Open Adoption, Open Heart

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The world of adoption has changed dramatically over the past twenty years. Open adoption is now the most common adoption relationship allowing the biological parent or parents to stay connected with the child they placed for adoption. The relationship between adoptive parents and biological parents can be beautiful however it is typically something that needs to be developed and nourished over time. Open Adoption, Open Heart is an inspiring and true story assisting the reader to go deep into the feelings and ...

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Overview

The world of adoption has changed dramatically over the past twenty years. Open adoption is now the most common adoption relationship allowing the biological parent or parents to stay connected with the child they placed for adoption. The relationship between adoptive parents and biological parents can be beautiful however it is typically something that needs to be developed and nourished over time. Open Adoption, Open Heart is an inspiring and true story assisting the reader to go deep into the feelings and emotions experienced by adoptive parents, Russell and his wife during their inspiring and heart warming journey.

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Editorial Reviews

President of Forever Families Foundation NFP Open Adoption Support - Karen White
Open Adoption, Open Heart delves deep into the adoption experience of adoptive parents while recognizing all members of the adoption triad. It is a beautiful story of love, loss and the creation of a new family.
Contributor to Adoption Voices Magazine - Kelsey Stewart
Open Adoption, Open Heart brings something unique and invaluable to the adoption world: an adoptive father's perspective. It is important to discover, hear, and contemplate all sides of adoption. What a refreshing and honest look at adoption this book has been, and my hope is that it will touch a multitude of lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612060347
  • Publisher: Aloha Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 144

Meet the Author

Russell was born on Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., in the fall of 1977. Along with his five siblings, he and his military family moved around a lot, living in eight different houses by the time he left for college at age 17. Although his family moved away from Fallon, Nevada, just a few months after he moved out, he still considers that little oasis in the desert to be his childhood hometown. Even after leaving home, Russell always stayed close to his family. He shared an apartment with each of his three brothers at different times during his college career. They formed a band together back in the 1990s and still perform on a regular basis under the name of the Invisible Swordsmen. After nearly a decade of college and changing his major a few times, Russell received his bachelor's degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He later graduated from Ameritech College where he learned the trade of being a dental lab technician. Russell now owns and operates Elkins Dental Lab located in Meridian, Idaho. Russell has always been a family man at heart, looking forward to the day when he could be a husband and a father. It took him a little while, but eventually his eyes locked onto a beautiful blonde, and he has never looked away. Russell and Jammie were married in 2004. They had the same goals for their home and didn't want to wait too long before starting their family. However, filling their home quickly with children wasn't in the cards, and they found themselves weighing their options to overcome problems with infertility. Their lives changed dramatically the day they decided to adopt. Russell and Jammie have adopted two beautiful children, Ira and Hazel, and have embraced their role as parents through open adoption. Both are actively engaged in the adoption community by communicating through social media, taking part in discussion panels, and writing songs about adoption. Russell also writes a weekly post for adoption.com.

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