Heidi Russo is one of several birth mothers who decided to share her story publicly. Since Russo’s son is Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, she will likely be criticized more for her decision to come forward. But, her story brings adoption back into the national dialogue.
What is noticeably missing is any reaction from Colin Kaepernick and his parents. There could be a number of reasons why they haven’t spoken about the issue to date, but in the end, it’s their choice to share their side of the story, or to keep their family matters private.