Creating a Family: Talk about Infertility, Adoption & Foster Care

Creating a Family: Talk about Infertility, Adoption & Foster Care


Are you thinking about adopting or fostering a child? Confused about all the options and wondering where to begin? Or are you an adoptive or foster parent trying to be the best parent possible to your precious child? This is the podcast for you! Every week we interview leading experts for an hour talking about the topics you really care about in deciding whether to adopt/foster or how to be a better parent. This podcast is produced by We are the national non-profit with the mission to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them. Creating a Family brings you the following trauma-informed, expert-based content: weekly podcasts, weekly articles/blog posts, resource pages on all aspects of family building at our website We also has an active presence on many social media platforms. Please like or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram.

How old is too young for a phone? Is gaming harmful to our kids? How much technology is too much. We talk with Dr. Jay Berk, a licensed psychologist and an expert in working with children and families. He is the author of two books: “A Parent’s Quick Guide to Electronic Addiction” and “Codeswitching: Social Skills in the Screen-Age”.

In this episode, we cover:
Parents from time immemorial have worried about the impact of the “new technology” and this goes back to our great great great grandparents worrying about the influence of novels to parents of the 50’s worry about too much time on the phone, to parents of the 80s worrying about too much TV, and on to the present where we worry about screen time, texting, and gaming.

– We parents are digital “immigrants” while our kids are digital natives. How does this dynamic present challenges?
– How to keep up with what our kids are doing?
– What are the general best practices for elementary aged kids using digital technology?

– What age should kids be given a phone?
– What are reasonable rules for phone use?

– How do things change as our kids each around age 11 or 12 and on into their teen years
– How important is the use of digital media to socialize for this generation?
– When should parents worry?

– Is the child getting enough sleep?
– Are they eating well?
– Are they getting enough exercise?
– Are they doing well in school?
– Do they have real life friends?
– If so, they are probably just fine.

– What are the signs that our kids may be too involved with digital technology or gaming
– How much screen time is too much for tweens? For teens?
– Do different types of technology have different risks and benefits? Internet? Gaming? Porn?
– What are some reasonable rules for families to set in regards to technology, screen time, and gaming?
– How to get buy-in from our tweens and teens?
– App-tell kid
– A challenge particular to families adopting or fostering older children or teens is that often our kids come to us with having had little supervision or rules about internet use? How can we establish healthy habits when the rules are new to them?


– A Parent’s Quick Guide to Electronic Addiction by Dr. Jay Berk
– Center for Parent and Teen Communication: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting In the Digital Age
– Creating a Family’s Navigating the Internet with Adopted or Foster Tweens and Teens

This podcast is produced by We are a national non-profit with the mission to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them.

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