085: LDS Adoption: Perspectives from a Biological Mom

th-1Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Danielle about her experience as a birth parent going through LDS Family Services to find an adoptive family for her child.  This interview highlights the many complexities that go into such a decision and the emotional journey that continues to impact all involved.

This interview is meant to share one story – one perspective.  It is understood that the stories surrounding adoption are personal and extremely varied.  This interview is not meant to encourage or discourage birth parents from choosing adoption as an option.  Instead, it is meant to help open up discussion on a sensitive, and often taboo topic and help those on the many sides of this issue have a better understanding of what might or might not be helpful in supporting all parties involved.

The podcast hopes to continue to bring on other guests to discuss this topic so that several voices can be represented.  This interview was recorded almost a year ago – it was difficult for the interviewee to decide whether or not she wanted the podcast published.  She plans on returning to the program to give an update of what it’s been like for her after recording this initial interview.

Many thanks to The Lower Lights for the beautiful bumper music and to Brian Dillman for audio production of this podcast.  Natasha Helfer Parker runs a private practice in Wichita, KS and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith.

Donations to Mormon Mental Health are tax deductible and go directly to support the costs of producing the podcast.  If and when donations exceed these costs, they will go to support trainings, research, materials development, and financial support for those who need help affording appropriate therapy services.

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