With the Golden Age of podcasting upon us, there is no shortage of stories, interviews, and conversations to enjoy. From binge-worthy true crime investigations to the latest in news, arts, and culture, there are countless hours of entertaining, educational, and informative podcasts covering a wide variety of topics – including adoption and foster care. With so many podcast options to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. So, we’ve rounded up some of the best adoption and foster-care themed podcasts for you!
HERe are our top picks:
About the Host: Haley Radke launched Adoptees On after becoming frustrated that the adoption-themed podcasts she was coming across focused primarily on the parent perspective, but not the adoptee perspective. As an adoptee herself, Haley wanted to create a storytelling platform that came directly from people like her. “I am making the podcast I needed to hear when I was feeling alone and like the only one in the world struggling with the grief of losing my biological family.”
What it’s About: Adoptees On is a gathering of adopted people sharing their intimately personal stories about the impact adoption has had on their lives.
Latest Episode: The latest episode is a conversation with Nelle Doux, an adoptee who shares her story of searching for her biological father and uncovering the truth about her origins. Nelle also shares her personal experience with racism and the challenges she has faced from not knowing her racial identity.
About the Host: Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating A Family, is a leading expert in adoption, fostering, and infertility. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, including keynote addresses, and speaks on a variety of topics including post adoption support, transitioning from infertility to adoption, training for foster parents, and infertility nurse education.
What it’s About: Creating a Family is a national infertility, adoption and foster care education and support nonprofit. This podcast brings together a variety of adoption and foster care experts to share their experiences, stories, and advice for parents and adoptees.
Latest Episode: In the latest episode, “How to Juggle Kids, Schooling & Work During Coronavirus Shutdown,” Dawn Davenport interviews Julie Beam, Executive Director of Attachment and Trauma Network.
About the Hosts: A variety of adoption professionals lead conversations about adopting and fostering Waiting Kids in Minnesota.
What it’s About: In 2019 MN ADOPT launched Let’s Talk, a podcast aimed to provide information about adopting and fostering Minnesota Waiting Kids. The podcast serves as a resource for families who have adopted and helps answer many of the frequently asked questions they receive about adoption in general.
Latest Episode: The latest episode, “Sensory Interventions to Assist Children in Achieving Greater Regulation” teaches caregivers how to use sensory interventions to help children regulate, create stronger attachment bonding, and heal trauma.
About the Hosts: Mike and Kristin Berry, the parents of 8 adopted children, are the creators of the popular blog Confessions of an Adopted Parent. While reaching hundreds of thousands of foster and adoptive parents around the world, the couple decided that something was missing. They sensed an urgency to expand their communication beyond the written word, and so The Honestly Adoption Podcast was born.
What it’s About: The Honestly Adoption Podcast was created to help build deeper connections among foster and adoptive parents around the globe. The podcast aims to be a real voice speaking real hope to parents on the foster and adoptive journey.
Latest Episode: In the latest episode, “How An Adoptee’s Experience Has Impacted Her Journey As An Adoptive Parent,” Melissa Corkum shares her story as an adult adoptee, adoption advocate, and parent coach.