Subtitle: Do I Matter? An Adoptee’s Perspective through Her Relationships

I treat everyone that I meet as an equal. Prior to discovering peace, it stung to fill out a medical form, because my records do not exist. I could be walking down New York’s 42nd Street, passing by my blood sister, half-sister, brother, cousin, aunt, or uncle, whomever—anyone out there might be related to me. I have a wistful longing to be loved by all humans; something everyone desires. I am gratefully blessed with two strengths: Will and Love.

In the act of having dreamt that my biological father died of a heart attack, this was enough to have a fantasized image in my head. Then my cousin, Ina related to me about my biological father being an American soldier. He no longer existed as a phantom with no identity. I finally had some closure, but I will never know if he ever married. How do I look into someone’s eyes wondering if they could be mine (a half sister or brother)? Others know their connections—I don’t and never will.

Along my journey to healing, accepting the truth and finding my true self was the key to self-acceptance. This gave me more reason to treat each individual whom I met as my soul sister or soul brother, cousin, etc. Why shouldn’t the rest of America do the same?

Joy surrounds me and enriches my life. I treat others as mine. You see, I understand that in order for there to be a gain there must be a “loss”. This “loss” never abandoned me; indeed, it shaped who was, who I’ve become. With self-acceptance, I no longer personalized the loss; that my biological father rejected my mother and me.

Akin to an innocent child living inside a “love bubble”, I am home again. I admire our permeating bliss drifting through this magnificent universe. I open up my heart to my fellow humans, and I embrace their love—flowing through my veins.

My book guides you along an adoptee’s journey and nurtures love in order to help you overcome feelings of anger and betrayal.  carina-book-imageIn gratitude for having you here, you can sign up for my guide book,  3 Most Important Truths When Talking About Adoption. I encourage you to share it with others as well. >>Sign up here<<

Praise for

                                        3 Most Important Truths When Talking About Adoption 

“Carina! Thank you for sharing! I think what is most appealing about you and (for me) comes through in your writing is that you really, truly, speak from the heart. Especially from my perspective– being adopted, struggling with my own truths about my family and biological father, I know I can relate to much of your story. But even outside of that– reading your writing feels like a conversation, like I’ve known you for years– which is something I find to be one of the most important aspects of a writer. People want to feel connected and you have that grace that pulls your reader in and makes it intimate and comforting to read your story.”~ Nickcole W.

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Praise for

The Syrian Jewelry Box: A Daughter’s Journey for Truth

“Carina Burns has looked within herself, faced her demons, and developed the courage to share her journey of love, perceived betrayal, angst, and regenerative love. I first knew Carina before she learned of her adoption. She was a typical carefree teenager enjoying the ‘good life’ of a third-culture expatriate kid. Only recently have I reconnected with her. She has quite a story, a gift she shares with passion. Carina Burns is truly ‘becoming’ in every way imaginable.”~ Richard Maack, junior high school principal, Saudi Arabia




Carina’s memoir, The Syrian Jewelry Boxis a beautifully expressed story from an adopted child written in a manner which will help bring contentment and comfort to all adopted readers.”~ Anthony J. Zamarchi, Sr., Raytheon Middle East Systems

For future publication and purchasing information, please visit Carina’s website.  >>here<<

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