The podcast where adoptees discuss the adoption experience. This is not the usual adoption talk. You will find real, raw, and deep feelings addressed in these interviews. Adult adoptees share stories of search, reunion, and secondary rejection. Adoptees On also curates recommended resources to encourage and educate the adoption community about adoptee issues.
Today Janet Nordine, MS, LMFT is back to address grief. This time she is teaching us about experiencing grief as an adult adoptee. Have you lost a loved one recently? Revisiting grief as an adult adoptee is a totally different ballgame. We also discuss what can happen to us if we stuff down our feelings instead of processing them.
Today’s phenomenal guest you NEED to hear from is Mariama J. Lockington, author of For Black Girls Like Me (which releases this month on July 30, 2019). We talk about her experiences growing up as a transracial adoptee, how writing was always one of her passions, and Sweet Valley High may have come up. I can’t wait for you to hear this interview. It’s one of our favourites and I promise you’re going to want to order For Black Girls Like Me immediately!
Today Janet Nordine, MS, LMFT teaches us all about grief. Perhaps some of the anger you’ve been experiencing is actually masking some deep grief. We talk about disenfranchised grief and why we think it is a critical topic for adoptees to understand.
We are revisiting another amazing interview from 2018!
One of our favourite therapists, Pam Cordano is back! This time we chat with Pam and her two adult daughters, Sarah and Lauren. Pam’s daughters tell us all about what it was like for them to grow up with a mother who was adopted. We discuss how Pam chose to parent differently than her adoptive parents, what were some positive and negative things about living with an adoptee in the house, and what their family has done to build healthy relationships with each other, especially in the teen through young adult years.
Revisiting a favourite episode from 2018! It’s an honour to bring you this mother/daughter duo, Fleurette and Amy, for an in-depth view of a long-term reunion. We talk about the unusual circumstances surrounding Amy’s adoption, the disappointment they both felt after their first official in-person meeting, how bringing grandkids into the equation shifted their relationship, and how many years it took them before they felt their reunion relationship was “normal”. Spoiler alert - it was a loooong time.
Macy Oosthuizen, LCSW shares her story with us, and I may have gasped in shock a few times! Macy also teaches us the reasons so many adopted people feel disconnected or unmoored, and what we can do to feel anchored at last. This episode is a must-listen! You’ll be surprised by the twists in Macy’s story as she sought after the truth, and wowed by her wisdom and insights as a therapist.
Inez Cook shares her story with us, how she spent time searching for identity all around the world and how she came to find it back in Canada. We discuss finding out about the sixties scoop as an adult, the power and importance of food as a way to explore her culture and how her new book will be available to educate children across Canada about the sixties scoop.
We are back with Lesli A. Johnson, MFT answering your questions about navigating boundaries as an adopted person. We address boundaries with adoptive parents, money issues in reunion, and we wrap up with Lesli’s tips for saying no.
We are continuing our series on the Canadian Sixties Scoop, and today I’m honoured to introduce you to Christine Miskonoondinkwie Smith. Christine shares her story of being apprehended from her original family, adopted with her sister, and then ultimately going back into care as a young girl. She tells us about how she reconnected with her indigenous heritage and how some influential role models made all the difference for her.
Do you struggle with establishing guidelines or “edges” in relationships? Lesli A. Johnson, MFT is back on the podcast to answer your questions about navigating boundaries. Lesli gives us some helpful tips in how to open up a conversation around boundaries even when it’s scary. Most of this show’s questions were related to navigating reunion which can be so tricky!