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In Their Own Voices : Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories

In Their Own Voices : Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories

by Rhonda M. Roorda, Rhonda Roorda


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ISBN-13: 9780231118286
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2000
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.23(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.19(d)
Lexile: 900L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

I: Argument, Rhetoric, and Data for and Against Transracial Adoption
Legal Status, History, and Review of Empirical Work
II: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories
Donna Francis*
Jessica Pelton
Kimberly Stapert
Laurie Goff
Chantel Tremitiere
Nicolle Tremitiere Yates
Rhonda Roorda
Reverend Keith J. Bigelow
Daniel Mennega
Tage Larsen
David T. Adams
Dan O'Brien
Seth D. Himrod
Lester Smith Sr.
Britton Perry
III: In Their Own Voices: Summary and Concluding Remarks

What People are Saying About This

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.
—(Barbara Davidson, civil rights advocate and adoptive mother)

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.

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.
—(Former Senator Howard M. Metzenbaum, author of the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994)

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.

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