It’s great that 1) the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute continues to produce research and 2) The NYTimes headlines some of that research, but at the end of the day, is this really new? The part that stood out the most to me was:
“So much of the research on transracial adoption has been done from the perspective of adoptive parents or adolescent children,” said Adam Pertman, executive director of the institute. “We wanted to be able to draw on the knowledge and life experience of a group of individuals who can provide insight into what we need to do better.”
It’s great to see Adam Pertman emphasize the importance of allowing adoptees to speak for themselves since much of the existing research has been filtered through adoptive parents. This is especially important in adulthood, when adoptees can (and tend to) reflect on their adoptive experiences. As Susan Soon-Keum Cox said,
“Adoptees are usually identified and defined as children. That we mature, grow up and come into our own wisdom is often not acknowledged. We can and wish to speak for ourselves” (from Voices from Another Place: A Collection of Works From a Generation Born in Korea and Adopted to Other Countries, 1992)
Read the rest of the article here.