- Hardcover: 405 pages
- Publisher: Perspectives Press (IN); Fifth or Later Edition edition (November 18, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0944934242
- ISBN-13: 978-0944934241
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Eloquent, interesting and intensely practical, you can't read this book without thinking differently about your own life as a child, parent, and a member of our diverse society.” (Lois Melina, author of Raising Adopted Children and The Open Adoption Experience)
“As a first generation Korean adoptee, I carry in my bones the longing for clarity about identity and peace with my Korean and adopted nationality that Inside Transracial Adoption is all about. The authors' insights, compassion, and willingness to tackle both the joys and challenges of these pioneer families make this a must read.” (Susan Soon-Keum Cox, transracial adoptee and Vice President of Public Policy & External Affairs, Holt International Services)
“This is an honest and insightful book that is at once very personal and universal to all transracial adoptive parents. The authors tackle the very real issues; emotions, responsibilities and joys transracial adoption asks us to take on. As a transracial parent of grown children myself I wished I had had this book when they were young. As a professional anti-bias educator I appreciate the authors' insistence that parents face the realities of racism in the US. Through a stimulating combination of enlightening anecdotes and wise analysis, Inside Transracial Adoption is an indispensable resource for people planning to adopt, for parents currently in transracial families and for professionals working with transracial families.” (Louise Derman Sparks, transracial adoptive parent and author of Anti-bias Curriculum and Teaching/Learning Anti Racism)
“With remarkable insight, admirable honesty, and gently humour, Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall expertly guide readers through the complexities of transracial adoption – clarifying the issues and offering critical tools to help transracial families navigate the challenges they confront on a day to day basis.” (Madelyn Freundlich, Executive Director, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute)
“This book will provide adoptive parents practical and useful information for parenting a child of a different race or culture from authors eminently qualified as both professionals in the field of adoption and as parents who have adopted transracially themselves.” (Joseph Crumbley, LCSW, author of Transracial Adoption and Foster Care)
“Steinberg and Hall candidly and eloquently bare their souls about their transracial adoption journey. They share prescriptive insights based on well-documented research and personal experience. Their children provide a unique filter through which the parents learn to appreciate the child's birth culture and the child matures to embrace a multicultural world view.” (Gloria King, M.S., Executive Director, Black Adoption Placement and Research Center)
“Meaty! Must reading for parents and professionals involved in transracial placements.” (Joseph Kroll, Executive Director, North American Council for Adoptable Children) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Gail Steinberg is the adoptive mom of four grown daughters and sons: Shira Beth Gale is Korean and America Indian, Liza Anya Triggs is African American, Jeremy Ben Steinberg is African American and white, and Seth Ari Steinberg is white. She lives in San Anselmo, California, with her husband. Gail and Beth Hall are founders and co-directors of Pact, An Adoption Alliance - an organization dedicated to providing adoption services to children of color.
Beth Hall is the adoptive mom of Sofia Hall Gallagher who is Latina, and James Hall Gallagher who is African American. She grew up a member of an adoptive family and lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and children. Gail Steinberg and Beth are founders and co-directors of Pact, An Adoption Alliance - an organization dedicated to providing adoption services to children of color. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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They have a very negative mindset that I find to be discouraging. My husband and I are considering transracial adoption of an older child; if I continue to read this book, I am certain they would talk me out of it.
Plus, I find this book to be very poorly written. It lacks any coherent organization. This book is in desperate need of an editor. Even if you agree with their approach to the issues, the typos, poor grammar and lack of structure will certainly make it difficult to follow their thought process. Unless James Joyce's stream of consciousness writing style is appealing to you, you will not enjoy the way the authors jump topics every other paragraph.
There are much better books dealing with these issues available. The only redeeming quality of this book is the quotes from children and adults who were raised in multiracial families.
I attempted to voice my concerns to Beth Hall in a phone conversation but she was not interested in what I had to say nor hear my own experiences. (One amusing aspect was that I am a non-US born individual, and in our conversation, she exhibited complete ignorance about my birth culture which she eventually acknowledged). She did not accept my argument that racism is an evolving phenomenon, and that the way our generation experienced it in the past is different from what the younger generation will experience it in future. She also did not accept my argument that just because some adult adoptees speak of feelings of inadequacy does not mean that the majority of transracially adopted persons feel this way (in research it's called a "sampling bias", i.e. drawing conclusions from a non-representative sample), nor did she accept that the book does not apply to every specific situation ("overgeneralization"). She appeared fixated on the idea that it's all about race and that white adoptive parents do not understand the feelings of their adopted children. This is unacceptable.
Numerous research papers exist on the outcomes of transracial adoptions in modern social work literature. The conclusions from the papers are that transracial adoptees fair as well as inracial adoptees. A fixation on the race and ethnicity aspects distorts the reality on the big issues in adoption which are emotional and behavioral problems related to age at adoption, genetic risk factors and a history of abuse and neglect.
For all the reasons above, I recommend staying away from this book and learning about adoption, including transracial adoption, from reliable and scientifically sound resources.
Even worse (to me) were the gramatical, spelling, and punctuation errors - in abundance! I found one at least every 3-4 pages, and in a 400 page book that becomes very distracting very quickly.
The best advice I can give is to read it for it's point of view (if you are not too annoyed by the editing), but take many things with a grain of salt and form your own opinions on how to raise your child.
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