Season 1: Episode 8
Elena Hall Through Adopted EyesEmily Morehead, LPC, and Elena Hall, Gladney adoptee from Russia and author of Through Adopted Eyes, talk about reframing our thoughts on adoption from the perspective of an adoptee. Elena and Emily have a great conversation ranging from identity as an adoptee to traveling back to the mother country with interesting perspectives and insight.
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Our Guest:

Elena Hall is a proud alumni of Baylor University working on her Master's degree in Social Work. She has had the opportunity to intern in Gladney's Domestic Infant Adoption program and meet staff who were part of her parents' adoption process at Gladney. Those who know her best know that she talks very fast and loves ice cream, singing, dancing, white rice, spending time with friends and families, and all the gluten things. 


Show Notes:

In this episode, we talked about:

  • Elena Hall's international adoption story
  • Russian culture integrated with the United States culture
  • Sharing her adoption story with others
  • Different feelings of being adopted while growing up
    • Loss of birth family and not knowing birth family
  • Understanding of her adoption story
  • Being empowered about adoption 
  • Going to visit Russia and experiencing the culture
  • Reunification with birth parents
  • What parents can do to help their kids feel secure in their adoption

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