Lori Holden, a veteran in the adoption space, writes at LavenderLuz.com and hosts the podcast Adoption: The Long View. She’s the author of The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption (recommended by People magazine, of all things!), which is featured on adoption agency required-reading lists across the country. She has keynoted and presented at adoption conferences around the US and Canada, and she coaches adoptive parents on embodying the BothAnd approach in their parenting of adoptees. Her new book, Adoption Unfiltered, co-written with adoptee Sara Easterly and birth mom Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard, will be available in late 2023. Lori lives in Denver with her husband and dog, and her two young adult children occasionally stop by for home cooked meals and laundry facilities.

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