Adoption Unfiltered: Panel Discussion (Co-Sponsored by On Your Feet Foundation)
Date and Time:
Feb 28 2024 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Book Stall
811 Elm St., Winnetka, IL 60093

Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard, Sara Easterly, and Lori Holden

Adoption Unfiltered: Panel Discussion (Co-Sponsored by On Your Feet Foundation)

Community Event

The Book Stall is proud to partner with the On Your Feet Foundation to welcome Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard, Sara Easterly, and Lori Holden, authors of Adoption Unfiltered: Revelations from Adoptees, Birth Parents, Adoptive Parents, and Allies, for an informative panel discussion on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30 pm. Adoption is a multi-sided experience that can feel like it takes place in a vacuum. Here, three participants in the adoption triad reveal the challenges, the triumphs, and everything in between from their perspectives. The Book Stall will donate 20% of all book sales to the On Your Feet Foundation. This event is free with registration. To register, please CLICK HERE.

More About the Book: Adoption Unfiltered reveals the candid thoughts and feelings of those most directly involved in adoptions: adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents. The authors Sara Easterly (adoptee), Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard (birth parent), and Lori Holden (adoptive parent) interviewed dozens of adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, social workers, therapists, and other allies, all sharing candidly about the challenges in adoption. While finding common ground in the sometimes-contentious space of adoption may seem like a lofty goal, it reveals the authors’ optimistic aim of working together with truth and transparency to move toward healing. Adoption Unfiltered models the importance of adults in adoption working together in the spirit of curiosity and empathy to learn and do better for future generations of adoptees and families.

More About the Authors: Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard is the Director of Advocacy and Policy at AdoptMatch, where she works on public policy issues impacting adoption triad members. She’s a birth mother who is passionate about raising the standards in adoption to better serve the children, mothers, and families affected by family separation. Adoption has been a monumental part of her entire life: Kelsey is the daughter and granddaughter of adoptees. She has worked at various agencies and law firms in the adoption field and is also a co-host of the first-ever birth-mom podcast headed into its third season, Twisted Sisterhood. Kelsey resides in Northern California with her husband and daughter.

Sara Easterly is an award-winning author of books and essays. Her spiritual memoir, Searching for Mom, won a 2020 Illumination Book Award gold medal, among many others. Sara’s adoption-focused articles and essays have been published by Psychology Today, Dear Adoption, Feminine Collective, Godspace, Her View from Home, and Severance Magazine, to name a few. Sara is the founder of Adoptee Voices and resides outside of Seattle with her husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of rescued fur-babies.

Lori Holden, a veteran parent of two young adults, writes at and hosts the podcast Adoption: The Long View. She’s the author of the acclaimed book The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, written with her daughter’s birth mom and 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 her work has appeared in magazines such as Parenting and Adoptive Families. In 2018, she was honored as an Angel in Adoption® by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. She lives in Denver, Colorado.