111: The Adopted Baby As A Blank Slate

Thoughts On The Nature vs Nurture Debate In Adoption With Lesli Johnson

Lesli johnson podcast guest

Adoption: The Long View Podcast, Episode 111

Today’s guest -- who consulted about adoption themes for the Hulu series Little Fires Everywhere -- wrote an article many years ago that goes viral just about every year. The article is called 10 Things Adoptees Want You to Know, and within it, Lesli Johnson, adoptee and therapist, hits at so many of the things we adoptive parents need to, well, know. Lesli Johnson, MFT, explores with me two concepts in infant adoption: (1) the newborn as a “blank slate,” and (2) the nature vs nurture argument. This is an episode you don't want to miss.

Show Notes

Website: AskAdoption

Instagram: @askadoption

Facebook: Ask Adoption

Twitter: @LesliAJohnson

Huff Post article 10 Things Adoptees Want You to Know

Guest post: Adoptees are In Reunion Whether They’re Searching or Not


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About this Podcast

Lori Holden (The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole) brings to you an array of articulate and thought-provoking guests with lived experience in adoption, each with valuable insights to share about the all-encompassing journey of parenting an adopted person from babyhood to toddlerhood to school age to teenage -- and ultimately to adulthood. Join us as we explore Adoption: The Long View.

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Lori Holden