In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories

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Nearly forty years after researchers first sought to determine the effects, if any, on children adopted by families whose racial or ethnic background differed from their own, the debate over transracial adoption continues. In this collection of interviews conducted with black and biracial young adults who were adopted by white parents, the authors present the personal stories of two dozen individuals who hail from a wide range of religious, economic, political, and professional backgrounds. How does the ...

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Overview

Nearly forty years after researchers first sought to determine the effects, if any, on children adopted by families whose racial or ethnic background differed from their own, the debate over transracial adoption continues. In this collection of interviews conducted with black and biracial young adults who were adopted by white parents, the authors present the personal stories of two dozen individuals who hail from a wide range of religious, economic, political, and professional backgrounds. How does the experience affect their racial and social identities, their choice of friends and marital partners, and their lifestyles? In addition to interviews, the book includes overviews of both the history and current legal status of transracial adoption.

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Editorial Reviews

Lifelines
This book is the story of every person who has lived in an environment in which he or she didn't quite fit.... Yet, while the stories in the book are universal, they are also deeply personal and incredibly touching. You cannot read this book without being changed.
Social Work in Health Care
Extremely informative and emotionally compelling.
Thomas Sowell
This much needed study brings hard facts and personal experiences to bear on an important subject too often dominated by dogmas and arrogance. It is a breath of fresh air in the fetid atmosphere of racial politics.
Randall Kennedy
No one has contributed more useful empirical research on interracial adoption than Professor Rita Simon and her associates. In Their Own Voices is an important supplement to that scholarly tradition that will further illuminate one of the most interesting corners of race relations in American life. The stories told in this collection are fascinating, poignant, enlightening, inspiring. They deserve a broad audience.
Barbara Davidson
In Their Own Voices sheds light on a very complex and controversial debate. The debate would be richer and wiser if those who seek to defend or condemn transracial adoption read this book first. It should be required reading for anyone who is thinking of adopting or has adopted a child from another race.
Lifelines
This book is the story of every person who has lived in an environment in which he or she didn't quite fit. . . . Yet, while the stories in the book are universal, the are also deeply personal and incredibly touching. You cannot read this book without being changed.
Howard M. Metzenbaum
This book´s suggestion that American families find it easier to adopt children from other countries than to adopt transracially within this country is saddening. This is particularly so when we see hundreds of black children moved from one foster home to another. Those of us who believe in transracial adoptions owe Ms. Simon and Ms. Roorda a continuing debt of gratitude.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231118293
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2000
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 385,958
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Rita J. Simon is University Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University.

Rhonda Roorda was adopted into a white family in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. She is coordinator of financial and support services at a nonprofit educational advocacy organization in Lansing, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI: Argument, Rhetoric, and Data for and Against Transracial AdoptionLegal Status, History, and Review of Empirical WorkII: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their StoriesIntroductionInterviewsDonna Francis*Jessica PeltonAndreaKimberly StapertShecara*Laurie GoffChantel TremitiereNicolle Tremitiere YatesRachelIris*Aaliyah*Rhonda RoordaReverend Keith J. BigelowDaniel MennegaTage LarsenDavid T. AdamsDan O'BrienSeth D. HimrodLester Smith Sr.NedPeteBritton PerryTaalib*ChipIII: In Their Own Voices: Summary and Concluding Remarks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    Interesting Interviews

    I found the interviews with transracial adoptees really interesting, though at times it felt like the interviewer did more talking than the interviewees. The problem with the book is the inconsistency between the introductory analysis and the interviews. The intro is dry and it seemed like a few of the facts were inaccurate regarding the legislation. I really liked what the adoptees had to say, but I would like to have seen their perspectives pulled together and put into a broader context at the end of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2000

    Outstanding food for thought !

    This book has given much for our family to consider. We have been searching for resources in regards to international adoption. This book is a treasure! There are many points made in the book, but with a difference. These points are made by people who's lives were changed and molded in the framework of transracial adoption, not by committees, agencies, parties or groups. The people who gave their time and made their lives public should be thanked. Simon and Roorda have shed valuable light on transracial adoption issues. Even more, they have exposed racial issues that as a 'white' I never would have even dreamed of. It has opened my eyes to many, many things. I think this book could be a great starting point for a course on inter-racial communication.

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