In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption


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Columbia University Press
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6.1 X 0.8 X 9.2 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Rhonda M. Roorda, M.A., was adopted into a white family and raised with two nonadopted siblings. She is a national speaker on transracial adoption and is the recipient of the 2010 Judge John P. Steketee Adoption Hero Award from the Adoptive Family Support Network (MI). In 2017, Rhonda was awarded the Friend of Children and Youth Award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC). With the late Rita J. Simon, she coauthored a landmark trilogy of books on transracial adoption (In Their Own Voices, In Their Parents' Voices, and In Their Siblings' Voices). She works as a fund administrator at an educational advocacy organization in Lansing, Michigan.


In Their Voices is a historical lesson in transracial adoption that adoptive parents shouldn't miss. It also provides a deep look at the policy and practices currently in place in the child welfare and domestic adoption system - these issues should also be deeply considered by the social workers, agencies, and others working in the adoption community.--Kim Phagan-Hansel "Adoption Today "
A deft interviewer.--Adoptive Families
Roorda's newest text on transracial adoption comes at a timely and proitious moment.... Highly recommended.--Choice
A fascinating read.... definitely on the recommended reading list.--Fostering Families
This book should be required reading for all White Americans with plans to adopt Black children. It is an indispensable resource for navigating the often challenging and unpredictable terrain of childrearing across the color line.--PsycCritiques