In Their Parents' Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees

In Their Parents' Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees

by Rita J. Simon
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231512350
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/06/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
2 MB

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Frank H. Wu
Certainly everyone who has the earlier book is likely to want this title as well. Although it will be of interest to researchers, who are otherwise not likely to find a single source of so much material, it also is accessible enough for general readers.

Richard Fischer
In Their Parents Voices is refreshingly honest, compelling, and the new best friend of the transracial adoption community. Simon and Roorda have opened the window of opportunity for us to review the past, reexamine the present, and through this volume, challenge us to change the future of how we address the sensitive issues and cultural connections vital to our children's positive self-image. In harmony with their ground-breaking title, In Their Own Voices, the circle of revelation chronicling the parent and transracial adoptee experience has been completed and represents a new paradigm in our understanding of transracial adoption issues. A must-read for everyone represented in the transracial adoption community and the professional adoption support network.

W. Wilson Goode
This is a compelling book about our black and biracial men and women who were adopted by white parents. It is passionately told through the voices of their adoptive parents. This book's influence should move beyond racial and cultural boundaries and give more understanding into the phenomenon of transracial adoption. It calls for the partnership of families like these with black churches and African American mentors.

Hollee McGinnis
In Their Parents' Voices is a testament to the 'first generation' of parents who, despite a lack of guidance and support from agencies, were resourceful and got it mostly right for the children they adopted and loved across the color divide. It is an invaluable resource for parents today who have chosen to adopt transracially and provides indispensable 'insider' perspective and wisdom from those who have been there and survived the parenting trenches. All people-adopted or not-will appreciate the openness and honesty of these parents and will be inspired by their love and commitment to their kids.

Marguerite A. Wright
In Their Parents' Voices is a valuable contribution to the literature on transracial adoption. Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda present longitudinal research seldom attempted in this field. Their study shows that a decade after their initial interviews with transracial adoptees, most have flourished despite developmental struggles with their racial identity and indeed have blossomed into confident and productive members of society. Revealing interviews with adoptees' parents offer rare glimpses into the vicissitudes and joys of raising these children. Overall, this book provides reassurance and hope that the transracially adopted child, with love, support, and grounding in his or her racial heritage, can be as psychologically healthy as any other child.

Randall Kennedy
Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda are insightful students of transracial adoption to whom all that are interested in this complex subject are deeply indebted. In Their Parents' Voices is an important, unique, and fascinating resource.

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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