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Lori Holden

Kerry HannonSpecialties: Open adoption, living mindfully (The Perfect Moment Monday movement), and writing authentically
Home base: Denver, Colorado
Web site: LavenderLuz.com

Lori Holden, named aTop 10 Must-Read Mom” by Parenting magazine, has been published by Parenting and Adoptive Families, on the Website BlogHer and other media. Increasingly recognized as an expert in the field of adoption, Lori was asked to be the keynote speaker and will be honored with the 2013 Commitment to Excellence Award by the nonprofit organization Parenthood For Me. Lori has spoken at BlogHer conferences about adoption/loss/infertility issues about authenticity in writing.

Lori is a regular columnist for Mile High Mamas, a Denver Post site. Her blog, LavenderLuz.com, has been listed by Adoptive Families as one of the top adoption blogs. Her first book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013), was born from listening to hundreds of people living in adoption—adult adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents and adoption professionals.  Lori was honored as a 2018 Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute.

Her passions include yoga, ayurvedic medicine and noticing perfect moments. Lori has lived in Japan and in the Middle East, and currently lives in Denver with her husband, Roger, and two children. Her daughter, Tessa, and her son, Reed, continue to teach her every day.

Suggested Topics

  • Open adoptions
  • Adoptive parenting
  • Living mindfully, writing mindfully
  • Yoga and ayurveda

What People Say About Lori Holden

“Not only is Lori Holden an acknowledged thought leader in the area of open adoption, she is also truly beloved by the men and women who look to her for guidance, humor and balance when considering this route for themselves. Her book will be cherished by many and inspirational to all.”
—Corey Whelan, patient advocate and author, The American Fertility Association

“Lori Holden’s book opens with a simple yet poignant snippet of conversation with her young daughter in the car. It’s about her daughter's loving feelings toward her birth parents. Holden generously invites us into her mental tai chi process (‘Don't take this personally…’) leading to her wise responses. If this book were just a series of such glimpses it would be a treasure. But it’s so much more: a tapestry of instructive real-life insights together with the latest research and philosophy, all aiming to ‘de-freakify’ open adoption. The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption covers what this adoptee wishes my parents had known, and beyond. The definitive post-modern guide to enlightened adoption.”
—Marcy Axness, Ph.D., parent coach and author of Parenting for Peace

“While many books focus on the mechanics of adoption, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption stays focused on the well-being of all involved. While this should be mandatory reading for anyone who has ever uttered the words, 'just adopt,' all readers will come away as smarter, more understanding family members.”
—Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos, author of Silent Sorority