About Me

I'm Deanna.

My official bio is at the end of this page.

The short story is, before I was Deanna, I was Melanie.

I was adopted in 1966 in a closed, domestic adoption.

I was reunited with my original mother, sister and brother in 1993.

I still have not been reunited with my original paternal family.

Like most adult adoptees I still don't have my original birth certificate or my adoption records.

Healing from post adoption issues has been an ongoing journey throughout my lifetime, as it is for millions of adoptees.

My story published here on my blog first in 2013, and this year it will be released by Entourage Publishing. 

I can't wait to meet you.

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Deanna Doss Shrodes is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and has served as a pastor for 27 years, along with her pastor-husband, Larry whom she met at Valley Forge Christian College where they were both preparing for pastoral ministry. Currently she serves as Women's Ministries Director of the Pen-Florida District of the Assemblies of God. Deanna and her husband have been married for 27 years, have three children and live in the Tampa Bay area where they serve as lead pastor of  Celebration Church of Tampa. Deanna speaks at churches and conferences internationally and is also an accomplished musician, worship leader, songwriter, and certified coach. An award winning writer, she is also a contributing author to Chocolate For a Woman's Courage, published by Simon & Schuster, a contributing author to  Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption from a Place of Empowerment and Peace published by CQT Media and Publishing, Adoption Reunion in the Social Media Age published by Entourage Publishing, and the author of the book Juggle:Manage Your Time, Change Your Life.  Adopted in 1966 in a closed domestic adoption, she searched and found her original mother, sister and brother and reunited with them in 1993.  Deanna blogs about adoption issues at her personal blog, Adoptee Restoration, and also serves as the spiritual columnist at Lost Daughters. She leads a support group, Adoptee Restoration Tampa Bay, for adoptees in the Tampa Bay area.