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Retreats for Adoptees with Cindy McQuay - Ep 85

Unraveling Adoption

Release Date: 03/20/2023

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In this week’s Unraveling Adoption podcast, Beth talks with Cindy Olson McQuay, an adoptee from Pennsylvania who is the co-founder, with Erin Cosentino, of Hiraeth Healing Retreats for Adoptees, DCPs (Donor Conceived People), LDAs (Late Discovery Adoptees), and NPEs (Not Parent Expected). Cindy is a baby scoop era domestic infant adoptee, and she had a rather idyllic childhood with well-informed and open adoptive parents, which was somewhat unusual at the time.  Besides her work for Hiraeth, she advocates for adoption law reform and educates the public about separation trauma. 

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TIME STAMPS:

  1:25 Cindy’s adoption story and childhood

  6:40 Cindy’s search for her birth family

10:35 Does a “good adoption” preclude adoption trauma?

15:44 What prompted Cindy to become an adoption activist and search angel?

16:58 Adoption v. Guardianship

18:46 The problems with intercountry adoption and surrogacy

21:49 What is Hiraeth Hope & Healing?

25:25 The overlaps between adoptees, LDAs, DCPs, and NPEs

27:03 What do people experience at Hiraeth retreats? 

31:40 Scholarships ARE available! And help them find mansions to host these retreats 

35:17 Advice for non-adoptees and adoptive parents