I have been working on a new project — a twice-monthly podcast dedicated to exploring the long view of adoption. While 2020 has been a remarkable one for everyone, it has also meant my first child graduating from high school. And my last child entering his senior year.
“Child” is no longer the right word to use for Tessa or Reed.
The graduation milestone got me thinking about parenting and all that I wish I’d known along the way. About what I consider to be the long view of adoptive parenting.
I am collaborating with the people at Adopting.com, who have been very supportive about a podcast oriented on the long view of adoption. My vision? To bring a variety of perspectives around topics I wish I’d known more about back in my pre-adoptive days and early-parenting years.
Over the years, so many of you in the adoption arena have helped me become a better parent to my children, a better ally with adoptees and first parents, even a better human being. I aim to bring you many of these revealers, these people who have given me a-ha moments. You’ll hear from adoptees, first parents, adoptive parents, adoption-competent therapists, adoption researchers, and others with insights about adoption’s long view.
Up first is Leah Campbell, a writer and single mom to 7 year-old “Cheeks.” Leah is author of the new children’s book, The Story of My Open Adoption — which I highly recommend. She says this is the children’s book she and Cheeks wanted, one that reflects the experience of growing up in an open adoption, one that doesn’t gloss over its complexities.
Prefer to read? Here’s a transcript.
Leah shares the joys and challenges of maintaining an open adoption with her daughter’s family and why she is committed to doing so. I know you’re going to love hearing Leah talk about centering her daughter in the many aspects of adoptive parenting.
Ways to Tune In to More Episodes
- Subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
- Bookmark the podcast page on Adopting.com.
- Subscribe on Google Podcasts.
- If Spotify is your go-to, subscribe there.
- Subscribe on Castbox or wherever else you get your podcasts.
- If you prefer YouTube, subscribe there.
Expect two episodes a month when you subscribe. My partners at Adopting.com release a new episode on the 1st and the 15th of each month, each around 30 minutes long. Not too much, not too little. Just right.
I hope you enjoy this first episode. And I can’t wait for you to see who else is coming up and what we’re talking about!
Other Podcast Episodes
- Sara Easterly on adoptees coming out of the adoption fog and “you’re not my real mom!”
- Interview with Leah Campbell around adoptive parenting and living in open adoption, even when it’s hard.
- Shifting from shame and secrecy to truth and transparency, an interview with Rich Uhrlaub
- Interview with Carolyn Savage, telling her inconceivable story about pregnancy, adoption, and surrogacy
- How Clemencia Deleon developed emotional intelligence when her kinship adoption went all wrong.
- On being wedged between the pain of one set of parents and the joy of another, an interview with Angela Tucker.
- Interview with Ashley Mitchell regarding a birth mom’s perspective and the necessity for better adoption education.
- Improving adoption now, an interview with Family to Family Support Network’s Rebecca Vahle.
- The latest research of following 15 adoptive families, explained by Abbie Goldberg, PhD.
- How two pioneers in figuring out open adoption did so. Kim Court (birth mom) and Linda Marie Mueller (adoptive mom) adopted strong back, soft front, wild heart decades ago.
Lori Holden, mom of a teen son and a teen daughter, writes from Denver. Her book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, is available through your favorite online bookseller and makes a thoughtful anytime gift for the adoptive families in your life. Catch episodes of Adoption: The Long View wherever you get your podcasts.
Lori was honored as an Angel in Adoption® in 2018 by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.