In Their Parents' Voices

Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees

Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda

Columbia University Press

In Their Parents' Voices

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Pub Date: October 2007

ISBN: 9780231141376

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In Their Parents' Voices

Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees

Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda

Columbia University Press

Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda's In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories shared the experiences of twenty-four black and biracial children who had been adopted into white families in the late 1960s and 70s. The book has since become a standard resource for families and practitioners, and now, in this sequel, we hear from the parents of these remarkable families and learn what it was like for them to raise children across racial and cultural lines.

These candid interviews shed light on the issues these parents encountered, what part race played during thirty plus years of parenting, what they learned about themselves, and whether they would recommend transracial adoption to others. Combining trenchant historical and political data with absorbing firsthand accounts, Simon and Roorda once more bring an academic and human dimension to the literature on transracial adoption.
Worthwhile, but the book's true value lies in the chance to meet the parents of the remarkable young adults profiles in its predecessor. Judy Stigger, Adoptive Families
[In Their Parents' Voices] should be part of every placement agency's library and read by every adopting family. Linda Katz, Families in Society
Introduction
Part 1: The Children from In Their Own Voices
Author's Note
Part 2: The Parents
John and Marian Pelton
James and Alice Bandstra
Jim and Kathy Stapert
Ron and Dorothy
Paul Goff
Barbara Tremitiere
Nora Anker
Marjorie Gray
Edson and Judith Bigelow
Aaldert and Elisabeth Mennega
Rikk Larsen
Charles and Pam Adams
David and Lola Himrod
Ken and Jean
Winnie
Rodney and Joyce Perry
Part 3: Conclusion
Afterword
Postscript
Acknowledgments

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, DC. She has published thirty-seven books and edited nineteen and is currently the editor of Gender Issues.Rhonda M. Roorda works at an educational advocacy organization in Lansing, Michigan, and writes for Fostering Families TODAY and Adoption TODAY magazines.