AMP S2E14: Does Race Matter in Adoption? Part 1 - Tim Yayock | Faith Jibas
Y'all. Season 2 is coming to a close and that feels so awesome! That means that for TWO WHOLE seasons, I have been blessed to be able to bring you guys stories of grace and honesty from all kinds of characters in this adoption game. I'm already working on Season 3 and I can't wait!
This 2-party finale is all about adoption and race. Now, this has been a topic on my mind for a long time, and I'm happy it's finally coming to fruition because I truly feel like this is so incredibly important. So many adoptive mamas are holding these precious lives in their hands and influence and don't know how to instill value in them for who they are at their foundation, in their very DNA. To cover this topic, I was absolutely not going to bring in white parents who have adopted children outside their ethnicity. They may have seen the struggles their children face firsthand, but it is nowhere near appropriate for them to speak on behalf of them on a large scale.
Today, We are sitting down with Tim Yayock and Faith Jibas.
Tim is originally from Nigeria, but has lived here in the states for a while now and is married to an American and has two biological children with hopes to adopt more. His perspective on being a black man caring for white children is so eye-opening and important for anyone raising black children to hear and learn from.
Faith Jibas is Marshallese, but was born and raised in the States. She grew up in an area of the country where she could go years without seeing anyone else who truly looked like her. She understands the importance of showing our kids where they (ultimately) come from and how they can connect with their heritage in meaningful ways.
Y'all this episode has my heart and I can't wait for you to hear it.
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Those Three Words: A Birth Mother's Story of Choice, Chance, and Motherhood is out now! It is such an amazing book and you definitely need to grab yourself a copy over on Amazon!
Faith mentions the book "Don't Ever Whisper" by Giff Johnson in her interview. It is all about the Marshall Islands and the United States history together and their relationship now. Check it out on Amazon here.
Grace Haven Ministries offers support and services for adoptive families in the trenches. I can say this from personal experience. We were at the end of our rope with this business and Grace Haven's director of counseling services was at our house within an hour... FO FREE. She talked us off the ledge and provided us with some great resources for moving forward. Seriously, reach out to them with your concerns and struggles TODAY. Visit their website here and their Facebook page here.
Project Zero puts the real live faces of children who are available for adoption in front of the families looking to provide forever homes for them. They travel around the state promoting their dream of having Zero waiting children in Arkansas. You can check out their website here and their Facebook here.
The CALL trains, equips, and supports foster and adoptive families. You heard from the director in NWA, Ann in the first episode of this podcast. They are great and you should check them out. They have no-commitment info-meeting regularly if you just want to gather more information about adopting from the foster care system, and they provide the complete training you need to become an open home. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.