The Adoption Reunion Handbook
Liz Trinder, Julia Feast & David Howe
Published by Wiley
Every year thousands of children are adopted for a variety of different reasons and at some point in their
lives they may want to search for their birth parents. For children who are transracially adopted the search
can be even more urgent with many having a strong desire to find out more about their ethnic heritage.
In England and Wales, from 2005, birth relatives will be able to ask an adoption agency to make contact
with an adopted person on their behalf. It is expected that thousands will begin personal quests to find
their relatives resulting in many tearful reunions and probably a few disappointing outcomes.
The Adoption Reunion Handbook is a useful guide for anyone
embarking on a journey to find their birth relatives. Giving
step-by-step guidance and advice on every aspect of adoption
reunion and detailed personal accounts, The Adoption Reunion Handbook is one of the most important publications
relating to adoption ever to be published.
In an extract taken from The Adoption Reunion Handbook, Una, (not her real name) who was adopted at 4 years of age,
now in her forties, described what happened when she found out her ethnic heritage.more harmonious society.
'I can remember when we found out
that my father was
Nigerian - I was sitting there and my eyes just filled up with tears because even though you know that your mother
is white and that you are mixed parentage - it still doesn't explain where your blackness comes from and that's
what makes you whole then, when you
actually know where that does come from.'