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In search of belonging

This thought provoking anthology brings together essays and poetry by over 50 transracially adopted children and adults, ranging in age from 6 to 60. Through a series of intensely moving testimonies, these writers convey the complexity for black and minority ethnic children of being raised by a white adoptive family. The collection demonstrates the lifelong impact of transracial adoption and illustrates the over-simplicity of viewing such placements in either positive or negative terms. The themes of separation and loss, the search for identity and belonging permeate these accounts, as does the power of healing and survival, happiness and hope.

This highly original anthology brings together established, new and emerging writers and those who have never been published before. Contributors were variously born in the UK, and adopted from countries including Kenya, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. The book includes a foreword by acclaimed poet, Lemn Sissay.

Who is this book for?

Anyone who is interested in transracial adoption, whether professionally or personally.

What you will find in this book

This edited collection brings together written material from over 50 adopted children and adults. Topics include:

  • Separation and loss
  • Childhood
  • Who am I?
  • Re-connection
  • Search and reunion
  • Life stories
  • Living with transracial adoption

The collection is supplemented with an insightful introduction by Perlita Harris, the book’s editor.


Perlita Harris was a lecturer in social work at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was the course director of the BA in Social Work. She worked in adoption support and wrote and edited a number of books on the subject.

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Great book to understand transracial adoption and its effects on a child and adult. Lots of individual stories and personal journeys. Poems, stories and reflections. Well worth a read.

LC, five stars,