Video: NFL Player Colin Kaepernick’s Birth Mother Tells Her Story

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Denalee Chapman June 16, 2015

NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s birth mother, Heidi Russo, knew that if she kept her baby son she would have to raise him alone. She loved him enough to make the choice to give him a life she couldn’t offer. Heidi spent a little time alone with Colin before handing him to the social worker who would place him with the couple that Heidi chose.

Heidi didn’t just throw a dart to choose Colin’s parents. She actually interviewed a few couples before deciding upon the Kaepernicks. This was a semi-open adoption, with letters from the adoptive parents for the first few months of life. Heidi will always love her son. She says that when placing your child for adoption you relinquish your rights to parent, but you do not relinquish your right to love and to think about your child.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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