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The Essentials for Adoption Attuned Parenting

The Essentials for Adoption Attuned Parenting explores how parents can best relate and connect to their adopted child. Join Growing Intentional Families Together Coaches to discover tips and tools using Adoption Attuned Parenting and build a strong foundation for your adoptive family.
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May 18, 2020

Join your hosts, adoptive parents and adoption coaches, Joann DiStefano and Susan David for a discussion on how Intentional Parenting and Adoption-attunement (AQ) practices can help adoptive parents and their children stay or get regulated, build resiliency, and triumph over the challenge of the post-COVID-19 world. 

Apr 15, 2020

This month's The Essentials of Adoption-attunement Parenting touches base with adoptive parents who need to be aware that trauma and attachment issues will persist despite the whole world having stopped. It continues to be important to tune in with yourself first before you can offer help to your children. Take care of making them feel safe, nurture their needs, and then create a sense of belonging. 

Mar 2, 2020

Abandonment is part of adoption. Rejection is the belief that emerges from it. Adoptive families must learn to accept their children for who they are and at the same time, recognize that their presence in their family comes at high personal cost to them. While we have hopes and dreams for them, we have to make space for their attributes, talents, and temperament and not project our desires onto them. Adoption-attunement (AQ) allows us to take our children's insights to heart and reconnect to the idea that they are loved for who they are and awesome in their own right.      

Feb 10, 2020

GIFT adoption coaches, Joann DiStefano and Susan David, discuss the myths that have pervaded adoption for decades. These myths are detrimental to the development of our adopted children. This short discussion emphasizes why we, as adoptive parents, need to find the courage to challenge these myths in our everyday life.     

Jan 10, 2020

GIFT adoption coaches, Joann DiStefano and Susan David, discuss how the concepts of inducement, intentionality, and commitment work with Adoption-attuned parenting.     

Dec 4, 2019

GIFT adoption coaches, Joann DiStefano and Susan David, discuss why intentional parenting is a must for adoptive parents and share some examples of what you can do to better attune with your adopted child.  

Nov 8, 2019

GIFT adoption coaches, Joann DiStefano and Susan David, discuss the importance of adoptive parent's loving the child they have and not the child of their fantasies. Adoptive families can sharpen their adoption-attunement quotient or AQ by listening to this episode.  

 

Aug 2, 2018

GIFT coaches, Joann DiStefano and Susan David, discuss possible causes of anxiety in adoptive parents and how this might create anxiety in their children. Learn ways to understand and support them using Adoption-attuned* practices. Some of the information is based on Privilege of Parenting by Bruce Dolin, Psy. D.   

Jun 19, 2018

GIFT coaches, Joann DiStefano and Susan David, discuss possible causes of anxiety in adopted children and ways to understand and support them using Adoption-attuned* practices. Some of the  information is based on Privilege of Parenting by Bruce Dolin, Psy. D.   

May 24, 2018

GIFT Coaches, Joann DiStefano and Susan David, discuss why it's important to understand how perceptions of reality differ among members in adoptive families. Of course, it is important to be Adoption-attuned* and also to update how you perceive your children; appreciate their various aspects and shift your patterns and ways of being when appropriate.         

Jan 16, 2018

Hosts and coaches, Joann and Susan, discuss the challenges that adoptive families may have faced in the past year. Using Adoption-attuned Parenting (AAQ) and "Well Formed Outcomes", you can shape and improve your families' relationships in 2018. Practicing intentionality and mindfulness allows for easier repairs of tensions and conflicts within your adoptive family.      

Dec 19, 2017

Adoption Coach, Sally Ankerfelt, hosts this enlightening interview with two young adult professionals who have experienced the foster/adoption care system firsthand and are now working to improve it for others with their organization, Partnerships for Permanence (P4P). P4P is an affiliate of GIFT Family Services and is a resource for families, children and young adults. You can find P4P at GiftFamilyServices.com.          

Aug 8, 2017

In Episode 10, we focus on relationship building during the middle years, ages 7 through 12.  Through the lens of Adoption-attuned* parenting and the coaching presupposition, "every behavior has a meaning", we consider some of the challenges that may arise during these childhood years. Learn how to create a supportive space in these conscious-developing years that assists in openness and acceptance.

Jun 1, 2017

In Episode 9, we will continue our discussion relating to differences that adoptive families face before, during, and after the adoption process.  Today, our focus is centered on the adoption experience after the process in years 0 to 7, using Adoption-attuned* principles and the coaching presupposition, "the map is not the territory."  We will consider some of the challenges that may arise during your child's earliest years.   

May 1, 2017

In Episode 8, we will continue our discussion relating to differences that adoptive families face before, during and after the adoption process. Today, our focus is centered on the adoption experience during the process using Adoption-attuned* principles and the coaching presupposition, "the map is not the territory." We will consider some of the challenges that may arise from Home Study to finalization.        

Mar 30, 2017

Episode 7 begins a 4 part series discussing some of the differences that set an adoptive family apart from a biological family before, during, and after adoption. In this Episode, using Adoption-attunement* principles, GIFT adoption coaches, Joann DiStefano and Susan David look at what you might contemplate before you even embark on the adoption journey. 

Mar 13, 2017

In Episode 6, learn firsthand the technique of storytelling, how it can help your child understand their adoption experience, and assist you, the parent, in gaining a new perspective and possibly a more connected relationship with your child.  

Jan 24, 2017

In Episode 5, you will hear an adoptive parent's experience of her children's journey as they search and reunite.  Today, discover how adoption's gains and losses played out in in this family's reality. 

Nov 30, 2016

In Episode 4, we continue exploring “the maps of reality" and how your experiences define your “map.”  Each person in the Adoption Triad has experienced different gains and losses. Today we will focus on the adopted child and explore a few factors – prenatal and beyond - that could influence an adoptee’s life. 

Nov 16, 2016

In Episode 1, meet your hosts and coaches. Learn more about coaching and how it can help you meet the challenges that may arise within your adopted family. Begin building a strong foundation using intentional Adoption-attuned Parenting*.

Nov 16, 2016

In Episode #3 we continue exploring “the map” of reality and how some “maps of reality” can never be fully perceived or understood by us, the adoptive parent. Each person in the Adoption Triad has experienced different gains and losses. Today, we will focus on the birthparents and explore how difficult it is for adoptive parents to truly understand their reality.  

 

 

Nov 16, 2016

In Episode two learn about “the maps” of reality and how your experiences define your “map.”  Each person in the Adoption Triad has experienced different gains and losses. Today, we will focus on the adoptive parent and explore the various reasons for adopting. Become aware of the changing nature of the gains and losses in the decision to adopt and how it can play out in your life. 

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