In Their Siblings' Voices: White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk About Their Experiences Being Raised with Black and Biracial Brothers and Sisters

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In Their Siblings' Voices shares the stories of twenty white non-adopted siblings who grew up with black or biracial brothers and sisters in the late 1960s and 1970s. Belonging to the same families profiled in Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda's In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories and In Their Parents' Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees, these siblings offer their perspectives on the multiracial adoption experience, which, for them, played out against the backdrop of two tumultuous, politically charged decades. Simon and Roorda question whether professionals and adoption agencies adequately trained these children in the challenges presented by blended families, and they ask if, after more than thirty years, race still matters. Few books cover both the academic and the human dimensions of this issue. In Their Siblings' Voices helps readers fully grasp the dynamic of living in a multiracial household and its effect on friends, school, and community.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Families in Society Online - Yvonne P. Haynes
(E)xtremely innovative work
this is an important book that fills a gap in the adoption literature by providing the voices and experiences of a rarely heard contingent.
Adoptive Families
In Their Siblings' Voices can guide any parent's education on transracial adoption.

this is an important book that fills a gap in the adoption literature by providing the voices and experiences of a rarely heard contingent.

Families in Society Online

(E)xtremely innovative work

— Yvonne P. Haynes

Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Sciences Online
(E)xtremely innovative work

— Yvonne P. Haynes

Adoptive Families

In Their Siblings' Voices can guide any parent's education on transracial adoption.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231148511
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (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, D.C. She has published forty-three books, edited nineteen, and is currently the editor of Gender Issues.

Rhonda M. Roorda was adopted into a white family and raised in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The author of a chapter in the Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families, she currently works at an educational advocacy organization in Lansing, Michigan.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface, by Rhonda M. RoordaAcknowledgmentsPart I. Argument, Rhetoric, and Data for and Against Transracial Adoption Legal Status, History, and Review of Empirical WorkPart II. Siblings Tell Their Stories IntroductionShecara's Siblings: Dan Baker and Tom BakerLaurie's Sibling: Adam GoffChantel's and Nicolle's Siblings: Scott Tremitiere and Michelle ZechRachel's Siblings: Kathy Mulder, Mary Ann Pals, and Lynn MillerRhonda's Siblings: Christopher "Duffy" Roorda and Jean RoordaKeith's Sibling: Hilary TomassonDaniel's Siblings: Yvonne Thornton, Annette VanVoorst, and Michelle MennegaTage's Sibling: Anika Larsen David's Siblings: Chuck Adams and Mike AdamsPete's Sibling: Catherine TylerBritton's Siblings: Amanda Perry and Seth PerryPart III. Implications of Siblings' Voices on Transracial Adoption Closing CommentsAfterword, by Rhonda M. Roorda

Columbia University Press

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