Girl From St. Petersburg

I was born in St. Petersburg.

As I recall, I grew up in a very open and loving family.

Shortly after my birth, I was placed in an orphanage. It was a dark, cold and lonely place. Every day, you heard babies crying. I stayed there for four years.

I have tried to reconnect with my birth family. My birth mother doesn't speak with me, but I have spoken with my father. When it comes to that relationship, it’s a bumpy road.

Adoption means the world to me.

We have definitely had our ups and downs, but what family doesn't? I remember I used to always tell my adoptive mom that I wanted to run away and go back to see my birth mom, and that I knew she always wanted me back with her.

I still have relationship and trust issues, as well as anxiety and depression, but I have been able to deal with it.

Today, I’m proud to have a loving family and support system.

I’m sharing my story because I want people to know that adoption is a great way to start a family!