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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Mar 4, 2021

It's one thing to make that statement. It's another thing entirely to provide avenues for people to do serve, and give, whether or not they are active foster parents. We are excited to share the good work that the Isaiah 117 House is doing to provide support, and necessary resources for children entering into the foster care system. Their work is providing dignity and comfort during a very hard, and highly traumatic process.

We were fortunate to be able to sit down with Indianapolis Marion County Expansion Coordinator, Sarah McDaniel, to talk about what the Isaiah 117 House is, how it started, and what their primary focus is.

Feb 25, 2021

We are excited to welcome our friend, and fellow author and adoptive parent, Steve Disselhorst, to The Honestly Adoption Podcast. We had an amazing conversation on his book, the importance of community for parents, inclusivity, and why the end-goal is for vulnerable children to find permanency with loving families.

Feb 18, 2021

From Simon: I’d always kept my being adopted out of my work because I didn’t want to limit the people I helped. Late in 2020 I decided to bring my adoption story into my work and concentrate on coaching adult adoptees so they can T.H.R.I.V.E.

Transformation - releasing adoption trauma
Healing - repairing emotional wounds
Resilience - bouncing back from setbacks
Identity - learning who you really are
Vision - mapping out your future
Enjoyment - loving your life.

Feb 11, 2021

We are so excited to introduce our audience to Sandhya Oaks. Sandhya is a radiant human being, and we absolutely loved interviewing her. Sandhya is a consultant, advocate, ministry leader, writer, and speaker. Her remarkable story of discovering her pre-adoption name her orphanage gave her was featured in a TedX Talk

Feb 4, 2021

1MILLIONHOME is all about reunification. And our guest for this episode, Brandon Stiver, is helping to lead the way. Serving as the community of practice advisor, Brandon serving with 1MillionHome, has created a global collaborative network that is transforming orphanages to bring children back home and restore families. They envision a world where every child grows up in a loving and supportive family.

Jan 28, 2021

Author and memoirist, Nefertiti Austin writes about the erasure of diverse voices in motherhood in the critically acclaimed Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender and Parenting in America. Her work around this topic has appeared in the "New York Times", "Washington Post", “Huffington Post”, "MUTHA", “Gen Medium”, and many other publications. She was the subject of an article on race and adoption in “The Atlantic” and appeared on numerous shows/podcasts and radio programs, including "The Today Show", "1A with Joshua Johnson", and NPR. Nefertiti is the proud adoptive mother of two children and lives in Los Angeles, Ca.

Jan 22, 2021

Jonathan and Sarah McGuire know just how valuable finding hope and resiliency on this sometimes difficult parenting journey can be. They know this, because this is what helped transform their entire journey with their children. Today, they've dedicated their entire life to supporting, enriching, encouraging, and providing quality education to special needs parents.

Jan 14, 2021

Author and adoption advocate, Karen Springs, has been on a journey to share the beautiful and hard truth about adoption worldwide. In fact, she spent months traveling the country and interviewing adoptive families on what they've learned, how they've grown, and what they want the world to know about adoption.

Jan 7, 2021

Gaelin Elmore found himself in 25 different foster homes, over 13 years as a youngster. Fortunately for him, a kind and caring football coach brought him into his home while he finished high school. Through that turn of events, he received the resources he needed to thrive as he transitioned into adulthood. But so many children do not have the same fortune as Gaelin did. Now, in his adult life, he's on a mission to speak truth into the foster care system, and enact change that will ultimately transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable foster youth.

Dec 31, 2020

David and Jayne Schooler from Back2Back Ministries in Cincinnati, Ohio know a thing or two about building a home like this. As seasoned parents, through adoption and foster care, they have had to personally navigate difficulties and trials with children who have come from hard places. But their personal experience and valuable insight into helping children heal, as well as understanding trauma and learning how to respond differently, has helped to transform the lives of thousands of parents. We are excited to share a throwback interview with them today on The Honestly Adoption Podcast!

Dec 24, 2020

It begins with us, as caregivers, anticipating that this time of the year can be deeply wounding to our children. While our children often build up expectations like tall towers, in their minds and hearts, we have to be ready as a soft place for them to land if, or when, this tower crashes to the ground and their heart is broken. We are fortunate to know amazing therapists like Brooke Randolph, LMHC, who provide valuable insight into this hard road we may find ourselves traveling!

Dec 17, 2020

We are thrilled to share this recent interview with did with our good friend, and licensed clinical social worker, Deborah Gray. In the interview she shares practical steps to help our children cope with grief during the holidays.

