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Episode 162: An Adoptee's Story - The Blessing; the Heartbreak

Fostering Voices Podcast

Release Date: 07/25/2023

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In this thought-provoking podcast episode, we delve into the world of adoption through the eyes of Mea Han Fajardo, an extraordinary international adoptee and the visionary behind FostAdopt Connections. Join us as we explore Mea's deeply personal journey and how she has transformed her experiences into a powerful platform, fostering meaningful opportunities and connections for children in foster care and group homes.

Throughout the conversation, Mea opens up about the unique challenges and joys of being an adoptee, offering valuable insights that shed light on the intricacies of the adoption process. Her heartfelt reflections inspire empathy and understanding, as we gain a profound appreciation for the resilience and strength of those touched by adoption. Mea's passion for making a positive impact in the lives of vulnerable kids shines through, and we express our sincerest gratitude for her willingness to share her remarkable story with our listeners.

So tune in and join us in this moving discussion as we celebrate the power of human connection and the transformative influence of compassion and love in the world of adoption.

Resource Links:

FostAdopt Connections

20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew - Nightlight

Link to book:

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew: Eldridge, Sherrie: 9780440508380: Amazon.com

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Chapter Markers:

00:01 - Open

00:04 - On Today's Episode

00:33 - Welcome Mea Han Fajardo

01:33 - Mea's Story - Adopted at 10

02:58 - The Life-Long Experience

03:48 - We don't talk About it

04:01 - Gratitude and Lonliness

05:34 - The Space to Grieve

07:01 - Grieving with Intent

08:02 - How to Grieve

09:41 - Being Allowed to Grieve

10:32 - Normalizing Grief

11:29 - Breaking Open

12:50 - Grieving with Others

14:31 - Unlocking Grief

17:09 - The Mystery of Being an Adoptee

18:17 - Sympathizing with Adoptees

20:45 - Sharing my Adoption Story

22:38 - Reflection for Compassion

23:59 - An Adult Relationship with Parents

25:13 - Searching for Relationship

26:50 - Don't Hold on so Tightly

27:01 - Being Prepared when your Kid Starts Searching

27:44 - We Accept Your Family

29:42 - Loving Myself

31:26 - The Takeaway

32:27 - On Behalf of Adoptive Parents

33:25 - Resources

35:04 - Closing