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The Honestly Adoption Podcast features real voices, sharing real hope and encouragement to parents on the journey of foster care and adoption. Hosts Mike and Kristin Berry, and Nicole Goerges share open and honest perspectives from the journey of foster, adoptive, and special needs parenting. Their goal is to be real and honest but also bring hope and encouragement to parents, all over the world.
 
Is it best that our food is Local and Organic or Big and Conventional? Our view is “Both, and..” We don’t come to the table with a bias, except that good farming like good food comes in all shapes and sizes. Farm to Table Talk explores issues and the growing interest in the story of how and where the food on our tables is produced, processed and marketed. The host, Rodger Wasson is a food and agriculture veteran. Although he was the first of his family to leave the grain and livestock farm a ...
 
If you’re an adoptive parent looking for hope, practical tools, and friends who understand, this podcast is for you! Between the two of us, we represent all three parts of the adoption triad. We’ve been around the block a couple times with kids by birth, adoption, and foster care. And lived to tell about it. Don’t worry. We get it. And we’re here for you. Gain confidence in your parenting and hope for your family’s future.
 
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World leaders have committed to tackling global hunger, climate change and biodiversity loss at an historic UN Food Systems Summit. More than 150 countries made commitments to transform their food systems, while championing greater participation and equity, especially amongst farmers, women, youth and indigenous groups. What is this global food sys…
 
Julie Ryan McGue is an author, a domestic adoptee and an identical twin. She writes extensively about finding out who you are, where you belong and making sense of it. Julie’s debut memoir “Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging” (She Writes Press) released in May 2021. It’s the story of her five-year search for birth relati…
 
Greg Lombard Rea, M.Div, is an adoptive and bio dad, former pastor, Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner, and a Post Adoption Support Specialist. Greg has been providing post-adoption support for families for a number of years. He recently joined us at The Adoption Connection and facilitates a group for dads in our membership com…
 
Everything is changing down on the farm, except for the laws. How do farmers and ranchers keep up while they diversify in to direct to consumer sales, wedding sites, field dinners, local meat processing, pesticide drift, agri-tourism, cottage food, food safety liability, NIMBY neighbors, run off, carbon credits, etc? The trusty local lawyer may not…
 
In 2016, sensing an urgency to create safe space where foster and adoptive dads could connect with one another, Mike Berry, Andrew Schneidler and Jason Morriss, created Road Trip: A Mountaintop Experience for Foster and Adoptive Dads. They had one goal: create safe space where men could be open, honest, and vulnerable in without fear of judgement o…
 
We love bringing you lots of options for resources that might help make life better or easier. This week, we’re talking to Olga Ward about NeurOptimal neurofeedback, a system that is simple enough to be used at home. Olga is an adoptive mom and owner of Beaverton Neurofeedback in Oregon where she has a passion for restoring and creating harmony in …
 
Call it what you will, the climate is weird and getting more dangerous. Still reactive blanket prescriptions for changing the world’s diets must take in to account that over 800,000 people are subsisting on incomes of $2 per day. In these areas the most serious threat is physical and cognitive stunting of up to 30% of the children due to poor diets…
 
Disrupted attachment is a result of a child's trauma history. And depending on the severity of the trauma, the disrupted attachment could be great. Even knowing this reality doesn't change the fact that it's hard to be in relationship with a child who suffers from this. But there are answers. Deborah Gray has been a repeated guest and offers a weal…
 
Mentor Moments give you a chance to join the conversation as we answer a listener question. These episodes guarantee we’re providing the most helpful tools and resources for exactly where you are. This week’s question is: How do I find a skilled babysitter for my challenging kids? Share your experience and advice in our private Facebook group or as…
 
The world can draw down all of our Carbon emissions if agriculture fully embraced regenerative agriculture. Soils must be regularly monitored by probing carbon levels because the more that is in the soil the less is in the atmosphere. These themes are promoted by the Chico Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems to reduce greenhou…
 
Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, is president of NTI Upstream in Chicago and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of prenatal substance exposure across the lifespan. D…
 
What if you could build connections with your child and strengthen their brain at the same time? And what if you could both have fun doing it? In this episode, Ann Maura Hinton talks about brain games and why they’re great tools for our families. We also talk about preparing for a new school year and setting your family up for success. Ann Maura is…
 
Global regenerative abundance is the goal and holistic management is the way to get there. It’s an abstract perspective at first, but when coached to this vision by the Savory Institute’s Global Network Coordinator, Abbey Smith we get the picture. The Savory Institute sets out to regenerate the world’s grasslands and in that journey regenerates far…
 
The need is great. These children are vulnerable to a big world that can turn cold quickly. How can we create permanency and continue to advocate for them? We are pleased to welcome Rita Soronen, President and CEO of The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, to the show to talk about this. A little more about Rita Soronen and The Dave Thomas Foundat…
 
