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.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Being a Birth Parent, this book was awe inspiring. The truthful journey one family took to Open Adoption. The love they have, not only for their son, but for their sons birth mother! The journey in what they did and didn't want. Learning of how Open Adoption can look, and how different it is for everyone! I would recommend this book to EVERYONE in the adoption community.