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

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 […]

Frankie’s Birth & Placement Story

And then there were two! Join Shaun as he tells all about his son, Francis (Frankie) Grayson’s, birth and placement story from labor, to birth, to the days following, and taking him HOME! This episode touches on important elements of navigating the hospital as adoptive parents, being sensitive to and respectful of the laboring birth […]

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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