5 [S1 E5] Ellie

An interview with Ellie who shares her story of being an in-family adoptee; adopted by her great uncle and aunt, Ellie shares what her current relationship is like with her birth mother, who is now legally her cousin.

Show Notes

Topics We Discussed

  • In-Family adoption (by Great Aunt & Uncle; now birth mother is legally her cousin)

  • Finding out she was adopted at age 11

  • Relinquishment after infidelity/divorce

  • Adoptive parents have three older biological daughters

  • As an in-family adoptee, wondering who else knows her biological position in the family

  • Her adoptive parents and some things they could have done differently

  • In-Family adoption vs closed adoption

  • The importance of getting into therapy

  • Coming out of the fog, #flipthescript

  • Deciding whether or not to connect to her biological father

  • Faith journey

  • Haley's experience with secondary rejection

  • Feeling different from her adoptive family, even though she has a biological connection

  • Attempting to build a deeper relationship with her birth mother

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