In Their Siblings’ Voices

White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk About Their Experiences Being Raised with Black and Biracial Brothers and Sisters

Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda

Columbia University Press

In Their Siblings’ Voices

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Pub Date: May 2009

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In Their Siblings’ Voices

White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk About Their Experiences Being Raised with Black and Biracial Brothers and Sisters

Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda

Columbia University Press

In Their Siblings' Voices shares the stories of twenty white non-adopted siblings who grew up with black or biracial brothers and sisters in the late 1960s and 1970s. Belonging to the same families profiled in Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda's In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories and In Their Parents' Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees, these siblings offer their perspectives on the multiracial adoption experience, which, for them, played out against the backdrop of two tumultuous, politically charged decades. Simon and Roorda question whether professionals and adoption agencies adequately trained these children in the challenges presented by blended families, and they ask if, after more than thirty years, race still matters. Few books cover both the academic and the human dimensions of this issue. In Their Siblings' Voices helps readers fully grasp the dynamic of living in a multiracial household and its effect on friends, school, and community.
In Their Siblings' Voices can guide any parent's education on transracial adoption. Adoptive Families
this is an important book that fills a gap in the adoption literature by providing the voices and experiences of a rarely heard contingent. Choice
(E)xtremely innovative work Yvonne P. Haynes, Families in Society Online
Preface, by Rhonda M. Roorda
Acknowledgments
Part I. Argument, Rhetoric, and Data for and Against Transracial Adoption
Legal Status, History, and Review of Empirical Work
Part II. Siblings Tell Their Stories
Introduction
Shecara's Siblings: Dan Baker and Tom Baker
Laurie's Sibling: Adam Goff
Chantel's and Nicolle's Siblings: Scott Tremitiere and Michelle Zech
Rachel's Siblings: Kathy Mulder, Mary Ann Pals, and Lynn Miller
Rhonda's Siblings: Christopher "Duffy" Roorda and Jean Roorda
Keith's Sibling: Hilary Tomasson
Daniel's Siblings: Yvonne Thornton, Annette VanVoorst, and Michelle Mennega
Tage's Sibling: Anika Larsen
David's Siblings: Chuck Adams and Mike Adams
Pete's Sibling: Catherine Tyler
Britton's Siblings: Amanda Perry and Seth Perry
Part III. Implications of Siblings' Voices on Transracial Adoption
Closing Comments
Afterword, by Rhonda M. Roorda

About the Author

Rita J. Simon is a University Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. She has published forty-three books, edited nineteen, and is currently the editor of Gender Issues.

Rhonda M. Roorda was adopted into a white family and raised in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The author of a chapter in the Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families, she currently works at an educational advocacy organization in Lansing, Michigan.