About Sherrie

Dancing for Decades
This is Sherrie and husband Bob dancing in Strawberry Fields, Central Park, NY

For well over two decades, Sherrie Eldridge has offered her unique voice within the adoption community, as an established author and international speaker. An adoptee herself, Eldridge has the ability to see life through the eyes of an adopted child. In her seven published titles, she has shared her passion for validating adoptees’ life experiences and her desire to help adoptive parents better understand and meet their adopted children’s emotional needs.

Her best-selling work, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, is considered required reading by many US adoption agencies. In 2010, she was named Indiana’s Congressional Angel of Adoption by the Honorable Dan Burton, Indiana Congressional Representative. Eldridge is widely recognized and respected as a compassionate advocate for adoptees, cultivating understanding about adoption’s challenges and opportunities for all those whose lives have been touched by it.

How Sherrie Found Her Life Passion

A few years ago, Bob and I were being trained as life coaches. One break-out session was especially appealing to me—How to Help Others Find Their Life Purpose.

When the two leaders asked for a volunteer to come up front and be their “guinea pig client” to demonstrate how to find life purpose, I raised my hand. I already knew what my life purpose and passion was. This would be a piece of cake!

Standing between the two leaders and in front of at least 50 people, they asked, “What is your passion?”

“Orphans,” I said, with confidence.

Suddenly, I was overcome with emotion. Please understand this is not normal behavior for me. I was wearing my “I have it all together adoptee mask,” after all!

But, I couldn’t stop the tears. I turned my back to the crowd, putting my hands over quivering lips.

“This is a normal reaction when people find their passion,” the coaches said. “Often, the passion hits deep cords and tears come, very unexpectedly.”

After I turned around, they asked, “And, what happened in your life that you feel a passion for orphans?”

“I was an orphan,” I whispered.

Then, they asked, “And, what do you want to do with this passion?”

With a hoarse voice, I answered, “I want to hold each one of them and tell them that they’re not forgotten.”

The teaching they gave afterwards has been emblazoned on my heart as I have taken steps to find my life purpose.

 

 

15 Replies to “About Sherrie”

  1. Sherrie, your book, “20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Parents Knew About Adoption” should be required reading for adoptive parents. My heart breaks at all the things we did “wrong” (but no false guilt here – we move forward with what we know now with great expectations). Praying that after nine years of having these children in our home (now teens), the walls will begin to come down and trust and healing will begin to grow. Planning to read the other books, but wanted to ask about the workbook – it mentions the example collage in the first chapter, but I don’t see it in the workbook?…. Thank you again for all you do!!! Blessings! http://www.un-perfect.net

  2. Sherrie, your book was my lifeline! I started an orphanage in Bolivia and ended up adopting 11 of the several hundred children that I cared for. Your book helped me to understand what I was dealing with and give my kids the best care and understanding I could!

  3. Love the look of this page.:-) After reading what you posted, perhaps my manuscript that I sent you (Bonded at Birth) will be the first book you complete reading. How about it? Up for a challenge?

  4. As a Christian, I value and respect the Holy Bible. As an adoptive parent, I consider, “Twenty Things Every Adopted Kid Wished Their Adoptive Parents Knew”, the Bible of Adoption! If every court and social service entity provided this book to each new adoptive (prospective) parent, we would ALL sleep more nights, spend far less on therapy, and experience brighter days sooner, rather than later. It’s been said there is no “manual” on how to raise a child. However, after reading just a few chapters in “Twenty Things…”, I am convinced this book is indeed “The Manual” for successfully parenting an adopted child. Today, WE are incredibly thankful that you made the CHOICE to share your life with the world in such an open, candid way. I see my daughter in you. If you can make it…so will she…so will WE! Thank you for being YOU. My heartfelt gratitude. -Angela

    1. Angela,
      What an incredible, uplifting endorsement you have given for my book and me. I still find it difficult to believe that God could use me in such a way as you described. May your family thrive, like a beautifully grafted tree. Please give a hug to your daughter from me!

  5. Your writings always strike a profound chord in me. I’m so thankful that I’ve found you as an author and person on Facebook. You’ve spoken life into my life and helped me along as a supporter for my son. Keep writing!

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