Monday, June 02, 2008

Book recommendation

In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories by Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda.

This book is amazing! Interview after interview with adult adoptees who were raised by parents of another race. It offers so many thoughts and feelings and varied perspectives, and overall I've found it to be very insightful. Having a mixed-race family is amazing, but I'm not naive enough to think it will be without its struggles for our brown-skinned children. Hearing honest feedback from adults who lived through it is priceless.

Thanks to Jennifer and her lending library for the read! I think this book would be great for both parents, and adoptees, and prospective adoptive parents too.

3 comments:

Pajama Mama said...

I'll definitely check this book out! We're just starting the ET adoption process with AAI. So I've loved reading about your family's experiences!

Emily said...

Thank you for this! We are praying through the adoption process through our state and keeping all doors open, so this is an incredible resource to know about! :)

Emily B. said...

Make sure you check out "in their parents' voices" as well. The participants are from the same families that you just read about but in this book, their parents tell about their joys and challenges of raising a transracial family.

Also, within a year, Rhonda hopes to put out "in their siblings' voices". Again, the same families are highlighted but this time the parents' bio kids talk about what life was like having black/biracial brothers and sisters. I can't wait!

 

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