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Transracial Adoption: Conversations About The Adoptee Experience

Transracial adoption, or adoption outside of one's own race or ethnic group, has continued to grow in the U.S. in the last fifity years. We talk with adoptees and a social worker about the adoptee experience, including living and growing up in a new culture, in a family of a different race, sometimes the other side of the world from their birthplace, and how families can engage in meaninful conversations about identity, culture, and race. 

Listen to the Word of Mouth story that inspired this discussion, "When Love Isn't Enough," by Jimmy Gutierrez.  


  • Jimmy Gutierrez - Reporter and producer for Word of Mouth and Outside/In on NHPR. 
  • Angie Lane - Adopted from South Korea as an infant, and grew up in New Hampshire. She is the Executive Director of Red River Theatres in Concord. 
  • Kelly Smith - Clinical social worker with more than 25 years of experience working with adoptive and foster families.
  • Angela Tucker - Nationally-recognized thought leader on transracial adoption and advocate for adoptee rights. She runs the website "The Adopted Life," which has a series of conversations with adoptees. In 2013, Tucker premiered her documentary, CLOSURE, about her own story for her birth parents. 
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