Rebecca Wellington

Teacher, Writer, Historian, Adoptee

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"Who Is a Worthy Mother? An Intimate History of Adoption" is now available!


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Current News

May 14, 2024

Once Upon A Time in Adoptee Land

I had the privilege of speaking with Jennifer Ghoston about my new book. Check it out! read more
May 01, 2024

Are You My (Worthy) Mother

Here is a nice review of my book Who is a Worthy Mother? An Intimate History of Adoption read more
Apr 25, 2024

Ruthless Compassion

I will be on the Ruthless Compassion with Dr. Marcia Sirota, talking about book ‘Who Is a Worthy Mother? An Intimate History of Adoption’. We... read more
Apr 22, 2024

Inspired Women Podcast

Megan Hall and I had a fantastic time talking about life, family, trauma and resiliency on her awesome podcast Inspired Women. read more
Apr 22, 2024

The most straight up, real memoirs on motherhood and adoption

Check out my must read list on the awesome Shepherd book review site titled, “The most straight up, real memoirs on motherhood and adoption”. If you... read more
Apr 18, 2024

Surviving Trauma: Stories of Hope

I talk with Marlene McConnell on the Surviving Trauma: Stories of Hope podcast about adoption, trauma, and moving forward.Surviving Trauma. read more




About Rebecca

Rebecca Wellington has taught high school social studies, as well as undergraduate courses and graduate level courses in education history and curriculum and instruction. Her higher-education teaching adventures have taken her to universities across Western Washington, including University of Washington, Seattle University and the University of Puget Sound. She holds a doctorate in Education History from the University of Washington, where she taught in the undergraduate program of the College of Education. Rebecca's career in education started on the ocean, sailing around the world on a traditionally rigged tall ship. Through this two-year global circumnavigation Rebecca trained for a US Coast Guard captain's license and went on to work in non-profit outdoor education, teaching kids to sail on the Charles River in Boston and later on the Puget Sound of Washington State. Rebecca's scholarly articles have been published in the History of Education Quarterly, the American Indian Quarterly and the Pacific Northwest Quarterly. Rebecca was driven to write a history of adoption in the United States from the perspective of an adoptee and to honor the memory of her older sister and truth of brave women everywhere. Rebecca's proudest accomplishment is mothering her two daughters, Maria and Victoria. She and her husband and daughters live in Seattle, Washington on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish people.

“This we know; The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.  This we know, all things are connected like the blood which unites one family.  All things are connected”