About Sherrie

For well over two decades, Sherrie Eldridge has offered her unique voice within the adoption community, as an established author and international speaker. From speaking to Bejing orphanage workers, government officials, and police officers, to educating parents and orphanage workers in Thailand,to traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada to speak, Sherrie has been amazed at the opportunities she’s been given to share her adoptee heart. A parent from Puerto Rico said, “Sherrie has a beautiful heart because she’s willing to tell me what my daughter may experience while growing up adopted.” In addition, Sherrie’s identity is strong. She knows who she is and Whom she belongs to. An adoptee herself, Eldridge is akin to an adoptee whisperer, coaching adoptive and foster parents how to gently approach their traumatized children and develop intimacy. Sherrie’s skill and insights didn’t come from books, but from the anvil of her own adoptee heart. From adoption at ten days of age, she spent time with orphans from the Children’s Home that her adoptive grandmother managed. It was there that she interacted with homeless kids of all colors, shapes, and backgrounds. To this day, she’s in contact with several. Sales for her best-seller, TWENTY THINGS ADOPTED KIDS WISH THEIR ADOPTIVE PARENTS KNEW, currently exceeds 220,000 copies and has been translated into French, Spanish, and Japanese. Sherrie has run the gamut of experiences as an adopted person–traumatic relinquishment, only child, RAD, successful and unsuccessful birth family reunions, strained relationship with her adoptive mom. In spite of the painful parts, she wouldn’t change a thing. Why? Because song birds learn to sing in the night. Sherrie’s approach to writing and speaking is positive, yet she states that losing one’s first family produces the deepest of suffering for both birth mothers and their children. In her thinking, physical adoption is society’s way of caring for orphaned children. Spiritual adoption is not the same and many Christians have wounded adoptees by equating the two. Therefore, Sherrie is “pro-adoption,” for it is the only system we have currently for unwed mothers and children, even though archaic and broken. She maintains that all parts of the adoption triad–adoptees, birth mothers, adoptive mothers– must offer mutual respect and honor. If wounding one another occurs instead, it’s an indicator that healing is needed for both mothers and adoptees. Currently, she is working on another book-another 20 THINGS, which focuses on the mother/child relationship in adoptive families. Moms will learn why instilling love in their children’s brains is not dependent on the child’s level of receptivity. She will share her own story of recovery from her painful past and the steps others can take to discover the same healing.



15 thoughts on “About Sherrie

  1. shellysnead

    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. Melissa Harding

    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. 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

  4. 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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