How can we help our children overcome the loss, and grief, they experience and arrive to a place where they thrive? Our guest on the latest episode of the podcast, and adult adoptee, Simon Benn has dedicated his life to helping adoptees THRIVE (as well as us…parents!). His story is moving and compelling!
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As human beings, we spend a lot of time hiding our past wounds. We look at them with shame when we should look at them as stories to be told. Stories of redemption and hope. When we acknowledge our wounds they can lead us toward healing and restoration.
If you’re anything like us, when you entered the foster or adoption journey you heard many stories about children in need of homes. You may have also heard the words “orphan care” tossed around or used as motivation to get people to adopt or foster, or venture off internationally to bring a chid home. But when we look closer, we see a different perspective on the global orphan crisis. One that is reunifying children with their biological families.
In the middle of a world that is highly emotionally charged about many different topics, finding reasonable and genuine voices to speak truth into the darkness we often experience is refreshing. That’s why we are sooo excited about today’s guest on the podcast!
Parenting children with special needs can be exhausting because you’re often required to be hands on 24-7. Most of us understand this. It can feel hopeless and defeating. But there is hope. Today’s show centers on this truth.
Adoptive and foster parents are not saviors. We are not rescuers. News flash! That may step on your toes. But unfortunately, when parents believe this about their parenting journey, they set themselves up for failure. Our role is so much more! We need a healthier perspective on the adoption journey.
Children in foster care are already in a vulnerable place. There can be so much stacked against them and current state laws and polices are not helping. Serious reform is needed. But how can we begin to turn the tide?
Our children need a soft place to land when they’re overwhelmed, and the emotions and memories of their past trauma get the best of them. Our homes need to be that soft landing place. But the question is, how do we create a home environment where children with a trauma history can heal and form healthy attachments?
Disappointment. It can be a central theme of the Holiday Season for our children. That disappointment comes from high expectations that often go unmet. How can we help them navigate this very difficult reality?
For children who are in foster care, or who have been adopted, the holiday season can be difficult. There are lots of feelings of loss, grief, and sadness. These emotions can be all-consuming. How can we help our children find peace during this season?