In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories by Rita SimonIn Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories by Rita Simon

In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories

byRita Simon, Rhonda Roorda


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Nearly forty years after researchers first sought to determine the effects, if any, on children adopted by families whose racial or ethnic background differed from their own, the debate over transracial adoption continues. In this collection of interviews conducted with black and biracial young adults who were adopted by white parents, the authors present the personal stories of two dozen individuals who hail from a wide range of religious, economic, political, and professional backgrounds. How does the experience affect their racial and social identities, their choice of friends and marital partners, and their lifestyles? In addition to interviews, the book includes overviews of both the history and current legal status of transracial adoption.

Rita J. Simon is University Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University.Rhonda Roorda was adopted into a white family in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. She is coordinator of financial and support services at a nonprofit educational advocacy organization in Lansing, Michi...
Title:In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.03 × 6.08 × 0.86 inPublisher:Columbia University Press

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ISBN - 10:0231118295

ISBN - 13:9780231118293

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI: Argument, Rhetoric, and Data for and Against Transracial AdoptionLegal Status, History, and Review of Empirical WorkII: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their StoriesIntroductionInterviewsDonna Francis*Jessica PeltonAndreaKimberly StapertShecara*Laurie GoffChantel TremitiereNicolle Tremitiere YatesRachelIris*Aaliyah*Rhonda RoordaReverend Keith J. BigelowDaniel MennegaTage LarsenDavid T. AdamsDan O'BrienSeth D. HimrodLester Smith Sr.NedPeteBritton PerryTaalib*ChipIII: In Their Own Voices: Summary and Concluding Remarks

Editorial Reviews

This book is the story of every person who has lived in an environment in which he or she didn't quite fit.... Yet, while the stories in the book are universal, they are also deeply personal and incredibly touching. You cannot read this book without being changed. At a time when a post-racial society remains an elusive fantasy, In Their Voices is indispensable. This book represents the dinner party I wish my parents had thrown-full of interesting African-Americans whose wisdom I now know reflects my own experience. Whether formed through adoption or marriage, multiracial families looking for tools to raise healthy children of color will find Roorda's latest contribution to be a valuable resource.