Dr. Linda Russell- A grandmother of loss discusses her journey with adoption, and the importance of attachment and trauma in adoption

Dr. Linda Russell- A grandmother of loss discusses her journey with adoption, and the importance of attachment and trauma in adoption

Dr. Linda Russell comes on the podcast to discuss her journey with adoption. In 1997, Linda’s daughter experienced an unplanned pregnancy, and Linda’s family was faced with the decision of whether to parent the child, or place the child for adoption. Living in the bible belt, and being conservative Christians, Linda’s family believed that adoption would be the best choice for both their child and their future grandchild. Shortly after placement, the adoption plan in which they were promised fell through, and the whole family was left heartbroken. The dreams Linda had for her daughter, which she believed would have been shattered by keeping her child, were actually shattered by the trauma of the adoption. After everything that occurred, Linda decided to return to school to learn about the psychology of adoption, what had actually happened to her family, and help others navigate the same situation she once faced. Linda focus’ on the trauma, for both the first family and especially the adoptee, and the importance of attachment. Check out this episode to hear all about Linda’s journey and experience!!

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Dr. Linda Russell- A grandmother of loss discusses her journey with adoption, and the importance of attachment and trauma in adoption
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  • I lost my child to adoption as with this story my mother thought it was the best thing at the time. 41 years later I found my son and he has refused to meet me. I am totally devistated and my mother at 83 said she had never realized or expected the pain and suffering that I have gone through my entire life. The loyalty that my son has to his adopted parents is keeping him from me. I am so heartbroken!

    Kandi Robinson
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    • Thanks so much for sharing!! Adoption is such a difficult thing, many people don’t understand the gravity and lifelong affects one decision will make until it’s too late. I’ve found the online adoption community very helpful. Are you on Facebook? I’ve found connecting with birthmothers has helped me resolve what I haven’t been able to with my birthmother, as well as with adoptive parents. If you want to chat more, send me an email francessalzano@gmail.com, or on facebook- Francie Frisbie. Thanks for listening!!!

      Francie Frisbie
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