Top 10 Creating a Family Radio Shows on Adoption

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Several months ago, someone asked me what were the most popular Creating a Family radio shows? I had no idea, and surprisingly I hadn’t even wondered myself. What better time to share than at the kick off our our 1 Million Listens Celebration.

I was a little surprised by the results. In David Letterman fashion we start from the bottom.

Top 10 Creating a Family Radio Shows (Adoption)

  1. Documentary on International Adoption-“Stuck”

I didn’t think this show would be in the top 10, but I am glad it is. We interviewed Craig Juntunen, founder of Both Ends Burning and producer of a the documentary on international adoption, Stuck, about the ethics of international adoption and the delays in bringing kids home.

  1. Helping Your Adopted Child Heal from Past Trauma and Loss

Attachment and bonding can occur after trauma with the right help. I loved this interview with Carol Lozier, a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years’ experience counseling adoptive and foster children and families. She is the author of The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide. She is one wise and compassionate lady.

  1. Breastfeeding Without Birthing

Can you breastfeed a child you did not give birth to? Should you? If you’ve ever asked these questions, you really should listen to my interview with Alyssa Schnell, international board certified lactation consultant, and author of Breastfeeding Without Birthing: A Breastfeeding Guide for Mothers through Adoption, Surrogacy, and Other Special Circumstances. You should also check out our extensive resources on Adoptive Breastfeeding.

  1. Parenting Easily Frustrated Inflexible Kids with Challenging Behavior

I was glad to see this show make the top ten list because I thought it provided such practical hopeful information for parents. Our guest, Dr. Ross Greene, is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children.

  1. Latest Research on the Mental Health of Adopted Children

If you’re a regular listener to the Creating a Family radio show or reader of this blog, you know that I am a nut for good solid research. I loved this show where I got to pick the brain of someone who keeps up with the latest and greatest research on how adopted kids and adults are doing. Dr. Kathleen Whitten, a developmental psychologist, is a research faculty member at the Child-Parent Attachment Clinic, Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia. She was named a Distinguished Fellow in Developmental Psychology by the National Council for Adoption.

  1. Open Adoption: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Oh, how I enjoyed my interview with Lori Holden, author of the book The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole. The title of the show says it all–we covered open adoption from soup to nuts.

  1. Happiest Baby on the Block Author Talks Sleep

This one didn’t surprise me. What new parent doesn’t struggle with getting their kid to sleep and keeping them there? Our guest was Dr. Harvey Karp, bestselling author of the wildly popular The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block, and Happiest Baby on the Block Guide to Sleep. Dr. Karp is a pediatrician, child development specialist, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine. We talked about getting kids to sleep in general, and also about how adoption might affect a child’s sleep.

  1. Post Adoption Depression–Causes & Prevention

We interviewed Dr. Jane Aronson, pediatrician and adoption medicine specialist. She is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and the founder of World Wide Orphan Foundation. Dr. Aronson routinely counsels parents struggling with post adoption depression and suffered from this herself when she adopted her first child. We will be doing another show on this topic in the spring of 2016 when a new large study is published. Stay tuned!

  1. Talking about Adoption at Different Ages & Developmental Stages

No surprise here–great show, great topic, great guest. I interviewed Debbie Riley, Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Adoption Support and Education and marriage and family therapist with more than 30 years’ experience working with adopted kids and adoptive families

  1. Helping Kids Who Struggle in School

Drum roll please–the #1 Creating a Family Radio Show of all times is an interview with Heather Forbes, co-founder of the Beyond Consequences Institute, author of Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach for Helping Children With Severe Behaviors, on school issues with adopted kids. Heather will be back on the Creating a Family show in December talking about homeschooling–when to consider, and how to do it well. Find out more info here.

P.S. I’ve mentioned that we will be having several of these guests and topics back on the Creating a Family Radio Show soon. To get more info on these upcoming shows and to submit your questions to be asked on air, sign up for our weekly adoption e-newsletter.

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