How To Find Hope On The Foster And Adoptive Journey.

Author of 5 books, podcaster, parent trainer, husband and father.

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Adoption and foster care can be filled with loneliness, desperation, and defeat. We know you love your kids, but it's hard when you have to walk through your child's past trauma with them. Can you really find hope in-spite of this? The answer is, yes. It starts by understanding something powerful and true.

“I don’t think I can take one more day of this,” I said, glaring at the table, with a clinched fist and gritting teeth. My friend agreed. Many colorful words were exchanged between us, that morning, as we sat talking in a restaurant. The steam from our coffee snaked and twisted through the air, disappearing, as if hope was slowly disappearing with it. We shared similar wounds. Both of us had children adopted from foster care and both of us were in very dark and desperate situations. We both loved our kids deeply, but recognized that, out of their trauma, they behaved in certain ways and it caused our exhaustion to abound.

My son screamed obscenities at us in public, destroyed things in our home, and held our family hostage, while his son routinely lied and threatened to kill kids at his school. Needless to say, it was a good thing we were meeting in the early morning, and not the evening, because we needed something to start out day off on a positive note.

There we were: Broken…desperate…hopeless…but together.

Together. There’s something powerful about that word, isn’t there? Say it to yourself: Together. It kind of fills you up, doesn’t it? Truth is, the road of adoption and foster care is filled with brokenness, despair and a lot of hopeless days. Let’s just call this journey what it often is- lonely! It’s lonely because most of the world will never understand why on earth someone would take a child into their home, that wasn’t biologically theirs.

Alone, isolated, and misunderstood is a pretty desperate place to be.

The Desperation Of Alone.

The loneliest feeling in the world is to feel like there’s no one in your corner, no one to lean, or no one who gets you and your family make up. We’ve walked this road many times in the past. In fact, the first few years of our adoption and foster care journey, we were basically on our own. There were no support groups, no one in our community (that we had a relationship with) who fostered or had adopted. It was a lonely journey.

We found ourselves isolated. It was suffocating to say the least. Have you ever been there? Feeling as though no one in this world understands you. As if you carry the weight of your children’s past and present on your shoulder. Maybe you can identify with this…

  • I deal with my child’s traumatic past.
  • I suffer the scars of my child’s repeated rejection.
  • I feel my child’s special needs are a reflection of me.
  • I walk the road of my daughter’s attachment disorder.
  • I hide away from the neighbors while my son throws violent tantrums, screams obscenities, and destroys my house.
  • I cover my bruises and scratches from my child’s violent outbursts and physical assaults.
  • I spend hours trying to help my son do homework that his brain cannot understand.
  • I rarely sleep because my 2 year old wakes up from nightmares.
  • I am exhausted.
  • I bear the brunt of my daughter’s rage.

Sounds and feels pretty hopeless and crushing, right? In fact, your eyes probably fill with tears reading this list because it hits home with you, and you’ve felt the loneliness and isolation from each. But, the truth is, you’re not alone…

The Power Of Together.

To the farthest corners of the earth, foster and adoptive parents stand together. While at times, it feels like you have no one, you actually have everyone. This blog is a testimony to that. We get you. We understand you. We’re in the trenches with you and we bear the same scars and wounds as you.

Together. It’s a game-changer! It’s a hope-builder! Say those same statements from above, again, but this time, place the word “together” in front of each:

  • Together….we deal with our child’s traumatic past.
  • Together…we suffer the scars of our child’s repeated rejection.
  • Together…we come to the understanding that our child’s special need has nothing to do with us.
  • Together…we walk the road of our daughter’s attachment disorder.
  • Together…we face the neighbors while our son throws violent tantrums, screams obscenities, and destroys our house.
  • Together…we uncover our wounds and begin to heal.
  • Together…we find resources to help our son learn.
  • Together…we lean on one another in-spite of our sleepless nights.
  • Together…we rarely sleep, but get a cup of coffee and trudge through the day, a little less exhausted than the last.
  • Together…we bear the brunt of our daughter’s rage.

Together. Not alone. Never hopeless. Always supported, held up, held together, loved, and understood! That’s the truth about the foster care and adoption family. We are there for one another. We will never gasp or baulk at your moment of weakness when a dish needs to fly across the room or a colorful word needs to be screamed at the top of your lungs. We’re on this journey together. We live through the difficult days alongside of you. You are not alone! There’s an abundance of power when you discover how true this is!

We’re on this journey together. We live through the difficult days alongside of you. You are not alone!

In my brand new book, Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent: Hope and Help from the Trenches Of Foster Care and Adoption, I talk about this powerful truth through stories, practical tips, and real-life examples. I’m excited to share that it’s available for pre-order now. This book is an anthem of hope, created to encourage your heart!

That morning, both my friend and I walked out of that restaurant empowered. Not problem free, but empowered. We knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that we were in this fight together. And because of the power of together, we would make it to the next day, and the day after that.

Fact is, you and I are not alone. That’s how we can have hope. Together.

Have you discovered the power of together? What have you learned? If you haven’t discovered it, how can we help?

Already listed as a #1 New Release in Adoption & Special Needs Parenting on Amazon, Mike Berry’s brand new book, Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent, is now available for pre-order! When you order your copy by February 6th, you get access to over $400 in free bonus content, including 2 video series, downloadable PDF guides, a ton of colorful images to share, and much more! Visit to order your copy today!

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Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is the executive assistant to Mike and Kristin Berry. And she is the best in the land. In addition to providing a warm and friendly response to the many emails our company receives on a weekly basis, she also manages Mike and Kristin’s speaking and meeting schedules, and makes sure that team events go off without a hitch.

Nicole Goerges

Nicole Goerges is a Content Contributor & Special Consultant for The Honestly Adoption Company. She works with Mike and Kristin as a recurring co-host for the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and co-host of Kitchen Table Talks, exclusive video content for Oasis Community, along with Kristin. She is a fellow adoptive mom, and former foster parent.

Matt McCarrick

Matt McCarrick is the Content Production Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. If you’ve loved listening to our podcast, or enjoyed any of the videos trainings we’ve published, you have Matt to thank. He oversees all of our content production, from video edits, to making sure the tags are correct on YouTube, to uploading new videos to Oasis, to hitting publish on a podcast episode, he’s a content wonder!

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends the bulk of her time interacting with, and helping, people through our various social media channels, as well as providing support for Oasis Community members through chat support or Zoom calls. In the same spirit as Beaver, Karen is also passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and supported. Karen is also an FASD trainer and travels often, equipping and encouraging parents.

Beaver Trumble

Beaver Trumble is the Customer Care Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. Chances are, if you have been in need of technical support, or forgotten your password to one of our courses, you have interacted with Beaver. He is an absolute pro at customer care. In fact, he single-handedly revolutionized our customer care department last year. Beaver is passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and encouraged.

Kristin Berry

Kristin Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Content Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends most of her time researching and connecting with guests for our podcast, as well as direction, designing and publishing a lot of the content for our social media channels, blog and podcast. She loves to connect with fellow parents around the world, and share the message of hope with them.

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Marketing Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. He spends the bulk of his time and energy designing and building many of the resources you see within our company, as well as social media and email campaigns. His goal is to use media as a means to encourage and equip parents around the world. He is also the co-host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.