AMP S3E6: Kinship Adoption and All That Comes with It - Missy Worley

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Today’s episode is all about kinship adoption and all of the intricate relationships that are affected as a result this unique type of adoption.

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I am so excited that I got to sit down with Missy Worley. Missy is an adoptive mama through foster care and also, of course, by adopting her oldest daughter who is actually her biological niece. The kicker is, Missy and her husband took placement of their now daughter while they were still engaged. So crazy, right?

Missy was able to share with us what their story has looked like for her personally, for their marriage, and for her relationships with her biological family members who have feelings and opinions about their adoption journey.

I am in love with their story and faithfulness to God’s calling on their life and their marriage and am so thankful for all of her amazing wisdom that she was able to share in her episode.

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  • Miss highly recommends the book Adopted for Life by Russell Moore. You can check that out and grab a copy here.

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AMP S3E5: Those Three Words||A Memoir of a Birth Mom - Christine Bauer

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I’ve always thought of the 5-episode marks (1, 5, 10, 15) as milestones and I try to save whammy interviews for them. Is that weird? Oh well. With that said, I am thrilled to bring you guys another interview from a birth mom perspective!

I love that my little podcast gets to serve as an allyship voice for an often overlooked but integral part of the adoption triad: Our kids’ amazing Birth Mamas.

There is so much controversy surrounding our attitude toward birth moms, and it completely revolves around our own experiences. Whether we have an open adoption with our kids’ bio moms, an international adoption where we may never know what their situation is, a domestic adoption where the mama wanted to sever ties, a foster care adoption where rights were terminated, or anything in between, we as adoptive parents should strive to be always so grateful that these brave woman chose life for their children and brought them into this world.

 Christine’s new book!

Christine’s new book!

I love that Christine is using her voice to share her experience and change the stigma that so many birth moms before her and even still now struggle with as they are making the hardest decisions of their lives. I can’t wait for y’all to join us for Christine’s story!

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  • Check out Christine’s amazing book, Those Three Words: A Birthmother’s Story of Choice, Chance, and Motherhood here and purchase it here!

  • Check out Christine on Social Media: Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

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AMP S3E4: When An Adoption Falls Through - Kristen Compston

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Most of my interviews are happy ones. They come with beautiful adoption stories, practical tips and advice, and success stories. This episode has those things too, but it also has a story of great loss and heartache.

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Every adoptive parent’s worst nightmare is for an adoption to fail or fall through outside of their own choice. Kristen and her husband had the same nightmare… but like many other heartbroken adoptive families, it came true for them.

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I am incredibly grateful to Kristen for sitting down with us to recount her experience in order to shout “ME TOO.” for all of the fellow mamas and daddies going through that same heartache.

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AMP S3E3: Nontraditional Adoptions - Brandy Shioyama, Gerardo Yañez, & Kanya Carlson

I say in the podcast intro that every adoption story looks different, and that is obviously very true, but some adoption stories look WAY different and come about in wild and crazy ways. That’s what this episode is all about! I got to interview 3 different adults who have 3 very different adoption stories.

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First, I want to introduce you to the amazing and dramatic story of Brandy Shioyama. Brandy was raised partly by her mother, partly by foster parents, and partly by who she considers now to be her parents. She was never formally adopted while she was living in their house, but in an amazing turn of events, she got to become legally theirs as an adult.

 

 Photo Credit: Alyssa Bogard

Photo Credit: Alyssa Bogard

Next up, I got to interview Gerardo Yañez, who is a big part of my real life too! After providing a pretty rough upbringing, Gerardo’s parents moved back to Mexico after he graduated high school. While he still considers them to be his parents, he had to grow up pretty quickly when he turned 18 and suddenly had no family around. Instead of becoming distant and a loner, so to speak, he had a select few friends’ families take him in and consider him their own. He attributes much of the way he has turned out to their making him feel like he belonged and was wanted.

Above are photos of some of the couples that Gerardo considers his adoptive parents.


Finally, I get to showcase Kanya Carlson. Kanya and her husband Ty are high school sweethearts have 4 kids of their own and are occasional respite parents for their foster parent friends. Kanya is also the Children’s Ministry Director at her church, so she gets to help raise lots of kids in that capacity as well.

Kanya was never formally adopted by who she considers to be her parents, but they helped raise her and “adopted” her in the midst of one of the hardest seasons of her life. They are now her kids’ grandparents and continue to stand by her as she rides out adulthood.

 Kanya with her adoptive family.

Kanya with her adoptive family.

I can’t wait for you to hear all of these amazing stories! Be sure to tell me which one resonates with you most!

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  • Kanya on Facebook. Kanya on Instagram. Kanya as a Childrens Ministry Director.

  • Gerardo on Facebook. Gerardo on Instagram. Gerardo is a travel agent! Buy a vacation from him here!

  • Brandy on Facebook. Brandy on Instagram. Buy Jewelry from Brandy 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.

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AMP S3E2: How Speech/Language Therapy Can Help Our Kids From Hard Places - Sarah McGooden

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Meet Sarah McGooden! Sarah is married to Nate and is a bio mom of 4, but she definitely has her share of difficulties in the parenting realm along with us adoptive mamas. Along with all of the regular mom stuff, she is also an SLP at an elementary school in an incredibly high risk district. She sees and treats kids from hard places all day every day.

You can see why I had to have her on the show this week! She is super wise and had a lot of great advice for us in dealing with kids and also for our own mental health in taking care of these kids. As per usual with my guests, she is at the ready with a bucket-load of grace for us parents doing incredibly hard things for our kids and our communities.

 It’s blurry, but here is Sarah with a sweet kiddo from school!

It’s blurry, but here is Sarah with a sweet kiddo from school!

I love these types of interviews because they deal with the mental side of things and also with the very real, tangible practices we can use to help. Sarah goes into detail on what exactly Speech Therapy is and does, what behaviors fall into that category of therapy, and finally, some specific speech-related behaviors that are common with trauma disorders and how to spot them.

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She’s great and I hope you love her as much as I do!

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  • Check out Sarah on Social Media: Facebook, Instagram

  • 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.

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