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Quiver Full Adoptions Podcast Episode 8: Interview with Macie Perreault of Adopt Well

Today we are chatting with Macie Perreault, founder of Adopt Well, an online education community for adoptive families. Macie lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Greg, her sons Porter & Judah, and their daughter Brighton. She is an adoptive mama and is passionate about preparing other families to adopt well, not just during their adoption, but after. Today we are going to hear a little about her story that led her to adoption and as well as the heart behind Adopt Well!

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You can learn more about AdoptWell here:

Adopt Well

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@adoptwell

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The Promise Summit is a Christian conference for couples considering adoption, in the wait of adoption, and/or families who have adopted. This event is packed with powerful speakers, incredible worship, a panel that represents all members of the adoption triad, and is sure to be a weekend you and your spouse will never forget!

Our hope is that you leave The Promise Summit forever changed and armed with promises from God that will encourage you throughout your entire adoption journey. Purchase your tickets today or learn more information by clicking here.

Quiver Full Adoptions Podcast Episode 7: Interview with Allison Bullard McNair of Building Families, LLC

In today's episode we are chatting with Allison Bullard McNair. Allison “Allie” Bullard McNair of Building Families LLC is a dedicated adoption and assisted reproductive technology (ART) attorney. While Building Families is located in Columbia, SC, the practice serves the entire state of South Carolina. Allie seeks to meet the needs of the firm’s clients throughout their adoption and surrogacy journeys, walking them through each phase of the process step-by-step. Allie stays informed on advances in family building options, including advances in medical technology, protocols on ethical adoptions and surrogacy arrangements, as well as the changing laws in the area of adoption and surrogacy.

Allie is a member of the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. Membership in this society is reserved for those who undergo an extensive application process ensuring that members’ experience is sufficient to make them leaders in the field of adoption. Allie is also a member of the American Bar Association Assisted Reproductive Law Subcommittee, the South Carolina State Bar, and the Richland County Bar Association.

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You can learn more about Allie here:

Building Families, LLC

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@buildingfamiliessc

Looking for a AAAA attorney near you? Check out the AAAA site here!

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The Promise Summit is a Christian conference for couples considering adoption, in the wait of adoption, and/or families who have adopted. This event is packed with powerful speakers, incredible worship, a panel that represents all members of the adoption triad, and is sure to be a weekend you and your spouse will never forget!

Our hope is that you leave The Promise Summit forever changed and armed with promises from God that will encourage you throughout your entire adoption journey. Purchase your tickets today or learn more information by clicking here.

Quiver Full Adoptions Podcast Episode 5: Interview with Emily Belknap of Bridgepointe Therapy

In today's episode we are chatting with Emily Belknap. Emily Belknap is the owner of Bridgepointe Therapy, specializing in therapy for children, adolescents and parents in adoptive and foster families, and therapy for children and teens to address anxiety, depression, grief/loss, post-traumatic stress and family conflict.

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Here are the resources Emily mentioned in the podcast that are great resources for therapy for adoptive families:

ATTACh

DDP/Attachment-Focused Family Therapy

TBRI

Theraplay

Training for Adoption Competency from the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)

WE WANT YOU TO JOIN US!

The Promise Summit is a Christian conference for couples considering adoption, in the wait of adoption, and/or families who have adopted. This event is packed with powerful speakers, incredible worship, a panel that represents all members of the adoption triad, and is sure to be a weekend you and your spouse will never forget!

Our hope is that you leave The Promise Summit forever changed and armed with promises from God that will encourage you throughout your entire adoption journey. Purchase your tickets today or learn more information by clicking here.

Quiver Full Adoptions Podcast Episode 4:

In today's episode we are chatting with Ashley Mitchell. Ashley Mitchell is the founder of Lifetime Healing, LLC, a post placement care network for women after they have placed their child for adoption. Ashley is a birthmom of 12.5 years and is still learning to navigate life as a birthmom! She lives in Utah with her husband and two children and is active in the adoption community, raising awareness that lifetime counseling should not be a luxury, it should be the standard.

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@bigtoughgirl

@lifetimehealingllc

You can find out more about Lifetime Healing, LLC here. https://lifetimehealingadoption.com/

Ashley wanted to add that if birth mothers are looking for RETREATS that are overnight the best in the country are:

Ashley also suggested the following birth mother accounts she thinks are worth following: 

@thegracebond

@coloradobirthmom

@dominiquebwhite

@birthmamalove

@loveofabirthmother

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The Promise Summit is a Christian conference for couples considering adoption, in the wait of adoption, and/or families who have adopted. This event is packed with powerful speakers, incredible worship, a panel that represents all members of the adoption triad, and is sure to be a weekend you and your spouse will never forget!

Our hope is that you leave The Promise Summit forever changed and armed with promises from God that will encourage you throughout your entire adoption journey. Purchase your tickets today or learn more information by clicking here.

Quiver Full Adoptions Podcast Episode 3: Discussing ADHD and Adoption with Dr. Sheila Woods

In today's episode we are chatting with Dr. Sheila Woods, a pediatrician of 36 years specializing in ADHD, and discussing why ADHD is something adoptive parents should be educated about.

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You can learn more about Dr. Woods and her practice here.

