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59. Emma Stevens: "The Gathering Place, An Adoptee's Story"
5th April 2022 • Once Upon A Time...In Adopteeland • Jennifer Dyan Ghoston
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Emma Stevens is a U.S. domestic adoptee from birth and has survived layers of trauma that have put her on multiple journeys. She developed the inner strength and courage to surmount the many struggles she faced. Her traumas were born from being an adoptee who struggled with being forced to wear an impossible mask of playing the part of the “good adopted child.” Because being relinquished and adopted has colored her life, it’s Emma’s desire to be part of the movement that is dedicated to helping bring forth change to the way our world views the needs and support of adopted individuals. She believes strongly in adoptees finding their voice and discovering their truth to have a solid sense of self and to reclaim their identities. Through telling her story, Emma is dedicated to help redefine the narrative of adoption to include the entire complex truth.

This memoir is Emma Stevens’ first book. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism and has completed Master’s level course work in psychology, specializing in Marriage, Family, and Child counseling. She has two adult children and two cat children who she adores. 

"The Gathering Place, An Adoptee's Story" by Emma Stevens is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Gathering-Place-Adoptees-Story/dp/B09HH8PDGL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=23WCF09MH6LA&keywords=the+gathering+place+by+emma+stevens&qid=1648848622&sprefix=the+gathering+place%2Caps%2C351&sr=8-1

Save the date, Sunday, May 15, 2022, 5pm at the Circle Cinema in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the first movie screen showing of the documentary “Reckoning with The Primal Wound” By Rebecca Autumn Sansom

Music by Corey Quinn