As a fan of the TV show This Is Us, I was thrilled to see them exploring the topic of Older Child Adoption in the Season 2 series premiere last week. While we don’t know yet where the plot is heading (and we know that TV does not always mirror real life) it is nice to even see such a main stream TV show bring awareness to a topic that can so often be overlooked. This Is Us, has been heralded by many as being a show on NBC that is working hard to “get it right” when exploring the themes of adoption and this latest installment in the exploration of older child adoption is just another example of that good work.
It was extremely nice to see the show consult with author and international speaker Rhonda Roorda, who has been a longtime friend of Barker, and has spoken as an adult transracial adoptee & professional at Barker’s annual conference on more than one occasion.
In a recent interview with Sterling K. Brown (star of This Is Us who plays the role of an African American man, who was adopted as an infant into a Caucasian family) shared the following when talking about Rhonda:
“We had this woman, she’s a young black woman who wrote a book about being a transracial adoptee and she came and talked to our writers before we even started writing so that they could really get inside the ideas and the problems and concerns that parents have with [parenting] children of a different race.“
“and I think that were getting at least something right, because the response has been overwhelmingly positive and [people are] just happy to see their story told.”
Well Sterling, we agree! You are getting something right. This is Us is doing a good job so far of exploring this complex topic in a way that helps the audience connect with the realities of adoption, and we are happy to have more attention being brought on a national scale for the need that we have for families to adopt older, waiting children.
Rhonda Roorda, Author
For families seeking resources for transracial adoption, we highly recommend visiting Rhonda’s page at https://rhondamroorda.com/ . You can also look up her books - In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption; In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories; In Their Parents' Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees and In Their Siblings' Voices: White Non-Adopted Siblings Talk About Their Experiences Being Raised with Black and Biracial Brothers & Sisters. All available online at Amazon.
If you live in the DC, MD or VA area and would like to learn more about Project Wait No Longer or Older Child Adoption, please feel free to reach out to Alex Williams our PWNL Outreach & Program Support Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 301-664-9664. Our need for families for older child adoption is great.