In Their Parents' Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees

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Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda's In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories shared the experiences of twenty-four black and biracial children who had been adopted into white families in the late 1960s and 70s. The book has since become a standard resource for families and practitioners, and now, in this sequel, we hear from the parents of these remarkable families and learn what it was like for them to raise children across racial and cultural lines.

These candid interviews shed light on the issues these parents encountered, what part race played during thirty plus years of parenting, what they learned about themselves, and whether they would recommend transracial adoption to others. Combining trenchant historical and political data with absorbing firsthand accounts, Simon and Roorda once more bring an academic and human dimension to the literature on transracial adoption.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Adoptive Families - Judy Stigger

Worthwhile, but the book's true value lies in the chance to meet the parents of the remarkable young adults profiles in its predecessor.

Families in Society - Linda Katz

[ In Their Parents' Voices] should be part of every placement agency's library and read by every adopting family.

Adoptive Families
Worthwhile, but the book's true value lies in the chance to meet the parents of the remarkable young adults profiles in its predecessor.

— Judy Stigger

Families in Society

[ In Their Parents' Voices] should be part of every placement agency's library and read by every adopting family.

— Linda Katz

Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Sciences
[ In Their Parents' Voices] should be part of every placement agency's library and read by every adopting family.

— Linda Katz

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231141376
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Rita J. Simon is a University Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC. She has published thirty-seven books and edited nineteen and is currently the editor of Gender Issues.Rhonda M. Roorda works at an educational advocacy organization in Lansing, Michigan, and writes for Fostering Families TODAY and Adoption TODAY magazines.

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1: The Children from In Their Own Voices Author's NotePart 2: The Parents John and Marian PeltonJames and Alice BandstraJim and Kathy StapertRon and Dorothy Paul GoffBarbara TremitiereNora AnkerMarjorie GrayEdson and Judith BigelowAaldert and Elisabeth MennegaRikk LarsenCharles and Pam AdamsDavid and Lola Himrod Ken and Jean Winnie Rodney and Joyce Perry Part 3: Conclusion AfterwordPostscriptAcknowledgments

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