Adoption STAR Podcast

A lively listen to all things adoption, hearing voices from each member of the adoption triad and more! Hosted by adoptive parent Shaun Doyle

Meet Ryan: Birthing Parent and Doula

We are so excited to welcome Ryan Ryan DiMartino (they/them) to the podcast! Ryan is part of the LGBTQIA+ community and has two children that they made adoption plans for. In this episode, Ryan is sharing their experience as a trans birthing parent and now as a doula who works with a diverse array of […]

Getting Real About Race

Two transracial adoptees break down questions that have been asked by prospective adoptive parents. This episode will help you understand it is important to ask about, and talk about, race. There’s nothing like learning from lived experience! A must-listen podcast episode, perfect to tune into for Black History Month. Please listen in and share this […]

Open Adoption Interview

Are you an expectant parent considering making an adoption plan for your child? Are you wondering whether or not open adoption is right for you? Or are you a prospective adoptive parent questioning the level of openness you’d be willing to have in your future adoption plan? Open adoption essentially represents the joining of two […]

Black History Month and Transracial Adoption

Tune into this episode to hear from Zack Fried, transracial adoptee, discuss black history month, race and transracial adoption.   Topics covered include: The importance of Black History Month, and black history year round The power of kids in our society Personal reflections on growing up as person that is multiple minorities (black, gay, transracial […]

Art & Brian’s Journey to Aidan – Older Child Foster Care Adoption Success Story

In this episode, host Shaun Doyle interviews Art and Brian about their family and how it grew when they adopted an older child from foster care, Aidan. They adopted Aidan with the help of Adoption STAR’s A-OK program and are ready to grow their family again! Their story is really incredible and completely heart-warming. Topics […]

Brunch with the Gays – An LGBTQIA+ Adoption Conversation

Join Intake Manager Shaun Doyle, Compliance Director Zack Fried and Associate Director Michael Hill for virtual brunch during Pride Month as they talk about LGBTQIA+ Adoption and Adoption STAR’s commitment to providing inclusive and innovative LGBTQIA+ friendly adoption services for all. On this episode of STAR! An Adoption Podcast: Learn why its not only important […]

All About Adopting An Older Child (Part 1)

There are over 400,000 kids in foster care and about 125,000 of those children are legally freed for adoption. This means that reunification with their biological families and permanent placement with their foster families is no longer a possibility. They are in need of permanent, forever homes – and we are on a mission to […]

STAR! Coping With COVID-19

Tune into this episode to learn how STAR has dealt with changes due to COVID-19. We are chatting about working from home with kids, juggling life and mental health challenges, agency changes, what technology we’re using, how we’re continuing to support clients in various stages of the adoption process, and more. For questions or comments, […]

One Adoptee’s Voice On Adoption

Adoptees voices are not only so important but required for anyone who is considering adoption. Tune into episode 8 to listen to Adoption STAR Founder & CEO, Michele Fried, interview her son Zachary Fried about his experience as an adoptee. Tune in on iTunes or Stitcher! For podcast ideas, suggestions and feedback, email us at […]

Frequently Asked Questions about Adoption

Join Zachary Fried and Michele Fried as they discuss some of the agency’s most commonly asked questions surrounding adoption. They cover: What makes the agency different What is a home study and what does it entail Agency placement numbers Open adoption Adoption Education LGBTQIA+ adoption and more Tune into this episode and be sure to […]

Episode 4: An Update On Our Adoption Journey - She’s Having a Baby

Last time we talked to Shaun, he and his husband were asking if it was "enough" as a family of three and if growing their family was a possibility. But here's an update! Shaun is adopting another baby! Jackson's birth mom is expecting and has decided to make an adoption plan with Shaun again! Tune in to hear the full story!

Episode 3: She’s Steering the Ship

Shaun talks to Sue Shaw, STAR's Senior Adoption Coordinator & Birth Family Advocate about what the agency has to offer expectant parents who are thinking of making an adoption plan. A trigger warning- revocation is discussed.

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Episode 2: Dayenu

Why do people want to grow their family? What does "dayenu" mean and when are we "enough"?

Episode 1: Preview

Welcome to STAR! An Adoption Podcast. Join your host Shaun Doyle as he gives you a preview of what's to come in this exciting new podcast!


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