Atlanta, GA, June 21, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Adopting Alesia: My Crusade for My Russian Daughter
By Dee Thompson
Release Date: June 1, 2009
Dee Thompson never dreamed she would find her child on the other side of the world.
A few years ago, she was single and childless, and 40 years old. She had spent 20 years searching for Mr. Right and he was nowhere to be found.
Longing for a change of pace and some adventure, Dee went to Russia to sing Handel's Messiah, in a remote town on the edge of Siberia. There she met a little girl in an orphanage and she knew she was her daughter. Dee had seen her in a dream the night before. She had never even considered adopting an older Russian child, but from the moment Dee first saw Alesia, she knew in her heart that Alesia was her daughter, and no matter what it took, she was going to bring her home.
When Dee returned to the US, her adoption dream hit brick wall after brick wall. Her employer laid her off. She had to break up with a boyfriend who didn't want children. She found out the orphanage director didn't like Americans and wouldn't even talk to the adoption agency. Alesia wasn't available to adopt. The agency told Dee over and over to choose a different child. She didn't have the money needed to complete the adoption. She started another romance that failed. At times Dee thought she was going crazy.
Many people told Dee that she was crazy to adopt. The child she had thought was about 8, because she was so emaciated, turned out to be 11. Dee persevered. When she finally got Alesia home, she was 13 years old.
Through it all, Dee read everything she could about adoption, learned to speak Russian, cried a lot, and wrote in her journal. She later spent many late nights turning that journal into a book.
Adopting Alesia is a book about a dream, a miracle, and two people who were meant to be a family, despite everything. Adopting Alesia is not merely an adoption story. It’s a story for anyone who has ever had to learn to be brave, fought to follow a dream, or found faith in the darkest of times. It’s a story of a little girl who didn’t even know the word “adoption.” It’s a story about love.
Dee Thompson is an Atlanta writer. Her first book was Jack’s New Family, a children’s book. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Tennesee, and writes articles, screenplays, and a popular blog, The Crab Chronicles. She can be contacted at email@example.com