Once Upon A Time...In Adopteeland

Jennifer Dyan Ghoston

Through an audio drama, episodes of thought-provoking conversations and bonus recordings, the listening audience can learn some of the issues that the adoption community face from the perspective of the adoptee.

84. Gail L. Taylor-Tubbs; "Answered Prayers"
6d ago
84. Gail L. Taylor-Tubbs; "Answered Prayers"
Gail L. Taylor-Tubbs, 71 years of age and Birth Mom to Andrew Joseph Berry Gail married Johnny Tubbs in 1993, with a blended family of six Children (first-born son, my second-born/deceased son,  four step children, 17-Grand Children, 1-Great Grandson and Twins on the way in October 2022. In 1977, when Gail's deceased son Christopher was an infant, she discovered that Massage was good for infants and toddlers.  This is also when she began the search for her first-born.  Massage as a profession stayed on her mind from that time until she became a Certified Massage Therapist in 1997.  Today, after having worked at Spas, Chiropractic offices and as an Instructor of Massage Therapy core curriculum, she is still working in the field of Massage Therapy with a steady clientele at her home studio.  Gail as a 15-year old birth mother in 1967, she chose to relinquish him to adoption rather than have him grow up, in what she considered, a dysfunctional family. She prayed to God that someone would adopt him and give him everything he wanted and needed.  When Gail found Drew Berry in 2003, she discovered that God had indeed answered her prayers. Drew had been adopted by a Public School Teacher and his wife, a Nurse who could not have children.  He became their first child. Drew has a blended family of a wife, 6 children, 1 grandson and twin grandchildren on the way. He and his wife just finished building a house in an affluent area of Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas.  Gail and Drew cherish each other as family and she loves him so much. They are in regular contact with each other. This episode is lovingly dedicated to Gail's second son, Christopher Elliott Bruce, 08/23/77-10/26/93 Music by Corey Quinn
78. Lisa Ann; "Wandering Tree" and Connection with the Adoption Community
Aug 9 2022
78. Lisa Ann; "Wandering Tree" and Connection with the Adoption Community
Recommended resources by adoptee podcasters, Lisa Ann and Jennifer Dyan Books: Ann Fessler “The Girls Who Went Away” "The Gathering Place" - Emma Stevens "The Lies that Bind" - Laureen Pitman "Tree of Strangers" - Barbara Sumner  "Searching for Mom: A Memoir" - Sara Easterly @Because Adoption (Mary Herbert) on Instagram Adoptee Voices Writing Group founded by Sara Easterly (Co-facilitators; Ridghaus, Alice Stephens, Kate Murphy and Jennifer Dyan Ghoston) www.adoptee-voices.com Betty Jean Lifton “Twice Born” Jean Strauss “Beneath a tall tree” and “Birthright” Nancy Verrier “Coming Home To Self” Julian Washio Collette (Blog) Peregrine Adoptee: Wandering Reflections of a Life in Fragments Podcasts: Black to the Beginning hosted by Dr. Samantha Coleman and Sandria Washington Adoption: The Making of Me hosted by Sarah Reinhardt and Louise Browne The Adoption Files - Ande Stanley Who Am I Really? - Damon Davis Adoptees On and Adoptees Off Script - Haley Radkey Pulled By By the Root - Heidi Marble Wandering Tree - Lisa Ann  Adopted Feels - Hana and Ryan Adoption: The Making of Me - Louise Browne and Sarah Reinhardt  This Adoptee Life - Amanda Medina Other Recommendations: "Adoption Mosaic" founded by Astrid Castro Fireside Adoptees on Facebook (Private and Public Groups) Adoptees Connect - state chapters / groups Adopteereading.com Bookshop.org/shop/reunionlandpress. Music by Corey Quinn
72. D. Yvonne Rivers; "Birth Moms Real Talk"
Jun 28 2022
72. D. Yvonne Rivers; "Birth Moms Real Talk"
D. Yvonne Rivers, Host, Birth Moms Real Talk Podcast Since 1988, D. Yvonne Rivers Aka Phoebe has been a champion of a cause, from business success, domestic violence, re-entry, and adoption community. One facet of this global business expert is an esteemed speaker, facilitator, and trainer across the globe on four continents. Another facet of this woman started in 1973 with the birth of her son who she championed for family assistance for support to raise as an unwed mother at age 19. Life changes as she ‘did her best’ to place her son in a loving home. Yvonne had such ambition and brilliance, finishing a pre-med program in 3 years and accepted to medical school.  Yvonne’s journey to become a ‘change-maker in her life and others began in 1973. Over 30 years, she continued the search with letters, journaling, speaking on panels and processing her grief and loss alone. Yvonne was unrelenting and never gave up. 2015 gave her a breakthrough with finding a picture of her son on social media. With boldness, she reached out, not knowing whether she would get rejection or acceptance.  The Courage of a Birth Mother Overcomes All.  Yvonne met her son in 2018. Through sitting in rooms of support groups and conferences, Yvonne found she had created a pathway of peace as a Birth Mother for herself and the “Now” is the time to help others in the adoption constellation. Yvonne launched “Birth Moms Real Talk podcast in June 2021. After Season One, BMRT podcast has reached over 185,000 persons and over five thousand downloads. BMRT hosts Saturday Chats with all members of the triad and has an audience who write letters and comments of the magnificence impact in their lives.  Music by Corey Quinn