The Essentials for Adoption Attuned Parenting Podcast

GIFT Family Services coaches (adoptive parents, too!) Joann DiStefano and Susan David share tips, advice, missteps, successes and decades of adoptive parenting wisdom. Learn how GIFT's Adoption Attuned parenting can help make your adoption journey happier and healthier each step of the way.

Monthly Special Guest

April: 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

GIFT 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 GIFT coaches as they explore with special guests the intersection of GIFT'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.

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