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Adoptee Peer Support with Greg Gentry - Ep 84

Unraveling Adoption

Release Date: 03/13/2023

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In this week’s Unraveling Adoption podcast, Beth talks with Greg Gentry, a domestic baby scoop era adoptee, born in California in 1969. He has been in reunion with maternal family members since 2006, and in 2021 also connected with his paternal side. Greg is a facilitator and interviewer for Fireside Adoptees, a private Facebook group founded in 2021, which is committed to additional outreach through its Fireside Adoptees public Facebook page and the Fireside Adoptees Constellation private Facebook group. Greg is also an administrator and facilitator within the Adoption Trauma Network and a leader for the New Hampshire chapter of Adoptees Connect. He enjoys connecting with others in the online adoptee community, and has found these interactions to be richly rewarding and supportive.

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TIME STAMPS:

  2:26 Greg’s adoption story and childhood

  9:30 Greg’s first blood relative he met - the importance of mirroring

11:50 The pros and cons of open adoption

13:50 Greg’s reunion experiences

19:10 “Coming out of the fog”

25:45 How Fireside Adoptees helped Greg transition out of the fog

32:00 Adoption Trauma Network description

34:50 What makes Adoptees Connect so special?

43:20 Greg’s advice to adoptive parents