Whether you’re an adoptee, adoptive parent, birth/first parent, or ally, please take a look around and find resources that might help you on your journey!
I recently spoke at the National Association of Adoptees and Parents’ Happy Hour, so I’m including the video here. It’s a good way to hear our family’s story and understand where we’re coming from at Unraveling Adoption.
We are in the middle of a name change and focus shift for our podcast. Safe Home Podcast was created in August 2021 with Beth Syverson and her son Joey Nakao. Their mission was to help struggling teens and their families finding their healing path. Topics included Addiction, Mental Health, Adoption, and Diversity.
Now we are pivoting to Unraveling Adoption, which will focus on adoption in every episode. BUT we will still be covering the topics of Addiction, Mental Health, and Diversity because….adoption.
Welcome and thanks for finding/sticking with us!
In 2019, when our [adopted] son Joey was 15, he was hospitalized with a mental health crisis. While there, we found out he had been using cannabis, psychedelics, and more. It has been a sometimes-excruciating marathon since then, with runaways, overdoses, psych hospitals and treatment centers, relapses, suicidal ideation, and anxiety & depression. But our family is now on a healing journey, and we are committed to walking beside each other with positive and compassionate relationships, no matter what. We’ve discovered that Joey’s relinquishment trauma from his inter-country adoption at 7 months old is one of his core issues.
We want to help other families struggling with adoption, addiction, mental health, and diversity. Join us!
APtitude is a support group for adoptive parents facing adoption’s challenges. Membership is FREE and includes a monthly speaker forum, a private Facebook group, a bookclub, and a curated database of resources for adoptive parents. If you’re an adoptive/foster/kinship parent, join for free here.
Every Monday morning (or Saturday morning for Patreon members), we publish a new episode of Unraveling Adoption. Joey and Beth started this project in August 2021. We have had dozens of episodes so far with amazing guests.
Each week, Safe Home Bookclub reads a new chapter in our chosen book. The Bookclubs app provides asynchronous discussion space in their Messages tab, and Beth sends discussion questions several times a week. Occasional Zoom meetings provide time to get to know each other better.
We are currently reading The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk.
Hop in anytime by joining our Patreon.
Beth always has a number of workshops, webinars, and speaking engagements on the calendar. She teaches about the things she wishes she knew when Joey was first having trouble in his early teens. Topics include:
Parenting struggling teens
Unraveling Adoption has a Patreon page where you can sign up to support the podcast with a small monthly donation. There are four tiers - $5, $10, $25, and $50 - and each tier provides special goodies for our Safe Home inner circle.