As we start this school year, we want to encourage you with these reflections courtesy of the Enneagram. The Enneagram is our favorite tool for understanding ourselves and the people we love. It gives us insight for how we can become the best version of ourselves and better parents. We recognize that the Enneagram is complex, and the way we’ve repr…
 
To cook, farm or eat in a different way requires taking that first step. On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Ben Glassen has taken first steps in regeneratively raising animals and providing them to consumers who are taking their own first steps, reaping the benefits of regenerative livestock production. Ben’s approach includes leasing (or bor…
 
Justin and Alexis Black are agents of hope. Against many odds, they decided to blaze a new path, and most importantly, they decided to blaze it together. Justin and Alexis are award-winning, bestselling authors, speakers, and serial entrepreneurs. Together, they've created The Scholarship Expert and The ROSE Empowerment Group to support hundreds of…
 
Middle school can be an awkward and tumultuous season for our kids. Deep down they want connection, but their behaviors may push parents away. Nabil Zerizef is an adoptive father, author, and middle school principal. He shares insights on how we can connect with our middle schooler. We also talk about A Kids Book About Adoption which he co-authored…
 
COVID-19 forced thousands of farmers, fishermen, butchers, and food suppliers to make incredible changes that they had never imagined. Fortunately, in the emerging food chain, suppliers of all sizes can compete in the digital world at the intersection of technology and food. Joseph Lee, Co-Founder and CPO of Freshline shares the story of how new ve…
 
It seems like an impossible task. What if there was a way to rethink, and reimagine, self care in away that would allow us to take care of ourselves while we continue to care for our children, and our families? That's exactly what this podcast episode is all about. We are pleased to welcome our good friend Carrie Blaske to the show. She is an exper…
 
You’re trying to get your child out the door for school and he has a meltdown. What do you do now? Do you push harder? Do you back off? In this episode, Jessica Sinarski teaches us about P.A.C.E. and how to use Playfulness, Acceptance Curiosity, and Empathy to help get your child’s upstairs (thinking) brain back online. This is a practical and help…
 
What does Social Science have to do with our food system? Professor Silvia Secchi a Social Scientist at the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa believes it has a key role to play as is clear by her favorite quote from T. W Shultz, “It is especially the social sciences -economics, sociology and political science -which, if prosecuted with…
 
As a nationally syndicated Radio host, Speaker, and best-selling Author, Willie Moore Jr. has proven that innate charisma, abundant creativity, and a passion for empowerment can translate in the faith-based community and the general market. Outside of entertainment, Willie Moore Jr. is an advocate for adoption and foster care. As the President of t…
 
Clutter in our lives can exacerbate behaviors related to ADHD, trauma, and sensory processing disorder. The start of the school year brings extra stuff to manage including lunches, school forms, sports equipment, etc. Wendy Zanders, aka Your Declutter Coach, is a Professional Organizer who had undiagnosed ADD as a child and now helps special needs …
 
If food insecure populations can’t make it to food markets, bring it to them. With this idea and a grant from the California Department of Agriculture for a Farmers Market Food Truck, this is a dream come true in West Sacramento. Sara Bernal is the program manager for the West Sacramento Urban Farm Program and now with a vehicle the size of a tradi…
 
Food waste presents its own serious crisis. As awareness has risen about the impact of climate change on our environment, we are learning the significant role that food waste plays. In America, 40% of the food supply, from farm to table, is wasted. This excess food ends up in landfills where it creates methane gas, a major contributor to the warmin…
 
Before he became the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson envisioned a country of 'citizen farmers' who would be engaged in government. Jefferson would have been pleased with citizens like Iowa farmer Francis Thicke and Vermont farmer Dave Chapman who climb off their tractors to Zoom with the Secretary of Agriculture about needed …
 
If more of us pledged our head to clearer thinking, our heart to greater loyalty, our hands to larger service and our health to better living it would be better for us, our clubs, our community, our country and our world. That's been the 4-H pledge for generations, although our "world" is a welcome additional beneficiary. 4-H is not just for farm k…
 
The podcast is on summer vacation for the month of July. We invite you to join us in our free Facebook community and to scroll back to past episodes you may have missed. Click here to download a transcript for this episode. Top 5 Most Popular Episodes #87: The Impact of Prenatal Trauma on Children with Stacey Gagnon #61: A Transracial Adoptee’s Tho…
 
Louis Bromfield planted seeds of the food revolution and reminds us to "Never forget that agriculture is the oldest of the honorable professions and that always the good farmer is the fundamental citizen of any community, state or nation." We are reintroduced to the wisdom and vision of Louis Bromfield in the recently published book, "The Planter o…
 
Dad Connection: Join us this month as we hear from foster and adoptive dads. Ryan and his wife Kayla have 6 children. They spent 10 years as foster parents and learned many of the things they share with families, churches, and schools just being a family. He is the co-founder of One Big Happy Home and is considered an expert on childhood trauma and…
 
