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Expert Adoption Advice | Roundup of Adoption: The Long View Season 3

It’s December again, and as we wrap up 2022, we are also wrapping up Season 3 of Adoption: The Long View.

As we plan for Season 4 (and maybe beyond), I invite you to give us specific feedback. What challenges would you like to hear us explore? What would you like to know more about? Drop me a line with the subject line Hey! I listen to Adoption The Long View. Let us know which episodes in the previous three seasons have had an impact on you and what that impact was. We’d love to hear from you how to make Season 4 as relevant as possible to the issues that matter to you.


I’m incredibly grateful for the 11 amazing guests who talked with me during Season 3, a remarkable group comprising 7 adoptees, 1 birth parent, 4 adoptive parents, 2 people who got OFF the adoption roller coaster, and 2 people in differing roles within their interracial families (some in dual positions; don’t even try with the math). We heard from playwrights and podcasters, executives and educators, moms and dads and sons and daughters, wise and generous each one of them.

Thanks also to each of you who listen and rate our episodes. It really helps get the word out. This is a completely free podcast — no advertising and no paywall. Should you wish to contribute to its ongoing existence, we simply ask that you share this podcast with others. Many thanks for doing so.

Best Adoption Advice of Season 3: Eleven Guests on the Long View of Adoption

If you’ve been following along, you know that my guests and I talk about a provocative topic that’s sure to come up along our parenting journeys. Guests share brilliant nuggets of wisdom with me, and before we know it our time is up and we are at the final question.

You are going to love this listener’s digest of short audio clips, with each guest responding to the question: What is the most important piece of the long view of adoptive parenting that people miss on the front end?

  • How NOT to split the baby 1
  • How NOT to split the baby 2

In Episode 310 you get the digest, the down and dirty clips of each guest’s best adoption advice. You may be surprised with some of the commonalities, and intrigued by the unique wisdom brought to the table by each guest. We have a transcript available so you can easily find any episode you’d like to listen to in its entirety.

Show Notes from the Season 3’s Expert Adoption Advice

Click on the name to go to the guest’s own site. Click on the episode number for that guest’s full interview.

Prefer to read? Here’s a transcript (but listening is so much better).

We’ll Be Back Soon

We’re taking a brief hiatus as we prepare for Season 4, which will premier early in 2023. Click the subscribe button wherever you get your podcasts so you know when we release new episodes. And please, do share with others who may benefit.

Until then, listen to adoptee voices, do your own work, get comfortable with complexity and discomfort, and seek to always be a safe space for your child to have their feelings — all their feelings.

And may you meet everything on your road ahead with confidence, curiosity, and compassion.

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A new episode comes out the first Friday of the month. Thank you for sharing, subscribing, and rating this episode!

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.

Find Lori’s books on her Amazon Author page, and catch episodes of Adoption: The Long View wherever you get your podcasts.

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