Click here for more articles written by Dr. Sheila Woods

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The Promise Summit is a Christian conference for couples considering adoption, in the wait of adoption, and/or families who have adopted. This event is packed with powerful speakers, incredible worship, a panel that represents all members of the adoption triad, and is sure to be a weekend you and your spouse will never forget!

Our hope is that you leave The Promise Summit forever changed and armed with promises from God that will encourage you throughout your entire adoption journey. Purchase your tickets today or learn more information by clicking here.

Quiver Full Adoptions Podcast Episode 2: Interview with Sarajane Case of @enneagramandcoffee

In today's episode we chat with Sarajane Case from @enneagramandcoffeeall about how our enneagram types handle stressors such as the adoption process.

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Take the enneagram quiz hereto find out which type you are.

Go check out and subscribe to Sarajane's podcast, Enneagram & Coffee here, and then leave her a 5 star rating!

WE WANT YOU TO JOIN US!

The Promise Summit is a Christian conference for couples considering adoption, in the wait of adoption, and/or families who have adopted. This event is packed with powerful speakers, incredible worship, a panel that represents all members of the adoption triad, and is sure to be a weekend you and your spouse will never forget!

Our hope is that you leave The Promise Summit forever changed and armed with promises from God that will encourage you throughout your entire adoption journey. Purchase your tickets today or learn more information by clicking here.

Quiver Full Adoptions Podcast Episode 1: Meet Your Hosts

In today's episode we share our personal adoption stories, the background of Quiver Full Adoptions, and as always a little comic relief.

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The Young Lawyers Association puts on adoption fairs across the state of SC every year, here is the link for more information on those fairs.

WE WANT YOU TO JOIN US!

The Promise Summit is a Christian conference for couples considering adoption, in the wait of adoption, and/or families who have adopted. This event is packed with powerful speakers, incredible worship, a panel that represents all members of the adoption triad, and is sure to be a weekend you and your spouse will never forget!

Our hope is that you leave The Promise Summit forever changed and armed with promises from God that will encourage you throughout your entire adoption journey. Purchase your tickets today or learn more information by clicking here.

Quiver Full Adoptions Podcast Trailer

Introduction of the hosts, Casey and Elizabeth, and what the purpose of this podcast is (education, stories, and #metoo moments).

You can listen here.

How Do I Explain Adoption to My Young Child?

We began our adoption journey a little more than six months ago, when our biological son Moses was three and a half years old. A couple months into the process, our social worker came over for our final in-person home study visit (the very last step to complete our home study with the state). The doorbell rang and I welcomed Sandy in. Moses came running down the stairs from his room with arms open to give her a big hug and blurted out, "I'm so excited to meet my new brother or sister, Miss Sandy!" Spencer and I about died laughing.

My husband and I spent nearly two years trying to conceive before deciding to pursue adoption. Throughout this time, Moses would frequently ask about being a brother. It broke our hearts that we couldn’t make him one. We went through countless infertility treatments over the course of eight months or so, and after our final failed treatment, we decided to discontinue the medical interventions and open our mind to what God had put on our hearts long ago—adoption.

When we realized that we would not actually be able to physically bring a sibling into the world for Moses, we began to think about the ways that we could explain adoption to him. Because he is so young and his heart is still fragile, this was very important to us. The way that we described adoption to Moses at this moment would forever shape the way that he viewed his brother or sister in the future. Would he think of them differently because things didn’t happen the conventional way that he’s seen in other families? Would he think this baby is less special because it was adopted? We never wanted any of these things to happen, so we knew it was super important that we shape this in light of God’s love.

It became time to fill Moses in on what was happening in our hearts and in our family, and honestly we simplified adoption to its fundamental root. We are adopting because we feel like it’s what God has called us to in this season of life. Although this may be a trying experience at times, we are confident that He will fulfill the promise He has already spoken over us. So, we simply told Moses that God was bringing him a brother or sister and that he was finally going to be a big brother. This may seem simple and overrated, but it’s what is going to happen! When he’s so young, simple is best. After all, it didn’t take long for him to begin telling anyone who would listen! His excitement has truly filled our family with even more joy than we could ever imagine.

We are currently waiting to be matched with an expectant mom. The wait is so hard on all of us, but we know that God is writing a better story than we ever could. He continues to stretch our faith and deepen our expectations of what is yet to come. Moses is going to be an amazing big brother someday, and I can’t wait to hear him tell the story of how God answered his prayers and finally made him a brother.

What are some ways that you’ve explained adoption to your children, especially younger ones? Are there any helpful resources that you’ve looked to, books you’ve read them, or Scripture you’ve looked to for guidance? Let us know in the comment section of this post!

 

* Post contributed by current client, Emily Monson

You can follow along with Spencer, Emily, and Moses as they continue their adoption journey, by clicking here!

Finding Purpose in Failure

Finding Purpose in Failure

The adoption journey is never an easy one, no matter what happens along the way.  Someone’s heart will break. There will be many tears shed. There is anxiety around every corner. However, every single second that you are experiencing the pain, doubt, and fear that come along with the process, know there is a purpose behind it all. God has a beautiful path for you to follow to your son or daughter—you just have to trust it.