Dec 10, 2020

It begins with compassion, understanding, and making yourself and your life available. From there, it takes action. Peter is demonstrating all of this in his mission through and his journey as a foster dad.

Dec 3, 2020

We often have interviews on the podcast that we could simply keep going and going and going. Our conversation with Heath and Ligia Cushman (pronounced LEE-HE-UH) was just that. We talked about the pain and agony of miscarriage, dealing with the anxiety of being a black Latina women in the south, how transracial adoptees will play a big role in racial reconciliation in this country, and how to foster open and honest conversations with our children about race, loss and grief in adoption, and so much more. It was one of the most valuable hours we have ever spent on this show. You will LOVE our conversation with Heath and Ligia Cushman.

Nov 26, 2020

It begins by understand why overstimulation happens, and formulating a plan to handle and respond the right way to it. We are fortunate to share an amazing interview we did with our good friend, and trauma-trained therapist, Jenn Hook, founder of the Replanted Conference. In this interview, she shares practical advice and insight into why stimulation happens, and how you can respond in a way that builds trust and connection!

Nov 19, 2020

Jayne Alfieri and Stacy Clark are sharing light in a very unique way and telling the unique and beautiful story of adoption through some of the most beautiful, heart-warming, real and honest greeting cards you will ever read. We're serious. You're going to love their hearts, and their passion for the adoption community. The ENTIRE adoption community- parents, bio parents, adoptees, and former foster youth.

Jayne and Stacy are the creators of Tiny Type Studios and Adoptionly Yours, a small card and gift company with a big heart for adoption.

Nov 12, 2020

You may not realize this, but we have an opportunity to make change for foster youth who are stepping into adulthood. We can raise our voices, contact our congressmen and women, write letters, attend statehouse legislature meetings, and get involved in advocacy projects all to bring resources and awareness to the needs of foster youth becoming adults. Our guest today, is Jai McClean, who has dedicated her life to advocating for key policy changes for youth who are stepping out of foster care and into the next phase of their lives.

Nov 5, 2020

Julie Bogart is the popular voice of common sense and compassion in the homeschool community. She's the creator of the innovative writing program called Brave Writer and the popular fast-growing practice called Poetry Teatime. She’s the founder of a homeschool coaching community called the Brave Learner Home.

Oct 29, 2020

There's no question that loss is a major storyline of the foster and adoption journey. Children lose their first families, their first homes, and their sense of normal and familiar. But equally, they often lose their identity, connection to who they are, and subsequently, their purpose. It's crucial that caregivers keep a finger on this pulse and learn how to respond with compassion and understanding.

That's why we're excited to welcome Tina Bauer to the show. Her perspective, insight, and firsthand experience in the foster care system, and later being adopted from foster care, is a priceless resource for parents.

Oct 22, 2020

One of the things we LOVE about hosting this podcast, is the deeply valuable lessons we learn from our guests. We intentionally schedule guests who challenge us, inspire us, and motivate us. This discussion with Marcie was one of the most aw-inspiring and thought-provoking interviews we've done in the 5 year history of this show! We will love Marcie and her amazing perspective on the topic of re-learning history!

Oct 15, 2020

We're excited to welcome Marna Pacheco from CapeAble Weighted Products to The Honestly Adoption Podcast to discuss how weighted products (blankets, vests, wraps, etc) can help your children who have sensory needs. Through their patented Smart Weight Technology, CapeAble Weighted Products is changing the game in the weighted products field. And good news...the products she shares are NOT just for children. Adults can benefit too! (Just ask Kristin...😉).

Oct 8, 2020

Jason and Amanda Palmer know a thing or two about wanting to give up. But they also know the exact steps it takes to keep going, and even start again after life's storms get the best of you. We are pleased to share our awesome interview with them on the latest episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast!

Oct 1, 2020

When you understand trauma, and you know how it manifests itself in your child's life, and behavior, everything changes. A self-proclaimed trauma evangelist and adoption activist, Andi Coston speaks through the lens of trauma as an adoptee, a foster parent, an adoptive parent, and a sexual abuse survivor. We LOVE Andie and are certain you will too!


Sep 24, 2020

You CAN find success on the journey of parenting a child with a FASD. We are excited to share today's episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, because that's exactly what we're talking about. And we've invited one of the world's leading experts on this topic: Jeff Noble!

Sep 17, 2020

For our Season 19 debut of The  Honestly Adoption Podcast, we were over-the-moon excited to sit down with our good friend, and children's book author, Maria Hansen-Quine to talk about this hot-button topic. Maria offers a refreshing and inclusive take on the subject of diversity, being anti-racist, and finding hope in the middle of a world that is difficult to live in.

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