Carried in Our Hearts
Creating Families Across Continents
by Dr. Jane Aronson
featuring an essay by Ellora DeCarlo about her journey adopting 3 children from Guatemala and those of the Guatemala 900 left behind
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“My mommy didn’t carry me in her tummy, she carried me in her heart.” Bailey, a 5-years old who was adopted from China. Her story is included in this book.
According to People magazine, parents from all over the country seek adoption expert and Worldwide Orphans Foundation founder Dr. Jane Aronson’s help “as if consulting a master detective.” Angelina Jolie praised Dr. Aronson’s “drive and ambition to help children dream” (Elle). Indeed, over the course of the past three decades, Dr. Aronson has touched the lives of thousands of adopted children from around the world and in this inspiring book she presents moving first-person testimonies from parents (and a few children themselves) whose lives have been blessed by adoption.
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Praise For Carried in Our Hearts…
“There is a wealth of information—and hope—here for people looking at possibilities for international adoption, and there is certainly no better advocate on the long journey than the upbeat, passionate Aronson.”
“When I first heard Dr. Jane Aronson speak, she said ‘Orphans are all our children…all our responsibility.’ No one I have ever met takes that responsibility more seriously than Jane. I feel blessed to call her a friend and Carried In Our Hearts is an amazing account of the journey that she and countless families have taken toward shepherding children through the process of finding permanent and loving homes.”
“Mother’s Day gift alert!—it’s an unbelievable expression of love that will expand your idea of what a family is. Go buy it!”
“Dr Jane Aronson is a force of nature and one of the world’s fiercest and most passionate defenders for the protection, well-being and human potential of orphaned children. For more than twenty years she has worked tirelessly to shine a light on the physical, intellectual and emotional needs of the millions of vulnerable children living in our world today, without parents or proper care, starved of love and hope, showing us that each and every one of these children’s lives can be transformed when given the opportunity. Her wisdom, humanity and understanding are evidenced in the life affirming personal stories of unconditional love she has gathered in her extraordinary new book, Carried in Our Hearts.”
-Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF
“Her angle is incredibly pure and direct. It’s her heart to as many hearts as she can possibly touch.”
-Andrew Garfield, star of The Amazing Spider-Man
“Jane Aronson is remarkable. Smart, committed, determined, her concern for children has taken her all over the world, and her understanding of their needs is unparalleled.”
“To adopt a child is a divine act and Jane Aronson is a true angel. With passion and lightness she has lead an amazing life changing the destinies of so many children. This book is a testimony of her generosity and her life’s work!”
-Diane von Furstenberg
I was six and the day was warm. My mother had chosen to wear her most beautiful white shirt embroidered with lace detailing at the collar. I was clad in black pants, my favorite pair of turquoise sandals, and a red shirt. At the time, I didn’t fully understand the extent to which her decision would impact me. I was saddened at her lack of reasoning as to why she was giving me up to the orphanage. Mostly I was frightened at the thought of losing my mother and being disconnected from my family. As I was released from her embrace, all that stood between us was the metal gate of the orphanage. She walked away and I succumbed to tears. In that moment, I hoped that she would visit me. She never did.
Visiting the orphanage where I was adopted was an emotionally difficult and complicated experience, filled with memories of disappointment but also memories that I have been able to internalize in a constructive way. Prior to my visit to Vietnam, I had no intention of returning to my orphanage in Hoa Binh for various reasons. My adoptive parents encouraged me and they accompanied me every step of the way. I found comfort in their being there. Their love and support was all that I needed to revisit my past and more important to move forward with the experiences and possibilities of the future.
Excerpted from CARRIED IN OUR HEARTS: The Gift of Adoption; Creating Families Across Continents by Dr. Jane Aronson with the permission of Tarcher/Penguin. Copyright Jane Aronson 2013.