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On Your Radar: 4 Essential Adoption Resources For February

1. Adoption, Bonding and Attachment Webinar

I have begun working my way through Dr Brad Reedy’s weekly talks for parents (adoptive and otherwise) and I find his information so resonant and helpful. His area of research is attachment, and he speaks directly to adoptive parents with this episode (even though he himself is not an adoptive parent).

One of my favorite quotes from this episode can help adoptive parents tune into the ever-moving Goldilocks point:

“Adoption isn’t everything and it isn’t nothing. But it is something.”

— Dr Brad Reedy of Evoke Therapy

Dr Reedy also talks about parents being a safe place for our children. That to become so, we must continue to do our own work and heal our own attachment wounds — which we all have and which we all bring to parenting. So worth the watch or listen.

2. The 39th Annual “Let’s Talk Adoption” Virtual Conference

Concerned Persons for Adoption (CPFA) offers an online conference Saturday, March 5, from 9a -4p ET. You can register until March 2.

The keynote address, “Supporting Needs and Strengthening Bonds in Adoption, ” is presented by adoptee and therapist Jeanette Yoffe, MA, MFT.

I became aware of this event through Michelle McManus (@BabyBeBrave_) and Yael Adler (@fromgypsytojersey) on Instagram. Both are adoptees and both will serve on the “Adult Adoptee Panel: Insight on Effective and Open Communication with Your Child.” This panel is set for 2:15p ET.

Registration ranges from $20 – $40 per person. Register here.

3. Gayle Swift’s Instagram Feed

Gayle Swift of Growing Intentional Families Together (GIFT) has long addressed #AdoptionAttunement, #AdoptionComplexity, and the #BothAnd of adoption. Her social media feeds are full of resources, reality checks, and wisdom. Like this.

4. 8000 Promises Podcast by Adi Tilford

I had the pleasure of appearing on a brand new podcast, 8000 Promises. This is the passion of my friend Adi Tilford, who has appeared in this space before. Check out her very popular post about becoming a therapeutic parent and making yours a therapeutic home.

While Adi and I touch on adoption, we mostly focus on living in your season and planting seeds.

Adi Tilford, a Christian author and speaker, interviews guests on living into the beauty of God’s promises. As a survivor of childhood trauma, Adi invites listeners to discover how God’s healing repair in adulthood allows for a more fulfilling life experience.”

What’s been on your radar lately? Share your finds in a comment below, whether adoption-related or not.

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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