The story of how she acclimated and grew to love her adoptive family, the Rickardssons, and the totally foreign language and culture is gripping. An extraordinary aspect of Christina’s story is that it doesn’t end with her personal search—she’s channeled her energy into her foundation, a nonprofit that aims to address the conditions of poverty and social inequity at the root of her own experience to save other children from similar deprivation.
From the moment Christina’s story entered my life, it’s been my constant companion, unshakable. Her courage, compassion, and capacity for forgiveness are nothing short of inspirational. Her guilt and resentment over having been taken from her mother and native country battle with the gratitude for the advantages and security her new country and family afforded her. Christina could easily have turned her trauma into hostility toward her new family, toward the world, or toward herself. Instead she tackled the agonizing unearthing of her adoption records and made the brave and painful journey back to her native country in her thirties, in the hope of reuniting with her mother.
- Elizabeth DeNoma, Editor