Archive for Mike Berry
A common phrase passed around the foster care community is, “You may not be able to actively foster, but everyone can do something.” But how can you actually do this? How can you get involved?
The foster and adoption parenting journey is hard, messy, and sometimes exhausting. But in-spite of the hardships, it’s also a journey filled with stories of beauty, hope, and resiliency.
A great majority of human life is made up of boundaries. As we grow from early childhood, into the teenage years, and eventually adulthood, we are continuously surrounded by boundaries. Boundaries to keep us safe, boundaries to preserve healthy relationships, boundaries to keep us within the law (to name a few). But what do you do when you are parenting a child who can’t recognize boundaries?
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!
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.