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I'm an adoptee empowerment life coach and creative who believes you've gotta heal your life and build your dreams from the inside out

I'm Michelle Madrid-Branch

My story began in foster care, in the U.K., but it didn't end there. I became an international adoptee and was brought to America. 

Growing up, I was constantly asked questions about my ethnicity and background. The questions were often invasive and confusing because I didn't have the answers to my identity or story. I also didn't know who to turn to because I was seriously fearful of rejection and didn't want to be seen as ungrateful by my parents. 

They had no idea of what I was going through...

People told me that I was lucky to have gained a new family. I wanted to feel lucky, but mostly what I felt was loss. You see, adoption is rooted in loss. One family must come apart for another family to come together. Loss is a fact of adoption that people don't always want to talk about, but it's essential that we do. 

Then I hit this really Pivotal moment where i wanted to give up, but i didn't. I started reaching out and sharing my story.

I got to the work of unlocking the thoughts and feelings that had, for too long, been hidden away. I began writing, blogging, and speaking on the importance of validating the adoptee voice. I sought out life coaching from some of the best coaches in the world, including those within the Tony Robbins Platinum Partnership. My deep dive into the ocean of self-exploration led me to a sobering discovery—I wasn’t alone in my pain as a person navigating life as an adoptee. 

That was the exact moment it all changed for me. When I started owning my own story...

I claimed my truth and began equipping myself—through the Institute of Life Coach Training—to manifest my vision of becoming an Adoptee Empowerment Life Coach. I began owning my voice!

And now i'm going to help you own yours.

I'm here to guide you toward healing and becoming all you're meant to become. I believe that we're at the tipping point of liberating the voices of adoptees. Millions of adoptee voices around the world are longing to be heard. The transformation of this liberation will be of monumental proportion. I think of what we’ve missed, as a global community, because too many adoptees over the decades have felt silenced and diminished. What treasures and talents have been lost? I commit my life's work to ensuring that we don't lose any more. 

Together, we can do anything!

can't live without

This Is Life with Lisa Ling

favorite show


my place of peace

Health & Well-Being


Hunter Equestrian

My sport of choice

A few fun facts about me...

Warm Cup of Tea

all about


Quality listening, kindness, inclusion, and  
helping you find
your superpower


not about

bandaid fixes,
the word "can't",
or injustice

Favorite quote by my favorite writer...

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

— Maya Angelou



Notable Quotes

Take a moment, a little breather, and read a few of my notable quotes shared by wonderful adoption organizations and publications. 

Birthdays Don't Have To Hurt

The adoptee's birthday can be a day that reminds them of their loss. But, it doesn't have to be! Read how I turned my relationship with my birthday around and how I help other adoptees do the same. 

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