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.
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.
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