The Essentials for Adoption Attuned Parenting Podcast

Join adoption coaches Susan David and Gayle Swift as they share tips, advice, missteps, successes and decades of adoptive parenting wisdom. Learn how Growing Intentional Families Together’s Adoption Attuned parenting can help make your adoption journey happier and healthier each step of the way.

Monthly Special Guest

July: Lynn Grubb

We are so pleased to share this interview with Lynn Grubb. She is an adoptee, a kinship adoptive parent, and editor of The Adoptee Survival Guide: Adoptees Share Their Wisdom and Tools. At the age of 40, Lynn embarked on a search for her roots, had a reunion with her maternal family. Fourteen years later, she found her birth father thanks to genetic genealogy  She is currently working on a memoir to be published in 2021. Lynn also serves as  “The Adopted Genealogist” on Facebook where she uses her expertise to help other adoptees find family. She currently serves as President of the Adoptee Rights Coalition, which advocates for adopted people to receive equal access to their original birth certificates.

Purchase Lynn’s books here.

April Guest: Lori Holden

We’re so excited to announce special guest Lori Holden, author of “The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole” on our April 21 episode of The Essentials for Adoption Attuned Parenting.

Join us to talk to Lori as she shares her wisdom and experiences as we discuss the joys of struggles of adoptive parenting, holding a “both/and” heartset, and more topics essential to adoptive parenting.

Purchase Lori’s book here.

Special Podcast Series

Growing Intentional Families Together coaches are shocked and saddened by the murder of George Floyd and other people of color around our nation. We know that adoptive parents and families, many of whom are transracial, continue to contemplate how they can raise healthy children of color despite the racism, injustice, and social inequities that persist. Silence is not an option. Join our coaches as they explore with special guests the intersection of Growing Intentional Families Together's Adoption Attuned parenting and quest for racial justice in this special series of podcasts.

Special Episode 1: explores what we as adoptive parents,  would have done differently had we known what we know today

Special Episode 2: As Adoptive Parents and Adoption Coaches: What parents can do to help their children be part of the solution to racial inequities and nurture tolerance?

Special Episode 3: Special guest Lola Adebara, Founder and CEO of Minneapolis-based Partnerships for Permanence shares some insights into adoption/fostering and racial justice.

Special Episode 4: Sharon Obazee, adoption coach, adoptee, and a Black woman will discuss transracial adoption and how we can make a difference through our actions and words, and with our families & communities through a lens that looks at race and adoption.

Listen to the Podcast

Enjoy this interview with adoption author, adoptee,  adoptee genealogist, and adoptive parent, Lynn Grubb for an enlightening discussion about the adoptee experience. Let's continue to discover together things adoptive parents should know as they strive to raise healthy and happy children.  

Lynn offers a variety of perspectives:  she is an Adoptee, a Kinship Adoptive Parent, and Editor of the The Adoptee Survival Guide: Adoptees Share Their Wisdom and Tools.

Born in Chicago, Illinois in the middle of the Baby Scoop Era, Lynn grew up wondering where she came from and why she was given up for adoption.  

 At the age of 40, Lynn embarked on a search for her roots, had a reunion with her maternal family and fourteen years later, found her birth father thanks to genetic genealogy  She is currently working on a memoir to be published in 2021. Lynn also serves as  “The Adopted Genealogist” on Facebook where she uses her expertise to help other adoptees find family.

Lynn writes from the perspective of many hats: adult adoptee, kinship adoptive parent, step-parent, biological parent and child advocate.  When not writing, you can find her at any live concert. She currently serves as President of the Adoptee Rights Coalition, which advocates for adopted people to receive equal access to their original birth certificates.

Purchase Lynn’s books here. Enjoy this interview with 


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