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!!