The Honestly Adoption Podcast

The Honestly Adoption Podcast, with Mike and Kristen Berry, is a podcast dedicated to being a real voice, bringing real hope to parents on the foster and adoptive journey.
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Dec 27, 2017

With the holiday season in full stride, it won't be long before our kids will head back to school. Perhaps for you, this school year has been filled with challenges for your children. Have you ever wondered how to adequately express those issues to your child's teacher or principal? Today, on the show, we explore some strategies.

Mike and Kristin were recently interviewed by our good friend, Jami Kaeb from The Forgotten Initiative Podcast on how to navigate school challenges with children who have experienced significant trauma. In this replay, they are practical advice to help parents navigate the challenges their children experience at school.

Dec 20, 2017

The holiday season, specifically Christmas break, is often a dreaded time for foster and adoptive parents because it means a lack of normal structure for their kiddos. How do you navigate through this time successfully?

On today's episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, Mike and Kristin are joined by Licensed Mental Health Counselor and therapist, Ruth Graham as they discuss how to create structure during the chaos of the holidays. This is the conclusion of our 4-part holiday series entitled, "Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks."

Dec 13, 2017

Season 8, episode 70. The holiday season can be full of magic and wonder, expectations and fantasies.  What can a parent do to help their child, who struggles during this season, to make sense of how their own story fits in?

Join us this week as we welcome Brooke Randolph (LMHC) to our show for part 3 of our 4 part series, "Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks." Mike, Kristin, and Brooke will discuss how we can support our children through this holiday season.

Dec 6, 2017

Season 8, episode 69. Trees! Lights! Parties! Presents! Friends! Family! Concerts! Cookies! Candy!  How can you help your child navigate all of the overstimulation they are experiencing during this time of year?

The holiday season is full of fun and exciting sights, sounds, smells, treats, and activities. Mike and Kristin have asked their good friend, Jenn Hook, to join us today as they discuss some ways parents can handle overstimulation with their kids during the holiday season.  Listen in now for Part 2 of 4 in our "Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks Series."


Nov 30, 2017

[Holiday Survival Tips & Tricks] Season 8, Episode 68. Today we will be kicking off our new podcast series: Holiday Survival Tips and Tricks!  We will spend the next four weeks interviewing amazing therapists about how we can navigate the big emotions and hard moments, with our kids, that tend to rise up during the holiday season. Mike and Kristin are excited to kick off this series with therapist and adoptive dad, Lynn Owens, as they discuss how we can help our children process disappointment and loss.

Nov 22, 2017

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...

Nov 15, 2017

Season 7. Episode 66. Today, Mike and Kristin want to introduce you to the people who make Oasis happen and bring encouragement to weary parents worldwide: Karen Anderson, Jen Summers, Beaver Trumble, and Matt McCarrick. Karen, Jen, and Beaver are all adoptive and foster parents, who are part of the Oasis Care Team (the people who are available online for support and encouragement), and Matt oversees content editing, emails, and publishing details. Listen in to discover what they believe makes Oasis so special!

Nov 8, 2017

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.

Nov 1, 2017

Season 7, Episode 64. Can just three days truly be life-changing? Find out as Mike reminisces with Andrew Schneidler and Jason Morriss about this year's amazing Road Trip for foster and adoptive dads.  What makes this event unique and unlike anything you've ever experienced?  Listen now to find out!

Oct 25, 2017

Season 7, Episode 63. This week on The Honestly Adoption Podcast, we are excited to share with you one of our exclusive "Backstage Pass" interviews from Oasis Community, our support and resource site for adoptive and foster parents.  In this interview, Mike gets honest with Ryan North as they discuss parenting methods better suited for children from trauma. Believe us, you will not want to miss this interview! 

Oct 18, 2017

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.

Oct 11, 2017

Season 7, Episode 61. In this episode, Mike and Kristin interview author and speaker, Natalie Brenner, on the topic of pain and grief. This is an important topic for all adoptive and foster parents. Natalie is the author of a wonderful book, This Undeserved Life: Uncovering the gifts of grief and the fullness of life.

Oct 4, 2017

Season 7, Episode 60. In this episode, Mike interviews Deborah Gray (LCSW) on the topic of Attachment. Today, Deborah offers both hope, as well as amazing advice, for any parent who is dealing with attachment issues.

Sep 27, 2017

Season 7, Episode 59. In this episode, Mike interviews Angela Tucker, a voice for transracial adoption and the focus of the popular documentary, Closure. Today, Angela has an open and honest conversation with Kristin and Mike on transracial adoption from the perspective of a transracial adoptee.

Sep 20, 2017

Season 7, Episode 58. This is it! The very first episode of the Honestly Adoption podcast. Formally the Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast, we are headed in a new direction. In this episode, Mike interviews the one and only, Dr. Ira Chasnoff, about understanding the behaviors of children with FASD.

Sep 14, 2017

#TBT to Season 1, Season 4. In this episode we're revisiting an amazing episode we did back in Season 1 with Nikka Palmer.

Sep 7, 2017

TBT to Season 2, Episode 19. In this episode we interview our daughter on what an adoptee wants you to know about open adoption. 

Aug 31, 2017

#TBT session 2. In this episode we're tossing it all the way back to our very first episode a couple of years ago, "Can You Really Find Hope On The Road Of Foster Care and Adoption?"

Aug 24, 2017

#TBT- Season 2, Episode 14. In this very first episode of our special throwback Thursday edition (leading up to the re-launch of The Honestly Adoption Podcast), we're throwing it back to Season 2. 

Aug 16, 2017

Season 6, Episode 57. In the final episode of Season 6, Mike interviews adoptee Sandeep Thomas on his traumatic past, and finding hope in-spite of it.  

Aug 9, 2017

Season 6, Episode 56. In this episode, Mike interviews Lisa Qualls. Lisa's story is one of defeat, devastation, but also immense hope through unexpected trials. 

Aug 2, 2017

Season 6, Episode 55. In this episode Mike interviews Carrie Blaske about self care. 

Jul 25, 2017

Season 6, Episode 54. In this episode, Sandra Flach, from Justice For Orphans, interviews Mike on his and Kristin's adoptive journey.

Jul 19, 2017

Season 6, Episode 53. in this episode Mike interviews Jesse and Andrea DeBoer who are domestic and international adoptive parents, as well as foster parents in the US.

Jul 12, 2017

Season 6, Episode 52. In this episode, Mike interviews author and blogger Courtney Westlake on becoming a special needs parent without warning. 

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