“Real Life Adoption”: A Podcast of Stories

Kristin recording podcast, holding mic (left); Kristin with family (right)

Newly launched, “Real Life Adoption” is a podcast of stories from people whose lives have been touched by adoption—created and curated by a WACAP adoptive parent and board member, Kristin Kalning.

The podcast will include stories from parents who’ve grown their families by adoption, birth moms, adult adoptees, siblings, and others that Kristin knows will find her along the way. She believes the stories will really connect with those who’ve been part of the adoption process, but she welcomes and encourages all to listen: “I’ll explain stuff that might be unfamiliar, like what a referral is, and what attachment means,” she says. “No adoption experience is required.”

The first podcast episode, “Our Path to Adoption: From Infertility to Referral,” chronicles Kristin’s personal journey. In one of the following episodes, she’ll talk with Greg Eubanks, WACAP’s CEO, about his adoption journey, lessons learned as a parent, and his commitment to finding permanency for children in foster care.

We’re looking forward to listening.

WACAP board member Kristin Kalning photoAbout Kristin Kalning, In Her Own Words:
I’m a longtime editor and reporter, adoptive mom of two (one through WACAP), and a WACAP board member since 2016. I love podcasts and I love to tell stories, so when I quit my job last April, I got this funny idea that I’d make one. I didn’t want to do a Q&A interview-style podcast, but one more in the vein of “This American Life” (way to set my standards impossibly high). That was nine months ago. I bought a recording rig, managed to harangue a producer to help me, and set off. Podcasting is harder than I thought, but it’s a privilege to be able to be able to demystify and humanize topics like foster care, open adoption, and infertility. I am always looking for great stories, so please email me at kkalning@reallifeadoption if you have one!


WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.
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2 Responses to “Real Life Adoption”: A Podcast of Stories

  1. Brooke says:

    If you need an adult adoptee to interview, I would love to be a part of this!

  2. WACAP says:

    Thanks, Brooke! See the email in Kristin’s bio (end of post) to reach her.

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