The Top 5 Can’t-Miss Adoption & Foster Podcasts Of The Year

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We love podcasts. This mostly has to do with the fact that, in 2015, we launched our very own. But it's also because we love the powerful communication piece that podcasts have become. Today, we're sharing, what we believe, are the top 5 of the year as they relate to the foster and adoptive community.

We live in a powerful age of technology and mass-communication. Never before has mankind been able to connect with hundreds of millions of people with the touch of a screen or the swipe of a thumb. It truly is magnificent. But this means that adoptive and foster parents and their support community also have access to mass communication and resources to help them in everyday life.

In recent years podcasting has become a major form of communication that isn’t going away anytime soon. You can find hundreds, even thousands, of great shows that cover everything from humor, to education, to expert advice for foster and adoptive parents. But what are the top shows to listen to? Out of all the hundreds and thousands of great shows out there, we’ve whittled down the list to our Top 5 “Can’t-Miss” shows. We determined this list based on topics covered, quality of the show, special guests they feature, simplicity in their approach, and overall uniqueness (or what makes them stand out).

Here they are in no particular order…

  1. The Forgotten Initiative Podcast. This is such a great and insightful podcast on the foster care journey, and ending the crisis of children aging out of the foster care system. Host Jamie Kaeb does an amazing job interviewing guests who not only have firsthand experience in the foster care system, but also bring insight and a strong challenge to listeners to step into this movement and make a difference. We were also honored, recently, to be one of Jamie’s guests. Click here to listen to recent episodes.
  2. Tapestry’s Empowered To Connect Podcast. This is our favorite podcast to listen to on the topic of formulating deep understanding and a connection to kids from hard places. Tapestry is the foster and adoption ministry of Irving Bible Church in Irving, Texas and this is their podcast. Hosts Ryan and Kayla North, and Chris Turner, bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of healthy attachment and bonding with kiddos from places of trauma. Click here to listen to recent episodes.
  3. Dream Big Podcast. Okay, I’m throwing a wildcard into the mix. And by wildcard, I mean a podcast that isn’t specifically centered on foster care and adoption. It’s the Dream Big Podcast. We’ve grown to love this podcast because of how unique it is. First off, it’s the only podcast I’m recommending that doesn’t fall specifically into the foster or adoptive niche, but rather the general family and parenting category. What makes it unique is that it’s co-hosted by a kid. Eva Karpman and her mother Olga interview inspiring guests who have turned their dreams into reality. This is a truly inspiring podcast that the entire family can enjoy! Click here to listen to recent episodes.
  4. The Honestly Adoption Podcast. We always feel a little weird recommending our own content in a Best-Of list, but we believe our podcast is one of the best in the foster and adoptive circles simply because of the guests we interview. We make it a point to talk honestly and openly about the adoption and foster care journey with guests from the likes of Dr. Ira Chasnoff, Deborah Gray, Angela Tucker and more. Click here to listen to recent episodes!
  5. CAFO’s Justice And The Inner Life & Foster Movement Podcasts. We love the work that CAFO does in the space of justice, orphan advocacy, foster care and adoption. They have two wonderful podcasts- Justice And The Inner Life (hosted by Jedd Medefind) and the Foster Care Movement podcast (hosted by Jason Weber and Diego Fuller). Both shows provide insights into orphan justice, the foster care journey, and the worldwide movement to find permanency for children in waiting. Both shows provide insightful guests from justice advocates to former foster youth and experts in the foster care and adoption movement. Right out of the gate, when we started listening to both shows, we determined they were two of the best around! Click here to listen to recent episodes.

We could certainly provide many more recommendations for podcasts that center around the amazing journey of foster care and adoption, but that would have to be a book. There are so many great ones available today. We hope you enjoy our 2017 Top 5 List. And we’d love to hear some of your recommendations. We’re always looking to review podcasts that are speaking into this ever-so-valuable arena.

What are some podcasts on foster care, adoption, or general parenting that you often listen to? Share them in the comment section below this post.

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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.