Meet Ryan: Birthing Parent and Doula
Adoption STAR
by eden@fried.com
8M ago
We are so excited to welcome Ryan Ryan DiMartino (they/them) to the podcast! Ryan is part of the LGBTQIA+ community and has two children that they made adoption plans for. In this episode, Ryan is sharing their experience as a trans birthing parent and now as a doula who works with a diverse array of families, particularly those within the adoption triad. We talk about: Ryan’s work as a doula centered around supporting pregnant people who are considering placing their babies with adoptive parents Ryan’s personal story as a first/birth parent and as a surrogate, navigating trans medicine, the ..read more
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How did the COVID-19 Pandemic Impact Our Birth Parent Work at the Agency?
Adoption STAR
by eden@fried.com
11M ago
Written by Lucy Shaw, March 2022 There has been much discussion, hypotheses, articles, etc., about how the pandemic has affected the adoption landscape. And while it is a complicated issue, with many different people and organizations feeling disparate impacts, we now have been through two years of the pandemic to look back on and reflect on. COVID-19 Has Had A Significant Impact On Low-Income Women One of the disparities that has been most noticeable to me as a social worker/birth parent advocate/outreach worker is that the COVID pandemic and its negative after-effects have been MOST harmful ..read more
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Getting Real About Race
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by eden@fried.com
11M ago
Two transracial adoptees break down questions that have been asked by prospective adoptive parents. This episode will help you understand it is important to ask about, and talk about, race. There’s nothing like learning from lived experience! A must-listen podcast episode, perfect to tune into for Black History Month. Please listen in and share this episode with any and all!   The post Getting Real About Race appeared first on Adoption Star ..read more
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Birth Parent Panel
Adoption STAR
by eden@fried.com
1y ago
Whether you’re considering placing a child for adoption, you’re a current or prospective adoptive parent, a current birth parent, or an adoptee, there’s something for you in this panel. Please join Sue Shaw as she leads a panel of 5 birth parents. Each of these birth parents come from different walks of life, and have very different stories. But one thing rings true for all of them – they each made an adoption plan for their child(ren). This panel covers it all. You’ll hear these incredible birth parents talking about how they came to their decision, what supports they had or didn’t have, how ..read more
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Open Adoption Interview
Adoption STAR
by eden@fried.com
1y ago
Are you an expectant parent considering making an adoption plan for your child? Are you wondering whether or not open adoption is right for you? Or are you a prospective adoptive parent questioning the level of openness you’d be willing to have in your future adoption plan? Open adoption essentially represents the joining of two families. When you decide to have an open adoption, you’ll maintain significant ongoing contact with all people involved. What that contact looks like will vary based on your individual situation and preferences. Some open adoptions include in person visits, while othe ..read more
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Black History Month and Transracial Adoption
Adoption STAR
by eden@fried.com
2y ago
Tune into this episode to hear from Zack Fried, transracial adoptee, discuss black history month, race and transracial adoption.   Topics covered include: The importance of Black History Month, and black history year round The power of kids in our society Personal reflections on growing up as person that is multiple minorities (black, gay, transracial adoptee) Growing up as a minority within the family Dating as a minority Parent responsibilities as it relates to preparing a child for dealing with racial issues The white savior complex and adoption – what is it? how to avoid it? Black ro ..read more
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Art & Brian’s Journey to Aidan – Older Child Foster Care Adoption Success Story
Adoption STAR
by eden@fried.com
2y ago
In this episode, host Shaun Doyle interviews Art and Brian about their family and how it grew when they adopted an older child from foster care, Aidan. They adopted Aidan with the help of Adoption STAR’s A-OK program and are ready to grow their family again! Their story is really incredible and completely heart-warming. Topics covered: Journey to adoption Deciding on older child adoption versus infant adoption Finding Aidan Meeting & Visitation Bringing Aidan home and adjustment to life as a new family Support from social workers and lessons learned in the adjustment process Challenges a ..read more
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All About Adopting An Older Child (Part 1)
Adoption STAR
by eden@fried.com
2y ago
There are over 400,000 kids in foster care and about 125,000 of those children are legally freed for adoption. This means that reunification with their biological families and permanent placement with their foster families is no longer a possibility. They are in need of permanent, forever homes – and we are on a mission to make that happen! Tune into this podcast episode with guest host, Zack Fried, and Michele Fried to learn all about why older child adoption is important, how the A-OK (Adopt an Older Kid) Program was born, and how you can get involved. This is part 1 of 2. Be on the lookout ..read more
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STAR! Coping With COVID-19
Adoption STAR
by eden@fried.com
2y ago
Tune into this episode to learn how STAR has dealt with changes due to COVID-19. We are chatting about working from home with kids, juggling life and mental health challenges, agency changes, what technology we’re using, how we’re continuing to support clients in various stages of the adoption process, and more. For questions or comments, or to make suggestions for future episodes, send us an email at podcast@adoptionstar.com! The post STAR! Coping With COVID-19 appeared first on Adoption Star ..read more
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New Coronavirus is a Double Punch for Adoptive Families
Adoption STAR
by eden@fried.com
3y ago
Across the world travel restrictions have been imposed in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.  The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Advisory to reconsider travel.  The new coronavirus is affecting everyone, everywhere, including adoptive families around the world.   It is imperative to try to stop this virus as soon as we can. And that means that we all have to come together. Sadly, it also means that we have to make really hard choices.   For many families on the path to adopting a child from another country the wait time to bring their child home is lengthy.  But with the new ..read more
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