In Their Own Voices : Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories available in Hardcover
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- Columbia University Press
Table of ContentsIntroduction
I: Argument, Rhetoric, and Data for and Against Transracial Adoption
Legal Status, History, and Review of Empirical Work
II: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories
Nicolle Tremitiere Yates
Reverend Keith J. Bigelow
David T. Adams
Seth D. Himrod
Lester Smith Sr.
III: In Their Own Voices: Summary and Concluding Remarks
What People are Saying About This
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)
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.
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)
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.