Society & Culture
On Episode 9 of the Adoptee Thoughts Podcast, Maria, and host, Melissa Guida-Richards discuss how they handled finding birth family during a pandemic, the nuances of sharing the journey with adoptive parents, and how being adopted has impacted their parenting.
My name is Maria Fernanda. I am a Transracial Adoptee. I was born in Quito, Ecuador, South America. I was adopted at age 2 and brought to the United States where I have lived ever since. I have always known I was adopted, but it was not really until I was pregnant with my first child that I began to feel that I wanted to search for answers. It has been thirteen years since I began my journey to deep healing and self-discovery. Right before the world shifted due to the pandemic, I began doing more intense birth family searching. Suddenly, I found my birth mother, my birth father, and my birth siblings. The journey to healing does not end for adoptees, in fact, once the reunion occurs it is as if we go back to the beginning with everything. My hope is to share my story, connect with other adoptees, and give support.
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An Interview with Shelley, An International Adoptee from China to Canada
Interview with Aliyah Santos, a Mixed Race Domestic Adoptee
An Interview with Lauren Sharkey, adoptee & author of 'Inconvenient Daughter'
An Interview with Anissa Druesedow, a Deported Adoptee
An Interview with Jessica Luciere, Colombian Adoptee and Mentorship Director
An Interview with Kylie Peterson, a Black TRA
Adoption Influencers and 'Rehoming' Adoptees
Why Adoptees Search for Birth Family
Meet Your Host- Melissa Guida-Richards