In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption

In Their Voices Black Americans on Transracial Adoption 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 rac

  • Title: In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption
  • Author: Rhonda M. Roorda
  • ISBN: 9780231172219
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption

    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 whitWhile 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.

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    1. Hayley DeRoche

      The interviews in this book are varied in terms of their personal experiences, historical perspectives, and outlook. Taken as a whole, the collection is well worth reading for adoption professionals, particularly those with a hand in recruiting families of color, and families who are interested in transracial adoption but claim to be "colorblind." This book gave some needed perspective on *why* the National Association of Black Social Workers came out against transracial adoption, and *why* ther [...]

    2. Heidi Gonzalez

      This is a straight forward and very eye opening book for white families adopting black or bi-racial children. With a lot of adoption history as well as civil rights history there are interviews with prominant figures that speak on helping trans-racially adopted children learn about their roots, learn what it means to come from whatever rich culture they are from. Its about helping white families empower their children of color without sugar coating the realities, its about teaching parents how t [...]

    3. Laura LeAnn

      My husband purchased this book for me as a gift for Christmas about a year and a half after our son was born and placed in our home shortly thereafter. We are a transracial family. While it is difficult to read at times, due to the horrible experiences of some of the interviewees, it is imperative that white parents of black children read this book. We can't simply keep ourselves in a bubble believing that racism no longer exists or that our children won't experience prejudices or other negative [...]

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