Shannon D Rhodes (1973 - present) was born in Ft. Scott, Kansas. My family moved numerous times within the U.S. before settling in Greenwood, Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Arkansas where I obtained my bachelor's degree. For the past 23 years I have been a successful Businesswoman working in Sales, Communications, Education, Analytics and Solutions. In 2009, after several failed pregnancies and experiencing multiple adoption frauds, I successfully adopted my daughter in a dramatic, yet amazing forty-eight hours after her birth. This chaotic experience and the story of my own life launched my dream of writing children's books. In early 2014, I started a small business and launched my first children's book series under the same name; My Kind of Family. In 2015 I became a foster parent and have added two boys (and many stories) to our family through this process.
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I am currently working on additional tools for "Let's Do Something Together" as a resource for K-3rd grade teachers in meeting their Diversity and Inclusion teaching requirements. I'm also working on a new series titled Adventures in Sockland!
I was inspired to begin writing by the many facets of my personal life. As a survivor of an unfortunate childhood trauma, I understand the value and need for open communication with your child.
When it comes to life experience... let's just say my spectrum is pretty broad. From winning the Arkansas State High School Debate Championship to having a commercial drivers license and working assembly line shift-work. From being a Christian Camp counselor and Youth Pastor to being kicked out of church when they found out I was dating a woman. From being an Arkansas Razorback Pom Squad member and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) member to working as a cashier, Railway hostess, and waitress while completing college and volunteering for the NWA (Northwest Arkansas) Battered Women's Shelter and coaching Special Olympics.
I live, alive. No regrets, because it's the lessons I've learned through pain that have made me who I am today. Faith and Family are very important to me. It is my Faith that helped me survive when the practice of "cutting" would come and go throughout my life.
I've survived the sadness of a miscarriage and multiple failed insemination attempts, been the victim of TWO horrible fraud incidents while attempting private adoption and happily rejoiced in the thrill of a finalized adoption. I'm a foster parent who managed through a precious 2 year olds tantrums, self harm incidents and destructive behaviors as he allowed love to come into his heart and replace fear, pain and abandonment. I'm currently loving on another 12 month old foster boy who we recently found has a swallow dysfunction after finding ourselves in the hospital for a week to be discharged with a G-Button.
I LOVE being creative, talking about fostering and adoption and sharing my Faith! After losing my step-brother in a freak winter storm and watching the lives of our foster children change with LOVE, I'm eager to share and learn what My Kind of Family means to me and others.