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Adi TIlford on Therapeutic Parenting Ep 405 Adoption: The Long View

Why & How to Be a Therapeutic Parent, with Adi Tilford

If you are a regular reader of, you know that the belief that adoptive parenting is no different from regular old parenting will end up with you feeling blindsided some day, without tools and without strategies.

How & Why to Become a Therapeutic Parent with Adi Tilford Ep405 of Adoption: The Long View

This is because all adoptions are a result of some sort of rupture or disconnection, and even if necessary, leave a wound that needs acknowledgement and care. The attunement and tending abilities of the parent can make a huge difference for the adoptee in forming new connections, including within him or herself.

With me this month on Adoption: The Long View is my friend and Therapeutic Parent Adi Tilford, a fellow Coloradoan. 

About Adi Tilford

Adi TIlford is an adoptive mom and long-time educator advocating for therapeutic, trauma-informed living. Adi’s writing and speaking engagements illuminate the power of therapeutic love, the ongoing journey of healing from complex developmental trauma, and  the in-the-trenches experiences of becoming a therapeutic parent, educator, and friend. Most of the year, Adi plays in the desert of Colorado where the cactus bloom and coyotes caper in the front yard. She is making her home the place she loves to be with her husband Sam and their two incredible daughters.

Find links to all of Adi’s work at She’s on Instagram at AdiTilfordWrites and on Facebook at AdiTilford-Author.

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Show Notes: Ep 405 with Adi Tilford, Therapeutic Parent

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Lori Holden, mom of a young adult daughter and a young adult son, writes from Denver. She was honored as an Angel in Adoption® by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

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