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 and am searching.

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

Healing from post adoption issues including complex trauma, significant loss and complicated grief has been an ongoing journey throughout my life as it is for countless adoptees.

My story first published here on the blog in 2013, and was released as a book, Worthy to Be Found, by Entourage Publishing in 2014.  

I can't wait to meet you.

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Adoptee Restoration Bio:

Deanna Doss Shrodes is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and has served as a pastor for 28 years, along with her pastor-husband, Larry whom she met at The University of Valley Forge, 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 28 years, have three grown children and live in the Tampa Bay area where they serve as lead pastors of  Celebration Church of Tampa. Deanna speaks at churches and conferences internationally and is also an accomplished musician. 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, The Adoptee Survival Guide, and the sole author of the books Worthy to Be Found and Juggle: Manage Your Time, Change Your Life, released by Entourage Publishing. Adopted in 1966 in a closed domestic adoption, she searched and found her original mother, sister and brother and reunited with them in 1993.  She is still searching for her paternal family. Deanna blogs about adoption issues at her personal blog, Adoptee Restoration, and also serves as the spiritual columnist at Lost Daughters.