something else?" The reality is, children who have experienced significant trauma display behaviors that can often be misinterpreted as disobedience. But the truth is, there is so much more going on.

28mins

23 May 2019

Rank #8

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Why Re-regulation Is Not Spoiling Or Enabling

Re-regulation strategies are commonly misconstrued as enabling, or letting off the hook, when a clear consequence for behavior is warranted. However, as caregivers of children with a trauma history, we are working on a bigger picture. In our latest episode we explore why this is...

30mins

19 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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Understanding The Goal Of Re-Regulation

Why is it necessary that we are regulated, and respond to our children calmly and firmly? Why do our children need to learn steps to peace that they can eventually apply to their lives on their own? And why is re-regulation so necessary to building trust and a healthy connection with our children? All of these questions may seem obvious, but oftentimes, we misunderstand the big goal of re-regulation strategies. That's what we're discussing on our latest episode. 

22mins

26 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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Learning To Thrive On The Adoption Journey

In this special episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, we are pleased to share with you, a sneak peak into our 12-month online coaching group with parents from all over the world.

30mins

30 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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Thoughts On Hair Care And Support For Transracial Adoptees

Are you a transracial adoptive family, foster family or mixed race family? Are you a person with fantastic curly hair? Whoever you are and whatever type of hair you have, you will love Janine Beachy. She was a true delight to interview. Janine talked with us about the importance of haircare in the Black community, why we should teach our daughters to set boundaries around others touching their hair and how her curly hair journey led to becoming a resource for transracial adoptive families. We think you will love her as much as we do! We encourage you to listen in as well as follow her on Instagram @life_with_curlz

41mins

10 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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How Body Awareness Leads To Regulation

We often don't consider the importance of body awareness when it comes to helping our children re-regulate, but teaching them to connect to the feelings and emotions they are experiencing within their body can be a powerful tool in helping them find a place of peace quickly. Here's why...

23mins

12 Sep 2019

Rank #13

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How A Former Foster Youth Is Telling A Different Adoption Story

What can a former foster youth teach us about adoption and foster care? A lot! In fact, we believe that adult adoptees and former foster youth are the greatest teachers for foster and adoptive parents. In this interview, we learn a lot! We are so excited to share our interview with former foster youth, and adoption and foster care advocate, Tori Petersen. She is amazing, and is actively changing the story of adoption and foster care in the United States. She spends her time advocating, on a national level, for better services for children in foster care. Make sure you check out her Instagram here. Listen to the interview....

44mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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Is It Disobedience Or A Teenager Being A Teenager?

Fostering, adopting, or even simply parenting teenagers is no small task and it's certainly not for the faint of heart. It's challenging. But when you consider the reality of trauma histories, and how they determine present behavior, the question must be asked- "Is this a teenager being a teenager, or is there something else going on here?" That's the question we answer in this episode of the podcast.

28mins

12 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Let's Talk About Creating Structure

Chaos. Utter and complete chaos. That describes most days on the foster and adoptive parenting journey. Heck, that describes most days for parents in general. The surefire way to overcome chaos and begin to move toward peace and consistency is through structure, and a consistent routine that you follow with your family. In today's episode, Mike discusses principles that can help you achieve this.

23mins

1 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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Living In Your New Normal | Part 1 | Grieving

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe and changed life as we know it. For our families, it has brought about a deep sense of grief, and added trauma. How do we navigate this with our children? In this new 3-part series, we discuss the pandemic openly, but also share some practical ways to move forward in this new normal.

22mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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How The Story Of Your Past Is Not The Story Of Your Future

Our kids have come from hard places. And often, they can feel as if they'll never get out from under the weight of those past storylines. But everything they've gone through in the past, does not define their future. Embo Tshimanga is living proof of this!

31mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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Is It Disobedience Or Triggered Behavior?

It's easy for parents who are caring for children with a trauma history to mistake triggered behavior for disobedience. But, when you understand the origin of behavior, your entire perspective changes.

31mins

21 Jun 2019

Rank #19

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How To Recognize Triggers During The Holidays

The Holiday season can bring up lots of memories, feelings of loss, or anxiety for our children. Those emotions can quickly lead to triggered behavior. But how do you recognize the triggers and respond to them appropriately? We can mark our calendars every year. October 31st until January 2nd are going to be...interesting, to say the least. Lots of overstimulation, mixed with anxiety, mixed with big expectations, mixed with let down, and memories of loss. It's a massive cocktail stirring within our children. In our latest podcast episode we discuss strategies you can use to not only recognize the triggers before they go off, but respond in a way that brings healing and connection this holiday season. Listen to the episode now...

24mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #20