Presented by AdoptUSKids
About this podcast
Join us as we bring together real adoptive families and adoption experts to showcase the unexpected rewards of adopting a teen from foster care. Whether you’re thinking about adopting from foster care, have already adopted, or are just looking to learn more, these stories and resources will help you navigate the process, with inspiration and information along the way.
Navigating Adoption is brought to you by AdoptUSKids, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, and the Ad Council.
Hear the powerful, heartwarming, and often humorous story of Liz and Ashley’s experience navigating adoption together. Experts introduce the issue of adoption from foster care and the concepts of separation and loss, and April sets the stage for future podcast episodes in the series.
Listen to Samanthia and Christian tell the story of Christian’s adoption. With their own unique perspectives, they discuss what they expected from adoption and the unexpected joys along the way. Experts provide an overview of the children and youth waiting to be adopted and youth representation in the foster care system and detail how the recruitment process works.
Learn from Jeremey and Joslyn’s multiple adoption experiences then hear from experts discussing the importance of support networks and maintaining family connections for both youth adopted from foster care and their adoptive families.
Hear Amber and Kimberly’s powerful adoption story and listen as an expert discusses the topic of trauma and how families can acknowledge loss, address trauma, and grow together with grace.
Listen to La Tika and Catherine explore the concept of aging out of the foster care system. Hear experts discuss the importance of youth in foster care having their voice heard as they work toward family and permanency.
Hear Chris, Gigi, and Maci discuss their journey to becoming a family. Experts discuss the rewards of adoption for both youth and adopted families, the current world of adoption, and how to learn more.