Rank #1: What Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew
Season 7. Episode 65. An adoptee herself, Sherrie Eldridge has a passion for helping adoptive parents understand, and respond empathetically to, the unique emotional needs of their children. You will be encouraged as Sherrie shares her story with Mike, and reflects on the journey she has taken to get where she is today.
Rank #2: Parenting On Purpose Part 2- Creating Healthy Boundaries For Your Children
Season 3, Episode 27. In this episode we share Part 2 from our 3-part parenting series, Parenting On Purpose.
Rank #3: How Do I Know If I'm Called To Adopt?
"How do I know if I'm called to do this?" It's a common question, even for people who have already adopted, and are thinking about going on the journey again. On this week's podcast episode (and Season 11 debut), Mike and Kristin talk to author and speaker, Alison England about how to know if you're called to adopt.
If you think about it, it wasn't that long ago that you were asking this very question, and pacing the floor, looking to the heavens, wondering what the right answer was. Alison England has been there. She is an adoptive mom and the award-winning author of Tandem: A Devotional for Adopting with God in the Lead. Alison and her husband, Joel, have been together since college and have three children. She cofounded Momentum Adoptions, a licensed adoption agency and is a professor at Arizona State University. Alison’s passion to encourage adoptive parents extends through her Tandem ministry, including Alison’s blog and speaking engagements.
Rank #4: How To Raise A Multi-Racial Family In A Not-So-Multi-Racial World
Season 5, Episode 46. In this episode the crew discusses practical ways you can help your children navigate a world that is still very much racially divided.
Rank #5: Understanding Brain Development in Children from Trauma
Season 7, Episode 62. On this episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, Mike welcomes Dr. Gary Feldman from the Stramski Children's Developmental Center to share some insights from his work with children at their International Adoption Clinic.
Rank #6: 7 Realities Everyone Should Know Before They Become Foster Parents
Season 2, Episode 10. In this episode we discuss 7 realities that anyone who is just starting out on the foster care journey should know.
Rank #7: How This Whole Adoption Journey Began For Us
Season 8, episode 78. We’ve been expectantly awaiting this week…
It's our Season 8 finale of The Honestly Adoption Podcast and today we're talking all things new book, and how the Berrys began this whole adoption process in the first place...
We are celebrating this week’s book launch of Confessions of an Adoptive Parent from our very own co-founder and host, Mike Berry. Guest hosting the show today is Matt McCarrick, who will interview Mike and ask all the questions you’ve been dying to know about the book, the launch, and where this all began.
Rank #8: How Do You Maintain A Level Of Respect For A Birth Parent When Their Choices Are Bad?
Season 5, Episode 45. In this episode we are answering one of the biggest questions we receive from foster and adoptive parents? How do you maintain a level of respect for birth parents when their choices are so bad?
Rank #9: Can My Family's Journey Tell The World A Bigger Story?
Season 3, Episode 24. In this episode we're talking about how our stories as foster and adoptive parents can show the world hope.
Rank #10: Why Are Men So Resistant To Adoption? (Part 1- Dads And Adoption)
Season 4, Episode 38. In this first of a 2-part series, we are talking about dads and adoption, and specifically why guys tend to be so resistant to adoption.
Rank #11: How To Provide A Healing Home For Wounded Children
Season 8. Episode 73. You've been asking and we listened! We are thrilled to welcome our good friends, David and Jayne Schooler from Back2Back Ministries, to the show today. They bring valuable insight and in-depth expertise to the discussion. Today we are talking about how to provide a healing home for children who have been deeply wounded.
It's never easy for a child, who's been through significant trauma, to step into a home they're unfamiliar with. Oftentimes, it only deepens their traumatic experience. It might leave you wondering, "Is there any way to provide a healing environment for this child?" The answer is, yes. Here's why...
Rank #12: How To Keep Your Marriage Healthy Through The Trials Of Foster Care and Adoption.
Season 5, Episode 41. In this episode Mike and Matt discuss practical tips for staying healthy as married couples when the journey of foster care and adoption becomes tough.
Rank #13: 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.
Rank #14: How Can Spouses Help Husbands Overcome Resistance To Adoption? (Dads And Adoption Part 2)
Season 4, Episode 39. In our conclusion of Season 4, we're in part 2 of Dads and Adoption, and we're talking about how a spouse can help her husband overcome his resistance of adoption.
Rank #15: How To Build A Positive Lifelong Relationship With Your Children
In this brand new episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, our amazing producer, Matt McCarrick, chats with Mike about his brand new book, Winning The Heart Of Your Child, how to be an influence in your child's life, why your kids sometimes seem like they aren't listening at all, and some of the hardest stories he told in the new book!
Parenting is far from easy. In fact, it can take the life out of you at times. But it's beautiful and amazing, in-spite of the frustrations. Believe it or not, you are the greatest voice of influence in your child's life. You're just not the only voice of influence. In this episode, Mike and our producer Matt cover a lot of ground when it comes to building a positive lifelong relationship with your children.
Rank #16: Understanding The Ins And Outs Of The Private Adoption Process
Season 8, episode 76. Fourteen years ago we began the adoption process for the first time. To say that we had no idea what we were doing is an understatement. We were clueless. We had more questions than answers. In fact, we wrote an entire book about this. It's easy to get lost in the process. A few years ago, Mike sat down with Julie Craft from The Adoption Support Center in Indianapolis to discuss the process and procedure couples will find in a private adoption agency. Later on we turned that audio into a podcast. In today's episode we're sharing an encore presentation of that podcast.
Rank #17: Children In Foster Care Are Dearly Loved!
Season 9, episode 82. There is such a big need today for valuable and encouraging resources speaking the truth that children in foster care are dearly loved!
Mike and Kristin are so excited to welcome their good friend, Jamie Kaeb to this 82nd episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast. Jami is the director of The Forgotten Initiative and The Forgotten Podcast. She and her husband have an interracial family with seven children by birth and adoption, both international and from foster-care. Believing that "awareness leads to action," Jami and the Forgotten Initiative have just written a new book series to encourage children within the foster system to know that they are dearly loved and cared for. She hopes these books will bring awareness into churches and schools so that even more people can be equipped to help provide love and care for vulnerable adults and children.
Rank #18: 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.
Rank #19: How Do I Stop My Child From Causing Disregulation Among Siblings?
The disastrous car rides, the grocery store trips that abruptly end in fights, the movie nights that turn into tears. What do you do when one of your children continually causes all your children to be disregulated? How do you stop them? On today's episode of the podcast, we're answering this big question...
This one resonates deeply with us. We've stood helplessly by and watched all of our other children, who are just trying to ride to church, or school, in peace, move into a complete emotional tailspin because one of our children cannot keep their hands, or comments, to themselves. And the day is completely ruined! Ever been there? When we're talking about children from past trauma, we're also talking about impulsive and often frustrating behavior. Oftentimes, they can't even help it.
But that's not fair to your other children! How do you stop this from happening, or at least better manage it when it does? Listen in as we answer this question...
Rank #20: How To Overcome Trials On The Foster Care Journey
Season 7. Episode 67. Jamie Finn knows foster care. As an active foster parent, she consistently cares for multiple children (mostly babies) at a time. She understands fully the ups, the downs, and everything in between when it comes to the emotions you'll experience. She's here today to tell you, foster care is worth it. Even when you have to say goodbye, this is worth it. Check out our interview with her now...