In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption by Rhonda RoordaIn Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption by Rhonda Roorda

In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption

byRhonda Roorda

Paperback | November 3, 2015

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While many proponents of transracial adoption claim that American society is increasingly becoming "color-blind," a growing body of research reveals that for transracial adoptees of all backgrounds, racial identity does matter. Rhonda M. Roorda elaborates significantly on that finding, specifically studying the effects of the adoption of black and biracial children by white parents. She incorporates diverse perspectives on transracial adoption by concerned black Americans of various ages, including those who lived through Jim Crow and the Civil Rights era. All her interviewees have been involved either personally or professionally in the lives of transracial adoptees, and they offer strategies for navigating systemic racial inequalities while affirming the importance of black communities in the lives of transracial adoptive families.

In Their Voices is for parents, child-welfare providers, social workers, psychologists, educators, therapists, and adoptees from all backgrounds who seek clarity about this phenomenon. The author examines how social attitudes and federal policies concerning transracial adoption have changed over the last several decades. She also includes suggestions on how to revise transracial adoption policy to better reflect the needs of transracial adoptive families.

Perhaps most important, In Their Voices is packed with advice for parents who are invested in nurturing a positive self-image in their adopted children of color and the crucial perspectives those parents should consider when raising their children. It offers adoptees of color encouragement in overcoming discrimination and explains why a "race-neutral" environment, maintained by so many white parents, is not ideal for adoptees or their families.

Rhonda M. Roorda, M.A., was adopted into a white family and raised with two nonadopted siblings. She is a national speaker on transracial adoption and a recipient of the Judge John P. Steketee Adoption Hero Award from the Adoptive Family Support Network (MI). With Rita J. Simon, she coauthored a landmark trilogy of books on transracia...
Title:In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial AdoptionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 3, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231172214

ISBN - 13:9780231172219

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Leon W. ChestangPreface AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Moving Beyond the Controversy of the Transracial Adoption of Black and Biracial ChildrenPart I. Jim Crow Era (1877-1954)Evelyn Rhodes, great grandmother and matriarch W. Wilson Goode Sr., first black mayor of Philadelphia (1984-92)Cyril C. Pinder, mentor and former National Football League playerPart II. Civil Rights Era (1955-72)Arthur E. McFarlane II, great grandson of W. E. B. Du Bois and advocate for the preservation of cultural heritageLora Kay (pseudonym), principal of a charter school in Washington, D.C.Chester Jackson, professional adoption worker and adoptive fatherHenry Allen, professor of sociology Part III. Post-Civil Rights Era (1973-Present)Vershawn A. Young, author and scholar Michelle M. Hughes, adoption attorney and adoptive motherMahisha Dellinger, CEO and founder of CurlsDeneta Howland Sells, physician and civil rights advocateTabitha, child welfare bureau chiefBryan Post, CEO of the Post Institute for Family-Centered Therapy and adopteeShilease Hofmann, spouse of a transracial adopteeChelsey Hines, foster care alumna and transracial adopteeDemetrius Walker, entrepreneur and cofounder of the dN|BE ApparelConclusionAfterwordAppendix: Multicultural Adoption PlanNotesReferences

Editorial Reviews

This book should be required reading for all White Americans with plans to adopt Black children. It is an indispensable resource for navigating the often challenging and unpredictable terrain of childrearing across the color line.