410: Best Advice of Adoption Experts from Season 4 + Something EXTRA

Best adoption advice 2023

Adoption: The Long View Podcast, Episode 410

It’s December of 2023, which means that my new book, Adoption Unfiltered, written with Sara Easterly, an adoptee, and Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard, a birth parent, is finally available! The first part of this episode is our traditional season-closing digest of best advice from all Season 4 guests, and the last part is an audio preview of Sara, Kelsey, and me narrating parts of Adoption Unfiltered in our own voices.

As 2023 comes to a close, so does the 4th season of Adoption: The Long View. This season we heard from 6 adoptees, 2 birth parents, 4 adoptive parents, and 5 professionals in the field, like attachment therapists, a social worker, a psychologist, and agency professionals. I’m so honored that each of these guests came to share their personal and expert experiences to help us all get a better understanding of adoption’s long view.

As you may already know, the last episode of each season is a bite-sized recap from each guest of the Best Advice given this season. For Season 4, the question that ended each interview was this: How can we best support adoptees in building healthy identities and connections right from the start – or at least from today?

So now we offer you the brilliance of our Season 4 guests, distilled into this season’s best advice. You'll hear brief clips from the end of each episode – guests giving you their very best advice for taking the long view of adoption. After that, stay tuned to listen to excerpts from the groundbreaking new book Adoption Unfiltered, written and narrated by Sara, Kelsey, and me.

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About this Podcast

Lori Holden (The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole) brings to you an array of articulate and thought-provoking guests with lived experience in adoption, each with valuable insights to share about the all-encompassing journey of parenting an adopted person from babyhood to toddlerhood to school age to teenage -- and ultimately to adulthood. Join us as we explore Adoption: The Long View.

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Lori Holden