On-farm agriculture operations have been excluded from federal labor law since 1935. California filled this gap by creating its own law in 1975, the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act (“ALRA”) that gave union organizers the right to physically access the farm property in order to solicit support for unionization. Growers challenged this re…
 
Understanding sensory needs in children who have a trauma history is crucial to building a healthy relationship, and a lifelong trust and connection. But how do you make sense of the need? More than that, how do you change your response? We are fortunate to be joined by Dr. Laura Anderson who gives solid advice and insight into this topic.…
 
Dad Connection: Join us this month as we hear from foster and adoptive dads.For the past twenty years, Peter Mutabazi has worked for several global nonprofits as well as local charity organizations that promote wellness and development of children. He is a surviving street kid, foster dad, single father, entrepreneur, and founder of Now I Am Known,…
 
Will eating less meat save the planet? Some say so but science says no. of course if you're looking for a reason to eat less meat and tell others to do the same, climate change seems to add to your case. However, if you're looking to make real impact on the climate, transportation and construction are still much more important than agriculture. Dr.…
 
Often, when our children are agitated, irritable, or aggressive, we can default to a traditional mindset when it comes to their behavior. We mistake trauma-induced behaviors for selfishness, belligerence, and disobedience. But this comes out of a lack of understanding as to how a child with a trauma history can be triggered. In Part 2 of our specia…
 
Dad Connection: Join us this month as we hear from foster and adoptive dads.Jason is a writer and speaker who encourages families and equips churches in their foster care and adoption journeys. He and his wife, Emily live in Texas with their daughters. Listen in as Jason shares how he overcame his fears of fostering and adopting and encouragement f…
 
Except for the air we breathe, nothing is more important to life on earth than water. Humans can live up to 60 days without food but only a few days without water. So water is life and the worsening climate is severely impacting life as we know it. In California alone it is estimated that nearly a million acres of previously productive farmland wil…
 
Just 10 short years ago we were struggling BIG time on the parenting journey. One of the biggest things we struggled with was our response. When our children became triggered, or melted down, or were anxious, or dysregulated, we responded the wrong way. And frankly, that caused things to become worse. Fortunately, through a series of transformation…
 
Dad Connection: Join us this month as we hear from foster and adoptive dads.Aaron Ivey is the Pastor of Worship at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, where he pastors a team of worship leaders, artists, storytellers, and musicians. He and his wife Jamie have four children, Cayden, Amos, Deacon, and Story. In this conversation, Aaro…
 
Not all farmers are old.. Millennials are coming back to family farms and ranches in impressive numbers. After college and trying other adventures many are deciding that their passion and what seems best for their families is to be back in rural areas where they bring enthusiasm and a renewed commitment to grow livestock and crops in a way that is …
 
Dad Connection: Join us this month as we hear from foster and adoptive dads.Many of you are familiar with Jamie Finn of Foster the Family whose ministry reaches thousands of foster and adoptive parents. Jamie would be the first to say her ministry wouldn't be possible without the support of her husband, Alan. In this episode, Alan shares the story …
 
A little more about Dr. Anderson... Dr. Laura S. Anderson is a clinical child and family psychologist who is licensed in Hawaii and California, and she has worked with youth and families for over twenty years. Her areas of expertise include school-based behavioral health, assessment, support for adoptive families, as well as support for LGBTQ+ yout…
 
Mentor Moments give you a chance to join the conversation as we answer a listener question. These episodes guarantee we're providing the most helpful tools and resources for exactly where you are.This week's question is:How do I respond to my child who wants to be babied?Share your experience and advice in our private Facebook group or ask your own…
 
Billions of pounds of produce are going to waste while millions of Americans are going hungry. Seeing food lines develop all over, some University students decided to do something to change that. They created the Farmlink Project to connect farmers to food banks, delivering millions of pounds of farm fresh produce that would otherwise be wasted to …
 
Tori Hope Petersen is a former foster youth. After overcoming the odds of foster care, she is now a foster care advocate and foster mom who shares candidly about her story and her experience of redemption.Click here to download a transcript for this episode.Relevant LinksTori's websiteConnect with Tori on InstagramFurious Longing of God* by Brennan…
 
Consumers have never known more about nutrition and yet, have never been more overweight. For most Americans, maintaining a balanced diet is more difficult than doing their taxes. What are we doing wrong? Jack Bobo has been engaged with the food system from farm to table and is the author of a new book "Why Smart People Make Bad Food Choices". He i…
 
Have you heard of the Enneagram? We're beyond fascinated by this. And if you attended The Insight Virtual Conference a couple of weeks ago, you heard Lisa and Melissa present on this very topic. We are honored to be able to share this special episode of the podcast all about the Enneagram. You may know that the Enneagram is a system of personality …
 
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